Hay fever is a seasonal nuisance which is defined as an allergy. A more detailed definition would be that it is an allergy caused by pollen or dust, which comes in contact with the mucous membrane of the nose or eyes. This contact causes inflammation, stuffy nose, and watery eyes. Prolonged hay fever can even result in fatigue, weakness, and vomiting.
You can use essential oils to prevent this from happening or to get relief from your allergies as well. Anti-allergies are great at relieving the symptoms of allergies, but essential oils offer a more natural solution.
Here are some essential oils that are useful against allergies:
Eucalyptus essential oil:
Eucalyptus oil is a savior against stuffy nose. It has methanol like fragrance and strong anti-inflammatory properties. All of which help in opening up clogged up nostrils, allowing you to breathe freely. Eucalyptus oil is excellent at clearing our mucus and phlegm from the nostrils linings. Remember to mix eucalyptus oil with a carrier oil before use, as the oil is quite potent. You can then apply it directly to your chest like a vapo-rub or inhale its vapors through aromatherapy.
Lemongrass essential oil:
It is believed that lemongrass essential oil contains antihistaminic properties, which helps in keeping your nasal path-ways clear. You can mix lemongrass essential oil in your lemongrass tea. Remember to inhale the steam as you drink your tea, to gain maximum benefits.
Lavender essential oil:
The use of lavender essential oil to treat allergies provides you with more than one benefit. It is a calming oil. Hence its aromatherapy can help you relax and fall asleep with more ease. This becomes especially difficult when one is going through allergies because of the stuffy nose. Better sleep also means more energy in the morning to fight off the allergens. Lavender essential oil is also anti-inflammatory; this property provides relief against pain and clears the nasal pathways.
Chamomile essential oil:
Just as lemongrass oil, chamomile oil also contains antihistaminic properties. Drinking chamomile leaf tea with a few drops of essential oil can provide you relief against allergies and hay fever. Just like lemongrass tea, remember to inhale the warm vapors for maximum benefits.
Peppermint essential oil:
People have reported that by inhaling diffused peppermint oil, they often have had their sinuses unclogged instantly and that it can often provide relief against scratchy throats as well. Peppermint oil has the power to dispense phlegm and reduce inflammation. All of which help you breathe with more ease. You can gain the benefits of this oil either by aromatherapy or by adding a few drops to your tea. Some people even add a few drops in their hot baths, as inhaling its steam helps unclog your nasal pathways.
Sandalwood essential oil:
Sandalwood essential oil is best known for being a sleeping aid. Often during allergies, a person may find it difficult to fall asleep. The reasons can range from clogged nostrils, headaches to excessive sneezing. Inhaling sandalwood through aromatherapy can help in relieving these symptoms. That allows a person to sleep through the night with ease.
How to use essential oils to clear hay fever/allergies:
There are a variety of ways to use essential oils to treat allergies. You can directly apply the essential oils to your skin or clothing, and then sniff the oils for relief. A person can use aromatherapy, boiling water, and diffusers to inhale the essential oils. People even add drops to hot baths, which is also effective.
Certain oils such as eucalyptus should not be applied directly to the skin and should be diluted before use.