Essential Oils for Allergy Relief
What is an Allergy?
An allergy is an over-reaction of our immune system to certain substances such as dust, pollen, animal hair, synthetic materials, or foods. Allergic reactions can make you feel miserable and ruin your day. They cause all sorts of inflammatory reactions such as itchy rashes, dry patches, headaches, puffy or watery eyes, runny nose, or digestive issues.
There are a number of essential oils for allergies that can help you to relieve and treat the common symptoms of allergic reactions.
The Best Essential Oils for Allergies
1. Lavender Essential Oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
Lavender essential oil works as a natural antihistamine and possess strong anti-inflammatory properties to treat and relieve most allergic reactions. It works great for treating skin rashes or headaches. And not only will it ease your allergic reaction, it has a calming and relaxing effect on body and mind, and smells great.
How To Use Lavender Essential Oil for Allergy Relief
Add 1 drop of lavender essential oil to your cheeks, forehead, and sinuses as needed to soothe allergic reactions or headaches. Before bed, add a few drops to the soles of your feet.
Lavender oil can be safely used undiluted, but if you have a sensitive skin try on a small patch of skin first or dilute in a carrier oil such as coconut oil, olive oil, almond oil or jojoba oil.
For skin allergies, rashes or itchy skin, dilute a few drops of lavender essential oil in a carrier oil and rub onto the affected area 3 times a day to relieve your allergic reactions.
Lavender essential oil can be used in a cold-air diffuser to treat allergies. Diffuse for 15 minutes every hour for the best effect or diffuse next to your bed to promote a better night’s rest.
Rub 1 to 2 drops of lavender essential oil into the palms of your hands. Cup them over your nose and take 4-6 deep and slow breaths. Another thing you can do is add 2 to 4 drops of lavender oil on a cotton ball and secure in a zip lock bag to take with you.
Further reading: lavender essential oil is extremely versatile and it is one of the recommended essential oils to have in your home.
2. Peppermint Essential Oil (Mentha piperita)
Peppermint essential oil has a strong, fresh, and minty aroma that works wonders to treat allergic reactions, especially those that cause respiratory or digestive issues. Peppermint essential oil has pain-relieving, soothing and anti-inflammatory properties that come in handy in soothing allergies and the painful conditions associated with them. Peppermint oil helps to open the airways, improve breathing and ease congestion as well as other symptoms of respiratory allergies.
To reduce the symptoms of allergies, apply 1 drop of peppermint essential oil to the base of your neck 2 times a day. Try on a small patch of skin first if you have a sensitive skin or dilute in a carrier oil of your choice.
Another thing you can do to relieve sinus congestion is to apply 1 drop of peppermint oil in a carrier oil and apply around your nostrils. Never apply around your nostrils without a carrier oil as it will sting the sensitive tissue.
To make a chest rub, dilute 2 to 3 drops in a carrier oil of your liking and massage your chest for a few minutes to ease your allergic reactions.
Diffuse peppermint essential oil according to the directions on your diffuser throughout the day or night to ease allergic discomforts.
Rub 1 to 2 drops of peppermint essential oil into the palms of your hands. Cup them over your nose and take 4-6 deep and slow breaths. Or add 2 to 4 drops on a cotton ball and secure in a zip lock bag to take with you.
To clear sinus congestion, pour boiling water in a bowl and add a few drops of peppermint essential oil. Drape a towel over your head and breathe in the steam. It combines well with eucalyptus or rosemary essential oil.
3. Lemon Essential Oil
Lemon essential oil works as a natural antihistamine, relieves excess mucus, and cools down the inflammation which is the result of an allergic reaction.
Lemon oil is often used for its disinfectant properties, but it can also help to combat seasonal allergies and asthma attacks.
Lemon essential oil works best in combination with lavender and peppermint.
4. Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Eucalyptus essential oil is one of the best oils for allergies as it supports the respiratory system and it can also ease seasonal allergies and asthma attacks. Eucalyptus oil is most effective when applied topically or when used as a steam inhalation.
Always dilute it in a carrier oil first. Apply onto your neck, chest, or bottom of your feet.
Pour boiling water in a bowl and add a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil. Drape a towel over your head and breathe in the steam.
5. Roman Chamomile Essential Oil
Next to lavender essential oil, Roman chamomile works wonders to treat rashes, eczema, and other skin conditions caused by allergic reaction.
Dilute a few drops in a carrier oil such as coconut oil, jojoba, or olive oil. Apply onto the affected areas three times a day.
Anti-Allergy Trio: Lemon, Peppermint, and Lavender
Combing the powers of these three essential oils for allergies is the best way to tackle most allergic reactions. Combined, they work as one of the most powerful antihistamines to bring down inflammation and other discomforts caused by your body’s allergic response.
Lavender essential oil
Lemon essential oil
Peppermint essential oil
Ways to use the anti-allergy essential oil blend:
Place 1-2 drops of each of the 3 oils in a shot glass with water and gargle for a few minutes before swallowing. Make sure your oils are of a high quality and can be used internally (food grade).
Add all 3 oils in a tablespoon of raw honey and swallow for instant relief.
Add a few drops of each oil in equal ratio to a carrier oil such as jojoba, coconut, or sweet almond to soothe skin rashes or itchy skin caused by allergic reactions.
Use as a rub: mix a few drops of each oil in equal ratio and rub onto feet, chest, cheeks, or forehead. Dilute in a carrier oil when you have a sensitive skin.
Diffuse the anti-allergy essential oil blend in an aromatherapy diffuser throughout the day or night to ease allergic discomforts.