It’s Spring and the weather has been wacky and all over the place. Reports say this year’s allergy season is going to be a bad one. And, they’re not lying. I’ve been suffering with sinus pressure, blinding headaches, congestion…UGH!
The weather pressure has also been up and down making it harder for my body to adjust and recover. Instead of being beat down by mother nature, I’m taking care of myself using the holistic tools in my toolbox to keep seasonal allergies at a minimum. So, inhale…and exhale.
Essential Oils For Seasonal Allergies
One of the most well known essential oils to use for respiratory assistance is eucalyptus. This is due to it’s analgesic, antiviral, decongestant, and expectorant characteristics. Eucalyptus is beneficial as a decongestant and getting rid of mucus.
If you’re looking for a way to ease all that head yuck, pick up a bottle and inhale. I also like to use this in the bath to ease my aching muscles when I’m feeling sick. It opens your head + chest while helping to release tension in the body.
It may come as a surprise, but this sacred essential oil can be used for respiratory support. The most popular reference to this oil is in the Bible in which the Magi followed a star and presented frankincense as a gift to the baby Jesus (Matthew 2:11). However, it’s also helpful for reducing congestion and mucus.
I love this connection to the sacred. Sacred breath that gives life with each inhale. Sacred essential oil that gives relief with each inhale.
What can’t lavender do? It truly is the Swiss Army knife of the essential oils. We know it promotes relaxation, but it’s also helpful with calming sinus congestion and allergy symptoms. Lavender is also a safe option to use when it comes to creating respiratory blends for children. It helps soothe the mind while reducing inflammation and mucus. Calm mind + calm breathing = peaceful sleep.
4. Orange (Sweet)
Who knew something that is fresh and bright could bring relief during allergy season. This unassuming essential oil is one I grab when I want to invite in the sunshine. One whiff of the essential oil brings and instant smile to my face. And, you have the added benefit of easing mucus, congestion and other allergy symptoms. Bonus point…it’s another safe option to use with children.
“Rise and shine!” should be the anthem of rosemary essential oil. It’s an eye opener that helps lift the fog and usher in clarity and focus. Great to use in the morning to wake you up and get you moving. It’s anti-inflammatory properties helps clear out congestion and open those nasal passages by reducing swelling.
A good way to use this essential oil is in the shower. Simply put a few drops on the shower floor, away from the shower head, turn on the water and allow the steam to lift the essential oil into the atmosphere. Now, inhale.
Blend it up!
Here are a few blends to get you breathing easy again.
Child friendly diffuser blend:
- 2 drops of lavender essential oil
- 2 drop of orange essential oil
Add water to your diffuser (according to manufacturer instructions) + add essential oil blend to the water. Turn on diffuser and relax.
Ease Muscle Tension Bath Blend:
- a warm tub of water
- 3 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- 2 drops peppermint essential oil
- 2 drops of rosemary essential oil
- 1 cup of Epsom salts
While water is running, add Epsom salts under the faucet to help it dissolve. When the bath is filled to the desired amount, turn off water and add essential oil blend. Give the water a stir before getting into the bath. Step in and soak for at least 20 minutes. Inhale and relax. Wash as usual. When done, stand up slowly and carefully exit the bathtub.