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Springtime Allergies

by Penny Keay

It won’t be long and springtime weather will arrive. I know it is time to get serious about using the essential oils that help me to stay ahead of many of those allergy symptoms.

Scratching throat, itchy eyes, sneezing, nasal congestion, post-nasal drip and runny water eyes and nose, etc are the most common symptoms.

The best course of action for me is simply inhaling a few essential oils and synergy blends daily to help me stay ahead of the ‘game’ and avoid a majority of these.

The correct term for allergies caused by pollen is Seasonal Rhinitis. Indicating that it occurs ‘seasonally’ and second involves namely the nasal passages and upper respiratory tract. Many different allergens cause any number, allergies, or allergic reactions. Some are year round and yet others are chronic.

Although the list of essential oils to help with Seasonal Allergies may help with chronic year round allergies, you can be dealing with different conditions and suggestions for either type of allergy may be similar. It is possible you will need to individualize for your situation.

What is a great first line of defense? Roman Chamomile and German Chamomile help many folks.

So starting when the first signs of spring to really take hold you may want to start using a Personal inhaler with several drops of either (or both) of these two essential oils. You should inhale 4 times a day.

Just inhale two or three whiffs in each nostril each time you use your inhaler. The suggested times are first thing in the morning, then mid-morning or around noon, then mid-afternoon and of course at bedtime.

When I was growing up, I always thought I was getting a ‘spring’ or ‘fall’ cold but now realize it was that I had allergies and no one ever realized it. Springtime is not as bad for me as the fall season.

This is the so-called ‘Seasonal’ allergies or in the fall commonly called ‘Hay fever’ even though hay may not be the causing factor. When it comes to me, ‘hay’, and any fall pollen can give me the worse allergy reactions.

There are other forms of allergies too. Food and contact allergies will act differently and the body will have a different response. Some folks develop hives or swelling of the areas affected.

Some reactions can be life threatening as in the case of allergic reactions to seafood – where the throat swells immediately or like my mother who was allergic to bee stings (contact with the bee’s venom).

The area stung would swell and in the worse cases, she could have difficulty breathing. Both these types of allergic reactions are very serious and most of the time will require medical intervention in an emergency room.

Yet others will develop eczema (see some of our past newsletters for more information about this) or psoriasis as a more chronic allergic form. Still others may develop mild forms of hives or other skin rashes.

The good news is that it means your body is paying attention to foreign substances that it thinks are attacking it. Your immune system goes into hyper-mode and over reacts.

Unfortunately it is not good news either as it actually is bringing your body’s defenses down. If, and when a ‘real’ invader attacks your bodies reserves may be too depleted to put up a real fight!

Therefore, we need to get things under control so the body gets on the right track. Essential oils are wonderful in their ability to help the body balance itself at the cellular level.

However, not only can the essential oils give you a wonderful enjoyment of smelling all those beautiful scents, they get your chemical makeup back into alignment or ‘balanced’. Then your body’s immune system can fight where and when it needs to fight.

Here is a list of a few essential oils known to help with inhalant or airborne allergens to varying degrees.

Some of the best-known ones are the Chamomiles – Roman Chamomile and German Chamomile both have antihistaminic properties and are typically the first choice.

Other essential oils include: Helichrysum, Lavender, Blue Tansy, Tarragon, Yarrow, Geranium, Patchouli, Clove bud, and Niaouli.

Remember there are other essential oils that may work just for you but no one else. The following essential oils may give you some relief too and include: Bergamot, Fragonia, Juniper berry, Lemon, Lavandin, Orange, Palmarosa, Rosemary, Sage, Spikenard, Hyssop, Rose, Ravensara and Peppermint.

The former list may help with the symptoms caused or related to the allergic reactions instead of actually stopping the reaction.

Try a few oils in a Personal inhaler and inhale several times a day.

Try this simple blend:

Roman Chamomile – 4 drops (You may want to try German Chamomile or Helichrysum in place of the Roman Chamomile )
Lemon – 3 drops
Lavender -3 drops

Blend these in an amber bottle and then place a drop or two on a tissue or place several drops in Personal inhaler.

If you have nasal congestion that is causing you grief add one drop of peppermint to the above mix. One of the best things that may help this time of year is to start using some of the anti-histaminic essential oils prior to the season actually starting.

If you know what you have seasonal allergies now is the time to watch the daily pollen counts that are offered in many newspapers. Several websites will notify you when certain plants are bothersome, in different areas of the country. That is how I am alerted as stated above.

For me, I have found that in the spring before the conifer type trees start to pollinate I simply need to use just a little Lavender and if my sinuses start to hurt – sniff a little peppermint.

This is the easiest for me. Although if we don’t get enough spring rains then I may need to use a little Roman Chamomile – it works great for me. Just a little inhale in the morning and night for a few days and I’m not bothered.

For those of you that have more severe reactions you might want to try a blend of a few of those listed above or we also have a wonderful synergy blend - our Allergy Tamer blend that is made of 5 of the best known allergy relief essential oils.

Allergy symptoms can make you miserable and if not controlled you can end up with sinusitis and other problems.

To relieve your congestion make sure you drink plenty of fluids. When your body is reacting to an inhalant allergen your body will naturally increase the flow of fluids in your nasal passages. In turn, your body will need more water. It is very important for you to increase the amount of fluids you consume.

Water is best but soothing teas may help relieve the itch and scratch in your throat. Keeping the fluid thin and running helps your body rid itself of the allergen.

If your allergies have gotten the upper hand, then you may need to try some of the symptomatic relief essential oils. Please see our Past newsletters, Recipe Index or Health and Beauty index to help find relief for common allergy symptoms such as congestion, headaches, sinusitis, and the list continues or you can use our Search Box for a quick find.

Start now and be prepared before the pollen starts to fly. Oh and beware – Hay fever season is later in the summer so you need to mark your calendars now to start your essential oil regimen about 2 weeks before that season starts too!

For me here in Northeastern Minnesota I start in Mid-July for the fall allergy season and continue until – well ‘snow’ once again is on the ground.

Simple Allergy Relief Blend

Lavender– 5 drops
Bergamot – 2 drops
Lemon – 1 drop
Juniper berry – 1 drop
Peppermint – 1 drop

Blend these together in a glass bottles. Then put these drops in aPersonal inhaler. Use when you feel congested or need relief to breath more easily.

When your Sinuses are a problem

Eucalyptus globulus – 10 drops
Helichrysum – 5 drops
Peppermint – 3 drops

Blend these essential oils together in a glass bottles. Then place several drops (3 - 5) in a bowl of hot water (not boiling). Hot water from the faucet usually is warm enough.

You can cover your head with a towel if desired and ‘Steam’ yourself for about 10 minutes. Repeat every 4-8 hours as needed for sinus congestion.

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