Spring is in full bloom. From the bright colors of the tulips and lilies, to the beautiful trees awakening from their winter sleep, rebirth and rejuvenation is all around us. But with all this new beauty comes...allergy season. Don't fret! Let's take a look at how to kick spring allergies to the curb with essential oils.
Most people hear about using lavender for a calming effect, especially in order to help them fall asleep. Lavender can also calm allergies. Lavender essential oil has anti-inflammatory properties and is a natural antihistamine. If you feel an allergic reaction coming on, add one drop of lavender essential oil to your forehead, sinuses, and cheeks, and any other affected area to calm and even stop your reaction. Lavender oil can be used to treat eczema, allergy-related headaches, and respiratory allergies. During the spring allergy season, it's a great idea to put a small amount of lavender essential oil on a cotton ball and keep it in an airtight container. Then you will have it whenever you feel an allergic reaction coming on.
Very little says “clean” and “fresh” like a lemon fragrance. You may not know that lemon oil can help your body feel clean and fresh during allergy season, too. Lemon oil has natural anti-inflammatory characteristics, and it works to clear congestion in your respiratory tract, a big help when you're trudging through allergy season. Lemon has its greatest effect when used with lavender and peppermint oils, and can be applied directly to your forehead, sinuses, or behind your ears. If you find that it is too strong, or if you have sensitive skin, you might want to blend it with a carrier oil. Sweet almond oil is an excellent choice.
Usually when people think of peppermint, visions of sugar plums dance in their heads as well. Peppermint is definitely not limited to candy canes. The cooling mint properties of peppermint is soothing, for sure, and peppermint oil also has anti-inflammatory qualities. It can be used to alleviate respiratory issues and any pain that associated with allergies. To best utilize peppermint oil for allergy relief, dilute it in a carrier oil like sweet almond oil or jojoba oil and apply it to your chest, forehead or cheeks. Breathe in deeply and enjoy the soothing scent.
The wonderful citrus scent of orange brings up images of summer and the beach. If you enjoy this smell as so many do, then you have already gotten a glimpse of the power of orange oil. This delicious smelling oil can also help you when your allergies are overwhelming. Orange oil has inflammatory properties that can help with skin irritations, and it can also help with nasal congestion. You can apply orange oil to your cheeks and chest, or put a few drops of it in a warm bath to enjoy its aromatic benefits.
Eucalyptus isn't just for koalas anymore. The oil from its wonderful leaves can be a life saver during allergy season. And if you have ever driven through a eucalyptus tree grove, you know how strongly it smells. Eucalyptus oil is great for clearing congestion from your airways and works wonders for headaches that stem from sinus congestion. This oil works best when you add a few drops to a steam inhaler or a diffuser. Be sure to use eucalyptus oil cautiously as the smell is very strong.
Even though we are in the middle of spring and most allergy sufferers are already experiencing its wrath, it's not too late to stock up on these five essential oils. They can provide immediate relief for most of your allergy symptoms.
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