Can Essential Oils Help with Seasonal Allergies?
Yes! Essential oils can be a great way to help decrease the symptoms of seasonal allergies. Some of the general symptoms of seasonal allergies include:
- Nasal congestion
- Itchy, watery eyes
- Runny nose
- Itchy throat
- Itchy skin
How Do Essential Oils Work?
Today’s professional practitioners use approximately 300 essential oils for their healing effects. However, as few as 10 essential oils can cover the needs of most households for antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, pain, mood and relaxation uses.
The most effective way to use an essential oil is through inhalation or application to the skin in a carrier oil such as coconut oil, jojoba oil or olive oil. Pure essential oils have a chemical structure that is able to stimulate the olfactory nerve. The olfactory nerve is one of your 12 cranial nerves arising directly out of the brain. When you stimulate the olfactory nerve, it feeds back directly into the brain. Different essential oils will differ as to what area of the brain is stimulated. The oil must be smelled for five minutes to stimulate the olfactory nerve. Then it takes 15 minutes for the effect to occur in the brain.
Relieving Allergy Symptoms
Avera Medical Group Integrative Medicine can help you determine the best combination of essential oils to decrease your symptoms. Our recommendations to help decrease the symptoms of seasonal allergies are listed below.
Essential Oil Option 1
Put 1 drop each of chamomile and lemon essential oils onto a tissue and inhale. You may also add the following combination to your bath:
- Chamomile: 2 drops
- Lemon: 2 drops
- Lavender: 1 drop
Essential Oil Option 2
Dilute the following essential oils in 1 teaspoon of carrier oil and massage the neck, chest and back:
- Chamomile: 2 drops
- Geranium: 1 drop
- Lemon: 1 drop
Other essential oils that could be used:
- Eucalyptus can open the respiratory system, reduce inflammation and allow better breathing. So can rosemary, which is slightly more mild than eucalyptus, so may be more fitting for a child.
- Clove oil is anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial, and can help to reduce allergy symptoms.
- Peppermint will help to open those stuffed nasal passages and can reduce headaches.
- Lavender is a natural antihistamine, anti-inflammatory and very calming. It can help reduce irritation and relax your breathing.
- Lemon improves immunity, relieves respiratory issues, is antibacterial and relieves respiratory inflammation.
- Roman chamomile is anti-inflammatory, relaxing, relieves headaches and eases inflammation. For sufferers of the ragweed allergy, chamomile is in the same family and can make your reaction worse.
Pure essential oils are a highly effective, low cost, pleasant, easy to utilize and side-effect free tool for anyone’s health benefits. Contact Integrative Medicine at 605-322-3241.