Sneezing, watery eyes, constant wiping of the nose, headaches – these are some of the most common “charms” of seasonal allergies. Increased sensitive immunity is responsible for allergies and it is activated by contact with certain pathogens. When such a sensitive organism is exposed to allergens, it reacts with increased secretion of histamine which causes swelling of the mucous membrane and other allergic problems.
Histamine is a natural thing that the immune system produces as part of the fight against dangerous substances. Histamine increases the permeability of capillaries for white blood cells and defense proteins, which enables them to attack pathogens in infected tissues in greater numbers and more efficiently. Unfortunately, in allergic people, this process also occurs when the body is in contact with harmless substances. Thanks to that, their immunity attacks allergens as it would attack viruses and bacteria.
Essential oils against allergies are the most effective way to these problems. In addition to acting against the inflammatory process that underlies the allergic reaction, they strengthen the immune system and help the body overcome hypersensitivity.
Best Essential Oils Against Seasonal Allergies
1. Lavender Oil
It is one of the most effective essential oils against allergies. Lavender essential oil has an anti-inflammatory effect, balances immunity, relieves headaches and acts as a natural antihistamine. It has a very calming and relaxing effect on the central nervous system. Stress is one of the causes of elevated histamine levels. Relaxation with lavender oil raises resistance to stress and allergies.
2. Peppermint Oil
Stimulates expectoration and in addition to cases of allergies, it also helps against colds, coughs, sinusitis, asthma and bronchitis. It promotes the expulsion of mucus and reduces inflammation – the main cause of allergic reactions. Sometimes just inhaling this oil is enough to immediately eliminate sinus congestion and sore throat.
3. Tea Tree Oil
Eliminates bacteria, mold and fungi. Tea tree oil has an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory effect. It can be applied directly to the skin. It is used in the household for cleaning, disinfection and removal of allergens.
4. Basil Oil
Relieves the body’s reaction to allergens, inflammation, pain and fatigue. It helps to fight bacteria and viruses. Basil oil has lots of antimicrobial effects – kills bacteria, fungi and molds that can cause asthma and damage the respiratory system.
5. Roman Chamomile
It has anti-inflammatory, analgesic and relaxing effects. It prevents, even completely stops muscle spasms and can be used for asthma attacks. In that case, rub a few drops on the solar plexus – the area in the middle of the abdomen, on the nape of the neck and temples.
6. Eucalyptus Oil
Opens the lungs and sinuses, thus stimulating circulation and reducing allergy symptoms. Eucalyptus oil also reduces inflammation and acts as an analgesic and expectorant, making it easier to cleanse the body of toxins and harmful microorganisms that cause allergies.
7. Lemon Oil
Studies have shown that it prevents the growth of bacteria and strengthens the immune system. Dripped into a diffuser or aroma lamp, it can eliminate bacteria and allergens from the air. In addition, adding 1-2 drops to water balances the pH, stimulates the liver and removes toxins as well as the formation of white blood cells, crucial for the immune system. This essential oil is also effective for household cleaning, surface disinfection and the removal of allergens and pollutants from the air.
How to use the еssential оils аgainst аllergies
Anti-allergy oils are applied in many ways: by application to the skin, direct inhalation, diffusing, spraying or in baths.
A simple act of inhaling the oil leads to almost instantaneous results. Evaporation of the oil will open your sinuses, unclog your nostrils and encourage deep breathing.
You can inhale the oil from a container of water, from a pillow, handkerchief or cotton wool, or directly from a bottle of oil.
If you inhale or diffuse lavender or peppermint oil in the evening, these two oils will help you to fall asleep faster.
It is safe to apply oils to the skin – behind the ears, on the forehead, temples, back of the neck, palms or soles.
To avoid irritation, mix a drop or two of oil with a neutral, base oil. Mixture with grape seed oil, jojoba or olive oil is a good combination too.