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People all over the world suffer from allergies. At times, it seems there can be no relief. Common symptoms include sneezing; runny or bleeding nose; dry, itchy, or watery eyes; hives; vomiting; nausea; or headaches. There are some that struggle from more severe allergies which lead to inflammation causing a shortness of breath or the inability to breath, impaired vision, feeling light- headed and/ or passing out, seizures, or worse.
In an emergency situation, it is always best to call 9-1-1. There may even be an immediate need for an epinephrine auto injector (such as an EpiPen or Auvi-Q). Completing these steps could very well save your life or the life of another.
Why do we have allergic reactions?
Dr. Taz explains the following on his website: “When allergens make it past the first line of defense (the nose), they come into contact with the immune system. In people who are “allergic,” the allergen is mistakenly seen as a threat, prompting white blood cells to release histamine in an effort to protect the body from further invasion. This protection comes in the form of swelling & inflammation and the leakage of fluid.”We can, therefore, be thankful for our allergy symptoms, even though they are quite pesky, because they are our bodies way of protecting us from further invasion.
Time reported that Americans spent nearly $374 billion on medicine in 2014! The amount spent on allergy medicine is arguably closer to $5 billion. Some effected citizens are frustrated by using prescribed medications due to the variety of allergies and unavoidable sources of triggers. Triggers change with the seasons, regions of the world where one might travel, hormones, exposure to food or household products, and more. As a result of the ever changing battle, a solution has been presented in the form of essential oils. Essential oils are a natural, more inexpensive, and safe way to boost one’s overall immune system. They can also be used to treat and even prevent the occurrence of symptoms.
- Pet Dander
- Insect Stings/ Bites
- Certain Foods
Top 8 Essentials Oils To Beat Allergies
How do essential oils treat symptoms? One way in which our body protects itself is through inflammation. Dr. Axe details why essential oils are a great option for treating symptoms, “One of the most amazing benefits of essential oils are their ability to fight inflammation and boost the immune system. Essential oils for allergies will help to detoxify the body and fight infections, bacteria, parasites, microorganisms and harmful toxins. They reduce the body’s susceptibility to outside sources and reduce the overreaction of the immune system when it is faced with a harmless intruder. Some exceptional essential oils even work to relieve respiratory conditions and increase sweat and urination — helping with the elimination of toxins.”
There are a myriad of places to purchase essential oils. Most companies have their own blends with company- specific names. For this reason, we will look at pure oils which can be used to treat allergy symptoms.
1. Peppermint Oil
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.