The snow is gone (in most places in North America), the birds are chirping and spring is officially here. While it is wonderful to get outdoors to garden, hike or cycle, it is good to have some natural remedies on hand if you are an allergy sufferer.
There are many essential oils that are effective for allergy symptoms and for alleviating sinus congestion, sneezing, respiratory problems and so forth. The following list is not exhaustive but includes some of the oils that are readily available and highly effective for allergies. It’s not necessary to use all of the oils; actually it is preferable to stick to one or two individual oils or a blend of a few. I’ve included the Latin names of the preferred varieties of essential oil to help ensure that you obtain the correct oils and avoid using any varieties that may lack therapeutic properties, or worse, be harmful.
Some of my favorite essential oils for allergies include:
Blue Tansy (also known as Moroccan chamomile, Tanacetum annum) contains a unique compound known as chamazulene that has anti-allergic and anti-histamine properties, thereby reducing allergy symptoms while also preventing more allergic reactions. Do not use other varieties know as tansy as they can be toxic.
Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus radiate and Eucalyptus globulus) is an excellent expectorant that helps to clear sinus and lung congestion. Eucalyptus is highly effective at alleviating stuffed nasal passageways. Place a few drops on a tissue and inhale deeply for 5 to ten 10 minutes. Alternativelsy, simply placing this oil in an aromatherapy diffuser (a small device that diffuses the essential oil into the air) can help alleviate the congestion of allergies. Some people, but not all, can handle one drop of this oil “neat,” which means undiluted on the palms of the hands. Dilute it in a carrier oil if you have sensitive skin.
Peppermint (Mentha piperita) works as a natural decongestant to alleviate nasal and sinus congestion….