Pollen season is upon us
Which goes hand in hand with sneezing, coughing, and eye watering. Many people suffer so badly with allergies that their sinuses are stuffed up for months, and can be triggered just from someone cutting grass nearby. There’s no need to turn to drugs or injections to cover up your symptoms. You can get relief quickly and naturally by using a few essential oils.
One of the most major complaints during allergy season is congestion, stuffiness, and a scratchy throat. Wouldn’t it help to have an oil that you can diffuse that would unclog those sinuses and soothe that cough? That’s exactly what you can expect from Peppermint Essential Oil. It acts as an expectorant, helping to remove excess phlegm from nasal passages, and calms the muscle spasms that cause coughing. It can aid your body in thinning and removing mucous, which is a big deal. Mucous is where all the particles of pollen get trapped, so the faster they can leave the body, the sooner you can feel better.
The two most common ways to use Peppermint Oil are diffused through steam, and applied as a rub. You can leave a diffuser by your bed at night, and see relief by the morning. If you don’t have a diffuser, add a couple of drops to a pot of almost-boiling water, and stand above it to inhale the steam. You can drape a towel over your head to trap more steam. You don’t have to get any closer than you’re comfortable, so make sure not to burn yourself. Or, you can add a few drops to coconut oil to rub on your chest and the bottoms of your feet.
That clogging sensation in your lungs and sinuses can be uncomfortable, and get in the way of normal daily activities. It’s especially a problem if you like to be active outdoors. To help open up all your airways, try Eucalyptus Oil. This oil provides a cooling sensation as it soothes throat soreness. Diffusing Eucalyptus Essential Oil is one of the oldest ways to reduce the severity of respiratory ailments, and can even be applied to the chest and temples in the stuffiest of cases.
You can use this the same way as the Peppermint Oil above. If you want an ultra-powerful combo, mix Peppermint and Eucalyptus to get allergy relief fast. Or, you can try a shower spray. Just add Eucalyptus Oil to a spray bottle with water, then spray into the hot steam as your shower starts. The steam with the Eucalyptus will have you breathing easier in no time.
Pollens aren’t the only cause of springtime congestion. There’s a plethora of fungi, bacteria, and mold spores in the air that can cause just as many symptoms. Your best ally against these is Tea Tree Essential Oil. This oil is uniquely antibacterial and antifungal, so it can kill these pathogens and make breathing a whole lot easier. It’s also highly anti-inflammatory, so it will allow our immune system to function better, without having to remove these pathogens all on its own. Tea Tree Oil works diffused in the air, or applied diluted to household surfaces. When diluted, it can also be applied to the skin. Some people suffer from allergic rashes in the spring, and this is an ideal use for this oil.
Tea Tree Oil is very concentrated, so a little bit goes a long way. Make sure this oil is well diluted before applying to skin, and do not use it near the eyes or open wounds. That said, I have seen this oil work wonders on contact allergies, so don’t shy away from it.
You can also add a few drops of eucalyptus, tea tree, lavender, or thieves oil to your diffuser. As an adult you can also relieve some of your congestion and post-nasal drip by sticking an extra pillow or two under your head at night. This should help promote a better sleep.