Essential Oils for Allergies
’Tis the season for ALLERGIES, especially now that spring is finally here. Pollens flying everywhere as cross pollination finally begins. They are a couple of weeks late this year.
Common allergy reactions include hives, cough, watery, swollen eyes, itchy and runny nose, tightness in the chest, difficulty breathing, and facial swelling. The less common allergy symptoms are headaches and muscle cramps. Amongst allergy symptoms, this one symptom can pose a danger: anaphylaxis, which can be fatal.
All reactions should be monitored and controlled, some can be prevented with the use of essential oils for anti-inflammation, anti-allergenic, analgesic, expectorant, sedative, and immune-boosting properties with the following oils:
Basil oil has been shown in studies to reduce the severity of the immune response when exposed to allergens by stimulating the adrenal glands that help the body overcome the various symptoms of allergic reactions (i.e. trouble breathing/ mucous membrane inflammation).
How To Use: mix coconut oil and basil oil in 1:1 ratio and place a few drops on your chest, temples and the area above your sinuses.
As an anti-inflammatory effect for the respiratory tracts, this oil also helps to slow down mucus production. It will act as an agent to moderate the response of the immune system.
How to use: Simply inhale the oil to benefit from the aroma compounds. Otherwise, mis it with water and sea salt for a mucus-clearing gargle to reduce the inflammation in the throat.
Defending the allergies both as a treatment to cutting through phlegm and also addressing the symptoms; while boosting the immune system’s efficiency with various antioxidants and active ingredients and detoxifying the body.
How to use: sprinkle some on your pillow or mix it with warm water to use for a nasal spray.
Clove oil contains high concentration of antioxidants that helps strengthen the immune system and making it less likely to react to allergens when they are in your body. Along with antioxidants it also is an anti-inflammatory and analgesic which lessens the discomfort of the reaction.
How to use: dilute clove oil with either jojoba oil or coconut oil to apply a small amount for topical inflammation from allergy symptoms to relieve irritation.
Containing properties to strengthen the respiratory system against allergic reactions and support the immune system to better cope with exposure to allergens. Bergamot oil has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-asthmatic properties.
How to use: mix 3-5 drops of bergamot oil to a steaming pot of water, inhale deeply of the steam from the hot water. (This should quickly soothe the respiratory symptoms.)
This oil offers the almost an immediate relief from coughing and inflammation of your throat and nasal passages.
How to use: (for long term use) mix 5 drops of frankincense oil into your bath and soak, allowing the skin and lungs to soar up this anti-allergenic substance. Or inhale straight from the bottle to clear sinus and cease mucus secretion.
Lemongrass oil is a great relief for muscle cramps and headaches, which are the lesser known allergic reactions. By containing both anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic properties, it will help soothe these symptoms.
How to use: can be applied directly to your temple or to your chest to relieve tightness or swelling in that area of the body. It can also be dilute with a carrier oil.
Peppermint oil contains soothing and anti-inflammatory properties that is legendary for calming coughing, calming an inflamed throat, and eliminating symptoms of bronchitis or asthma. Helps clear breathing in the event your airway closing during anaphylaxis.
How to use: for fast powerful results, drop 1-2 drops sublingually. Otherwise inhale directly or use as steam inhalation.
This is a natural antihistamine and anti-inflammatory for topical inflammation or irritation. When we take an allergy medication that is exactly what we are having, antihistamines is needed to fight the histamines in our body causing the allergies.
How to use: topically (in diluted form) for skin inflammation, or inhaled for long term protection against seasonal allergies.
Tea Tree Oil
Containing anti-allergenic, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidants properties that inhibits the release of histamines, this oil from Australia will support the immune system to rapidly remedy the symptoms.
How to use: dilute it from is used on the skin for relief of topical inflammation. It can also be mixed with other soaps and shampoos to protect the whole body from unwanted allergic reactions. DO NOT consume orally.
Known for its effectiveness for respiratory conditions - asthma, this oil can suppress inflammation and also an anti-spasmodic. In turn this will help with allergic responses from the immune system.
How to use: add a few drops of thyme oil to a steaming pot of water and inhale it deeply.
Essential oils are very beneficial when used for both preventative measure and as a treatment. Negative reactions to these potent oils are not uncommon. A very small amount can be very effective. If you are already taking allergy medication, best to consult with a physician before using any of the oils.
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