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Seasonal allergies are no fun! This is where essential oils for allergies can make a big difference.
The sniffing, the sneezing, the wheezing is enough to wear anyone out. While you can certainly use medication for relief, essential oils work too! Take a look at the many ways to use essential oils for seasonal allergies.
Disclaimer: The information presented is intended for educational purposes only and is not meant as a substitute for medical care or to prescribe treatment for any specific health condition. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Consult individual product labels for safety information.
How to Use Essential oils for Seasonal Allergies
Essential oils are a wonderful natural remedy for dealing with seasonal allergies. They have a three-fold benefit – they can reduce inflammation caused by allergies, alleviate the symptoms of seasonal allergies, and support the immune system against environmental sensitivities.
Knowing that essential oils can be used in this manner, it’s possible to use that information to deal with allergens in a few different ways.
First, it’s important to reduce allergens around the home. Products like cleaning sprays, hand cleansers, and linen sprays (all with essential oils!) can reduce pollen and other factors that cause inflammation.
Second, you’ll want to deal with the symptoms of allergies – congestion, watery eyes, and sneezing are all common symptoms that can be alleviated by using essential oils. You can run a diffuser, use a personal inhaler, or steam inhalation to alleviate those symptoms.
Master Blend for Seasonal Allergies
The first step is to create a blend that you can use in a variety of ways. Clean an empty 5ml essential oil bottle and add your essential oils directly to the bottle before adding the orifice reducer and the cap:
25 drops Tea Tree
15 drops Siberian Fir
35 drops German Chamomile
25 drops Cedarwood
This master blend for allergies combats the issue on a few fronts – all of these oils included contain a combination of constituents that have anti-histamine, anti-inflammatory, and decongestant properties.
So they can reduce your reaction to allergens, calm any inflammation caused by allergens, and reduce congestion caused by those allergens.
One caution: If you are on medications that are metabolized by CYP2D6, CYP1A2, CYP2C9, or CYP3A4 you should avoid using German Chamomile. Replace with Lavender or Sweet Marjoram instead.
Once you’ve made your master blend, you can use it in so many ways.
- Add it to a personal inhaler you can carry around with you
- Put 8-10 drops in a diffuser and run for 20 minutes intermittently throughout the day
- Add a drop to your favorite diffuser necklace or bracelet
- Use as a cleaning spray or to spritz your bed linens to reduce allergens
Instead of trying to track down your recipe and get out your essential oil bottles every time you want to use them, you just need to grab your master blend. It’s such a time saver!
1. Personal Inhaler for Seasonal Allergies
A personal inhaler is a preferred method for many who suffer from seasonal allergies. When essential oils are inhaled they can go where they are needed very quickly – providing relief from the symptoms of seasonal allergies. Unlike applying essential oils topically, which requires more care, you can use an inhaler as often as needed to help alleviate symptoms.
Personal inhaler seasonal allergy blend
Place the cotton wick from the inhaler into a small glass bowl. Carefully drip 15 drops of your master blend onto the wick.
If you need to, use tweezers to move the wick around to absorb any drops that missed the wick and landed in the bowl. Insert the wick into the inhaler, adding the cap and cover.
(For a glass vial inhaler: drip essential oils into the glass vial. Insert the cotton wick, keeping about ¼ of the wick out of the vial. Screw on cap.)
To use: remove the cap and, holding the inhaler beneath your nose, take a few slow, deep breaths. Repeat this process whenever you need to.
2. Use a Diffuser Bracelet or Necklace for Seasonal Allergies
Another great option for portable seasonal allergy relief is a diffuser bracelet or necklace. Simply add the essential oils to the lava beads or cotton insert (depending on the style of your jewelry), allowing it to dry before wearing it.
Diffuser bracelet blend: Add 2 drops of the master blend to your diffuser bracelet or necklace (great for kids too).
3. Steam Inhalation for Seasonal Allergies
If you’re feeling very congested, steam inhalation is a great method to soothe and heal. It’s also a great method to begin using at the onset of seasonal allergy season. It can clear your sinus passages of potential allergens even before symptoms begin to show up.
Place a drop of Cypress or Siberian Fir essential oil in a sink filled with hot water. Place your head over the sink, covering your head and the sink with a towel to trap the steam. Keep your eyes closed and inhale deeply for two to five minutes.
4. Run a Diffuser at home
While you can effectively use essential oils to deal with symptoms of seasonal allergies you can also use them to make some DIY home care products that will help reduce the allergens in your home.
A diffuser is a great tool in your arsenal. When you run a diffuser filled with water and 8-10 drops of essential oil you can clear the air of airborne germs and everyone in the family can benefit from the essential oils.
If you’ve made that master blend all you need to do is add 8-10 drops to your diffuser and run it for about 20 minutes a few times a day. That’s it!
I love running my diffuser just before bedtime too. But instead of the master blend, try this combination:
3 drops Lavender
2 drops Cedarwood
2 drops German Chamomile
2 drops Cypress (if you’re congested)
5. All-Purpose Cleaning Spray
Using an all-purpose cleaning spray as an allergen reducer is easy. Just spray on hard surfaces and wipe clean.
Allergen reducing cleaning spray recipe
Add 36 drops of the master blend to a 4 oz spray bottle with one tablespoon white vinegar. Fill with 3 oz of distilled water. To use: shake well before spraying on surfaces and wiping clean. This recipe doesn’t contain a preservative so small batches that will be used within a month or so are best.
6. Linen Spray
Pillowcases and linens are common places for allergens to hide. Essential oils can be used to refresh and remove those allergens.
Allergen reducing linen spray recipe
Add 12 drops of the master blend (or use the bedtime diffuser blend for a more calming, restful scent) to a 1 oz spray bottle filled with distilled water. To use: shake well before lightly spraying pillows and linens.
Best Essential Oils for Seasonal Allergies
Now that you have a few ways to use your essential oils for seasonal allergies, which oils should you have on your shopping list?
If you want to create your own seasonal allergy blends, add these oils to your collection:
- Siberian Fir – eases congestion, calming
- Lavender – soothing and calming
- German Chamomile – soothing and calming
- Cedarwood – soothing and calming
- Cypress – eases congestion, calming
- Tea Tree – calming, disinfectant
- Sweet Marjoram – soothing and calming
Other Remedies to add your Seasonal Allergy Regimen
Besides essential oils there are some other methods you can use to alleviate allergy symptoms:
Take a tablespoon of locally sourced honey daily during allergy season.
Try a neti-pot to cleanse your nasal cavities.
Change your pillowcase frequently.
Shower in the evening to remove allergens and pollen when you’ve been out.
Use a salt lamp.
Take stinging nettle.
For a more in-depth look at dealing with seasonal allergies, read this 3-part series from Plant Therapy.
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