Using Essential Oils to Combat Seasonal Allergies
By Stephen R. Farris
With summer ending and fall approaching, it's time for those seasonal allergies to start kicking in.
Usually folks suffer from seasonal allergies in the late summer or early fall, or toward the end of winter and throughout the spring season.
Seasonal allergies can make you feel miserable, but you may be able to find relief by checking out the benefits of essential oils.
Essential oils are a natural way -- due to being plant-based in origin -- to help combat seasonal allergies. Some of the ways they can be used are by:
- Diffusing them in the air
- Using them in the bath
- Diluting them and applying to the skin
- Spraying them in the air
- Breathing them in from the bottle or container
The last suggestion on the list above is referred to as aromatherapy. When applying to the skin, you can use what is called a carrier oil such as sweet almond or olive oil. Usually you mix five drops of essential oil to 1 ounce of carrier oil.
There are many types of essential oils and most affect the body and senses differently.
Lavender is a very popular essential oil. It has a soothing effect and helps reduce inflammation when suffering from allergies.
The great thing about essential oils is that you can blend them. Here's a unique combination you might want to try during allergy season to help lessen the sneezing and a runny nose.
Sandalwood, Frankincense, and Ravensara
By mixing the three, studies have shown that most folks found relief for some of their allergy symptoms. You can also use the mixture to spray in the air or combine them with a carrier oil to apply to your skin.
Eucalyptus is an anti-inflammatory that can help reduce congestion and open up your airways better because of its cooling effect.
Peppermint has been a delicious, soothing candy treat for centuries. But it is also available as an essential oil. Peppermint can reduce inflammation to help you breathe better. You can also use it on the skin or mix it with other essential oils such as lemon and lavender.
You local chiropractor can help you during allergy season. They can offer tips and suggestions to help you get better.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Mukilteo, Wash.