Allergies? Use Essential Oils
Some allergy sufferers experience symptoms seasonally, while others are affected year round. Millions of people suffer allergic reactions that range from watery eyes and a runny nose to breaking out in hives. If it seems like you’ve tried every remedy but have yet to find relief, it may be time to give essential oils a try. This natural remedy may not work for everyone, but as we’ve covered in previous articles, essential oils have helped people find relief from stress, digestive problems and skin issues.Combat Your Spring Allergies With:
- Lavender Oil. According to Healthy and Natural World, lavender works as a natural antihistamine. Lavender also has strong anti-inflammatory properties to provide you with some relief. Lavender oil can be used in aromatherapy or included into a relaxing bath to treat your symptoms.
- Peppermint Oil. Peppermint is known for its pain-relieving and soothing qualities. Peppermint can help open airways and improve breathing issues you may be experiencing from your allergies. Have a sore, irritated throat? Peppermint provides relief for that, too. Add peppermint oil to a smoothie or other drink (keep it in the 1-2 drops range) to treat inflammation.
- Lemon Oil. Healthy and Natural World’s website recommends using lemon essential oil in combination with lavender and peppermint. Lemon essential oil also helps to reduce inflammation from allergies. Use lemon essntial oil around the house to combat allergies. You can mix lemon essential oil into your laundry detergent and combine with water to spray onto couches, sheets or curtains.
- Eucalyptus Oil. This essential oil supports the overall health of the respiratory system and can even help reduce asthma attacks. You can apply eucalyptus oil to your chest or temples for a stimulating effect that will help allergy symptoms subside, Dr. Axe says.
- Tea Tree Oil. According to Dr. Axe, tea tree oil can destroy airborne pathogens. You can diffuse the oil in your home in order to destroy any molds and bacteria that may be contributing to allergies. Use tea tree oil topically to reap the benefits for your body. You can apply two to three drops to a cotton ball and use to treat rashes or hives.
- Basil Oil. Basil is another essential oil that reduces your body’s inflammatory response to allergies, according to Dr. Axe. To use basil oil as a remedy for your allergies, add one drop to your soup or salad dressing.
- Roman Chamomile Oil. This oil is another one that will provide comfort for allergy-related skin conditions. The website Reboot with Joe says that chamomile essential oil may also be used in an undiluted form directly on insect bites. For cases other than insect bites, combine 2-3 drops with coconut oil or sweet almond oil and apply to skin rashes.
Many people suffer from food allergies, which can be debilitating and affect the quality of everyday life. The good news is that essential oils can help detoxify and purify your body in order to lessen its response to the food in question. You can: Take 1-2 drops of peppermint or lemon oil internally to prevent swelling and experience relief, Dr. Axe says. This will help eliminate your allergies through sweat.