Allergy season is in full swing around here, and it has been for a couple of months. Unfortunately, it’s only getting worse. I never really suffered from allergy problems until just a few years ago. When people said things like, “My allergies are KILLING me today,” I never really understood what they meant. To be truthful, I sort of thought they were overreacting.
Reality hit me like a ton of bricks a couple of years ago. The morning before my wedding I woke up feeling absolutely miserable. I actually thought I had the flu, strep throat, or some other horrible ailment. My throat was red and raw, I could hardly speak, my sinuses were clogged beyond belief, my entire body was achy, and, to put it lightly, I felt like utter crud! I rushed to the doctor because there was absolutely no way I could be so sick for my wedding (and honeymoon out of the country the following day!). After the doctor examined me, he told me that he was confident I only had allergy problems. I was actually a little mad at him because in my mind, there was absolutely NO way that allergies were the only thing making me so incredibly sick. The next day (the day of our wedding), I still felt horrible. I got absolutely no sleep the night before—I was coughing all night, my throat was on fire, my sinuses were clogged up so much that I could barely breathe, and my entire body hurt!
After the wedding, even though the entire day was exhausting, my husband and I drove for 4 hours to the port where our cruise ship would be embarking the next day. When I woke up the next morning, I had already started feeling better! I continued to feel better the further away we voyaged until I felt like my normal self again! At this point, I started thinking that just maybe that doctor was right about the allergies. I enjoyed feeling well on our vacation, but just a day or two after returning home, the allergies returned with full force.
I have spent the last couple of years trying every hokey allergy “remedy” imaginable. I’m actually allergic to all forms of antihistamines—which is what most of the medications for allergies and allergic reactions are made of (go figure!). I tried one prescription allergy medication that works differently (instead of an antihistamine, it’s an antileukotriene). It helped a little, but not enough to convince me to continue taking a drug. I also tried various vitamins, minerals, herbs, OTC homeopathic remedies, and teas. I did see some relief with some of the aforementioned items, but not total relief. I still had itchy skin, scratchy throat, gooey eyes, sneezing, etc, but it wasn’t as severe.
The next thing I tried was local raw honey. After taking 1-2TBS of local raw honey every single day, I started seeing a little relief. It helped build my immunity, and I felt better all around. I definitely suggest adding local raw honey to your daily diet for allergy maintenance support. I emphasize the word local because the reason local raw honey works to build your immunity to combat your allergies, is because the pollen used to make the honey is from plants/pollen local to your area (the stuff that causes your tree, grass, or weed allergies).
My total allergy relief finally came with essential oils. I have found that a mix of Lavender Essential Oil, Peppermint Essential Oil, and sometimes some Lemon Essential Oil clears up my allergy symptoms almost instantaneously, and it even helps prevent future attacks. I like to put a few drops of each oil in a plastic aromatherapy inhaler. I keep this with me at all times. I keep in my pocket, purse, wallet, or my Essential Oil Keychain case.
NOTE: I personally, love having 8 of my favorite oils with me at all times in a convenient case. I will warn you that the shipping cost is fairly high if you’re only ordering one item. I’d suggest that you order in multiples (the shipping wont change much, if at all) to make it worth it. You can buy the empty inhalers on this website, as well as empty rollers, spray bottles, etc. If you have friends or family in the area who also want one, it might be worth going in on your order together to split up the shipping cost unless you know you personally want several items for yourself or immediate family.
Peppermint, Lavender, and Lemon Essential Oils are well-known for coming together as a natural allergy defense. I add only Peppermint and Lavender to the aromatherapy inhaler, and I use mini-bottles (5/8dram) to make my own mini-blend of Peppermint, Lavender, and Lemon that I take for on the go diffusing, inhaling, or adding a couple of drops to 5ml roller bottle filled with carrier oil. Let’s take a little look at what each oil can offer…
A little about each one:
Lavender has a large repertoire of uses. One of the most common uses of Lavender EO (Essential Oil) is for skin conditions. It helps everything from acne, eczema, sunburns, dandruff, diaper rash, and stretch marks, all the way to PMS, nausea, high blood pressure, chronic fatigue syndrome, asthma, allergies, and the list goes on. Lavender offers powerful and calming relief to your mind and body (inside and out).
Peppermint is known for helping open, calm, and soothe the respiratory system. Did you know that Peppermint EO can also bring down a fever? Just rub a couple of drops on the bottom of each foot! Peppermint is one of the best choices for aiding asthma, bronchitis, and sinus problems, but it’s also fantastic for tooth aches, heartburn (yes! really!), nausea, motion sickness, migraines, and many more ailments!
Lemon also helps with digestive problems. It aids your liver, and helps you expel toxins from your body. Lemon helps with asthma, throat infections, colds, acne, gout, uterine infections, and intestinal parasites. It boosts your immune system, can help stop nose bleeds, and it’s also a great antibacterial/anti-infectious product (without harming the good bugs).
These are just a FEW of the amazing things that these particular EOs have to offer us. No wonder they turn into a magical Allergy Relief formula when they’re combined! Try making your making your own blend by doing the following:
Using a 2ml cobalt blue or amber glass bottle, add:
- 15 drops of Peppermint EO
- 15 drops of Lemon EO
- 15 drops of Lavender EO
First let me say that taking ANY essential oils internally is not recommended by almost all certified aromatherapists, aromatherapy boards, or any related groups UNLESS you are under direct supervision by a healthcare practitioner also trained and certified as a clinical aromatherapist who is directly advising you of this. I know that many companies try to push you into taking oils internally by telling you that their oils are “the best” or “the most pure” and that because of that, they’re safe for internal use. The truth is that if an oil is really “the most pure,” it is REALLY strong and potent! The reason that most groups and therapist who work with essential oils professionally advice AGAINST taking any essential oils internally is that the true effects of what they are directly doing to your stomach, bowels, bladder, and other internal organs is not really known for CERTAIN. Most essential oils are known to be so antibacterial/antiviral/antifungal that one major concern is that over use of EOs internally could potentially harm the “good” gut bacteria or potentially damage internal organs. I want to make sure that I at least mention all of these things to you before telling you the following, which is what helped me because my allergies were just that bad; I was desperate. And as always, please seek the help and guidance of your medical professional before trying anything that I suggest 🙂
Try dropping up to a total of 10-15 drops of this new blend onto the wick of an aromatherapy inhaler. Personal inhalers are probably my favorite way to use essential oils. For my desperate attempt I personally had to use a couple of drops into an empty vegetable capsule will olive oil. I took this once a day for a few days to help my extreme case. ***This internal use is for extreme cases, and I don’t advocate it for regular or careless use, and I don’t even do this long-term myself.*** You can find a package of these capsules for about $5 at most health food stores or supplement stores. Again, my favorite way to use this blend is in one of these Aromatherapy Inhalers. I use my Peppermint/Lavender EO inhaler nearly every day to open up my airways, clear out my sinuses, and get my day going. It is also a great help for bed time stuffiness/coughs. I keep it on my night stand when I am sleeping, and I also keep one in my purse for when I am out.
This combination has helped my allergy problems tremendously (especially the aromatherapy inhaler!!!), and I whole-heartedly recommend it! I am so much happier now that I can breathe, see, and not break out into hives every day!
Do you have a special all-natural allergy blend that works for you? If so, tell us!
If you decide to try out our recommendation, we’d love to hear how it works for you!
***This information is not intended to be or replace your medical doctor’s advice. This post is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. None of these statements have been evaluated or approved by the FDA.***