Well guys, there may still be a little snow on the ground in places but remember, spring is on its way. The grass will grow, the trees will bloom, and a lot of us will be sneezing and stopped up while we’re trying to see through our streaming, itchy eyeballs. Can anyone relate?
I don’t know about you, but I’m not safe inside or out. I’m allergic to all my pets and lots of stuff outside. If you have the same problem and are tired of popping expensive allergy pills like Pez, come along with me and explore some natural allergy treatments using essential oils.
What are Allergies?
Bear with me for this short scientific section… An allergy is a damaging immune system response to a substance that does not bother most other people. Common allergies are food, insect bites, pollen, dust, medicine, pets (ah, yes), and mold.
Allergy symptoms can vary but the common ones are itching, swelling, runny nose, asthma, and sneezing.
Now for the Natural Allergy Treatments
If you want to use essential oils, melaleuca, lavender, peppermint, roman chamomile, Melissa, patchouli, and eucalyptus.
For coughing, use doTerra Purify blend because it has immune stimulating properties.
For hay fever, use lavender, eucalyptus, rose, and peppermint.
Recipe 1: Apply 1 drop of peppermint on the base of the neck two times a day. Tap the thymus (located just below the notch in the neck) with your pointer fingers. Diffuse peppermint.
Recipe 2: For allergy rashes and skin sensitivity, apply 3 drops lavender, 6 drops Roman chamomile, 2 drops myrrh, and 1 drop peppermint on location.
The recipe I use is approximately 3 drops each of lemon, lavender, and peppermint in a glass of water at least once a day. I only have to take an allergy pill 2 or 3 times a week anymore and that is only to keep my eyes from itching.
Herbal Remedies for Allergies
If you want to try herbs for allergy relief, butterbur is a good one. Web MD says, “Butterbur is just as effective at relieving nasal symptoms as Zyrtec and Allegra.” It won’t make you sleepy, either. You can find Butterbur in capsule form from most health stores.
Cayenne pepper is also helpful because it has capsaisin in it. That’ll clear your sinuses out, eh? Capsaisin is used for treating an array of different health conditions, but regarding allergies, it may reduce the swelling in your throat membranes.
To use cayenne pepper to reduce throat swelling, mix either ½ of a lemon or lime with 1 tbsp. of salt. Add ½ cut of lukewarm water and stir in ¼ tsp. of cayenne pepper and gargle small amounts. DO NOT swallow the mixture.
Natural Allergy Supplements
Maybe you want to take some vitamins to help your allergies and boot your immune system a bit? Here are a few to choose from:
B vitamins help build immunity. You probably want a B complex because B5, B6 and B12 work together to rebalance the immune system. Vitamin B5 builds cortisol, which defends against allergies and allergic reactions.
Vitamin C reduces histamine levels and boosts the immune system. If you are fighting allergies, you should take it in doses of 4,000 mg. You can make it more effective by eating citrus fruits, berries, and dark green vegetables while you are taking it.