From my kitchen witchy heart to yours, I know that herbs can be scary but there are so many ways to use them. They are more common and more available than ever and ready to go. When it comes to our breathing and allergies, there hasn’t been a more important year to think about them. Luckily people have been using herbs and oils to take care of these problems for a very very long time. Sadly none of these are going to change your air quality or completely cure your allergies but they can relieve your symptoms and in some causes are also anti inflammatories. Making sure that you have proper oils and know where they are coming from. Generally many oils are filled with filler or water so it is important to get these in their purest form, which can cost you a pretty penny for some of them. However when using things like peppermint in tea, or eucalyptus in the shower you can be sure that you are getting their benefits
Of course there are guide lines and different ways to use them the most effectively. The most common way is to use them in a defuser but you must be sure to clean this often.
Some of these can be used as roll ons but you should never apply an oil to your skin directly unless advised. Reactions can be prevented by diluting the oils with a carrier oil, most of all when putting it on skin. This is naturally done when defusing with water. You can also help prevent adverse reactions by using fresh oils. Be sure to know if you have any allergies to any of these oils before using them.
Research shows that lemon grass may have antihistamine properties which can help keep congestion at bay. It can also help with digestive issues and is good for anxiety, depression and stress relief. It also has anti fungal properties, anti inflammatory properties and can help with sugar regulation.
Lavender is one of those all around oils and herbs that help with just about everything. In regards to allergies it aids with its anti inflammatory properties, like so many oils on this list. But it also actually helps prevent the enlargement of mucus cells. Luckily this is also one of the most available oils out there and is super easy to find.
This is a personal favorite of mind which I actually get a bundle of and put in my shower. Th oils naturally come out of the pours of the leaves when it is exposed to the warm giving you that extra relief during cold season. It also helps with inflammation and the cooling sensation will also help in those early mornings.
Again an anti inflammatory, this oil is wonderful for allergies as well as head aches but it is also wonderful when combine with any of these other oils like lemon or lavender.
Sandalwood is wonderful for irritation such as a runny or itchy nose and all of that strange stuffed up feeling when allergy season and its ever present blocked nasal passages are bothering you.
Lemon works as a natural antihistamine relieving excess mucous and cools down inflammatory reaction. It is also recommended to mix 2 teaspoons of lemon juice and apple cider vinegar with water to drink.
Chamomile is soothing but a little bit different. It is wonderful for skin allergies such as rashes. It is also a sleep aid, pain reliever, depression, skin irritation, anxiety disorders and digestive upsets.