Hay Fever has once again come around and if you are like many folks you just dread this time of year.
I know I do. Mr Ragweed and I are not the best of friends. He seems to be a pest for too many weeks each year. He has a tendency to ruin one of my favorite seasons of the year. (Oh by the way, I love all the seasons!)
I do not enjoy watery eyes, a scratchy throat or sneezing repeatedly. For the most part I have been able to keep the allergy symptoms to a minimum by diffusing (a Terra Cotta Disc by my desk and head at night) and inhaling (with a Personal inhaler) our Allergy Tamer blend or Roman Chamomile.
Seasonal Rhinitis the medical term for allergic reactions caused by pollen makes one miserable.
Dealing with the congestion, runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing and sinus pressures is just not fun at all. These are the most common symptoms of this type of allergic reaction.
The problem is if you can’t stop these primary reactions to the allergens the next thing you know you are dealing with what I call the ‘secondaries’.
These are the sinus infection that starts from all the sneezing and swollen tissues that trap unwanted germs. And the repeated amount of coughing from the post nasal drip that can cause laryngitis, tracheitis or bronchitis.
You might have sore nostrils from wiping the constant ‘drip’ or from blowing your nose.
Some folks will rub their eyes and I’ve seen ‘stys’ develop or other types of eye infections. Some folks will even run a fever or develop hives depending on their immune response to the allergen.
So although the original ‘culprit’ is the allergic reaction you are having to the pollen or dust, now they are making you miserable with the secondary problems they created.
First if you have seasonal allergies now is the time to start using essential oils to help prevent some of these reactions.
Several essential oils have anti-histamine properties i.e. German Chamomile and Roman Chamomile.
Others help with inflammation such as Helichrysum (Corsica) and Lavender.
Using these in an Personal inhaler several times a day may help minimize the bodies response to the allergen.
Personally I use starting in Mid July. It helps my body prepare for the month of August and September.
Next – like now – I begin using Allergy Tamer blend which is a blend of German Chamomile, Roman Chamomile, Helichrysum (Corsica), Lavender and Niaouli.
This combination seems to not only help with the allergic reactions but helps with congestion and prevent some of the other problems as it keeps fighting off other infections.
Sore nostrils and nose from wiping: Use a mild soap and wash area, then apply your favorite lotion or carrier oil. works great for some folks, others like Camellia oil or Grapeseed oil.
Personally I like using my Cream de La Creme aka Penny’s Cream. It has a little bit of Lavender and Rose in it and is so moisturizing. You only need a tiny amount and it will help soothe that sore skin for several hours.
Years ago (like 31 years ago) I was told by my Family Doctor that for me personally, I should never ever blow my nose again. He told me I could ‘wipe’ my nose or ‘sniff’ in but not to ‘blow’.
I had had several repeated episodes of severe sinusitis due to my allergies and blowing my nose (even ever so gently) was making it worse and causing me to get the sinusitis.
Since I’m also very allergic to many antibiotics he was concerned there might come a time where there would not be any that would work and me. And also I did not like taking medications – especially antibiotics.
Remember this is 30 plus years ago and Al and I didn’t know about essential oils back then.
Anyway, I have heeded his words and since that time as long as I don’t ‘blow’ and only wipe my allergic runny nose I have not had sinusitis. Sinus congestion- yes – read on for how I get relief.
– try inhaling a little Peppermint followed by one of the eucalyptus oils. This often times will help to open up the airways, so they can drain and relieve pressure.
Eucalyptus globulus – 3 drops
Peppermint – 3 drops
Rosemary – 3 drops
Sunflower oil or other Carrier oil – 1 tablespoon
Blend essential oils well and add to the carrier oil. Massage into your face around your eyes and onto your cheek bones.
Be very careful not to get too near your eyes as this will sting badly if it gets into the eyes.
Massaging your eyebrows and forehead will help to relieve the pressure associated with the sinus congestion.
If coughing is part of your ‘secondary’ problems you might want to think about a ‘steam’ bath.
You know the kind where you use a towel over your head, over a bowl of hot water and a drop or two of essential oils. The Eucalyptus essential oils being the most widely used to help with this.
Coughing when allergies are present is often due to the post nasal drip.
Mucous is trickling down the back of your throat and causing irritation that triggers your cough response. Usually a non-productive cough, but a ‘tickle’.
In some folks including one of our sons, you will cough so much and so often that you can end up with a tracheal or bronchial irritation that could turn into a full blown infection. Once we were able to get his allergies under control he never had bronchitis again.
Eucalyptus globulus – 12 drops
Cedarwood – 6 drops
Rosemary - 3 drops
Peppermint - 3 drops
Blend the above essential oils in a glass bottle. Then add 3-5 drops to a bowl you have added about 2 cups of very hot water (does not need to be boiling – just very hot).
Use a Glass or Stainless steel bowl for this ‘steaming’. Place a towel over your head and lean over the bowl. Inhale for as long as desired.
You can always add more hot water or more essential oil blend as you need.
Diffusing or using Four Robbers blend and Pure Cleansing blend will help if your secondary problem is weakening your immune systems and allowing the irritations become more infections.
Or because your immune system has been compromised you may be more susceptible to catching the latest viral infection. (Great, now you have to deal with both allergies and a cold!).
As for eye infections: sorry, but there are no essential oils that can be used for this. You will need to see your medical doctor should you develop an eye irritation or infection with your seasonal allergies.
Most folks don’t have problems with their eyes other than they seem to tear or are more watery and red.
We hope you can come through another year of Seasonal Allergies unscathed but if you should be caught off guard and develop problems with the ‘secondaries’ you can hopefully find some help and relief for these ailments using essential oils.
We have several articles that may be of interest to you that will include many suggestions and a larger variety of essential oils to help with any of these ‘Secondary’ problems associated with your seasonal allergies.
(Recipes for colds, coughing, bronchitis)
You can always use the ‘Search Box” at the top of the page to put in a ‘key word’ or two to find previous articles that are not included above. They may help you find answers to more specific “Secondary” problems that weren’t listed above.
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Roman Chamomile - 2 drops
Tea Tree -1 drop
Apple Cider Vinegar – 1 tablespoon
Honey – 1 teaspoon
Distilled water (warmed) ½ cup
Add the essential oils into the honey then add the vinegar, next add warm water to this blend and shake well.
Using a bottle with a fine mist sprayer, spray 1-2 ‘spritzs’ onto the back of the throat.
Try not to eat or drink anything for 15 minutes after spraying. You can spray as often as needed.
Roman Chamomile – 5 drops
Peppermint – 3 drops
Rosemary– 2 drops
Blend the above in a glass bottle then apply several drops to a Personal Nasal Personal inhaler.
Simply inhale a couple times in each nostril as needed.
This should help to relieve the pressure, open the airways and the chamomile may help to control the allergy symptoms.
Bay rum – 3 drops
Clove bud – 1 drop
Allspice – 1 drop
Body Spray Base – 2 oz
Add the above essential oils to the Body Spray Base , Shake well and Spray into underarms.
Men – make sure you do not use any other product in your under arm area as the two scents may clash.
You can also use the above essential oils in the Soothing After Shave Lotion to compliment your personal care.
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