We are in the throes of allergy season what with spring coming much quicker than anticipated, and the wind whipping harder than usual; not to mention the weather forcing flowers to pop up and leaves to sprout. There is something quite beautiful about spring in Virginia; one of the many benefits of living here is how tapped into nature this state is. But if being one with nature makes you miserable, here are some natural antidotes that can ease inflammation and work as a natural antihistamine.
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender works as a natural antihistamine and has strong anti-inflammatory properties to treat and relieve most allergic reactions. Lavender also works great on rashes and headaches. Add one drop of lavender to your cheeks, forehead and sinuses to sooth headaches and allergic reactions. This essential oil can also be rubbed into the soles of your feet. Although it’s safe to use undiluted, you may want to try on a small patch of skin to check for irritation. If you have sensitive skin, add a few drops to a natural oil such as jojoba, coconut or olive oil before applying.
Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint has a strong, uplifting scent, a stark contrast to the soothing and calming effects of Lavender. The cooling and fresh aroma opens up airways, and relieves congestion. Peppermint is also great for easing digestive issues. Add a drop of peppermint essential oil to the base of your neck twice a day. Add a drop of peppermint oil to coconut, olive or jojoba oil and apply around nostrils to open up airways, and/or massage your chest with the oil for relief.
Lemon Essential Oil
I’m sure you’ve heard of adding lemon to salt water and gargling to relieve mucus, or drinking lemon tea to help with congestion; the same is true for lemon essential oil. Lemon works as a natural antihistamine and cools down inflammation. Lemon essential oil works best combined with lavender and peppermint.
Roman Chamomile Essential Oil
One of the side effects of allergies are the skin reactions; Roman chamomile works quite well in treating rashes, eczema and other skin conditions caused by allergic reactions. Just dilute a few drops in coconut, olive, or jojoba oil and apply to the affected area.
Ask us for more information on these essential oils, or try out one of our signature blends. Come in for a massage of the lymph nodes, head, and neck to help relieve your allergy pain.