It’s that time of year again when so many people suffer from seasonal allergies. It can be hard to find a cure that works, but there are some easy ways to use essential oils and other natural remedies to combat the problem. In this blog post, you will learn about 7 different essential oils for allergies, as well as how they work and what they are good for.
I use to struggle terribly with seasonal allergies (hay fever).
Every single summer, I’d spend months with a runny nose and red eyes covered in blisters.
I suffer from asthma too and constantly feeling as though I couldn’t breathe due to seasonal allergies made my asthma a whole lot worse.
I never liked going outside because it just made everything worse, so I stayed inside as much as possible to avoid getting sicker than I already felt.
Every time it started to get nice outside and warm enough for summer weather, my allergies got worse.
Let me tell you, it was hell.
I woke up one morning to a sneezing fit.
My seasonal allergies were playing up again. There was nothing that would make them go away other than drugs, which I couldn’t take because of the side effects.
I phoned my doctor and he told me about essential oils and how they could help with my symptoms so I figured it couldn’t hurt.
I started researching the best essential oils that I could take and tried out a few.
This is where this blog post comes in.
I want to share with you the essential oils that have really helped me, so you’ll be able to stop suffering.
What are essential oils?
Essential oils are compounds that are extracted from plants. They are used in aromatherapy even medicine.
The oils are extracted from the leaves of a plant or flowers by distilling them with steam (or water). Once the oil is collected, it’s then mixed with a carrier oil. After mixing the compound with a carrier oil, it is then ready to apply topically.
How do you use essential oils for allergies?
Essential oils can be used in many different ways to relieve the symptoms of seasonal allergy.
Sometimes the best way to combat seasonal allergy symptoms is by adding a few drops of essential oils to your electric diffuser or oil burner. This method is best for treating symptoms of nasal congestion, sinus pressure and headaches.
One of the easiest ways to use essential oils is by inhaling directly or putting a few drops on a handkerchief which you can breathe in.
People suffering from season allergies may relieve their symptoms by adding a few drops of essential oils to hot water and inhaling the vapours. During the night, you can add a few drops of essential oil to your pillow to help combat allergies.
People with skin allergies are able to alleviate their symptoms by applying essential oils to their skin.
The oils can be mixed with a carrier oil, such as jojoba, coconut, or sweet almond oil before application.
Care should be taken when applying citrus oils to the skin, as they are sensitive to both heat and light and can discolour your skin.
Some oils such as lemon, eucalyptus, and tea tree may be able to help kill moulds and dust mites.
You can add 10-20 drops of essential oil with 1 tablespoon of vinegar to distilled water. This mixture can be sprayed onto bathroom fittings, mattresses, which kills mould and dust mites.
Which essential oils are best for allergies?
The best essential oils for allergies are those that are anti-inflammatory, like lavender and peppermint.
Tea tree oil is also great because it’s an antibacterial agent, as well a being very soothing to the skin when applied topically in diluted form or diffused into your home with our air purifier system.
Here are some other great essential oils that can help relieve allergies:
1. Lavender Oil
One of the most popular essential oils, lavender is great for those suffering from allergies.
It can help soothe your symptoms during the peak of the allergy season and help you sleep better. Due to its ability to calm and reduce inflammation, it can also help with headaches and migraines that you may receive during allergy season.
Scientists have been studying how lavender essential oil can prevent allergic inflammation for quite some time now. Many people believe that not using this oil before going out made their allergies much worse.
To minimise allergies, try using lavender essential oils in a diffuser when they are playing up.
2. Peppermint Oil
Using peppermint essential oil, you’ll be able to breathe with ease.
Peppermint oil is known to reduce inflammation. This is because it contains menthol, which is a natural decongestant.
Just like with lavender essential oil, peppermint oil can also help with headaches and migraines that you may receive during allergy season. Its ability to calm the nerves in your head as well as reduce inflammation throughout other parts of the body like sinuses or muscles around joints makes it a great oil to use.
Combine peppermint and lavender essential oils together for a soothing allergy relief blend.
Peppermint essential oil is one of my personal favourites that I use to relieves my seasonal allergies.
3. Eucalyptus Oil
If you are looking for some help with congestion, eucalyptus oil is your best bet!
The anti-inflammatory properties of eucalyptus oil give it a cooling sensation when inhaled, which can help to clear your sinuses.
It also has a strong scent that can help you feel more alert and energized, which is perfect for those who are feeling sluggish or tired during allergy season!
4. Tea Tree Oil
Although tea tree oil isn’t one of the most popular essential oils, it can still help provide allergy relief to your symptoms.
Tea tree oil is a natural antibiotic that can help fight off bacteria and viruses, which are often the cause of allergies.
It also has strong anti-inflammatory properties to alleviate pain or swelling in your sinuses!
For those with sensitive skin, tea tree might be a bit too harsh for your skin. It’s always best to do a patch test.
5. Frankincense Oil
Frankincense is among many essential oils that reduce the body’s inflammatory activity.
It’s also a natural decongestant, which can help relieve sinus pressure and congestion. Frankincense is great for those who are looking to avoid using medication or over-the-counter drugs!
Frankincense has been shown in studies as an effective treatment against eczema because of its antihistamine properties that reduce the body’s inflammatory activity. It may be helpful with other skin conditions such as psoriasis since it helps regulate oil production on your scalp while reducing inflammation from dryness caused by these types of conditions.
6. Chamomile Oil
The properties of chamomile are similar to those of frankincense and let me tell you, it’s great at providing allergy relief.
Chamomile is a natural anti-inflammatory, which can help reduce the body’s inflammatory activity and relieve sinus pressure or congestion in your nose when you have allergies
Chamomile has been shown as an effective treatment against eczema because it reduces inflammation from dryness. It can also help relieve itchiness.
7. Lemon Oil
Lemon essential oil is great to use as a nasal spray if you have a stuffy nose because of its antibacterial properties and can help relieve congestion.
This means that the lemon essential oil will get rid of any bacteria that may be lurking.
Many people who suffer from seasonal allergies find they benefit from a citrus-scented essential oil to boost their alertness and energy.
FAQs – Questions you may have
Do oil diffusers help with allergies?
Yes, putting a few drops of essential oil into a diffuser can help relieve allergies.
Diffusers work by clearing the air and improve the air quality. Poor air quality can worsen allergies.
I personally use a diffuser every single night and it really helps me feel less congested during allergy season.
What essential oil should I use?
There’s no one best answer as everyone has different needs based on their symptoms of the day.
Experiment with several types until you find what works well in your diffuser at home.
What essential oils are good for sinuses?
Some oils that are good for sinuses include peppermint, eucalyptus and tea tree.
The best way to use these is by putting a few drops into your diffuser or inhaling directly from the bottle with an essential oil nebuliser.
What essential oil is an antihistamine?
Lavender essential oil works as a natural antihistamine and is perfect for those with allergies.
Lavender is a great choice because it’s calming and soothing, which helps to reduce the symptoms of an allergic reaction like sneezing or watery eyes. It can also help relieve itchiness from bug bites (or other skin irritations).
The best way to use lavender oil as an antihistamine would be through inhalation – either adding some drops into your diffuser at home every night before bedtime OR inhaling directly from the bottle using a nebuliser.
What essential oils are used to clear sinuses?
Eucalyptus and peppermint oils are both great for clearing sinuses.
Eucalyptus is a natural decongestant and can help relieve stuffiness, while peppermint has been shown to be an effective treatment for sinus issues.