“Allergies are horrible this year!!” I hear this everywhere I go. And I agree; it seems like the season of sniffles and sneezes has dragged on and on this year. But I’ve had a secret this year that has made things go so much more smoothly. My oils!
Diffusing oils throughout the allergy season has kept the worst of things at bay. There are other ways to use them to help you get through the toughest part of allergy season.
I was so proud of myself. I started calling the three best oils for allergies my “allergy trifecta.” In researching some things on the internet, though, I found that I was not the original coiner of the phrase. Someone had beat me to the punch. That’s ok. I still think it’s a really cool name.
So, the main three oils that work so well with allergies are lavender, lemon, and peppermint. I mix my diffusing water up ahead of time and keep it in a mason jar. I recommend storing oils and oil mixes in glass containers, not plastic. Oils can degrade the integrity of plastic over time. Mason jars work great for this. I just use a little piece of masking tape on the lid or side of the jar to remind me what I’ve got in there.
I mix about 200 ml of water with 2 drops each of the three oils. Then I pour half of the mixture into my diffuser. My diffuser is like this one and I love it. It holds about 100 ml at a time. Then I just let the mixture diffuse in my living room and I breathe in the wonderfulness! (I’m not even sure if that is a word, but it fits anyway. 😉 ) I also put small, portable diffusers in the littles’ rooms with the allergy trifecta and some water and diffused them while they slept, some nights. It was very easy to see a difference in the days they had gone with vs. without. (The portables that I used, did not work for very long, bad quality diffusers. The price on my normal one has gone down so much, I just use those in the bedroom now. I have since gotten this ginormous diffuser for the open part of my house – living room, dining, kitchen. It is the same price I originally paid for my smaller one. I love it and it lasts a long time.)
I have heard of other ways to use these oils to help with allergies, but I haven’t tried them myself. Some people mix them with a carrier oil in a roller bottle and roll onto the back of their neck or on lymph nodes. As I said, I haven’t tried this with my allergy blend, but I do this with calming oils, headache oils, oils for muscle soreness, etc. and it works great. If the diffusing wasn’t doing the job on its own, I would definitely try this. As a matter of fact, I’m going to mix up a bottle to have on stand-by, just in case.
Another way I’ve heard of using these oils for allergies is to take them internally. This can be done by putting a few drops in a glass of water or into a gelatin capsule. I have not ever done this with any oils. You can find so many viewpoints about ingesting oils in doing research, and both sides have valid points. I’m not going down as for it or against it; I’ve just decided to err on the side of caution.
This has definitely been the best year so far for my family and myself as far as allergies go. I’ve not changed anything else I do. I’ve just added the oils. This is just another reason for my love affair with essential oils.