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Essential Oils for Allergy Relief

Posted May 21 2012 3:04pm

Does this allergy season have you going through more tissues than ever?  Do you need allergy relief? Essential oils can provide comfort  and combat allergy symptoms.  Using essential oils is a great way to help bring some relief to the suffering.  If you have been a sneezy, itchy, watery eye mess this season you are not alone.  Let’s take a look at which essential oils will help bring some relief and how to use them.

Itchy watery eyes soother

Use a compress.  Place a small amount of cool water in a bowl (about 1/4 cup) add to it 2 drops of Roman Chamomile (anti-inflammatory) and 3 drops of Lavender  (anti-inflammatory).  Soak a washcloth in the water and wring out.  Place over eyes (5-10 minutes) for soothing relief.

Runny nose, sneezing relief

Use essential oils for decongesting: Cedarwood , Eucalyptus , Peppermint , and Rosemary .

Inhaling any one of these essential oils directly from the bottle can provide quick and easy relief.  You can also put a few drops of the oils on a tissue to take with you.

Hay Fever Diffuser Blend

Cedarwood : 5 drops

Eucalyptus : 3 drops

Peppermint : 2 drops

Rosemary : 3 drops

Place the above essential oils into a tea light diffuser or nebulizer .  Breathe in the aroma to find comfort and relief.  For best results diffuse for at least two-hour intervals.

Steam inhalations are a great way to clear up nasal passages if you are congested or experiencing sinus congestion and pain .  A great blend is 1 drop of Peppermint and 2 drops of Eucalyptus in a bowl then add to it about a cup of boiling water.  Breathe in the steam; keep eyes closed when doing this as Peppermint can irritate the eyes.

Asthma and lung congestion

Cedarwood , Frankincense , Eucalyptus , Peppermint , Rosemary and Sandalwood .  These oils help to open and soothe the lungs and expand breathing.

Breathing Expansion Diffuser Blend:

Frankincense : 4 drops

Cedarwood : 3 drops

Sandalwood : 4 drops

Rosemary : 2 drops

Place the above essential oils into a tea light diffuser or nebulizer .  Breathe in the aroma to find comfort and relief.  For best results diffuse at two-hour intervals.

Stay Healthy Tips

In addition to using essential oils make sure you are drinking water to keep your body hydrated.  Also ensure you are getting adequate amounts of sleep.  Allergies can take a toll on our immune systems so rest is important.  Because our immune system is working hard Thyme is another essential oil to keep handy as it provides support to our immune system.

Try using a tea light diffuser in your bathroom during your morning shower routine using one of the above blends or with Thyme essential oil.  The steam of the shower and the diffusion of the essential oils help to clear nasal passages and open your lungs.  Be sure to place the tea light diffuser in a safe place so nothing comes in contact with the candle flame.

Here’s to finding some allergy relief this season!  Take care everyone.


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