Over 60 million people in the U.S. experience seasonal allergies. Although spring is beautiful it comes at a very important price: a high pollen count in the air. Without bees and pollen, we would have almost no food, so of course we are grateful for it, but we still don’t have to suffer in the meantime!
The sad fact is that western medicine has offered us countless remedies but most of them come with side effects that can make day-to-day functioning much harder than it should be. No one wants to deal with dry mouth, drowsiness, or impaired thinking on top of their allergies so let’s see what the natural world has created that can help us get through the springtime as quickly and painlessly as possible.
The first thing I always recommend to people is to get some local honey made from local bees. The reason behind this is that they have already collected the local pollen and made honey out of it. Just one spoonful a day will get the pollen into your system in a way that won’t trigger your seasonal allergies while giving you a natural immunity to the local pollen.
Essential Oil Basics
Essential oils are great because they take the natural plant medicines and focus down into a concentrated oil so we need far less to get the job done. Always make sure to dilute your oils and use them sparingly as they are strong and your body can become lazy in its own production of natural chemicals and hormones. Lastly, if you are on any medication, talk to your doctor before adding oils. Unlike herbs, these oils are concentrated and will yield quicker results which could interact with your medication.
Make your own oils
If you don’t have essential oils, use herbs to make your own medicinal oils by following this guide here!
Healing benefits of today’s oils
Peppermint– This Mediterranean plant has made its way all over the world building up quite a healing reputation! It can help with digestive problems, nausea, menstrual issues, muscle pain, vertigo, fatigue, depression, migraines, respiratory issues, skin inflammation, and sunburns. Peppermint is great in a diffuser, massage oil, or lotion to help heal the body.
Lavender– Lavender has been used since at least the Roman times as a soothing and deodorizing agent in their bath houses. It is a common scent that is used today in many different detergents and soaps. It is great for helping us heal skin blemishes, pain, anxiety, agitation, minor burns, nausea, vomiting and respiratory issues. You can use it in a cream or lotion, vaporizer, humidifiers, diffuser, bath, cold pack or diluted and dabbed with a cotton ball.
Seasonal Allergy Recipes
Want the benefits of a diffuser without paying an arm and a leg, but you’re not too sure about how to do it? Well, it’s quite simple really. Just put the kettle on, boil a little bit of water, then allow the water to cool slightly and pour into a glass or ceramic bowl.
Next, add in 10-20 drops of an essential oil or blend, and now place the bowl of scented water wherever you want and prepare yourself to enjoy its extremely pleasant and therapeutic effects.
Quick nose dab blend
- ½ teaspoon of olive carrier oil
- 2 drops of peppermint essential oil
Creating your dab blend
- Pour the olive carrier oil into a small glass or ceramic bowl.
- Add the peppermint essential oil to the olive oil, and stir well to combine.
- Using a cotton ball, dab the oil all around your nostrils
Guys, make sure to dilute your peppermint essential oil if you’re going to be dabbing it around your nose for its relieving powers! Concentrated oil will make inflamed skin burn like crazy, so please dilute it a bit first.
With the changing of the seasons, we are all looking for an amazing fit for our symptoms that come with the change in weather. With essential oils getting more popular by the day, people are coming up with ingenious ways of harnessing the healing powers they hold.
We would love it if you shared your awesome new ways of using essential oils in the comments below!
Sources: Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, Sonoma Press, 2014, P. 44, 64-65, 271, 288