Got the sneezes? Can’t wait for Spring to move on?
Here are four natural solutions that may support you.
Symptoms of seasonal allergies include watery eyes, stuffy nose, sneezing, coughing, wheezing, and chest congestion.
A 2010 study, although on animals, found that peppermint oil has a relaxing effect on smooth muscle, which helps to reduce the contractions that cause coughing.
Peppermint may be useful for relieving seasonal allergies.
Inhaling diffused peppermint oil can oftentimes immediately unclog the sinuses and offer relief to scratchy throats.
Peppermint can help to discharge phlegm and reduce inflammation — a leading cause of allergic reactions.
Solution: Diffuse two drops of peppermint essential oil at home to help bring relief to sinuses. This will also help to relax the nasal muscles, enabling the body to clear out mucus and allergens like pollen.
It can be added to a glass of water, cup of tea or smoothie. Peppermint oil can also be applied topically to the chest, back of neck and temples. For people with sensitive skin, it is best to dilute peppermint with coconut oil before topical application.
Lavender when combined with Lemon and Peppermint acts as a natural antihistamine. It helps to support inflammatory response and calms our system.
Lavender is an especially good option for skin irritations, as it is gentle on the skin and calms irritation.
The oil can be applied directly to the skin, or added to baths, lotions, and other skin products.
Solution: Diffuse equal parts with Lemon and Peppermint, or dilute in a rollerball with fractionated coconut oil and apply to the skin. You can also add to a large glass of water.
Eucalyptus oil opens up the lungs and sinuses, thereby improving circulation and reducing symptoms of allergies. Studies have shown that it produces a cold sensation in the nose that helps to improve airflow.
A 2011 study published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine found that eucalyptus essential oil was an effective treatment for upper respiratory tract infections. Patients who were treated with eucalyptus spray reported an improvement in the severity of their most debilitating respiratory tract infection symptoms compared to participants in the placebo group.
Solution: To clear the nasal passages and relieve congestion, pour a cup of boiling water into a bowl and add one drop of eucalyptus essential oil. Then place a towel over your head and inhale deeply for 5–10 minutes.
In one study, it was found that a lemon-based nasal spray helped in the treatment of a drippy nose.
Lemon essential oil is great for cleaning because of how well it cleans the air.
Lemon essential oil can also be used to disinfect your home, without depending on alcohol or bleach. It will remove bacteria and pollutants from your kitchen, bedroom and bathroom — reducing the triggers inside of your home and keeping the air clean for you and your family.
This can be especially helpful as the seasons change and allergens from outside are being brought into your house on shoes and clothes.
Solution: Add lemon oil to your laundry detergent, mix a couple of drops with water and spray it on your couches, sheets, curtains and carpets.