The season is changing once again and here comes a lot of new annoying allergens to mess up your daily life. You are not alone, though, as allergies haunt around 50 million people in the US. All of these allergies can bring coughing fits and stuffy noses which can be an annoying problem to deal with in the office. Like most people, you may have tried certain remedies which might range from trying certain meds to a filling your shower full of steam.
But there’s one thing you are missing out. Something which will make an impact in controlling those allergies. These miracle workers are called essential oils.
According to Yufang Lin, MD, essential oils can make a difference when controlling symptoms such as nasal congestion. He says these allergies will not be cured but will for sure provide effective allergy relief due to the anti-inflammatory properties they possess.
So here we gathered a list of essential oils that will calm down those irritating symptoms.
If every time you face an allergen, you get a stuffy nose, then Eucalyptus is your saviour. This essential oil has a menthol-like feeling and aids you in breaking up phlegm and mucus thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. You also get to breathe better due to your sinuses staying clean. It’s easy to apply since all you have to do is mix it with some carrier oil and then put a small amount on your chest.
Nasal congestion symptoms won’t trouble you anymore with the lemongrass essential oil, thanks to its antihistamine properties. Lemongrass will provide relief to your symptoms and is simple to use too. Make some lemongrass tea to get enjoy a congestion-free day.
If a clogged nose is your problem, then Lavender essential oil will be able to solve your allergy symptoms. Lavender essential oil is not only calming but will also decrease the mucus due to its anti-inflammatory properties. This will help a lot and will provide you with a peaceful day at the office.
Lemongrass is not the only essential oil to help you with your stuffiness. According to Dr.Lin, Chamomile oil can greatly help to calm your nervous system, and besides its health benefits, it also makes a lovely cup of tea which battles your allergy.
Mint oils don’t usually provide an antihistamine response, but according to Dr.Lin, nothing beats them when it's time to clean up your sinuses. However, peppermint has a calming effect on muscle which leads to an ease in coughing and lowers inflammation. It does not directly reduce the allergy response, but what it sure does is make you feel a lot better. That said, people with allergies will be grateful for anything which helps them breathe from their nose.
According to research, lemon oil can help with treating allergic rhinitis or hay fever. Experts saw less sinus inflammation with people who used nasal spray with included lemon pulp than those who did not. Do note though, that if you do decide to use lemon oil topically, then don’t go outside immediately as according to Dr.Lin, you may get a sunburn.
According to a study done in 2016, a blend which included Ravensara, sandalwood, and frankincense oils, were able to clear nasal passages, help in itchy and runny noses and got rid of sneezes. The blend even helped people with hay fever. People who inhaled the blend for about a week claimed they slept better and had an overall better day. This can help with a sound sleep at night, which sounds almost impossible during an allergy season.
How to use essential oils for allergies
Now you know which essential oils can help you with your respiratory congestion and irritation. Here are some ways that essential oils can be used effectively to treat your allergies.
You must perform workouts or yoga to keep your metabolism healthy for the day.
Doing meditation and breathing deeply for even twenty minutes can provide great health benefits for internal organs. Therefore, it will help keep allergies away naturally. Inhaling fresh air can help regulate your body system in a better way. If you don’t like heavy workouts, buy yourself a Gaiam yoga mat, put it in your terrace where the fresh air abounds. Sit on it and breath in and out only for minutes to increase natural immunity to figure off allergies.
A plug-in diffuser or an oil burner can be particularly helpful here. Just add a few drops of oil or a blend in the burner. Problems revolving around respiratory conditions and seasonal allergies can be treated effectively with this.
This is another easy method to apply essential oils. Put a drop or two on to a piece of cloth and then inhale. You can also inhale directly from a bottle.
Another method to treat seasonal allergies would be to add a few drops of essential oils to a bowl of hot water. Then all you need to do is breathe in the vapours if you are looking for nighttime relief then add 4-5 drops of the essential oil to your pillow.
People that are suffering from allergy symptoms revolving around their skin such as hives, rashes and itching, can apply the oil to their skin. Most of these oils should first be mixed with a carrier oil. Carrier oils include jojoba, sweet almond oil or coconut oil.
A ratio of 1 tablespoon of carrier oil with 2 drops of essential oil is what works best.
Include more dietary and organic teas in your daily routine to keep the congestion at bay, for instance, two cups of chamomile tea can help clear up the lungs. In the same way, there are certains health benefits of IASO tea that can detoxify your internal system with its minerals and antioxidants.