Combatting allergy symptoms is getting complicated, though. A recent study found certain popular allergy pills are among drugs linked to dementia. With news like this, it’s more important than ever to understand that certain essential oils serve as inexpensive, all-natural ways to alleviate allergy symptoms. They’re terrific at fighting inflammation and boosting the immune system, helping address the root causes of allergies. Essential oils also help detox the body and fight bacteria. Try one of these three top essential oils for allergy season to find more natural relief.
Safety note on essential oils: While essential oils are often safe, they are powerful treatments that must be used with common sense, just like medications. Not all oils are safe to use internally, while others should always be used with carrier oils. Some oils safe for adults are dangerous for children or pregnant women, while others can cause bad reactions with certain medications or in adults who are allergic to them. With the right amount of education, certain essential oils can be used topically and diffused in the home for beginners. When using oils internally, though, you should seek out the advice of a medical professional.
For adults, inhaling diffused peppermint oil can immediately unclog the sinuses and offer relief to scratchy throats. Peppermint provides relief for allergies, but you can use it well beyond allergy season, too. It’s great at fighting colds, coughs, sinusitis, asthma, and bronchitis, too. In fact, one study found thatpeppermint oil is a relaxant and actually inhibits the contractions that cause you to cough.
Another study suggests that peppermint oil treatments can even reduce the symptoms of chronic inflammatory disorders like allergic rhinitis and bronchial asthma.
Diffuse five drops of peppermint essential oil at home to unclog sinuses and treat a scratchy throat. This will also help to relax the nasal muscles, enabling the body to clear out mucus and allergens like pollen.
Peppermint oil can also be mixed with a carrier like jojoba or coconut oil and applied topically to the chest, back of neck, and temples of adults for quick relief. Note: One study found peppermint oil may be an area of concern for infants when used around the neck and face and could potentially cause life-threatening breathing problems. Many parents with children over the age of 2 use peppermint oil diluted in a carrier oil on the bottom of their children’s feet to treat fevers, however, it’s the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy suggests avoiding peppermint oil use in children under 30 months old.
Eucalyptus oil opens up the lungs and sinuses, improving circulation and reducing allergy symptoms in adults. It contains citronellal, which has analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects; it also works as an expectorant, cleansing the body of toxins and harmful microorganisms that act as allergens.
It’s been proven an effective treatment for upper respiratory tract infections in adults. One study showed that patients treated with eucalyptus spray reported an improvement in the severity of their most debilitating respiratory tract infection symptoms, like sore throats, hoarseness, or coughing.
To treat respiratory issues associated with allergies, diffuse five drops of pure eucalyptus oil at home or mix two drops with coconut oil and apply it topically to the chest and temples.
To clear the nasal passages and relieve congestion in adults, pour a cup of boiling water into a bowl and add 1 to 2 drops of eucalyptus essential oil, then place a towel over your head and inhale deeply for 5 to 10 minutes. TheUniversity of Maryland warns that you should not use eucalyptus oil, salve, or chest rub on children under 2. Beyond that, researchers suggest people avoid taking eucalyptus oil orally unless under strict supervision of a physician because of its toxicity.
Lemon oil supports lymphatic system drainage to overcome respiratory conditions. Lemon essential oil inhibits the growth of bacteria and boosts the immune system.
Adding 1 drop of lemon essential oil to honey and mixing into water aids in pH balance. However, it’s important to note that ingesting essential oils should be done with caution, much like you would use with prescription or over-the-counter drugs. The idea is that if an essential oil is safe for oral use, you should use it sparingly and only for a short period of time. It’s best to consult with an experienced aromatherapist, doctor of functional medicine, or naturopath if you’re new to using essential oils.
Often, lemon oil isn’t necessarily, and you can see great results by squeezing fresh lemon into your water. In fact, the benefits of lemon water include improving immune function and detoxing the body to prevent an over-reactive immune system, a key component of allergies. Lemon water also stimulates white blood cell production, which is vital for immune system function because it helps to protect the body.
Bonus: When it’s diffused at home, lemon oil can kill bacteria and eliminate allergy triggers in the air. You can use it to disinfect your home without harsh chemicals. It’s a terrific way to naturally reduce allergen triggers in your home as the seasons change. Just check local ozone levels and avoid using lemon oil during times of higher ozone—it can react with ozone and create formaldehyde.
Add a drop or two of lemon oil with water in a glass spray bottle and spray it on your couches, sheets, curtains and carpets.