What essential oils will help with allergies
Our focus is to reduce heat and irritation. One thing you might already own in your kitchen cupboard is oats. Plain, not treated, regular oats. They are extremely soothing and calming on the skin. Create a relaxing bath using this simple ingredient.
Oat and essential oil baths
- Put the oat mixture into the sock, tights or muslin cloth and either put it in the bath or attach it to the tap whilst the warm water runs. You desire the bath to be a nice temperature. It can be warm and soothing but don’t run it too boiling. The skin is already heated and irritated and we desire to soothe it.
- If you use the essential oil blends squirt the mix onto the oats and stir it well.
- You need a cup of plain oats and either a muslin cloth, a pair of tights or socks.
- Additionally, we highly recommend using specific essential oils for their antiallergenic or relaxing qualities. We love Yogandha Relax Body Oil which is super calming for the skin (and mind) or Yogandha Detox Body Oil as it contains antiallergenic essential oils such as fennel and lemongrass.
- Enjoy resting in the oat milk bath, breathe and practise a meditative approach to the urge to scratch.
In this remedy, we are using regular baking soda. Another kitchen cupboard treasure for the skin.
Mix a few drops of either Yogandha Relax Body Oil or Yogandha Detox Body Oil into the baking soda and apply to the area affected by hives.
You can also use pure essential oils.
Select the super soothing and tender high-quality essential oils such as lavender or frankincense.
Aromatherapy blends for hives and allergies
Using essential oils in witch hazel is another amazing, cooling and soothing remedy.
Another Yogandha favourite is our Yogandha Ground Rollerball. This one you can carry around with you and apply directly to the hives. Plus it helps you calm below too!
Acute versus chronic hives and reactions
These are remedies that you can use to soothe and release any acute irritations and hives. However, if your skin reaction is a symptom of something more chronic you need to start looking at the root causes.
Is it a stressful lifestyle that needs to be addressed? Or is it an allergen that can be removed or avoided?
We are answering more questions about your allergies on our Live Wellness Wednesday sessions and here on the blog so make certain you stay in touch.
If you own any medical conditions or if you are pregnant please always consult your medical consultant before using essential oils and speak to a qualified aromatherapist.
This information is purely for education and is not medical advice. Always get professional advice when dealing with allergies.
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An allergy is an over-reaction of our immune system to certain substances such as dust, pollen, animal hair, synthetic materials or foods. Common symptoms triggered by allergies include runny nose, sneezing, and red, itchy eyes. There are several essential oils for allergies that can assist you to relieve and treat the common symptoms of allergic reactions.
Essential oils serve as a natural and safe way to treat the symptoms of allergies, boost our immune systems, and to feel better. Under is a list of our favorites and how to use them!
1. Lavender Oil: it works as a natural antihistamine and possesses strong anti-inflammatory properties to treat and relieve most allergic reactions. It works grand for treating skin rashes or headaches.
Not only will it ease your allergic reactions, it has a calming and relaxing effect on both body and mind.
Diffuse: Lavender essential oil can be used in a cold-air diffuser to treat allergies. Diffuse for 15 minutes every hour for the best effect or diffuse next to your bed to promote a better night’s rest.
Inhalation: Rub 1 to 2 drops of lavender essential oil into the palms of your hands. Cup them over your nose and take 4-6 deep and slow breaths.
2. Peppermint Oil: has a strong, unused and minty aroma that works wonders to treat allergic reactions, especially those that cause respiratory or digestive issues.
Peppermint essential oil has pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties that come in handy soothing allergies and the painful conditions associated with them. Peppermint oil helps to open the airways, improve breathing and ease congestion as well as other symptoms of respiratory allergies
To make a chest rub: dilute 2 to 3 drops in a carrier oil of your liking and massage your chest for a few minutes to ease your allergic reactions.
Diffuse: Peppermint oil that is diffused and inhaled can oftentimes immediately unclog the sinuses and offer relief to scratchy throats.
Diffuse peppermint oil according to the directions on your diffuser throughout the day or night.
Inhalation: rub 1 to 2 drops of peppermint essential oil into the palms of your hands.
Cup them over your nose and take 4 to 6 deep and slow breaths.
