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Aromatherapy and allergies

Many people experience seasonal allergies. Sometimes they come in late winter or spring, but they can also come in late summer and into the fall. Are you an allergy sufferer? Maybe you notice it once in awhile, when something you’re allergic to blooms. Or maybe you have an allergy season, and the allergies hit you hard during specific times of the year. If so you’ve probably tried over the counter aids that leave you drowsy or jumpy and don’t really provide much relief.

Essential oils can be used instead or together with other treatments, and you may find additional relief through this safe and sense pleasing approach. As always, please be sure to properly diffuse the oils using a reliable aromatherapy diffuser. Or, to use an oil topically, dilute with a carrier oil of your choice. (Sweet almond or olive oil both work well.)

Here are some suggested oils for allergy relief:

1. Lavender. This oil may help soothe your symptoms during allergy season because of its ability to calm and reduce inflammation. A study published in ScienceDirect (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lfs.2014.05.018) showed that lavender oil prevents allergic inflammation as well as the enlargement of mucous cells. Good bye, stuffy nose!

Try it in a diffuser or add a few drops to your bath.

2. Blend sandalwood,, frankincense, and Ravensara oil. This blend may help to treat perennial allergic rhinitis. People have noticed an improvement in blocked nasal passages, runny or itchy noses, and sneezing.

Diffuse or mix with a carrier oil and apply to the skin as needed.

3. Eucalyptus. This oil is known as an anti-inflammatory and may help with congestion. The cooling sensation also seems to promote a sense of relief.

Breathe the aroma from the bottle, or put a drop or two in steaming hot water, and inhale the moist, warm, fragrant air.

Don’t use if you have an allergy to eucalyptus.

4. Tea tree oil. This oil is said to help with many allergy symptoms because of its anti-inflammatory properties. Some are allergic to tea tree oil, so use carefully if you are uncertain of your status. This oil should never be swallowed. Diffuse in the bathroom to take advantage of its additional antibacterial properties.

5. Peppermint. Peppermint essential oil is known to reduce inflammation. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21144345). Used carefully because of its strength, it can help you breathe easier. Diffuse peppermint oil properly, or dilute with a neutral carrier oil.

Visit our store to buy these and other essential oils. While you’re there you can browse the rest of our aromatherapy-based skin care products and other health supplements.