Summer is the season of long days, sunshine and – allergies! According to the data, seasonal allergies affect almost 30% of the world’s population.
For many people, the change of seasons means the onset of allergies: mostly sneezing and coughing, runny nose and watery eyes. The most common causes of seasonal allergies include pollen, dust, medication, and food. All these allergens trigger symptoms in the nose, throat, sinuses, and lining of the stomach. Now, there’s no shortage of remedies available for allergy sufferers, but if you’re looking for an all natural alternative; look no further than essential oils.
Why Essential Oils?
Beyond just smelling good, essential oils are also a good remedy for calming your body’s allergic reactions. The good news is that they can offer relief and sometimes even prevent allergy symptoms. They can help reduce the overreaction of the immune system to the allergen present. According to Yufang Lin, MD, essential oils are “really good at treating symptoms such as nasal congestion”. Diffusing aromatically is the most effective way of using essential oils, although you can also dilute it with a carrier oil and apply topically to your sinuses and chest.
If you’re looking to incorporate essential oils to relieve your allergy symptoms, TABIIB has compiled a list of eight essential oils you might want to try. It’s advisable to consult a doctor before using these as a permanent, long-term alternative. Visit TABIIB to book an appointment.
Lavender essential oil is calming and soothing. It can help control inflammation, decrease mucus cell formation and calm the nervous system. Try using lavender in a diffuser for the best results.
A research study shows that lemon has mucolytic properties, which means it can help decrease excess mucus production. It helps with respiratory conditions. Perfect for the days when your stuffy nose gets the better of you!
When used in a diffuser with lavender and peppermint, it can kill the bacteria and germs present in air.
Eucalyptus oil opens up sinuses and helps improve circulation. A study shows that eucalyptus stimulates the cold receptors in the nose thereby improving airflow. Add a few drops to hot water and inhale the steam for it to be really effective.
While mint oils don’t rank the highest in anti-histamine response, they’re the best at providing sinus relief. Peppermint has been shown to ease coughing because of its calming effect on the muscles. Diffuse it in the air to clear up your sinuses.
Tea tree oil has antihistamine properties which can help decongest lungs and unclog sinuses. It also has broader antimicrobial properties that can kill mold, fungus and bacteria–all things that may exacerbate allergies. Use a few drops in hot water and inhale the steam for best results.
6) Blend of Sandalwood and Frankincense
One study has found that diffusing the blend of sandalwood and frankincense in the air has led to reduced sneezing, alleviated runny noses, and cleared nasal passages. Those with seasonal allergies who inhaled the blend for a week reported that they were feeling happier and sleeping better. For maximum effectiveness, use it in a diffuser.
Chamomile oil’s antihistamine properties target your lung congestion–by clearing it up and easing airflow. In herb form, it also makes for a great allergy busting cup of tea.
Similar in properties as chamomile oil, lemongrass helps keep nasal blockages at bay. You can diffuse lemongrass or add it to your daily cup of tea to boost your immunity.
Using essential oils isn’t without risks. If you’re especially chemical sensitive, they may also trigger more allergic responses. Consult a doctor before you begin any essential oil treatment. You can use TABIIB to help you look for the right one.