Blends to Breathe Easier Through Spring

For most people Spring represents renewal, energy and time outdoors however, for some allergy sufferers Spring can mean sneezing, nasal congestion, headaches and wheezing.

If you are one of the sufferers of Spring allergies then read on as we share a natural way to breathe easier.

Allergies

Seasonal allergies also called allergic rhinitis (hay fever). occur when

‘Your immune system overreacts to particles in the air. The particles are called allergens, which means they cause an allergic reaction.

There are known triggers such as grass and pollen common during Spring, that will induce the dreaded allergies for millions of sufferers. As well as shutting the pollen out by keeping windows closed and using air filters, spending time outside is inevitable.

Whilst there are medications to relieve symptoms and some do provide relief, while others can cause other symptoms such as headaches and nausea. There is a ‘Natural’ alternative such as Aromatherapy which is defined as the use of aromatic plants and essential oils for healing and cosmetic purposes.

Essential oils  can have beneficial effects on both body and mind simultaneously. Some essential plant-based oils contain antihistamine that can reduce inflammation.

How to use essential oils:

Simply: You can put a few drops of essential oil on a cotton ball and then inhale from the cotton ball.

Steam inhalation: this is where water is heated and essential oil is added to produce steam. If you have a facial steamer or you could just use a bowl of hot water with a towel over your head. This method allows for more diffusion of the essential oil rather than simple evaporation. Caution- Do not burn yourself with the hot steam.

Inhalation

Most people opt for the inhalation method of aromatherapy. Personal inhalation is more appropriate for treating the respiratory system, while ambient diffusion releasing oils into the air, is preferred for enhancing the mood and potentially for cleaning a room.

It is important to defuse oils at regular intervals, use for 15 minutes and then turn a diffuser off for 60 minutes. It helps the body to not habituate to the oils.

Here’s how to choose those essential oil blends ready to alleviate Spring allergies:

  • Leap to the lemon essential oil to boost your energy: this works as a natural antihistamine and helps to combat excess mucus, clearing congestion whilst boosting your energy levels. Also helps to clean the room by neutralising air pollutants, it smells zingy and fresh. This essential oil works great in combination with peppermint and lavender.

  • Reach for Rosemary essential oil for extra Vitality: it has antibacterial and antifungal properties that can boost your immune system and relieve any unpleasant congestion. Rosemary also aids in allowing the respiratory system to function during the Spring season. This can also be added to grapefruits and lime essential oils to invigorate the mind and body just add to your

  • Phlegm no more with Peppermint essential oil; this oil acts to relieve symptoms of inflammation in your respiratory system by clearing sinuses and acting as an anti-congestion as cited in the Journal of ethnopharmacology. This oil can also be used for indigestion, nausea and upset stomach by relaxing the stomach and intestinal muscles by adding a drop of peppermint oil to your water before meals or as a scent to combat nausea. As a bonus peppermint oil contains menthol and can be applied to the temples (diluted first), to relieve tension headaches and migraines.

  • Ease your allergies with Eucalyptus essential oil; the amazing scent of eucalyptus oil helps to create a sensation of cooling and has been shown to reduce nasal congestion and relieve sore throats and allergy symptoms. A Study conducted in northern Israel concluded that a spray of five aromatic plants including eucalyptus improved significantly upper respiratory elements during the first three days of treatment.

Keep in mind the following when using essential oils:

  • It’s important to use essential oils as directed by the product.

  • Some essential oils may trigger more allergic responses you need to speak with your health practitioner before you begin any essential oil treatment.

  • Please be aware that you should never apply concentrated oil directly to your skin and do not ingest oils.

  • Try not to use around animals as can cause seizures.

*A diffuser is a device to disperse essential oils so their aroma fills a room with the fragrance.