These past few weeks we have seen a lot of clients at the studio suffering from seasonal allergies. With that in mind we decided to pull this blog from our archives to help you out! May you seek relief soon.
Using essential oils is a great way to help bring some relief to allergy 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.
*Use this blend in an electric diffuser at bedtime. Omit the Peppermint essential oil (too stimulating for sleep) and add a total of 7 drops of Cedarwood essential oil in its place.
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.
*Use at bedtime with and electric diffuser for relief while you sleep.
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 or electric 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.
…And one last quick tip…place one to two drops of Eucalyptus essential oil on your shower floor right in front of where you are standing. The aroma will envelope you and open your respiratory system!