Allergies are a common problem for many people, different kinds of allergies but similar, painful symptoms that can cause serious health problems. However, the conventional treatment can often fail and be ineffective so why don’t we try a different approach? Essential oils and aromatherapy have proven to be very effective against different kinds of allergies and can boost your immune system, soothe inflammation and clear sinus blockages.
Here are the top 5 essential oils you can use if you suffer from allergies:
Lavender essential oil has powerful anti-inflammatory properties and can provide relief and alleviate allergic reaction as it acts as a natural anti-histamine.
How to use it? When you have an allergic reaction just add a few drops of it between your palms, rub them and inhale it. Breathe deep and the symptoms should subside.
Lemon oil is an essential oil that boost our lymphatic system’s function and protects us from respiratory problems. It prevents bacteria overgrowth and strengthens our immune system. If you want to eliminate the allergic triggers in your home you should use a diffuser with lemon oil.
How to use it? Add a drop or two of lemon oil in a glass of water and drink it to get your pH level under control. If you want to disinfect your sheets, curtains and carpets add some lemon essential oil to the detergent you use and wash them.
According to the European Journal of Medicinal Research and the study they published peppermint essential oil is a potent anti-inflammatory agent which sooths chronic inflammatory disorders including bronchial asthma and allergic rhinitis. It also alleviates allergies, coughs and sinusitis thanks to its expectorant properties.
How to use it? If you’re dealing with clogged sinuses or a sore throat, add 5 drops of this oil to your diffuser. If you have an inflammation take 1-2 drops of peppermint essential oil orally.
Basil also has powerful anti-inflammatory properties and the oil can prevent allergies and eliminate viruses and bacteria. You can use basil essential oil against inflammation, pain and fatigue. It also has antibacterial properties which destroy yeast, mold and bacteria, the main culprits for asthma.
How to use it? If you want to relieve inflammation drizzle a drop of the oil over your meal or salad. If you want to improve the immune system, combine it with coconut oil (equal parts) and rub it on your chest, temples and the back of your neck.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is effective in eliminating air-born pathogens which commonly cause allergies. You can diffuse it in your home to eliminate the bacteria, fungi and mold in the air. It can also help with skin irritations thanks to its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory powers.
How to use it? If you have hives and rashes, apply the oil topically on the affected skin area, 2-3 drops. If you have sensitive skin mix it with some other carrier oil, like coconut, before applying it on your skin.
Article and image source: http://www.healthyfoodhouse.com/