Essential Oils & Allergies

7:29 PM Posted by Jo Pedranti


The weather here in California has been lovely the last few days and I have enjoyed sitting outside soaking up some sun. Spring is the time when we feel awake and start living again after a long winter. If you suffer from allergies you probably don't enjoy the spring as much as you would like to. You probably suffer from congestion, have watery eyes, runny nose, earaches, and headaches. I know many people that have reduced their suffering by using natural remedies for their allergies. If you haven't tried natural remedies for your allergies yet, then it might be time to give it a try.


Triggers
As most of us know allergies can be triggered by many different things such as environmental chemicals, pollen, food, insect bites dander and dust. People with allergies may suffer from the following:
  • Cramps, diarrhea, vomiting
  • Dermatitis, rashes
  • Itching lips, swelling of the tongue or lips
  • Wheezing and labored breathing
Essential oils may be helpful
Essential oils may be of  help when suffering from allergies but it is also important to look into what is causing the allergy. Looking into the underlying causes of your allergy is important, my post Do You Have Allergies? will give you other natural tips to consider when suffering from allergies.



What we used on our dog
We successfully reversed our dog's allergies with the help of frankincense, Respiratory Congestion Blend and the Antimicrobial blend (for yeast problems) but we also changed her diet. We put a couple of drops of the Respiratory Congestion blend or frankincense  on our hands and rubbed them together, then cupped them over her nose so that she could inhale the oils. It was an instant relief from her congestion. Our dog preferred frankincense since it also calmed her from the panic attacks she had when she couldn't breath.




"An allergy is a damaging immune system response to a substance that does not bother most people." Reference Guide for Essential Oils


Antihistamines
According to the Reference Guide for Essential Oils,  Roman Chamomile, lavender and Melaleuca (tea tree) have antihistamine properties. It is important to avoid chamomile if you're allergic to the ragweed.  Studies how that luteolin- 7-orutinoside in peppermint  has antihistamine properties.

The Reference Guide for Essential Oils writes that patchouli, elemi (rashes), eucalyptus, melissa - Lemon Balm (skin and respiratory), and spkikenard are other single oils used for allergies.

What we do for allergies:
  • We apply lavender to the sinuses to work as an antihistamine.
  • We apply to bottom of feet.
  • We put 2 or more drops into the palm of our left hand, rub clockwise with the flat palm or the right hand. Cup our hands together over the nose and mouth and inhale deeply. Don't touch your eyes!
  • We apply oils to a cotton ball, tissue, or handkerchief and place in the air vent of the car. Make sure you don't use any synthetic materials. 
  • Rub 2 or more drops on our wrists, chest, neck, or under the nose and ears. (Indirect inhalation)
 You can also find testimonials  at oil-testimonials.com



Before you leave:

I recommend that you always perform a skin patch test when you try a new oil.



Check out my safety page to make sure you are aware of any contrindications before you use essential oils. Some oils are not suitable when suffering from certain conditions. Also, Read this Before You Start Using Essential oils. Some oils should not be applied prior to sun exposure so make sure you check this list before spending time in the sun.

Not sure how to apply the oils? Visit these pages to learn how to apply the oils:
If you're new to essential oils you might want to check out my Getting Started Guide. 


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Johanna is an aromatherapist and she is passionate about educating people about health, essential oils, real food, natural remedies, and nutrition so they make healthier choices in their lives. 

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11 comments:

  1. Poor and Gluten Free said...

    Hi Jo, I found your post on Natural Living Monday. This is super helpful, I have a ton of allergies and am starting to prep for allergy season!

    I'd also love it if you'd consider sharing this on my link party, Waste Not Want Not Wednesday :)

    http://www.poorandglutenfree.blogspot.com/

  2. Jo Pedranti said...

    I would love to share this on your link party! Thanks for visting my blog!

  3. Faith @ Artistic31Mama said...

    Thank you so much for sharing this post. I have EXTREMELY horrible seasonal allergies. My biggest trigger is "June Grass." When they tested me for it at my allergist there was supposed to be a welt the size of a mosquito bite if I was allergic....well that ended up being 2"x6" (raised up 1/2") in just 15 mins and after I went home it continued to spread across my entire back. Yeah, REALLY bad. I take some allergy medication but it does very little so I try to avoid it. I will definitely be trying EO this year! Thank you!

    I found your blog through Titus 2 Tuesdays link up and am now following your blog via Facebook. Looking forward to reading more. Have a great week!

  4. Jo Pedranti said...

    Hi Faith,
    Thanks for following my blog!
    I'm so sorry to hear that you suffer from such severe allergies. I hope that this year will be better..

    Thanks for visiting!

  5. Lisa Lynn said...

    Great alternative to the otc drugs! Thanks for sharing this on The HomeAcre Hop! Hope to see you this evening at:
    http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/03/the-homeacre-hop-10.html

  6. Jo Pedranti said...

    Thanks for visiting Lisa! I love your blog hop and I linked up again..

  7. Trisha said...

    Thank you for sharing this on Wellness Wednesday! I had no idea that essential oils could help with allergies. Is there anything they can't do? I think I might need to invest in some - I'd love a natural alternative to help with my kids Spring allergies.

  8. Jo Pedranti said...

    Trisha,
    You're welcome!
    Essential oils are amazing and they can help with so much..

    Essential oils are definitely something you should look into more for your children. I've used them on my children for years..Let me know if you have any questions.

  9. Janine Thompson said...

    Great ideas to add to my allergy regime. I also find it is so helpful to swallow a capsule with lavender, peppermint and lemon (all three are strong in antihystamines) I feel better in minutes. You can read about that on my blog. I look at your blog often for help in using my essential oils. Thanks!
    http://mylampisfull.blogspot.com/2013/04/natures-allergy-relief.html

  10. Jo Pedranti said...

    Yes, adding oils to a capsule is a great idea! It is amazing how powerful common oils such as peppermint, lemon and lavender can be..

    Thanks for visiting Janine. I'm glad you find useful information on my blog. I will check out your blog too..

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