3. Lemon Oil: supports lymphatic system drainage and helps with overcoming respiratory conditions. Lemon essential oil works as a natural antihistamine, relieves excess mucus, and cools below the inflammation which is the result of an allergic reaction. Lemon oil is often used for its disinfectant properties, but can also assist to combat seasonal allergies and asthma attacks.
Diffuse: When diffused, lemon oil can kill bacteria and eliminate allergy triggers in the air.
Lemon essential oil works best in combination with lavender and peppermint. Add a few drops of each to your diffuser and enjoy!
4. Eucalyptus: opens up the lungs and sinuses, thereby improving circulation and reducing symptoms of allergies. Eucalyptus oil produces a freezing sensation in the nose that helps to improve airflow. It is one of the best oils for allergies as it supports the respiratory system and it can also ease seasonal allergies and asthma attacks. Eucalyptus oil is most effective when applied topically or when used as a steam inhalation.
Topically: always dilute eucalyptus essential oil in a carrier oil first. Apply onto your neck, chest, or bottom of your feet.
Inhalation: Pour boiling water in a bowl and add a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil.
Drape a towel over your head and breathe in the steam.
Also noteworthy are Tea Tree and Basil Essential Oils. Tea Tree can destroy airborne pathogens that cause allergies. Diffusing tea tree oil in your home will kill mold, bacteria, and fungi. Basil oil reduces the inflammatory response of allergens. It also supports the adrenal glands, which are involved in producing over 50 hormones that drive almost every bodily function.
Quick Allergy Diffuser Blend:
Peppermint Essential Oil: 3 drops
Lavender Essential Oil: 3 drops
Lemon Essential Oil: 3 drops
Nasal Allergies and Asthma
People with nasal allergies and asthma, especially those allergic to weed pollens, should use extreme caution with using essential oils, especially when diffusing or ingesting the oils.
Essential oils are made from various plant products, generally weeds, which may contain significant allergens—especially when the flowers of the plants are being used. Inhaling or ingesting these essential oils could result in symptoms or nasal and eye allergies, and even asthma symptoms. It is possible that these symptoms could be dangerous and even life-threatening in extremely sensitive individuals.
What are skin irritations and hives?
First of every, let’s glance at what hives actually are. Hives manifest as raised red itchy bumps anywhere on the skin. They can even group together and form plaques making an even more intense sensation.
The itch gets worse on touch. This may be you scratching them or simply clothes touching.
Hives are a reaction to something our immune system doesn’t consent with or we own become allergic to. We are currently in spring and early summer where a lot of allergens are flying around. Pollen season has arrived and if our immune system doesn’t consent with certain pollens it can cause hives. We will glance at other allergic reactions in future blogs and our Wellness Wednesday talks on Live.
It is not only pollen that can cause hives. It may be a reaction to a medication, allergy shots, certain foods or pets. Infections may also manifest as skin irritations.
Heat through exercise or excessive sweating can be a cause too.
If you own a super stressful lifestyle, if you are burned out or exhausted this too will lower the immune system and again can manifest with skin irritations such as hives.
The most commonly reported allergic reaction to essential oils is contact dermatitis. Contact dermatitis from essential oils causes an itchy, bumpy rash on the skin at the site of contact with the oil. The rash may appear similar to poison oak, may own blisters and peel when the rash is resolving. It is also possible to own systemic contact dermatitis from taking the essential oils internally (by mouth).
In this circumstance, a person may experience a full body rash, whole body itching (without a rash), and/or abdominal pains and diarrhea.
Contact dermatitis to essential oils may happen in people who own experienced past rashes to fragrances or own allergy symptoms related to weed pollens. People with this type of medical history should be extremely cautious when using any essential oil and should consider performing a patch test by placing a little quantity of the oil on the skin at the fold of the elbow (antecubital fossa) twice a day for 3 to 5 days.
If there is no reaction at the site of the oil application after the 5th day or so, then it is not likely that a person is allergic to the oil being used. If, however, the skin at the site of oil application becomes red and itchy, or the skin blisters and peels, then that specific oil should not be used by the person.
Even if a person doesn’t normally suffer from nasal allergies doesn’t mean that he or she wouldn’t own some form of nasal symptoms as a result of using essential oils.
