Peppermint oil is an expectorant which can provide immediate relief for those struggling with congestion by aiding in clearing phlegm. For those struggling with allergies, asthma, or bronchitis, this oil will minimize inflammation while promoting the feeling of easy breathing through open airways.
This oil can be applied topically, diffused, or ingested. You can consume one drop for an upset stomach or indigestion; add to a cool water compress when feverish or overheated; or when you feel fatigued and low on energy, diffuse or apply topically as a pick-me-up and to encourage alertness. Mix peppermint with lavender for a soothing massage that will ease headaches.
2. Lavender Oil
Lavender is a natural antihistamine and anti-inflammatory. This oil is a prime option for treating yourself while in the middle of an allergic reaction. Use topically to soothe and calm skin irritations such as insect bites or hives. (Note – For those who often struggle with skin reactions, store fabric sheets, soaked in lavender water, in airtight containers for on-the-go relief.) Diffuse lavender to reduce inflammation in bronchial tubes.
Another great benefit of lavender is that its soothing properties will also work to help relaxation. Diffuse it before bedtime to encourage a more restful sleep. Throughout the day, you can use lavender in lotions, bath salts, lip balms, and more.
3. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil (like lemon) is an inexpensive oil. While a beneficial addition to your allergy prevention and treatment shelf, there are more restrictions with this essential oil. Tea tree oil should never be ingested; it is a topical remedy only. You should also avoid using tea tree oil along with lavender oil on boys who have not yet reached puberty. This may cause abnormal hormone effects.
Because this is a topical use oil, most benefits are in relation to skin irritations. Tea tree oil reduces the redness and the circumference of an allergic reaction. Adding the oil to hair conditioner will not only kill and repel lice and their eggs, but it will also kill mites found on eyelashes and in beards that can cause allergic irritations and rashes. It is also suggested that adding tea tree oil to body wash can soothe irritations from bed bugs.
4. Frankincense Oil
When most people think of frankincense, their minds go directly to the three wise men. For thousands of years, people have turned to frankincense for relief. Though many use frankincense for religious purposes and when meditating, it is also helpful in relieving chronic stress and anxiety, reducing inflammation, boosting immunity, and managing pain. This oil can be applied topically, ingested, or inhaled. Frankincense intake should be in moderation due to its potency. Many people will mix it with a carrier oil, though it is not necessary.
Add 4 drops of frankincense to your bath for a feeling of peace and relaxation. Because this oil decreases the appearance of scars, it is favored for wound treatment. Mix 2-3 drops of frankincense with an unscented lotion and apply to healing wounds. Use caution with applying to broken skin. Like eucalyptus and clove, frankincense offers relief from coughing and inflamed nasal passages. Mix and match these three oils to find your favorite scent.
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“Frankincense helps the digestive system to properly detox and to produce bowel movements, reduces pain and cramping in the stomach, can relieve nausea, helps to flush out excess water from the abdomen that can cause bloating, and even relieves PMS-related stomach pains.
It does this by speeding up the secretion of digestive enzymes, increasing urination production, relaxing the muscles of the digestive tract, and also helps to improve circulation which is needed for proper digestive health. It has been shown to be beneficial in reducing symptoms of leaky gut syndrome, chronic colitis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, and IBS.”
5. Eucalyptus Oil
Some people refer to eucalyptus as a “cool oil.” When ingested, it produces a cooling sensation. It is widely recommended to dilute eucalyptus before inhaling, ingesting, or applying topically. Mix it with peppermint and coconut oil for a homemade vapor rub. Eucalyptus is a natural degreaser. While this is obviously helpful for mechanics, it is also a great option for clearing mucus. Dilute it with water, mix with sea salt, and gargle to clear your throat.
Eucalyptus is also an anti-microbial. That means that it inhibits the growth of microorganisms. Clean your hands on-the-go with homemade antibacterial soap. Add a couple drops to your dryer or vacuum to freshen and sanitize them. You could add a couple drops to most any household item, laundry detergent, toilet cleaner, mop water, all-purpose cleaner, and more. To battle mold in your home, mix eucalyptus with clove and tea tree oil and diffuse to cleanse the air in your home. The same mix will remove unwanted orders. Mixing eucalyptus with lavender and tea tree oil creates a healing ointment for burns, bites, or stings. The natural pain reliever will also protect the area from getting infected.
6. Clove Oil
Clove is similar in many ways to eucalyptus. Mercola.com states, “The oil of clove buds is known for its antimicrobial, antifungal, antiseptic, antiviral, aphrodisiac, and stimulant properties.” Chinese culture has been using clove for more than 2,000 years. Today, it is used for dental care, skin afflictions, acne, candida, skin repellant, massage lotions, digestive agent, seasonings and more. When treating your allergy symptoms though, you might be interested in knowing that cloves have nearly 30 times more antioxidants than blueberries. This will help to protect your body from harmful bacteria and viruses.
Some have called clove a “protective” herb. You will find it in oil blends specifically intended for healing and preventative healthcare. Because clove is a gentler oil than eucalyptus, incorporating it into toiletries is a bit easier. You can add clove to deodorant, toothpaste, and face or body wash.
7. Lemon Oil
Lemon is one of the most popular oils due to is versatility. The oil is cold-pressed from lemon rinds for a potent final product. Lemon is most notable for its ability to cleanse toxins from any part of the body. There are numerous benefits including purification, nausea relief, improves digestion, promotes weight loss, cough relief, and more. The scent of lemon is more traditional in conjunction with household and body cleansers. If you want a simple household cleaner, mix 50 drops of lemon, 25 drops of tea tree oil, and 14 oz. of water in a small spray bottle. Add 2 drops to your bottle of water for a purer drink or mix a stronger drink to relieve an upset stomach from food allergies.
While some essential oil users have reported that clove had a more calming effect aromatically, lemon is proven to improve dopamine levels. On the days when you are suffering from intense allergy symptoms, diffuse lemon and eucalyptus to lighten your mood and lessen your symptoms.
8. Lemongrass Oil
Lemongrass is a topical oil and should be diluted with a carrier oil because it can cause sensitivity and even irritation if used “neat.” (In its undiluted form) A commonly recommended dilution is 2 drops of lemongrass to 1 teaspoon of your carrier oil.
This oil can be used as a muscle and tendon relaxer. Allergic reactions can cause cramping or muscle tension. Apply your diluted mixture of lemongrass for instant relief. For allergy-related headaches or sinus headaches as some call them, rub lemongrass on your temples. This is especially helpful if you have a sensitivity to peppermint oil. It is also used to treat heartburn and indigestion by rubbing a drop or two on the chest or abdomen. Insects do not like lemongrass! Spray on your clothing to prevent ticks, mosquitoes, and other biting bugs. Here is a simple pain relief formula you can make at home.
Lemongrass Allergy Relief FormulaIngredients
- 10 to 15 drops of lemongrass essential oil
- Sweet almond oil
- 10 ml roller ball
- Clove essential oil
- Add the lemongrass essential oil and the clove essential oil to the roller ball
- Fill with almond oil
- Shake well before use
- Roll on areas that hurt
Written by: Sierra Bright