A is for April & Allergies?
First Posted April 2015
Spring is sprung, the grass is riz… Anonymous
(And people in my house are starting to sneeze… A lot!!!)
I was actually planning on writing this blog closer to the summer when it is more traditionally allergy season, but with the way the weather has been, I felt that I had to move it up a few months. They are saying that due to the climate change, more and more people are suffering from seasonal allergies. The west coast of B.C has just experienced possibly the warmest winter on record. The ornamental Cherry trees were blooming in February, deciduous trees are budding out early, so there is a lot of pollen is in the air.
When it comes to allergies, there are many things that you can do to alleviate your symptoms. Allergies, simply put, are an overreaction of the immune system to substances that you come into contact with, such as pollen or pet dander. Diffusing essential oils is one of the ways to find some relief from the symptoms of allergies & hay fever (Allergic Rhinitis).
There are many essential oils that you can choose from, depending on your scent preference, age, overall health and what your allergy symptoms are.
Try diffusing one or two of these essential oils …
Lavender: The workhorse of essential oils, as it is useful for so many things. It is helpful for sneezing & sinus congestion; Lavender is said to be helpful for boosting the immune system.
German Chamomile: a gentle but effective essential oil & is reported to have anti-allergenic properties.
Lemon: its antiseptic & antimicrobial properties so it helps to clean the air of germs and bacteria when used in a diffuser or as a room spray. It is also said to help to support the immune system.
Roman Chamomile: like German Chamomile, it is a very gentle, effective essential oil. It is useful for sinus congestion. Don’t use either variety of the Chamomiles if you have an allergy to Ragweed.
* Lavender, German & Roman Chamomile essential oils are:
- gentle enough to use for children over the age of 2 and for elderly people.
(Lavender & Chamomile hydrosols are a better way to go with children under the age of 2 & can be used as room sprays)
- Lavender, & both German & Roman Chamomile essential oils are generally safe to use after the 1st trimester of pregnancy but use caution as everyone responds differently to essential oils. Diffusing & inhalation are always best during pregnancy.
- *Lemon essential oil: is better for diffusing for children over the age of 2 & for pregnant women.
- may cause skin irritation & is phototoxic
As always with essential oils, less is best & dilute before topical use.
These next 3 essential oils: Eucalyptus, Peppermint & Rosemary are very effective essential oils but are potent and should be used in moderation.
Peppermint: may help with sinus congestion, sneezing, and headaches. *If you don’t like the strong scent of peppermint, you can try the milder smelling Spearmint.
Eucalyptus: considered the big guns when it comes to dealings with the symptoms of allergies. I prefer to use Eucalyptus Radiata, which has a softer scent, (it doesn’t smell as harsh as the Globulus variety) I also like the Eucalyptus var. Dives which has a lighter peppermint smell.
Rosemary: If you don’t like the scent of Eucalyptus, you can substitute Rosemary, which has a lighter more herbal scent. Rosemary (ct cineole) essential oil which may help to reduce sinus congestion.
These oils are not appropriate for topical use for infants, pregnant & nursing mothers, or if you are epileptic; Don’t apply on the face or under the nose of children under 10 years old. Use appropriate amounts & varieties when diffusing for ages 4 & up; also use caution if you take medication.
Come spring, I like to diffuse my “Life Support” diffuser blend.This blend is made from the essential oils of Lemon, Lavender, Frankincense, Eucalyptus Dives, Ravintsara, and Peppermint. It smells fresh and I find that it helps me to “Just Breathe…”
My Blog is for information only & is replace Medical Advice… Essential Oils are not for ingestion & should always be diluted before topical use.
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- The first line in this blog was taken from the poem ” The Budding Bronx” In Arnold Silcock’s Verse and Worse, it is attributed to ANON [New York]… So credit goes to the author.
- Photos on my blog: http://www.canstockphoto.com or from my own personal photo collection- CP