Did you know you can use essential oils for allergic reaction? In today’s guide, I am going to give you a comprehensive overview of how to use essential oils for allergies.
Since essential oils are volatile oils produced by the plant to ward off attacks from pathogens, dust, mold and other environmental factors; it makes sense to use these oils to strengthen our immune systems as well.
Aromatherapy essential oils offer a holistic approach to fighting allergies. So let's find out the best essential oils for allergy relief in children and adults.
What Are Allergies?
Allergies are medical mysteries. Why does a human develop sensitivity to certain substances? Allergies and sensitivities are a complex issue and sometimes even experts are baffled by them.
Treating allergies becomes a complex issue and the best line of defense is to avoid the offending substance. However, in some cases, people might develop allergies to everyday things like the clothes one wears or the food or water one consumes. In such a case, it becomes difficult to avoid these allergens. This is where Aromatherapy and essential oils for food allergies can help.
Allergies can manifest in different forms: eczema, contact dermatitis (from touching poison ivy for example), hay fever, hives or urticaria, and seasonal allergies are the most common forms. These usually include symptoms like runny nose, sneezing, hyperactivity, nasal congestion, itchy swollen skin or rashes, asthma, headaches, fever and general fatigue or malaise.
Adults and kids might be allergic to different substances including dander, pollen, pets, dust, certain foods, etc.
Conventional Treatment For Allergies
Conventional treatment for allergic reactions includes antihistamine medicines. These drugs counter histamine produced by the body which is responsible for the allergy symptoms. However, most allergy medicines (both over the counter and prescription based) are known to induce drowsiness.
This can be inconvenient (not to mention dangerous) when taken during the day. Aromatherapy and essential oils for allergic reaction can help you avoid many of these negative side effects caused by injections and pills for allergy.
Essential oils for allergies enhance overall health and well being without drowsiness and many of them actually uplift mood, enhance immunity and even fight the root cause of the allergy.
Best Essential Oil For Allergies
Here is a complete list of oils that will help decide what essential oil is good for allergies that you experience.
The essential oil derived from Eucalyptus herb is known to relieve nasal congestion, headaches, sore throat and fever.
Eucalyptus oil for allergies offers an anti-inflammatory and expectorant action that makes it one of the best essential oils for pollen allergies.
Mix a few drops of pure Eucalyptus oil with virgin Coconut oil and apply to throat, chest and sinus area. You can also add a few drops of the oil to bath water or to a steamer for inhalation.
Peppermint essential oil can help open blocked airways so you can breathe easier.
It can relieve pollen allergies, hay fever, and also food allergies that cause indigestion, bloating, headaches etc.
Peppermint essential oil can be diluted and taken internally or you can use it as a massage oil to relieve sinus pressure, discomfort, headaches and other allergy symptoms.
Lemon oil is antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory.
It not only relieves allergy symptoms but also enhances immunity to prevent future attacks.
You may use either Roman or German chamomile when it comes to essential oils for allergic reaction, though Roman chamomile more powerful.
Chamomile oil is calming, soothing, antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory and one of the best essential oils for asthma attacks.
Lavender for allergies acts as a natural antihistamine to calm headaches, reduce muscle pain and induce deeper sleep.
The oil has an uplifting and soothing aroma which uplifts, invigorates and energizes while also building immunity. It is one of the best essential oils for pet allergies in children and adults.
Cypress oil is known for its wonderful aroma and has anti-inflammatory and muscle relaxant properties.
Cypress oil is one of the best essential oils for hay fever; it can treat coughs, respiratory difficulties and wheezing. This property also makes it a top essential oil for asthma.
Ginger oil is stimulant and expectorant. These properties make it useful for fighting coughs, nasal congestion and other respiratory problems.
Ginger oil can relieve headaches and body aches. It has an analgesic action that can reduce fever and help you sleep better.
How To Use Essential Oils For Allergic Reaction
One of the best ways to use essential oils for allergy relief is to apply a few drops of diluted oil behind the ears or on the neck.
You can even apply a few drops on a handkerchief and inhale it throughout the day.
- Add a few drops of Eucalyptus, Chamomile or Peppermint oil for allergy on your pillow when sleeping. This is especially beneficial for children. Avoid direct contact with the eyes.
- Essential oils can be applied on the body mixed with massage lotions or oils to relieve headaches, body aches and fever.
- Diffuse the oils for allergies in the room to calm the senses and help you sleep better.
- Certain food grade allergy essential oils can be ingested (after dilution with water, milk or honey) to relieve food allergies.
- Skin allergies can be relieved by diluting the essential oils and applying on the rashes. This will reduce swelling, blistering, pain and itchiness.
Now let's cover some essential oil blends to treat common allergic reactions...
Essential Oil Recipes For Allergies
Eczema is an uncomfortable skin condition characterized by itchy skin, blisters etc.
- 8 drops German Chamomile oil
- 1-2 drops Manuka oil
- For dilution-use 2 tsp Jojoba oil, 4 tsp Camellia seed oil and 10 drops Evening Primrose seed oil.
Apply the above blend once or twice a day on affected area.
The following blend for bee stings acts as an anti-venom and antidote to remove the stinger and ease the pain.
- 1-2 drops each of Lavender and Roman Chamomile oils
Apply the synergistic blend on the affected area to stop the pain and swelling.
Urticaria (Hives) Bath
Add ½ cup of baking soda along with any essential oil for hay fever or allergies to the bath water. Soak in it for up to 2o minutes to stop itchiness.
Asthma Massage Blend
- 3 drops each Geranium and Frankincense oils
- 2 drops Cypress oils
Mix the oils with 2 tbsp carrier oil and massage the chest, back and torso.
To a quart of warm water, add 4-5 drops of Eucalyptus oil.
Immerse a towel in the water and wring out the excess.
Place the towel on the chest and inhale deeply. Repeat several times a day.
Natural Antihistamine Blend (Oral Use)
For this remedy which is one of the best antihistamine mixes for kids, you must use pure, food grade CPTG oils. CPTG oils are those essential oils that are devoid of harmful ingredients like dyes, pesticides, etc.
- 1-2 drops of Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint essential oils
- A teaspoon of local organic honey
Mix the above and make your child eat it daily to prevent allergic reactions, asthma etc.
Allergies can make your life less exciting. With proper precautions and by avoiding common allergens, you can greatly improve quality of life.
In addition, use the above essential oils for allergic reaction blends to not only treat the symptoms but even ward off potential attacks.