Spring is sprung, the grass is riz… Anonymous (And people in my house are starting to sneeze… A lot!!!)
Due to climate change, more and more people seem to be suffering from seasonal allergies. Trees and plants are budding out, and there is a lot of pollen 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 and hay fever (Allergic Rhinitis).
Lavender: The workhorse of essential oils, as it is useful for so many things. It is said to be helpful for sneezing, sinus congestion and for boosting the immune system.
German Chamomile & Roman Chamomile: are very gentle, effective essential oils. Roman Chamomile is said to be useful for sinus congestion. German Chamomile is reported to have anti-allergenic properties. Don’t use either variety of the Chamomiles if you have an allergy to Ragweed.
Lemon: with its antiseptic properties, lemon 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.
* 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 photosensitive
As always with essential oils, less is best & dilute before topical use.