Allergies and congestion can be miserable, especially this time of year. It’s natural to want to rid your misery as soon as possible but using pharmaceuticals which can have side effects and can even make some symptoms worse.
Before you reach for an over-the-counter medication consider trying natural remedies using essential oils. These have no side effects and can help your body to heal rather than simply masking the symptoms.
Lavender. Lavender oil works like an anti-histamine and also calms inflammation. You can get allergy relief by using it during the times of year when allergies hit you the hardest.
Place a drop on your forehead, sinuses, and your cheeks (just watch your eyes) throughout the day to calm allergies. You can also add a few drops to your feet then cover them with socks before going to bed each night.
You can also place the oil in a diffuser or even in your palms and inhale it throughout the day. To make your own personal diffuser use a resealable plastic bag and a cotton ball with a few drops of oil on it. When you’re feeling symptoms, open the bag and inhale a few breaths.
Peppermint. Peppermint oil can help to clear congestion and give you some relief from sinus pain. To get relief, place a drop of the oil at the base of your neck in the morning and again at night. You can also dilute the oil with olive or coconut oil and rub it around your nostrils.
Diffusing peppermint oil can also help you to breathe in the soothing vapors. You can use the same cotton ball method for a personal diffuser than you can keep with you at all times.
Eucalyptus. Eucalyptus oil also provides soothing vapors that can help to clear out your sinuses. It’s also anti-inflammatory and antibacterial so it can help keep a sinus infection from developing and even provide relief from one that has already taken residence in your head.
You can place a few drops on your chest and rub them in to get the aromatherapy effect. This will also allow some of the oil to enter your bloodstream to work internally against your respiratory problems.
By using these essential oils you can save money on medications that only mask symptoms and do little to help you heal. You won’t have to worry about dangerous side effects or adding toxins to your body. If you know you suffer from allergies it’s a good idea to have these three oils on hand.