It is estimated that allergies affect about 30% of adults and 40% of children in the US. That’s about 50 million people in the United States alone.
If you’re like most people, you spend a lot of time trying to avoid your allergy triggers. But, sometimes that just isn’t possible and allergies can really put a damper on both work and social life. Fortunately, essential oils for allergies can help provide some relief.
Essential oils are a safe and natural way to get relief from seasonal allergies and boost your immune system. If you’re wondering what the best essential oils for allergy relief are, we’re here to help answer your questions.
What is an Allergy?
Allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the United States. If you’re someone who doesn’t suffer from allergies – lucky you. But, you probably know someone who does and how adversely it can affect their lives.
An allergic reaction happens when a usually harmless substance triggers an abnormal response in your immune system. It could be something you eat, inhale or touch that causes your body to sound the alarm that something isn’t right.
Once triggered, your immune system attempts to fight off the foreign substance. This results in a reaction such as sneezing, coughing, watery eyes, diarrhea, hives, shortness of breath and even asthma attacks.
The most common allergy causing substances are:
- dust and dust mites
- animal dander
Allergies can occur to anyone at any stage in life – even people who have never suffered from them previously. However, they are most likely to show up in children and young adults.
How do Essential Oils Fight Allergies?
One theory about allergies is that they are caused by an imbalance in the body due to inflammation. Many natural medicine practitioners state that inflammation is the root of most disease. They believe that allergens set an already taxed immune system, due to inflammation, into overdrive.
Essential oils fight allergies through their anti-inflammatory and immune boosting properties. Many essential oils for allergies can be used to help calm the nervous system, fight infections and reduce inflammation.
Some oils, such as peppermint, lavender and eucalyptus oil have soothing properties that can help reduce the symptoms of allergies quite fast.
How to Use Essential Oils for Allergies
Seasonal Allergies: Disinfect your home from seasonal allergies like pollen, dust and dander by diffusing essential oils throughout your house. We like to use a blend of lemon and lavender oils for their disinfectant and anti-bacterial properties.
Food Allergies: Peppermint oil can be a real lifesaver when it comes to allergic reactions to food. It has a soothing effect on the stomach and helps reduce nausea. Take 1-2 drops of pure peppermint oil settle the stomach. Always consult your natural medicine practitioner before consuming essential oils – not all are safe!
Skin Allergies: Essential oils are often applied to the skin to treat rashes and hives. Always make sure to dilute them in a carrier oil such as coconut oil or almond oil first. Some essential oils can irritate the skin even more when applied directly.
The Best Essential Oils for Allergy Relief
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender is one of the most versatile essential oils for allergies. It’s soothing enough to apply to the skin without diluting and smells great when used in a diffuser.
Lavender blends well with a many other oils and can be used to treat headaches, skin allergies and restlessness. To ease headaches and promote restful sleep, apply a few drops to the temples or in a cold oil diffuser.
Lemon and Lavender Diffuser Blend
- 10 drops lemon essential oil
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
- 100ml water
Lavender Oil for Dry Itchy Skin
Apply undiluted lavender oil to help soothe dry itchy skin. You can also dilute it with coconut, almond or jojoba oil if you have very sensitive skin.
Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint oil is another great all-around essential oil for treating a variety of allergic reactions. However, peppermint oil is especially effective for digestive upset and sinus issues. Take 1-2 drops by mouth to help soothe stomach upset and aid digestion.
Peppermint Oil Sinus Diffuser Blend
Clear your sinuses with this diffuser blend of peppermint oil and eucalyptus. Diffuse 15 minutes on and 15 minutes off and inhale deeply for best results.
- 10 drops peppermint oil
- 5 drops eucalyptus
- 100ml of water
Eucalytpus Essential Oil
Eucalyptus is one of the best essential oils for allergy relief because of its effect on the respiratory system. It has long been used in many medications to help open up the sinuses and soothe air passages. Eucalyptus is great for all kinds of respiratory ailments from colds, to seasonal allergies and asthma attacks.
The best way to use eucalyptus essential oil is through steam inhalation. Place 3 – 5 drops of eucalyptus oil in a bowl of boiling hot water. Drape a towel over your head and inhale in 5 minute increments.
Lemon Essential Oil
Lemon oil is a natural antihistamine with anti-bacterial properties. It can help reduce mucus production and relieve inflammation. Because of its antihistamine properties, lemon essential oil is excellent for seasonal allergy relief. Asthma sufferers may also find it soothing when inhaled.
Combine lemon and lavender essential oils in a diffuser and mist throughout your home or office during allergy season. Not only will it reduce the effects of dust and pollen, but can also purify the air and smells great.
Basil Essential Oil
Basil oil’s strength lies in it’s ability to reduce inflammation and fight viral infections. Because allergies may be caused by inflammation, basil oil can help shorten your body’s response to allergens.
The best way to use basil oil is through inhalation and internally. To inhale, place a few drops in a diffuser and allow to mist. For internal application, add 1 drop to food to help support immune function.
So, there you have it, the 5 best essential oils for allergy relief: lavender, peppermint, lemon, eucalyptus and basil. They can be used in a variety of ways to help ease a wide variety of allergy symptoms.