Spring is a lovely time of year in Sydney – not too hot, not too cold. Just right. Well almost. For over 3 million Australians this is a difficult time of year – having to deal with hayfever (also known as Allergic Rhinitis). In the U.S., some 15 million Americans visit their doctors to find relief for hayfever.
For people suffering from seasonal allergies this can be a debilitating time – itchy watery eyes, clogged sinuses and runny noses – forcing many to avoid the outdoors. Hayfever is an allergic reaction triggered by airborne allergens (usually pollen but also animal hair, feathers and dust mites), which cause the release of histamines and subsequently the inflammation of the sinus and nasal passages.
What can be done?
There is no cure for this. Typically people are treated with nasal sprays (intranasal corticosteroids) and oral antihistamines. However many of the medications used can have problems and side-effects of their own. Essential oils can provide a safe relief from the symptoms of seasonal allergies. Essential oils act as natural antihistamines, reducing swelling and inflammation. They are also absorbed quickly into the body and provided you use pure, unadulterated and therapeutic grade quality essential oils, have no side effects.
Which essential oils?
Fennel, German chamomile, lavender, ocotea, eucalyptus blue, Roman chamomile and peppermint are some oils that are generally recommended for dealing with seasonal allergies such as hayfever. I have to say though, that most of the reports I’ve read from people using essential oils to help with hayfever, lean heavily towards lavender and peppermint.
(For more information on lavender and peppermint, check out my articles: 20 ways to use lavender and the wonders of peppermint oil ).
The following are some people’s experiences:
Dripping Nose and HayFever
John writes: I want to let you know about something I discovered just two weeks ago. I am a massage therapist, and this occurred one morning just as I was about to commence a massage treatment on a client. My nose began to run and I couldn’t stop it. As you can imaging, massaging clients with a dripping nose is not a good look. There were quite a few clients booked in that day so I had to think quick. I selected Peppermint oil. I dropped four drops of Peppermint onto one end of a cotton bud and then placed the oil, by using a painting action, at the back of the roof of my mouth near the tonsils. Within about five minutes my nose stopped dripping and running and the symptoms did not return all day so I had no trouble attending to my full schedule.
On three other occasions since I have used this method using Peppermint Oil and each time the results have been exactly the same. In addition to this, last week my wife had a hay fever attack so we tried this method of using Peppermint Oil and her symptoms cleared in less than half an hour. She was impressed and so was I.
Gelcaps filled with oils for allergy relief
Melissa writes: My daughter has allergies. I had been reading about Lavender oil being effective in treating them. Every year we take a trip to Texas and she always ends up with congestion and cough and ultimately a sinus infection. This summer we did Lavender orally in a gelcap. Not only did we avoid the sinus infection, she had minimal allergies.
Allergies and Lavender
Cindy writes: I say I don’t have allergies, but the cotton has been flying from the cotton trees in my neighborhood. One day I was sneezing and my nose was running but I didn’t put it together with allergies until I was trying to sleep and my nose wouldn’t stop running. I remembered reading about Lavender being a natural antihistamine so thought it was worth a try. I put a drop on the back of my neck and within literally seconds I noticed a difference. I’m still not sure if it was an allergy that was bothering me, because I don’t have those remember. But I do know it was the fastest an oil has ever worked for me.
Allergies and lavender oils
Linda writes: I have very bad allergies when they flare up. I refuse to take any statin drugs for the symptoms have been suffering. My friend was visiting and she gave me some Lavender oil in my hand to inhale and I had such a wonderful experience. My allergies cleared up in few minutes and I was able to breath and my eyes were clear.
No more steroid nasal inhaler for allergies
Cynthia writes: I used to use steroid nasal inhalers every late summer until the first killing frost for my allergies. I no longer need to because I’ve discovered Lavender oil. I put a few drops on the bottoms of my feet, chest and throat, every morning. I experimented and stopped doing it once, and by the 3rd day the allergies were back. Once I resumed, they were gone again within 24 hours.
Severe asthma and allergies are gone
Heather writes: My 3 year old son has always been sick with respiratory issues since birth. When he was 3 he was diagnosed with asthma. We have been constantly in and out of the Dr. and allergy specialist. When he gets sick we are doing breathing treatments and inhalers all day, for weeks. His quality of life was greatly inhibited. He could not play for long, or act like a kid.
About a month ago a friend of mine invited me to an Oil class. I left inspired from all the testimonial’s. We started rubbing peppermint oil on his feet 3 times a day. I am happy to say he has not needed one nebulizer treatment, inhaler, nasal spray, or allergy meds. In a month. Not one! I have been totally amazed.
Lavender for allergies
Rita writes: At times I get allergy symptoms with itchy eyes, congestion etc. I massage a drop of Lavender into the back of my neck, on my ears, and sometimes above my brow and on my sinuses (being careful to avoid the eyes) and within minutes the symptoms subside. I LOVE Lavender!
Till next time
Disclaimer: Please remember that anything discussed here does not
constitute medical advice and cannot substitute for appropriate medical care. Where essential oils are mentioned, it’s recommended you use only pure, unadulterated therapeutic grade essential oils and follow the safety directions of the manufacturer.