Allergies happen, and they’re not fun.
You’re not alone! 40-60 million Americans suffer from allergies every year.
Allergies affect everyone differently, ranging from mild sniffles to severe breathing issues and constant itching.
We’ve all been there: When it feels like your eyes just won’t stop watering, or you’ll never stop sneezing. Why even bother wearing makeup when you have to blow your nose every 30 seconds?
We’ve put together a definitive guide to allergies and essential oils to help you out:
What’s an allergy, and what causes them?
Allergies are an abnormal reaction to an otherwise harmless substance, like animal dander, pollen, mold, or certain foods. An allergy sufferer’s immune system identifies these things as being bad for the body, even when they’re not.
Allergy symptoms are different for everyone, ranging from minor irritation (sniffles and itching) to anaphylaxis — a potentially life-threatening emergency (in other words, really, really bad news). While most allergies have no true “cure,” there are ways to ease the symptoms associated with them.
Essential oils are super concentrated, aromatic liquids extracted from different parts of plant known to help ease symptoms associated with many different issues. Essential oils are also an excellent choice to help ease symptoms associated with allergies, plus they’re a safe (and all-natural) option.
Used for both healing and aromatic benefits, essential oils can help ease symptoms associated with seasonal allergies.
Ways to utilize essential oils to support respiratory relief include:
- Diffusion: Using a diffuser to permeate scent throughout a room or car.
- Inhalation: Using a personal aromatherapy inhaler or diffuser necklace.
- Topically: Properly diluted with a carrier oil, like coconut oil or almond oil.
- DIY: Adding essential oils to a custom-mixed spa or bath product.
Our team of Plant Therapy Certified Aromatherapists have nailed down the the top 5 essential oils that help ease symptoms associated with seasonal allergies:
Get on-the-go relief: Personal inhalers are great little tools that you can keep in your pocket or purse. They can go almost anywhere with you, and last for 3-4 months once you’ve mixed them. Perfect for pollen season!
Here’s how to mix your Essential Oils for a personal inhaler:
- You’ll need empty personal inhalers, with cotton wicks. Place the wicks in a small glass bowl.
- Add 6-8 drops of one of the top five essential oils listed above.
- Gently roll the wick through the oil, making sure it is all gets absorbed.
- Place the wick into the inhaler and snap the end cap into place.
Get relief at home: Try using one of the top five essential oils listed above in your diffuser at home. 6-8 drops diffused for about 60 minutes will not only make you whole house smell great, but also gives you relief from the respiratory discomfort.
All of the above essential oils are also KidSafe! Which means your whole household benefits, not just the grown-ups.
Get instant relief with a face steam: Use one drop of Fir Needle in a very warm (not boiling!) bowl of water. Position your head over the bowl and cover with a towel for 5 minutes, keeping your eyes closed.
Breath deeply, and let the aroma of Fir Needle penetrate into your lungs.
TIP: Don’t use this technique with small children, and take care to avoid burning yourself with the warm water.
Synergies to support overall respiratory health:
Another great option to help during this time are our 2 synergies created to help with seasonal pollen threats.
Adults can use both synergies, but Clear Again is not KidSafe and not recommended for children under the age of 10.
You can also apply Sneezy Stop to the chest or neck, when diluted at a 1-3% with your favorite carrier oil. And Clear Again when diluted at a 3-5% ratio. This method is great for night time, and lets the oil do it’s work while you sleep.