Not everyone is looking forward to summer. The number of people around the world who suffer from various allergic diseases and disorders has been growing over the years, and their severity is now higher than ever. More than 50 million Americans have experienced various types of allergies each year and allergies accounts for the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S.
Scientists believe that one possible cause of unpleasant seasonal allergy symptoms, such as sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, itching, and chest tightness, is our modern lifestyle. While we can’t all move closer to nature, we can all embrace nature’s healing powers in the form of essential oils.
How Do Essential Oils Fight Allergies?
You may not realize it, but your body is constantly protected by an invisible shield. This shield is your immune system, and its purpose is simple: protect against disease by detecting and destroying a wide variety of harmful agents, such as viruses and parasitic worms.
Sometimes, however, even benign substances that would normally cause an immune response in everyone trigger the immune system, setting off an avalanche of unpleasant symptoms, including inflammation.
Essential oils have the ability to quell inflammation and thus put the immune system back into balance. That said, not all essential oils are equally effective. We’ve selected top 5 best essential oils for allergy relief to help you fully enjoy the summer.
Peppermint oil not only smells wonderful but it’s been also shown to have a relaxing effect on smooth muscle, helping to reduce the contractions that cause coughing. Apply peppermint oil either topically or diffused and add it to a cool water compress for instant relief.
Lavender is sometimes described as nature’s antihistamine. Lavender oil may be applied either in smaller doses throughout the day or it may be used topically to calm various skin irritations, including those caused by insect bites or hives. Some people also like to inhale diluted lavender oil before bedtime to fall asleep quicker and get more rest.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil can reduce inflammation and soothe skin allergies. Just be careful how you dose it because its potency may be a bit too much for some people. It’s also recommended not to mix tea tree oil with lavender oil as this combination of essential oils may lead to undesirable hormonal changes.
Eucalyptus oil is versatile and perfect for clearing mucus. Its anti-microbial properties are well-known, and its smell is enchanting. To make your clothes smell wonderful and to inhibit the growth of microorganisms, add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to your dryer.
Frankincense oil is an underrated essential oil that can relieve pain, inflammation, stress, and even chronic anxiety. It also promotes the secretion of digestive enzymes and increases urine production, making it indispensable for detox diets.
Essential oils are a powerful weapon for fighting allergies, one that comes from nature yet is backed by rigorous scientific studies. To strengthen your defenses against allergens even more, we also recommend you use a dehumidifier and air purifier at home to keep the air clean from pollen, dust, mold spores, and other harmful particles.