Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Essential Oils for Allergies and Sinus

As seasons change, so do common allergens; one minute the air is full of pollen and mold, the next it is dusty. It can be a nightmare for people prone to hay fever and other common allergies. Going to the doctor or using nasal sprays can work, but it gets hectic and expensive especially when you have to keep going back every few months.

With their anti-histamine, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and anti-vital properties, essential oils provide effective inexpensive ways of dealing with the allergies naturally. Lavender, peppermint, lemon and eucalyptus essential oils work wonders in relieving some common allergic reactions. We shall discuss the properties that make them staples in every household.

Lavender not only smells so good, it also has anti-inflammatory and antihistamine properties. These qualities make it very effective in skin rashes treatment and relieving colds. It also clears sinuses, treats headaches and gives a relaxing and calming effect helping the body to heal faster.

To treat an itchy skin rash, add a few drops of the essential oil in carrier oil and apply generously on the affected areas about three times a day. A drop on the forehead, cheeks and sinuses works wonders for allergy induced headaches.

To treat a cold, simply rub two drops of the lavender essential oil on the palm of your hands, cup them over your nose and take deep and slow breaths. A lavender cold diffuser next to the bed overnight will work wonders and ensure a good night sleep.

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Peppermint

Peppermint works magic for digestive and respiratory allergies. It’s soothing, pain-relieving and cooling properties make this possible. It eases congestion, opens airways and ultimately improves breathing. To use the peppermint essential oil, you can either try it in a diffuser, inhale or apply after diluting with a carrier oil.

Dilute the essential oil with carrier oil and apply at the base of your neck, around the nostrils and massage all over your chest. These methods will reduce sinus congestion, chest congestion and open up the airways.

Another simple method to ease the allergy discomfort is to use it in a diffuser overnight. This works the same way as dropping a few drops in boiling water, draping a towel over your head and breathing in the steam. To maximize the effect, add eucalyptus and rosemary.

While on the go, just rub a drop or two on the palms of your hands and cup them over your nose. A few deep breaths will unblock your nose.


Lemon

Lemon is a strong antihistamine and a powerful antioxidant that works best in relieving cold related inflammations and excess mucus. It works best when combined with lavender and peppermint.

Inhaling lemon essential oil will clear the airways instantly. To do this, rub a drop or two on the palms of your hands and take a few deep breaths. Diluting it with a carrier oil and applying over the nostrils will also work the same way.

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus is great when it comes to asthma attacks and easing seasonal allergies. According to a 2006 study by Zhejiang University Science, eucalyptus oil kills dust mites and other common allergens. It is therefore not only curative, but also preventive when it comes to seasonal allergies. To prevent allergic reactions, use a drop of the oil when washing bedding or spray the mattress and curtains with the eucalyptus oil diluted with distilled water.

Dilute the essential oil with carrier oil and apply on the chest, neck and feet.  Adding a drop in boiling water, draping a towel over your head and inhaling the steam will also clear the respiratory system.

Another simple method is to cup your oil rubbed palms over your nose and taking slow and deep breaths just like the other oils.

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