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Are you suffering from allergies? The sniffing, the sneezing, the wheezing is enough to wear anyone out.
While you can certainly use medication for relief, essential oils are natural and work fast! Whatever your current allergy symptoms are, take a look at the many ways you can use essential oils to soothe and find relief.
How to use essential oils for allergies
Use the best essential oils for 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:
- Fir Needle – eases congestion, calming
- Lavender – soothing and calming
- German Chamomile – soothing and calming
- Cedarwood – soothing and calming
- Tea Tree – calming and disinfecting
- Cypress – eases congestion, calming
Try this essential oil allergy blend
The first step is to create a blend that you can use in a variety of ways.
Clean an empty 5ml essential oil bottle. Add the recommended drops of essential oils directly to the bottle before replacing the cap. Store in a cool dry place.
25 drops Tea Tree
15 drops Balsam Fir
35 drops German Chamomile
25 drops Cedarwood
This master blend for allergies combats the issue on a few fronts. All of these oils contain a combination of constituents that have antihistamine, anti-inflammatory, and decongestant properties.
Because of this, these oils 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.
- Use as a cleaning spray or to spritz your bed linens to reduce allergens.
- 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.
- Drop to your favorite diffuser necklace or bracelet.
Use this essential oil allergy blend anytime you need fast relief. It’s such a time saver!
Run an essential oils diffuser at home
Next, it’s time 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 at home to effectively alleviate those symptoms.
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 30-60 minutes a few times a day.
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
- 3 drops Cypress (if you are congested)
Make your own linen spray
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.
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.
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
To use: shake well before lightly spraying pillows and linens.
Use a personal inhaler for allergies
A personal inhaler is a preferred method for many who suffer from allergies. When essential oils are inhaled they can go where they are needed very quickly, providing relief from 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.
Wear a diffuser bracelet or necklace
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).
Make an 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
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.
Clear sinuses with steam inhalation
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 Fir Needle 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.
Try other natural at-home remedies
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 from the day
- Use a salt lamp