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Spring, aka allergy season is my most hated time of the year. Elm pollen is everywhere and for 4-6 weeks, I am a sneezy, itchy-nosed, watery-eyed, stuffy-headed hot mess. Do you suffer from seasonal allergies? Abject misery, am I right? I prefer to use essential oils for seasonal allergy relief. And because I so love a good natural home remedy for seasonal allergies, I keep these essential oils in my stash at all times.
I use an ultrasonic diffuser in every room in my house. They are especially helpful in the bedrooms, because trying to sleep when you can’t breathe is a little tricky. I use them year round, and faithfully during the ‘dark time’ (ie. Late February to early April, when the elm pollen is rampant), and I leave them going all day and night.
My Favorite Essential Oils for Seasonal Allergy Relief
Lavender, Peppermint, Lemon, and Frankincense – these oils, used together in the diffuser form an ‘allergy bomb’, helping ease my most annoying symptoms.
What’s So Special About These Oils?
Oh, baby! These particular oils are some of the most powerful – yet versatile – essential oils around. They are also some of the easiest to find and most affordable oils, making them absolute “must have” oils for your collection, especially when you’re on a tight budget.
- Lavender: (Lavandula augustifolia) has anti-inflammatory and anti-septic properties, which make it helpful for soothing swollen, irritated sinuses & nasal passages. It has a relaxing fragrance and also helps ease sinus pain and pressure that seasonal allergies can cause.
- Peppermint: (Mentha piperita) helps clear nasal passages to relieve stuffiness and acts as a powerful decongestant, mucolytic (which means it can expel … snot – ew, I know), and expectorant. It has anti-bacterial properties to help prevent an allergy from becoming something more serious. Its fresh, clean fragrance is also a great mood lifter, which is nice when you’re feeling crabby about feeling crappy. (Avoid using peppermint oil on children under age 6.)
- Lemon: (Citrus lemon) is a fantastic boost to your immune system. Its anti-infectious, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, & anti-septic properties work to promote white blood cell formation, improving your body’s natural immune function. Yay! And again, the fresh aroma is an instant mood lifter.
- Frankincense: (Boswellia carteri) is a powerful expectorant and immune system support. It doesn’t have the most amazing fragrance, but blended with the other oils I’ve mentioned, it adds a potent boost of allergy relief.
Use Essential Oils Topically, Too
My husband and oldest son always seem to get chest congestion as a symptom of seasonal allergies, which can potentially turn into pneumonia – they are both susceptible to that because they’ve had it before. So I also apply Frankincense (diluted with a carrier oil, like coconut oil) on their chests and the bottoms of their feet. If they are really suffering, I diffuse an oil that has specific respiratory-supporting properties like Myrtle, Eucalyptus Radiata*, or Ravensara. But Frankincense is an excellent option, especially when you’re on a budget and trying to get the most out of every single oil in your collection. It is incredibly versatile!
* Avoid using or diffusing Eucalyptus essential oil varieties on children under the age of 10. The high cineole content can be harmful to young respiratory systems. Myrtle is a better choice for children with respiratory issues – it is gentler and has a lower cineole content, while still being very effective. Learn more about essential oil safety and use by reading this Essential Oils Desk Reference
While Lavender, Peppermint, Lemon, and Frankincense are single oils, I love essential oil blends, too. Most of the time, getting a pre-blended essential oil is less expensive than trying to make your own. Buying several single oils to make your own blend can run into a lot of money. And unless you’ve studied extensively to understand the chemical makeup of each individual oil, and how they work together, it’s difficult to know how much of each oil you need to add to the blend.
Some of my most loved essential oil blends are Breathe Ease®, Immune Strength®, and Fortify®. The first blend is a respiratory blend that works really well for chest congestion and colds. The other two are formulated to boost the immune system and when diffused, kill germs in the air to prevent sickness. I seriously cannot live without these oils. They can be diffused into the air, or applied topically when diluted properly with a carrier oil.
A Few Words About Essential Oil Brands
I get most of my oil blends from a company called Rocky Mountain Essential Oils, and I cannot speak highly enough about them. Their oil quality is superb, so I can trust I’m getting the most pure oils possible. I also purchase essential oils from a few other places that I trust for their outstanding quality and customer service, and I would be happy to share those with you – just send me an email!
It’s so important to do your own research and find an essential oil brand that offers you the most pure, unadulterated oils. Equally important is to keep in mind that more expensive does not necessarily mean higher quality. There are a ton of essential oil companies out there, and some are quite a bit less expensive than others, while still maintaining excellent quality. Don’t let anyone – including me! – tell you where you must or must not buy from.
I personally, tend to stay away from MLM companies, simply because I feel like their higher prices are due more to their need to pay distributors’ commission than the purity and quality of their oils. But I have friends who use oils from ‘the big 2’ and swear by them.
What To Look For in an Essential Oils Company
When choosing where to buy essential oils, I look for the following:
- Sourcing – Where does the company get their oils? Where are the plants grown? Look for plants that are grown organically and/or in their native area.
- Processing – What process is used to distill or extract the oil from the plant? Look for companies that do NOT use heat processing, as heat can damage the therapeutic properties of the oil.
- Labeling – Does the company include a list of ingredients? Labels should list each oil, using the scientific name, as well as any carrier oil (such as fractionated coconut oil) in each bottle. You should also find the country of origin, where the oil was distilled.
- Purity – The company should have testing in place to assure the consumer of the purity and quality of each oil. Words to look for: Unadulterated, Therapeutic Grade, 100% Pure. A reputable company will also have a guarantee of purity and authenticity for its oils.
- Testing – Does the company provide samples of its oils to be tested for quality and purity? And do they make those results available to the consumer? Look for links on the company’s website to batch test results, either directly, or by contacting customer service. An independent, third-party entity should be doing the testing – you cannot fully trust a company that tests its own oils and vouches for their purity.
Okay, I didn’t really mean to go into a big old thing about the essential oils industry … but, I get pretty excited and carried away. Never can have too much information, right?
Anyway … I hope I’ve provided you with a natural option, using essential oils for seasonal allergy relief in your home. I can’t promise you’ll feel 100% better, but I can promise they will help relieve your symptoms and make those weeks of allergy season more comfortable for you and your family.
If you have a favorite tip for seasonal allergy relief, for the love of all that is good on this earth – share it! Don’t leave us all suffering and miserable, when you may hold the key to health! Seriously, I would love to hear what helps you feel better when you’re experiencing seasonal allergy symptoms. And if you try my favorite essential oils, tell me what you think – did they help you out?
Hang in there, my friends … summer is coming and we’ll hopefully all be feeling less stuffy and sneezy by then.
Love & Blessings,
That Farm Mama