Spring is fast approaching. And with all the beautiful flowers and warm weather comes pollen and ALLERGIES. I experienced these symptoms YEAR ROUND when I lived in Alabama. I had to take allergy medicine everyday or my eyes would be constantly watering and I would sneeze my brains out. When I got pregnant I stopped taking my allergy medicine because I didn’t want any risks to my baby. Soon after I had her we moved around as I travel nursed and so we weren’t in one area for more than a few months and I didn’t need to take anything for allergies. Apparently you have to be in a new area for about 5 years before you start experiencing allergies to local things. We have been in North Carolina for 6 years now. I started with some allergies last year but I don’t want to start taking medication again. Since I am all about no toxins and holistic medicine, I tried essential oils for my allergies. It was a success! I use them on my kids and husband as well for allergies and colds. In return, we RARELY take medicine.
What Are “Seasonal” Allergies?
Seasonal allergies are when your body mistakes something harmless (ie pollen) as something dangerous. The body then goes into an inflammatory response trying to dispel this substance from your body. Symptoms of seasonal allergies include red, itchy, watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing, and coughing. These can be seasonal or year round.
Essential Oils for Seasonal Allergies
Essential oils are a great alternative to allergy medications. Some of those medications have adverse effects such as drowsiness, difficulty sleeping, dry mouth, heart palpitations, and many more. As a nurse, I know that although medications are important, they are also over prescribed. Many people want a quick fix for their problems instead of looking at alternative methods. But all medications have to be filtered by something whether it is your kidneys or your liver. These all add up and can cause problems later.
So I have made a list of essential oils that you can use for your allergies either in conjunction with your medicine so you can decrease the amount and/or frequency you need or so you can eliminate your allergy medicine all together.
Lavender is a very versatile essential oil. It is a natural antihistamine and has anti-inflammatory properties. You can diffuse this in your diffuser or add to your bath water.
To learn more about lavender essential oil check out this post.
Eucalyptus has anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects and works as an expectorant. Diffuse or add to your bath water.
Lemon has antibacterial properties and is a natural antihistamine that relieves excess mucus and cools down inflammatory reactions. (Blend with lavender and peppermint). Add a drop or two to your water.
To learn more about lemon essential oil check out this post.
Peppermint relieves clogged sinuses. Place a drop on thumb and press thumb to top of mouth for INSTANT sinus relief. It also has anti-inflammatory, decongestant, and pain relieving abilities.
To learn more about peppermint essential oil check out this post.
Breathe is doTERRA’s respiratory essential oil blend. It currently comes in 3 forms. Breathe oil, Breathe stick, and Breathe drops. Diffuse Breathe oil with your diffuser or put some drops into your bath water. Use the Breathe stick similar to how you would use Vicks VaporRub. Apply to sternum of chest, rub onto chest under each breast, and apply to bottom of feet for kids. Breathe drops you use as your would cough drops. My husband uses this oil in all it’s forms too. And if this skeptic can change his mind, then anyone can.
Tea Tree oil has antifungal and antibacterial abilities. Most commonly known for it’s use for skin injuries, it is also beneficial in respiratory issues. Diffuse tea tree oil to help clear up sinuses and airways.
Basil reduces inflammatory response of allergens and supports immune system. It has antimicrobial abilities and removes toxins from system, clears airways and is also an anti-spasmodic that can help with cough. Diffuse this oil into the air or inhale straight from the bottle.
Lemongrass is a natural antihistamine. Diffuse or make lemongrass tea for congestion relief.
Chamomile is a natural antihistamine. Diffuse or make lemongrass tea for congestion relief.
How to Use Essential Oils for Seasonal Allergies
Essential oils can be used by:
- Putting in a diffuser
- Applying to skin
- Adding to bath water
- Inhaling from container
- Spraying into the air
- Adding to bowl of warm water and inhaling with the steam
Our Allergy Routine
Our current routine when we experience allergies. We diffuse tea tree oil in the bedrooms at night. Apply Breathe stick to chest and feet at night before bed. Add Breathe stick to chest throughout the day if experiencing shortness of breath. Add eucalyptus to our baths. Use breathe drops during the day for shortness of breath. For really clogged sinuses apply one drop of peppermint to thumb and press to top of mouth or you can use these peppermint beads. Add 1-2 drops of lemon to drinking water daily for prevention.
Use these oils to create your own routine and see what you like and what works for you!