Allergy season is here again and in full bloom. I live in the North Carolina mountain region, which is horrible for allergy sufferers. As someone who grew up in Ohio, I thought my allergies was bad up north. I had no idea how bad they could really be until I moved to NC. I still love it here though– I just had to find a better way of coping with the beautiful trees and their debilitating pollen.
For those of us who have been blessed with sensitive reactions to our environment, natural oils can hep relieve you of those annoying allergy symptoms. Whether its pollen, animal dander, or some other floating irritant, essential oils can provide you with a certain level of comfort that doesn’t make you drowsy, like most allergy medications.
When used properly, oils are a safe alternative to traditional medicine. I usually either burn my essential oils in my ancient cheap-o oil burner or use my fancy (yet inexpensive) aromafier that I purchased on sale through Barefut. You can even add a few drops to a warm bath to help clear and open your sinus cavities.
Here are my top 5 favorite essential oils for allergies:
1. Tea Tree Oil
Nobody in my house likes the smell of tea tree oil, not even me. However, it works wonders for stuffy heads and watery eyes. There are a lot of people that do like the aroma that tea tree gives off though so it’s a win/win for those folks.
Tea tree oil can be used for a lot of different ailments. I definitely recommend tea tree oil to have on hand at all times.
2. Eucalyptus Oil
Eucalyptus oil is strong and effective when you need to unclog or cleanse. Personally, I love the smell of eucalyptus. I use it for my son and myself all the time, especially since we live in a house with stachybotrys (black mold).
Aside from the ways that I mentioned above, I also will sprinkle 2-3 drops of eucalyptus oil on our pillows when we are fighting allergies. It’s especially helpful in relaxing inflamed passages so that it’s easier to get a good nights sleep.
I have also bought dried eucalyptus leaves at our local IGA and boiled them in water on the stove when I ran out of eucalyptus oil. It also worked very well but I’m still partial to my oils.
3. Peppermint Oil
Peppermint is another oil that I would recommend to have in your essential oil collection. It’s use goes far beyond therapeutic purposes. Peppermint oil can also be used for many ways around the house, including a natural ant and rodent deterrent.
Peppermint oil has been said to help reduce pressure and tension, which comes in handy for sinus headaches. I have used peppermint oil for headaches before and have had much success. I really want to buy a diffuser necklace that isn’t bulky so that I can add peppermint oil to it. Peppermint oil is one of my favorite scents and I also get a lot of headaches.
4. Lavender Oil
Lavender oil is probably most known for making you fall asleep faster. Along with providing you with tranquility, lavender oil can help soothe your passageways when they flare up. Lavender is a mentally and physically soothing oil that has a very potent and pretty floral smell to it.
5. Lemon Oil
Lemon oil is actually an all-natural antihistamine (reduces inflammation). There’s no surprise that lemon oil is strong and potent, either. Burning lemon oil always helps me focus better and seems to declutter a lot of the brain fog that I battle.
You can also get creative with your oils when you burn them or aromafy. Add 1-2 drops of lemon, peppermint, and lavender to concoct a cocktail of aromatherapy bliss.
If you’re unsure about what brand to use, you can check out my favorite oil companies here.
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