The 5 Best Essential Oils For Allergy Relief
Allergies are all too common, and not always restricted to the pollen season that heralds a sudden outbreak of hay fever. Respiratory allergies are the most common for the simple reason that we do not have much choice about what we inhale along with the air every time we draw in our breath.
The fine dust, smoke, animal dander and pollen grains that enter our airway set forth a reaction that we experience as sneezing fits, runny nose and watery eyes. Inflammation and narrowing of the airway may result in more severe reactions, such as asthma. Overproduction of mucus secretions leads to congestion and makes way for bronchitis and other bacterial infections.
Some allergic reactions, mostly from contact with an allergen, are localized on the skin, appearing as severe itching and rashes. Some foods cause stomach allergies that lead to vomiting and diarrhea as well as multiple rashes and headaches.
Not all people have the same reaction to something labeled as an allergen. More than the substances themselves, it is our body’s reaction to them that decides the occurrence and severity of allergies. The release of histamines by the body is what triggers these reactions. Antihistamines that counteract the histamines are the first line of treatment against allergies.
Many essential oils contain anti-inflammatory properties and work like antihistamines. So the next time you feel a tickling in the nose or itching of the skin or eyes, turn to your essential oil stash for relief.
Here are some essential oils you should stock up on if you are prone to allergies:
This is an essential oil that many households stock, and, honestly, every household should. Extracted from the flowers of Lavendula agustifolia, lavender essential oil works on both respiratory and skin allergies.
When you feel the first symptoms of hay fever coming on, rub a few drops between the palms and hold them near your nostrils, taking in deep breaths. It is a great idea to carry a few cotton balls drenched in lavender oil in an airtight container during the allergy season. The natural antihistamines in the oil will prevent a violent reaction to the allergens, nipping it in the bud.
Even a full-fledged allergy with blocked nose and sinuses along with chest congestion can also be managed with lavender. Dab a bit on the forehead, cheeks and the chest. This mild oil can be used directly on the skin, but if your skin is too sensitive, test it first on a small area, or dilute it with coconut oil for topical use.
It also relieves allergic reactions on the skin like contact dermatitis, itching, rashes and blisters. Apply directly over the affected area or add a few drops to a cold compress or bath water.
You can take advantage of its anti-allergic and anti-inflammatory properties by using a few drops in a diffuser by your bedside. Its calming effect can relax your body and mind and help you sleep better.
Everyone is familiar with the cool, fresh smell and taste of peppermint. The essential oil derived from Mentha piperita, a natural hybrid of spearmint and water mint, has been in use for ages, but mainly as a digestive aid. But this oil also has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties that come in handy in soothing allergies and the painful conditions associated with them.
When a respiratory allergy has worsened into sinusitis and bronchitis, this is the essential oil you would want to use. Menthol, the main volatile oil in peppermint, loosens up the thick mucus accumulation in the sinuses and the airway, making it easy to cough up phlegm. It effectively clears up the respiratory tract, preventing secondary infections.....More Here