Can Essential Oils Help Relieve Spring Allergies?
Spring is so beautiful. It feels as if the earth is coming back to life. Trees are popping new buds and the grass is getting green. Unfortunately, these flowering buds are often the cause of some of the worst spring allergies. Symptoms like watery eyes, a runny nose, and an itchy throat can ruin even the most beautiful spring day.
For those of us combating seasonal allergies life is feeling awfully rough right now. For a more holistic and natural approach, there are several essential oils that can help relieve the symptoms of allergies. These natural remedies can provide fast relief without unwanted side effects. Here are a few of the most effective essential oils for helping you feel better so you can get back outside this spring.
Best Essential Oils for Seasonal Allergies
Peppermint: Its high menthol content and strong minty aroma make Peppermint a great tool for fighting allergies. As an expectorant, Peppermint essential oil helps clear phlegm and open airways. Its natural anti-inflammatory properties make Peppermint the best essential oil for quick headache relief. Dilute and use as a chest rub to help clear your sinuses or rub on your temples and pulse points to ease a headache. Peppermint can also provide cooling relief for itchy bug bites and hives.
Frankincense: With its anti-inflammatory properties, Frankincense essential oil can help open airways and help ease a spastic cough that may accompany allergies. Frankincense oil is relaxing and can help you get some much needed sleep while also strengthening your immune system to keep you feeling healthy.
Lavender: Hands down the most versatile and popular essential oil, Lavender essential oil’s ability to soothe and reduce inflammation may help relieve allergy symptoms. It may reduce swelling, redness, and pain associated with allergies and lessen the build-up of mucous. Adding this powerhouse essential oil to your diffuser is a great way to calm your mind and get a better night’s rest. Lavender is also one of the best essential oils for skin irritation related to allergies.
Cedarwood: Great for respiratory support in children, Cedarwood essential oil works as a decongestant and expectorant to help clear the airways. Its antispasmodic properties can help relieve coughing and its calming scent encourages more peaceful sleep. Blend with Lavender and Sweet Orange in your diffuser for allergy symptom relief when you need more healing rest.
Tea Tree: Tea Tree essential oil Is a valuable asset in any at-home apothecary for relief from minor hives and skin irritations due to mild seasonal allergies. We blend ours with Jojoba oil in a roll-on bottle to make it easier to use on the go. Tea Tree oil has anti-inflammatory properties which can help bring down sinus swelling to help ease your stuffy or runny nose.
Basil: A study by the Journal of Food Science and Technology has found Sweet Basil to be an effective anti-inflammatory, making it one of the best oils for seasonal allergies. Basil also acts as an antispasmodic to help reduce coughing symptoms and an analgesic for providing pain relief. Use Basil essential oil in your diffuser for relief of allergy symptoms and to strengthen your immune system. Avoid if pregnant.
Eucalyptus: Ahhh Eucalyptus…from cleaning your home to suppressing a cough, Eucalyptus is known for its relieving and cooling qualities making it an automatic go-to for help with sinus congestion.