Peppermint, frankincense, eucalyptus, and other essential oils can prove to be useful against allergies caused by seasonal changes
The monsoon brings seasonal changes, which often result in the body’s immunity being compromised, giving rise to seasonal allergies. These allergies could be respiratory or skin-related. But don’t worry: there’s an easy solution at hand. Rishabh Chokhani, Founder, Naturevibe Botanicals, suggests using essential oils as an alternative or complementary treatment for allergy symptoms.
Essential oils are derived from plants and can be used in a variety of ways. Popular ways to use essential oils include:
• Using them in a diffuser
• Using them in bath and spa products
• Applying them to the skin after dilution
• Spraying them into the air
• Breathing them indirectly from the container and using them as aromatherapy
Just like with aromatherapy, applying essential oils on your body results in them entering your bloodstream, which is why it is important to dilute essential oils before using them on your skin.
Chokhani lists some essential oils that can be used to treat symptoms of seasonal allergies.
• Peppermint Oil: Seasonal changes often result in a blocked nose. Peppermint oil’s strong aroma works like magic on clogged sinuses. It acts as a decongestant and helps open the airways. It helps soothe a scratchy throat, too, due to its anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. According to several research studies, peppermint oil also helps relieve anxiety and mental fatigue.
• Frankincense Oil: Frankincense is another oil that helps curb inflammation and acts well on bronchitis, which causes inflammation of the airways and sinus infections. It might also be beneficial for people with asthma. Using frankincense with a blend of eucalyptus helps relieve hoarseness, cough, and sore throat.
• Eucalyptus Oil: Eucalyptus oil opens up the sinuses and lungs, therefore improving circulation, which reduces the symptoms of allergies. It works as an expectorant but also has anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects. Use it in a room diffuser for comfort.
• Lemon Essential Oil: Lemon oil works as a natural antihistamine, relieving excess mucous and soothing inflammatory reactions. It also helps with respiratory conditions. Lemon is known for its anti-bacterial properties, and is best used in a blend with lavender and peppermint.
• Holy Basil: Holy basil, also known as tulsi, reduces inflammatory response to allergens and supports the immune system overall. It has antimicrobial abilities and can remove toxins from the body, as well as clear airways. It can also help reduce headaches caused by sinus and migraines.
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