Essential oils with their sources

Try essential oils for allergies

Here in central Texas we’re no strangers to allergies. Despite the beautiful blue skies and wide open spaces, we’re often downright miserable as seasonal plants begin to do their thing. If you’re looking for an alternative to your standard go-to allergy relief, try one of the five most commonly sold essential oils.

Eucalyptus:   Unclogs sinuses. Add a drop or two of eucalyptus oil to a bowl of boiling water, drape your head with a towel and then breathe deeply for 5-10 minutes to clear nasal passages and relieve congestion. It also works great in a hot bath.

Chamomile:   Relieves itchy skin or allergic reactions from bug bites or stings. Place a drop or two of oil onto a cotton ball and rub directly onto the affected area.

Peppermint:   Soothes a scratchy throat with a drop or two added to a hot or cold drink. Due to its strong aroma, one drop of peppermint oil directly on the tongue opens nasal passages.

Lavender:   Alleviates the itch and irritation from allergic reactions to poison ivy or poison oak and bug bites or stings when rubbed onto skin. Lavender oil also has a strong aroma which clears nasal passages when inhaled.

Lemon:   Relieves excess mucus. Add one or two drops to a cup of hot water for a soothing drink. You can also use this as a disinfectant in the home.

Trifecta:   Mix lavender, peppermint and lemon essential oils together in a diffuser for a natural cleansing agent to reduce pollens and allergens inside your home. Or make a decongesting gargle by placing one drop of each oil on the tongue, then swish around in the mouth for 10-20 seconds and swallow.

Reminder:   Any of these five essential oils can be ingested, applied topically, diffused into your home or inhaled directly, but as you would with medicine, do your research and follow all directions before using any essential oil.

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