My husband suffers from allergies and I’m starting to suffer from allergies too. We live in Arizona, the place people used to go to to escape allergies. Now though, it’s the place to avoid if you have allergies. Our spring and fall last about a week. Then we have winter and our blazing hot summer. But it doesn’t seem to matter which season we are in, the allergies are still there. It gets pretty horrible and I see my poor husband suffer.
Well, thanks to essential oils, we now have a helper for the allergies. It’s amazing just how helpful they have been. For some people, these essential oils are enough to totally get rid of the symptoms, but for my husband whose allergies are really bad, they are enough to let him return to normal functioning (no more foggy brain). They don’t totally get rid of his symptoms, but they do lessen them dramatically (thank goodness!).
Before going into the recipes and such, let’s talk about why we get allergies. I’ll explain in a bit why this bit is important. This might explain why some essential oils work better for some and others work better for others. If you know how your body is reacting to your allergies, then you are in a better position to pick the right essential oil for the job for each essential oil targets a different area.
Why We Get Allergies
We get allergies when our bodies react to irritants that enter the body either through the eyes, nose, skin, or mouth. Hence, some people get itchy eyes, runny nose, itchy skin, and general fatigue. Not all people react to the same irritants. Some people react to pollen while other people react to cats.
I like how the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America describes allergies:
The exact causes of allergy symptoms are still being investigated. However, it is known that these are due to immune system pathways that lead to inflammation after an encounter with allergenic proteins in the environment. These proteins are often from plant pollens, animal dander, insect venom, or certain foods.
According to Dr. Axe, it is our bodies reacting to the allergen, the irritant, and producing histamine that causes the inflammation.
So, knowing this, the best essential oils to use for allergies are those that have anti-inflammatory properties.
10 Essential Oils for Allergy Relief
These 10 essential oils are known for their anti-inflammatory properties and have been found useful for allergy relief.
Lemon has been shown to help kill certain strains of bacteria, boost the immune system, and help the respiratory system.
Lavender’s anti-inflammatory properties has been shown in one study to help relieve bronchial asthma in a laboratory study.
In Brazil, peppermint essential oil is used for its anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, and expectorant properties according to this study. Apparently, peppermint oil helps to relax the tracheal muscles to inhibit coughing.
Basil has been shown to kill bacteria, yeasts, and molds that cause allergies. It also helps support your adrenal glands. It also helps to relieve the inflammation caused by allergies through its anti-inflammatory properties.
Eucalyptus has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. It is also an expectorant. This 2011 study found that eucalyptus helped those with an upper respiratory infection as it helps to reduce mucous. It’s also good for cuts, wounds, and infections of the skin.
#6: Tea tree
Tea tree has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and antimicrobial properties. This 2000 German study found that tea tree is able to kill bacteria, fungi, and yeasts that cause allergies. As such, it is a great cleaner for the home and for the skin but care must be taken as the essential oil can be strong and cause sensitivity for some skin types.
One study conducted in 2010 in a laboratory study found bergamot essential oil was helpful for relieving asthma symptoms. Those in the study that were given bergamot didn’t cough as much as those that didn’t when exposed to allergens. You do have to be careful with bergamot as some bergamot will cause light sensitivity. (Doterra and Plant Therapy use a bergamot variety that does not cause light sensitivity.)
Lemongrass is anti-fungal, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory. It can kill some bacteria and fungi and helps boost the immune system. It’s anti-inflammatory properties may help those suffering from asthma and arthritis caused by allergies. Lemongrass essential oil can also be used for painful or itchy skin.
#10: Blue tansy
Blue tansy essential oil actually has natural antihistamine properties. It helps with congestion, itchy eyes, sinusitis, and hay fever. It’s also good for the skin helping with sunburns and irritations.
Essential Oil Blend Recipes for Allergies
You can mix the above 10 essential oils together to create your own allergy relief mix or you can use them singly to target a specific allergy symptom such as a runny nose or headache (use peppermint).
To help you figure out how to mix your oils, here are recipes you can use. Each person is unique, so what works for one person, may not work for you and vice versa. Try one and see if it works for you. Then try another to see if it will work even better.
Recipe for general allergies
This is a recipe for what is called an allergy shot.
Instructions: Add these to a shot glass filled with water. Drink. Alternately, you can add these drops to a spoon of local raw honey. You can also add these to a scarf or handkerchief and breathe in the soothing and clearing vapors. You should feel your airways after taking this shot.
Recipe for itchy eyes and itchy skin
This recipe is from Olivia’s blog which also has some great information on essential oils for allergies.
Instructions: Mix the above in a roller tube for easy application or in a little bowl and apply to itchy skin as needed. When used for itchy eyes, only apply around the eye being careful not to get it in the eye.
Recipe for congestion
This recipe is from earthroma for a diffuser to help with congestion.
Instructions: Place these drops into your diffuser filled with water. Diffuse nearby for congestion relief.
Peppermint is not recommended for use with babies or even around babies. Be careful about ingesting any essential oil as most are made to be applied aromatically or topically if properly diluted.
Bergamot, depending on the type you get, can cause light sensitivity.
According to Healthy Focus, blue tansy should not be used if you have epilepsy or Parkinson’s because it contains a high level of camphor.
Where to Buy
Plant Therapy sells quality essential oils at affordable prices.
Please refer to this dilution chart when diluting your essential oils. It is recommended that you dilute any essential oil that you use regardless of brand. Essential oils are strong and very potent and many can and do cause skin sensitivity, especially with children.
Plant Therapy has this awesome dilution chart you can reference.
For babies, dilute at 0.5% or even 0.25% (half of the 0.5% amount. So, use 3 drops of your essential oil and dilute it in 4 teaspoons of carrier oil for 0.5% or 8 teaspoons of carrier oil for 0.25%.
Use the 1% dilution ratio for daily use. Mix 3 essential oil drops for every 2 teaspoons of carrier oil.
If you need a stronger dose for a short period of time, use the 5% dilution ratio by adding 15 essential oil drops for every 2 teaspoons of carrier oil.
For really, really severe situations, you can up it to 10 percent dilution ratio for small acute areas of concern. For this, you would mix 15 essential oil drops for every teaspoon of carrier oil.
Recommended Essential Oil Brands
Because essential oils have therapeutic properties that make them so useful in our lives, you want to make sure that the essential oils you purchase are pure and contain all of the healing components that you are looking for. Unfortunately, there are some unscrupulous companies out there that sell diluted oils or even fake oils that will do you harm if you use them for therapeutic purposes.
The companies that I recommend and who consistently receive positive reviews on their essential oils are these: