Fighting Allergies Naturally

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!

Fighting Allergies Naturally

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*Please note that I am not affiliated in any way with any doctor, clinic, or medical profession. Before starting or ending any treatment plan, be sure to consult with your doctor to see what will work best for you.

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.

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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!)

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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.

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Now it’s your turn. Have you tried fighting allergies naturally? What other natural remedies have worked for you?

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64 Replies to “Fighting Allergies Naturally”

  1. I loooooove my essential oils and really love seeing posts like these! It’s so incredible, all the many ways we can use essential oils.

  2. We LOVE essential oils, and it makes me so happy to see people advocating for their safe use (not ingesting them, not applying them directly to the skin). We love nasal rinsing, too. My husband had chronic sinus infections for years, but he’s only had one in the three years he’s been rinsing.

  3. Helps me every allergy season! Also love that you are recommending a safe dilution! Too many out there giving dangerous advice!

    1. Thanks, Leah! 🙂 I’m definitely concerned with safety, and I never want to recommend anything that isn’t going to be safe for my readers! I’m so glad this has helped you!

  4. I have a lot of problems with my sinuses being congested. I don’t know if it is allergy related or not. I think I might give the oils a try, I don’t think they will hurt anything.

  5. This is great info and I look forward to trying it. I’ve suffered from allergies forever and the prescribed and over the counter things I’ve tried give me an irregular heartbeat – which I’m told isn’t harmful, but how can it be good? I look forward to this natural solution.

    1. Oh yes, Michelle, definitely try this natural solution! Side effects like that are the reason I left traditional medicine, and I haven’t regretted it for a second! 🙂

  6. Essential oils are so awesome!! We have Plant Therapy’s Sniffle Stopper oil mixture for kids and it is great! 🙂

    Speaking of treating seasonal allergies naturally, have you ever used raw, local honey to do so? I’ve heard some good things about that.

    1. They sure are, Rebekah! That sounds like a great product! 🙂 I haven’t ever used raw local honey to treat seasonal allergies, but I’m allergic to bees, and I’ve been eating raw local honey to help with that allergy! I guess we’ll only find out if it works if I get stung again. 😉

  7. I love essential oils! I use peppermint for my stomach a lot, I have celiac disease and it helps when I put it straight on my belly! Also, my fiance has terrible allergies! I’m definitely going to give this a try! Thanks so much for the tips!

  8. That same combo is also supposed to be good for sciatica and arthritis pain. I am trying it out now. I have never had great results with using EO but I am trying to give it a longer try because so many people have great success with them.

    1. That’s interesting, Kristin; I’d never heard of treating arthritis with this combo, but essential oils are so versatile that it doesn’t surprise me! I think sometimes we just have to find the right combo and the right application that works best for our individual bodies. 🙂

  9. This is great! I suffer from allergies and usually suffer through it. I hate taking meds because they always make me feel weird. I use a nasal rinse but it doesn’t always work. I’m definitely going to try these!

  10. Love my essentials oils. They’ve helped with allergies, colds, headaches, you name it. I also take a spoon of local honey and it seems to help.

  11. I keep hearing such great things about essential oils – I really need to try them! I’ve heard they can help with anxiety as well, which is a big plus for me.

  12. Fantastic! I’ve suffered from both year-round and seasonal allergies since high school am an always exploring new treatment options.

  13. This is great stuff. I love the research you’ve done to help people transition away from pharmaceuticals into having more natural solutions for their allergies. It’s a very detailed and informative post!

  14. I love this post, thank you so much! I have had it bad this season and i hate to use medications when I actually don’t need to. Pinned!

  15. I need to try this! I also have asthma, and I’ve never found anything that works. If it’s this simple, I’ll be thrilled! (And even better if I get to smell delicious things all day!)

  16. I’m going to have to try this for my husband this spring. We have tried several different natural options to no avail, so I think it may not work, but I always want to try things naturally first and then go back to his usual, Claratin D

  17. Maybe I need to try the saline spray. I don’t have bad enough allergies to drive me to medicine for it (that stuff dulls my mind) but I do struggle around this time of the year.

  18. I used to have severe ‘allergies’. Claritin 24 hr, on the hour till it didn’t work anymore. Went to Allegra D, stopped working after a week and made me feel weirder. Rx sprays, Rx pills, I had ‘textbook drainage’, Dr had me try organic milk because regular sometimes mimics allergies. Nothing helped. Finally tried a Chiropractor who does muscle testing with NRT (Nutrition Response Testing), found I had a huge pesticide toxicity and liver damage from it. Started on supplements to detox and support my liver – within DAYS I was clearer than I had been in years and currently have not taken one allergy pill in 5 years. Same as with EOs, things that God gave us in nature are amazing and healing! Very helpful post, Abbey. 🙂

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