Using Essential Oils for Seasonal Allergies

For many of us, it’s challenging to find natural remedies that help with seasonal allergies.   If you’re experimenting with aromatherapy and allergies, we recommend trying out one essential oil or blend at a time (try for a week or so, though, before switching to something new), and keeping track of what is most effective. If an oil seems to make things worse, than, of course, eliminate that right away, as the last thing you want to do is exacerbate your symptoms.  Remember to look into herbal remedies and dietary remedies as well, as both of those can make a big difference. And we are big fans of the Neti Pot, for those of you who suffer from sinus congestion and chronic infections.

Our top oils for seasonal allergies include Blue Tansy, Roman Chamomile (note: avoid chamomile if you know you have a ragweed allergy), Lavender (is there anything Lavender isn’t helpful for?), Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Lemon, Geranium and Rose.   Many people simply add a few drops of their chosen oil or oils to a tissue or handkerchief, and inhale as needed throughout the day (an aromatherapy inhaler is a nice, portable way to carry your oils with you).   In your home, you can diffuse the oils, of course, and a bath can be a wonderful way to relax with essential oils, especially right before bed.
For my daughter, who suffers from spring allergies, I make up a massage blend, using just a few drops of Chamomile or Blue Tansy and Lavender, which she massages around her neck and behind her ears. It helps to relax her, and alleviate some of her symptoms.
For relief of congestion, a blend of peppermint, eucalyptus (radiata) and lemon is a blessing in a diffuser.   And of course a steam inhalation can feel heavenly when the symptoms are at their worst. Add a few drops of eucalyptus or rosemary essential oil to a bowl of steaming water.  Cover your head and the bowl with a towel, close your eyes, and take in a few deep breaths.  Repeat as needed.
The following recipe blends come from Valerie Gennari Cooksley’s fantastic book, “Aromatherapy:  A Lifetime Guide to Healing with Essential Oils”.
Allergy Diffuser Blend:
5 parts Lavender essential oil
2 parts Bergamot essential oil
1 part Lemon essential oil
1 part Juniper essential oil
1 part Peppermint essential oil
Use in a diffuser two to three times per day.
She also recommends a foot-bath, with the following:
Into a few tablespoons of your favorite bath salts, add 3 drops Lavender, 1 drop Rose and 1 drop Geranium essential oil.  Fill a small tub with warm water, add the oils and salt, mix well, and then soak your feet for 15-30 minutes.
Disclaimer: The information provided here is for educational purposes only, and not intended to treat, prescribe, cure, or diagnose any disease or condition. This information is not intended as a substitute for consulting with your physician or other health care provider. Dreaming Earth Botanicals is not responsible for any adverse effects resulting from the use of any of the suggestions, preparations, or procedures discussed. All matters pertaining to your physical health should be supervised by a health care professional. Keep all aromatherapy products out of reach of children.


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