Strong odors from the use of essential oils—including from diffusing, ingesting or topical use—could result in nasal symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, nasal congestion or postnasal drip. These symptoms aren’t always a result of nasal allergies. People without allergies can still experience symptoms as a result of an irritant effect from the strong odors.
There is no test for non-allergic rhinitis per se; this is a diagnosis of exclusion that is made as a result of not finding any allergic cause of a person’s nasal symptoms.
However, the symptoms are genuine, and often more hard to treat than those of allergic rhinitis. Avoidance of irritant triggers, however, remains the mainstay of the treatment of non-allergic rhinitis.
If you suffer from contact dermatitis from fragrances, own a history of allergies to weed pollens, own significant asthma or chronic nasal symptoms, I would highly recommend speaking with your physician, allergist or dermatology prior to the use of any essential oil product.
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Itchy skin, raised red bumps and skin discomfort due to hives and allergic reactions can be one of the most irritating and uncomfortable experiences. And we make it even worse by starting to scratch that itch. Today we will explore how essential oils can assist hives.
Top 5 Essential Oils for Allergies
4. Lemon Oil
Lemon oil supports lymphatic system drainage and helps with overcoming respiratory conditions.
Studies own shown that lemon essential oil inhibits the growth of bacteria and boosts the immune system. When diffused at home, lemon oil can kill bacteria and eliminate allergy triggers in the air. (7,8)
Adding 1–2 drops of lemon essential oil to water also helps with pH balance. Lemon waterimproves immune function and detoxifies the body. It stimulates the liver and flushes out toxins that can lead to inflammation and an overreactive immune system. Lemon water also stimulates white blood cell production, which is vital for immune system function because it helps to protect the body.
Lemon essential oil can also be used to disinfect your home, without depending on alcohol or bleach.
It will remove bacteria and pollutants from your kitchen, bedroom and bathroom — reducing the triggers inside of your home and keeping the air clean for you and your family. This can be especially helpful as the seasons change and allergens from exterior are being brought into your home on shoes and clothes.
Remedy: Add lemon oil to your laundry detergent, stir a couple of drops with water and spray it on your couches, sheets, curtains and carpets.
3. Eucalyptus Oil
Eucalyptus oil opens up the lungs and sinuses, thereby improving circulation and reducing symptoms of allergies. Studies own shown that it produces a freezing sensation in the nose that helps to improve airflow.
Eucalyptus contains citronellal, which has analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects; it also works as an expectorant, helping to cleanse the body of toxins and harmful microorganisms that are acting as allergens.
A 2011 study published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine found that eucalyptus essential oil was an effective treatment for upper respiratory tract infections. Patients who were treated with eucalyptus spray reported an improvement in the severity of their most debilitating respiratory tract infection symptoms compared to participants in the placebo group. Improvement was defined as a reduction of sore throat, hoarseness or cough.
Remedy: To treat respiratory issues associated with allergies, diffuse five drops of eucalyptus at home or apply it topically to the chest and temples. To clear the nasal passages and relieve congestion, pour a cup of boiling water into a bowl and add 1–2 drops of eucalyptus essential oil. Then put a towel over your head and inhale deeply for 5–10 minutes.
1. Peppermint Oil
Inhaling diffusedpeppermint oilcan oftentimes immediately unclog the sinuses and offer relief to scratchy throats.
Peppermint acts as an expectorant and provides relief for allergies, as well as colds, coughs, sinusitis, asthma and bronchitis. It has the power to discharge phlegm and reduce inflammation — a leading cause of allergic reactions.
A 2010 study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology investigated the effects of peppermint oil in the tracheal rings of rats. The results propose that peppermint oil is a relaxant and exhibits antispasmodic activity, inhibiting contractions that causes you to cough. (1)
Another study published in the European Journal of Medical Research suggests that peppermint oil treatment has anti-inflammatory effects — reducing the symptoms of chronic inflammatory disorders such as allergic rhinitis and bronchial asthma.
Remedy: Diffuse five drops of peppermint essential oil at home to unclog sinuses and treat a scratchy throat.
