Summer…the brightest, cheeriest time of year when colorful flowers, insects, and birds abound, while the flowers, herbs, shrubs, and trees fill the air with their sweet, deep, and earthy scents! As during the spring season, we are surrounded by all sorts of esthetically pleasing ornamentals of nature, but many of them often simultaneously cause us to sneeze, and our very gazing eyes to water.
There are so many ways to receive the benefits of plants and herbs, such as herbal teas and baths, walks among the wildflowers for those who can stand it, preparing infusions, or inhaling essential oils.
Aromatherapy is a wonderfully fun and often easy way to receive the healing properties of herbs. Sometimes the flowers that cause sniffles become problem-free and easily absorbed in the form of an essential oil, for the person who had difficulties with the plant in its live state. This is not always the case, but it often occurs.
Essential oils that are antihistamine are usually cooling at the same time, bringing relief and recovery from allergy flare-ups, heat exhaustion and other uncomfortable symptoms.
Here are a few common essential oils for allergy relief and ideas on how to use them:
Lavender, perhaps the most widely used, broadly applied, and beloved herb of all, is a natural antihistamine – go figure! There are many kinds of Lavender and Lavender essential oils available. They may have various different properties, according to the type, the time of harvest, soil, and location grown, while all share the same basic Lavender properties. Spike Lavender is a bit less sweet than the others and slightly bitter, offering a particularly strong yet gentle sinus relief. Lavender can safely be rubbed directly onto the skin, so if allergy-related or tension headaches are a problem try rubbing a couple drops onto the temples.
fragrant “Rabbit ears” Lavender, growing profusely
Eucalyptus essential oil can be diffused or inhaled directly for sinus pressure relief. Burning the dried leaves can help clear the air, but not necessarily ones’ lungs. There are several different kinds of Eucalyptus essential oils available, but they are all generally helpful for treating allergy symptoms, asthma, and bronchitis. This is a great one to use in the bath, and even though it’s so strong it is safe for babies as well.
dried Eucalyptus leaves
Peppermint has been a pure godsend for me, in so many ways! I remember as a young teen being sick with a just caught cold and falling asleep with a bottle of (oops) loosely capped French Peppermint essential oil in a little velvet purse on my lap. I mainly bought it because I liked the scent, and knew little of its properties at the time. I awoke hours later, saturated with the scent of peppermint, and all of my cold symptoms were gone. Although the bottle was half emptied, I was grateful and so relieved! Peppermint can combat germs, boost the immune system, assist digestion, ease menstrual cramps, and stimulate mental clarity. It is considered to be a mildly adaptogenic herb – meaning it will help you adapt to stress and bring about either increased energy or calmness, depending on what you need most.
There is a blend called R.C. by Young Living essential oils that many find to be helpful against the effects of allergies. The blend contains: Eucalyptus globulus leaf oil, myrtus communis oil, pinus sylvestris (Pine) leaf oil, origanum majorana (Marjoram) leaf oil, eucalyptus radiata leaf oil, eucalyptus citriodora leaf oil, lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) oil, cupressus sempervirens oil, tsuga canadensis leaf oil, and mentha piperita (Peppermint) oil.
Because essential oils are so powerfully concentrated, always start with a small amount. If you are uncertain as to which ones you need seek the guidance of a professional aromatherapist. Tests have shown that one drop of an essential oil such as peppermint rubbed onto the bottom of the foot will trigger a chemical reaction in the body within thirty seconds! Unless you understand the essential oils you’re dealing with, use caution!
When it comes to allergies, there are often dietary factors to consider. Aromatherapy is meant to enhance overall wellbeing, but not to replace other forms of therapy, nutrition, and exercise. If allergies trouble you, it helps to refrain from sugars, starches, gluten, and caffeine. It may also help a great deal to increase your daily intake of green leafy vegetables.
Some methods of essential oil application:
- Inhale directly from the bottle of essential oil a few times.
- Add a couple of drops of the oil to a tissue or cotton ball and inhale the vapors, a few times throughout the day.
- Combine essential oils with a carrier oil (such as almond, olive, or jojoba) and gently massage into the sinus area.
- Use an essential oil nebulizing diffuser, placing a single kind of essential oil or oils that have been pre-blended into the glass oil holder.
- Place a few drops of essential oil into a warm bath, after the water has reached the desired height and right before entering the bath.
A few of my favorite reputable resources for essential oils:
AromaTherapeutix – http://www.aromatherapeutix.com/
Ormed (they often require a practitioner to order) – http://www.ormedinstitute.com/
Young Living – http://www.youngliving.com/en_US/index.html
Custom essential oil blends are available from me, usually blended together with flower essences in mister bottles. I also make perfume oil blends with crystals and massage oil blends. While several titled mist blends are already available from me, here are a list of concepts and essential oil blend ideas that I’m happy to work with to suit your purposes:
Physical relief from certain symptoms
Connecting with spiritual guides
Manifesting goals & heart’s desires