An allergic reaction begins in the immune system, when an allergen tricks the immune system into thinking the substance is an invader. Sensing it is under attack, the immune system then overreacts to the allergen, when in reality it is just a harmless substance. The immune system then produces immunoglobulin E antibodies, which travel to cells that release histamines and other chemicals, causing the allergies.
The most common causes of an allergic reaction are pollen, dust, mold, insect stings, animal dander, food, medications, and latex. Different people respond to allergens differently, with some people experiencing life-threatening anaphylaxis. Many people experience bothersome watery eyes, runny nose, or sore throat, or could have a rash. It is unknown exactly what causes the immune system to tag a substance as an allergen, but one theory is inflammation in the body. Inflammation, which is the root of many diseases, leads to an imbalance between the body and the immune system, causing an exaggerated reaction to a trigger.
Essential oils have the amazing benefit of reducing inflammation and boosting the immune system. Specific essential oils to help treat allergies will help detoxify the body and fight infection while reducing inflammation. Some essential oils have the amazing benefit of helping your allergy symptoms while also helping to prevent your next attack.
Here are some of the best essential oils to try if you suffer from allergies
Peppermint oil is beneficial for treating allergic reactions and other respiratory conditions such as colds, coughs, and clogged sinuses. Inhaling diffused peppermint can help dislodge the phlegm that is causing your congestion. Peppermint oil has anti-inflammatory effects and reduces the symptoms of allergic rhinitis or asthma, while also acting as an antispasmodic, meaning it helps you to stop coughing. Peppermint oil can be diffused or taken internally. Try adding one to two drops to a glass of water or tea once a day. A roller ball can also be used to put the peppermint oil onto the chest, back, or temples but it is best mixed with coconut oil or another oil before topical application.
Eucalyptus oil opens up the lungs and sinuses, reducing symptoms of allergies. Eucalyptus produces a cold sensation in the nose that helps to improve the airflow of nasal passages. It works as an expectorant, helping to clear the lungs and sinuses of phlegm. To relieve congestion, pour a cup of boiling water into a bowl and add 1-2 drops of eucalyptus essential oil. Place a towel over your head and inhale deeply for 5-10 minutes.
3. Basil Oil
Basil may be a familiar herb for cooking, but it is also a powerful anti-inflammatory essential oil. Basil helps support the adrenal glands, which helps your body react appropriately to any perceived threat. Basil helps detoxify the body of bacteria and viruses, demonstrating antimicrobial activity in various research studies. Basil can be diffused or taken internally. Dilute 2-3 drops basil oil with equal parts coconut oil for respiratory support, or take one drop of basil oil internally by adding it to soup or salad dressing.
4. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is a powerful substance that acts as an antiseptic. Diffusing tea tree oil in your home can kill mold and bacteria. It has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Tea tree oil can be used as a household cleaner to help reduce the presence of possible allergen triggers such as mold spores.
5. Lemon Oil
Lemon oil helps to support the lymphatic system and with overcoming respiratory conditions. Studies have shown that lemon essential oil acts as an antimicrobial, killing off bacteria and eliminating allergy triggers in the air. Adding a few drops of lemon oil to water helps with immune function and detoxification of the body. Lemon essential oil can be used to disinfect your home and diffused to help neutralize allergens in the air of your home.