This will also assist to relax the nasal muscles, enabling the body to clear out mucus and allergens love pollen. To reduce inflammation, take 1–2 drops of pure peppermint essential oil internally once a day.
It can be added to a glass of water, cup of tea or smoothie. Peppermint oil can also be applied topically to the chest, back of neck and temples. For people with sensitive skin, it is best to dilute peppermint with coconut or jojoba oil before topical application.
2. Basil Oil
Basil essential oilreduces the inflammatory response of allergens.
It also supports the adrenal glands, which are involved in producing over 50 hormones that drive almost every bodily function. Essentially, basil essential oil is helping your body to react appropriately to a threat by rushing blood to your brain, heart and muscles.
Basil oil also helps to detoxify the body of bacteria and viruses, while fighting inflammation, pain and fatigue. Studies prove that basil oil shows antimicrobial activity and can kill bacteria, yeast and mold that can lead to asthma and respiratory damage. (3,4)
Remedy: To fight inflammation and regulate the overreaction of the immune system when faced with an allergen, take one drop of basil oil internally by adding it to soup, salad dressing or any other dish.
To support the respiratory system, dilute 2–3 drops of basil oil with equal parts coconut oil and apply topically to the chest, back of neck and temples.
5. Tea Tree Oil
This powerful oil can destroy airborne pathogens that cause allergies. Diffusing tea tree oilin the home will kill mold, bacteria and fungi. It is an antiseptic agent and it has anti-inflammatory properties. Tea tree oil can be applied to the skin to kill bacteria and microorganisms; it can also be used as a household cleaner to disinfect the home and eliminate allergens.
A 2000 study conducted in Germany found that tea tree oil exhibits antimicrobial activity against a wide range of bacteria, yeasts and fungi. These microbes lead to inflammation and force our immune system to work on overdrive. (10)
Remedy: Use tea tree oil on skin rashes and hives or as a household cleaner. When using tea tree topically, add 2–3 drops to a clean cotton ball and gently apply to the area of concern. For people with sensitive skin, dilute tea tree with a carrier oil first, love coconut or jojoba oil.
How to Use Essential Oils for Allergies
Food Allergies — Take 1–2 drops of lemon or peppermint oil internally to relieve the symptoms of a food allergy.
This will assist to detoxify the body and eliminate the allergens through sweat or urination.
Skin Rash & Hives — Use tea tree or basil oil topically to treat skin rashes and hives. Add 2–3 drops to a cotton ball and apply to the affected area.
Layering oils over the liver area is another way to treat skin irritations because it helps the liver to flush out toxins that burden the skin. Dilute 3–4 drops of tea tree oil with coconut oil and rub it into the liver area.
Seasonal Allergies — Disinfect your home with lemon and tea tree oil; this will eliminate triggers and cleanse the air and your furniture. Add 40 drops of lemon oil and 20 drops of tea tree oil to a 16-ounce spray bottle. Fill the bottle with pure water and a little bit of white vinegar and spray the mixture on any area in your home.
To reduce respiratory issues associated with seasonal allergies, attempt my Homemade Vapor Rub; it delivers a soothing feeling that will open up the airways and make it easier to breathe.
Allergy Blend — Combine 2–3 drops of peppermint, eucalyptus and lavender oil with one teaspoon of coconut oil and massage the mixture into the temples, behind the ears and into the bottoms of the feet.
Possible Side Effects
When using these special essential oil for allergies, I don’t recommend that you take tea tree oil internally; it’s best to use tea tree aromatically or topically.
When using any of these oils topically, dilute with a carrier oil, especially when using on sensitive skin or one sensitive areas, love under the eyes or on the neck.
When using essential oils internally, a little goes a endless way. Only consume 1–2 drops a day for one month. Then take a two-week break and start the treatment again.
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Essential oils own become favorite in recent years, and are used for their supposed health benefits.
These oils are made from various plant products and are used in various ways. Oils can be diffused into the air, called aromatherapy, or used topically on the skin. Oils can also be taken by mouth and ingested internally. By doing so, homeopathic practitioners claim that these oils own various health benefits, include physical, mental and spiritual. While essential oils are derived from natural plant sources, this doesn’t mean that they can’t cause side effects, especially allergic reactions.