Every Spring without fail I end up sniffling, sneezing and congested and all around miserable. And every year I forget to take my allergy medicine or do any prep for the upcoming allergy season that seems to be getting worse than the one before. If I was someone who actually learned my lesson from past mistakes I would be smart enough to take my pills 2-3 weeks before March and start to run my diffuser nightly with my essential oil decongestion concoction. I am finding breathing easier and sniffling and sneezing a lot less with the mixture of peppermint, melaleuca, on guard, and lemon, and lavender in my diffuser. Here is what I learned about allergies and autoimmune diseases.
How Essential Oils Help Guard Against Allergies:
According to Dr. Axe, allergens like pollen, dust, animal dander, and latex just to name a few will trigger symptoms in the nose, throat, lungs, ears, sinuses and lining of the stomach or on the skin. The question is if these common causes have been around for thousands of years, then why have the allergy rates increased in recent history?
One of the theories behind explaining the increase in allergies has to do with inflammation, the root of most diseases. The body responds in a certain way to an allergen because the immune system is in overdrive. When the body is already dealing with high inflammation, any allergen sets off an increased reaction. That means that when the body’s immune system is overworked and stressed, introducing an allergen sends the body into overreaction.
If the immune system and inflammation within the body was balanced, the reaction to the allergen would be normal; however, today these reactions are exaggerated and lead to the next unneeded allergic reaction.
One of the most amazing benefits of essential oils are their ability to fight inflammation and boost the immune system. Essential oils for allergies will help to detoxify the body and fight infections, bacteria, parasites, microorganisms and harmful toxins. They reduce the bodies susceptibility to outside sources and reduce the overreaction of the immune system when it is faced with a harmless intruder. Some exceptional essential oils even work to relieve respiratory conditions and increase sweat and urination — helping with the elimination of toxins.
What Essential Oils Are Best For Allergies:
- Peppermint Oil
Inhaling diffused peppermint oil can oftentimes immediately unclog the sinuses and offer relief to scratchy throats. Peppermint acts as an expectorant and provides relief for allergies, as well as colds, coughs, sinusitis, asthma and bronchitis. It has the power to discharge phlegm and reduce inflammation — a leading cause of allergic reactions.
- Eucalyptus Oil
Eucalyptus oil opens up the lungs and sinuses, thereby improving circulation and reducing symptoms of allergies. Studies have shown that it produces a cold sensation in the nose that helps to improve airflow. Eucalyptus contains citronellal, which has analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects; it also works as an expectorant, helping to cleanse the body of toxins and harmful microorganisms that are acting as allergens.
- Lemon Oil
Lemon oil supports lymphatic system drainage and helps with overcoming respiratory conditions. Studies have shown that lemon essential oil inhibits the growth of bacteria and boosts the immune system. When diffused at home, lemon oil can kill bacteria and eliminate allergy triggers in the air.
- Tea Tree Oil
This powerful oil can destroy airborne pathogens that cause allergies. Diffusing tea tree oil in the home will kill mold, bacteria and fungi. It is an antiseptic agent and it has anti-inflammatory properties. Tea tree oil can be applied to the skin to kill bacteria and microorganisms; it can also be used as a household cleaner to disinfect the home and eliminate allergens.
- Lavender Oil
Lavender oil is a universal oil that has traditionally been known to balance the body and to work wherever there is a need. It may help with body systems balance, hives, insect bites and bee stings, influenza, respiratory function, and skin conditions (eczema, psoriasis, rashes) just to name a few.
Some Recipes For Application:
- Apply 1 drop of peppermint oil on the base of the neck two times a day tap the thymus (located just below the notch in the neck) with pointer. Diffuse peppermint.
- For allergy rashes and skin sensitivity, apply 3 drops of lavender, 6 drops of Roman chamomile, 2 drops myrrh, and 1 drop peppermint on location.
- Dilute melalueca, lavender, lemon, peppermint, melissa, and patchouli and apply to sinuses and to bottoms of feet.
- Use a couple of drops of each oil in a diffuser.