Over the past few days, we’ve noticed that the grass is turning green, flower buds are beginning to appear, and days are getting brighter and warmer. After a cold, snowy winter, there’s nothing better than stepping outside, feeling the sun on your face, and hearing the birds start to sing again. It’s a beautiful time of the year; a time to try new things, live up to your new year resolutions, and brave the great outdoors.
Like it or not, spring is here—and with it: allergy season.
Although we can’t stop the pollen from tickling your nose, we can recommend a few essential oils to help get rid of itchy eyes, sniffly noses, and congested sinuses.
Try these oils to help your allergies this year:
1. Tea Tree Oil:
Tea tree oil is known for its ability to promote immune strength and soothe sensitive skin. Though this oil cannot be safely ingested, it works as a powerful antiseptic, and has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Dilute a few drops of tea tree oil, and apply topically to areas affected by minor rashes or irritations.
2. Peppermint Oil:
If you’re feeling a little stuffed up, the menthol properties of peppermint oil are bound to help you feel better. Diffuse 15 drops of peppermint oil in 16-20 oz water, or add a few drops to a cup of boiling water and inhale the vapor for a few minutes. The menthol will help loosen phlegm from congested nasal passageways, and the mint’s cooling effect will provide inside relief to irritated areas
3. Oregano Oil:
Make sure to use oregano oil with high carvacrol content. Carvacrol, found in oregano, can protect the liver, act as an antioxidant, and help prevent other harmful organisms from affecting the body. Additionally, It’s the perfect oil to help combat allergies or a sinus infection. If you notice pressure or swelling around your nose, massage a 2% dilution of oregano oil around your nose, or on pressure points of your face to help reduce inflammation and redness around affected areas.
4. Eucalyptus Oil:
Citronellal is one of the main components of Eucalyptus. It works as an expectorant, and also has anti-inflammatory effects—making eucalyptus oil a great choice when it comes to allergy relief. Try putting 8-10 drops on a sponge or washcloth, and drop it in your bath for a relaxing way to fight your allergies.
5. Sweet Basil Oil:
Basil oil can help rid the body of bacteria or viruses, and reduce the body’s inflammatory response to allergens. Additionally, basil oil may support adrenal function, which makes it easier for your body to produce many of the hormones needed for day-to-day activities. To fight allergies and improve respiratory function, dilute 2-3 drops of sweet basil oil in fractionated coconut oil, and apply to your chest, the back of your neck, and temples.
6. Nature’s Fusions Strength Blend:
This blend combines lemongrass, cinnamon, thyme, and lemon to provide powerful protection and relief. In this blend, lemongrass works as a muscle relaxor, cinnamon fights viruses and inflammation, thyme offers antibacterial and expectorant properties, and the lemon purifies your body, improves your mood, and offers relief from nausea or coughing. Diffuse it, dilute and apply topically, or add a few drops to a sinus cavity rinse for ultimate protection.
Be sure to dilute your oils with a carrier oil instead of directly applying them to your skin. This will help you avoid burns, irritation, rashes, and itchiness as you're working to get rid of your spring allergies!