Here at Small Town Soul, I encourage my readers to live a healthy lifestyle. This includes exercising, eating right, and taking care of yourself, but another way that I live a healthy lifestyle is by using natural products and remedies. This post is the start of a monthly series called “Fighting Naturally” (see more posts here). I’ll be addressing different sicknesses, ailments, and other issues that are frequently treated with medicine, but can be fought just as effectively, if not MORE effectively, with natural remedies, such as essential oils. Join me today as we look at fighting allergies naturally!
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For the past few years, I have struggled severely with allergies. I was plagued with everything from congestion to a runny nose to a sore throat. Since these were year-round allergies, I spent most of my days miserable. I visited an allergist, started allergy shots, and was on 4 medications a day, and still, I was miserable. After much debate, I finally decided to try essential oils, and within weeks, my allergies were cleared up. There are many different ways to treat allergies with essential oils and other natural remedies, and that’s what we’re going to look at today!
What Kind Of Allergies Are We Talking About?
In this post, I am discussing seasonal allergies (also known as hay fever), as well as allergies caused by animals, dust, and the like (also known as dander). To be clear, I am not discussing food allergies or severe allergic reactions. If your allergies cause you to swell, break out in hives, or have other severe reactions, you need more of a treatment plan than I will discuss in this post. I am simply discussing the typical allergic reactions of congestion, runny nose, sneezing, itchy throat, and symptoms of that nature.Come learn how to fight allergies the natural way - no medicine needed! Click To Tweet
How Can Essential Oils Be Used To Treat Allergies?
There are many different oils that can be used to treat allergies, but my top picks are lemon, lavender, peppermint, tea tree, and eucalyptus. For regular seasonal allergies, a mixture of lemon, lavender, and peppermint (LLP) gets the job done. You can fill a roller ball with 4 drops of each then fill to the top with a carrier oil (such as coconut oil), or you can do 2 to 4 drops of each in a diffuser then fill to the top with water. I carry a roller ball of LLP in my purse, Caleb takes one to work, and we like to diffuse at night when our allergies are particularly bad. For congestion or severe seasonal allergies, you can also add the same amount of drops of tea tree and eucalyptus oil to your mixture. These oils are particularly helpful in clearing out nasal congestion and throat drainage. (Be sure to pin the graphic below for easy access to this solution!)
When using the roller ball, essential oils can be used in multiple places on your body. I like to apply them directly to the nasal passages, which includes forehead, cheeks, across the nose, and along the lymph nodes. I also like to roll it along the back of my neck and behind my ears. I’ve been known to roll it along my chest, as well, when I feel highly congested. Wrists and ankles are another effective area to apply essential oils when treating allergies.
What Other Natural Remedies Can Be Used To Treat Allergies?
Another great natural remedy is Ocean Spray nasal spray. This nasal spray was highly recommended by my husband’s dentist to help reduce swelling in nasal passages, which naturally reduces allergies. Unlike other nasal sprays on the market, the only ingredients in Ocean Spray are water and saline. The saline in Ocean Spray cleans your nasal passages by attacking the bacteria directly and killing it. After a few weeks of use, the buildup of bacteria in your nasal passages is cleared out, and your allergies should lessen.
A similar treatment to nasal spray is a Neti Pot, which is a similar concept to the nasal spray. This pot is used to flush out your nasal passages with a saline solution. You can purchase premixed packets of saline solution to use in the Neti Pot or you can mix up your own sinus rinse solution. The one drawback of a Neti Pot is that you MUST boil your water before use or use distilled water. When used properly, the end result should be the same as with the nasal spray: after a few weeks of use, your nasal passages should clear and you should began to feel relief with your allergies.Essential oils & natural remedies can be MORE effective than medicine in treating allergies! Click To Tweet
Now it’s your turn. Have you tried fighting allergies naturally? What other natural remedies have worked for you?