Essential Oils for Runny Nose, Sneezing, Headaches, and Other Allergy Symptoms

I found another awesome infographic from Dr. Oz. This one is about using essential oils for allergy symptoms relief.

Some of the allergy symptoms that it focuses on are these.

  • Runny nose
  • Headaches
  • Sneezing
  • Inflammation
  • Shortness of breath
  • Watery eyes

Allergy symptoms are usually caused by an inflammatory reaction of our bodies when exposed to an allergen. How our bodies react is different for everyone, but the same mechanism is at play. That’s why these essential oils work so well. Once you know how your body reacts to allergens, pick an essential oil that targets that area and it should help ease your symptoms if not clear it altogether.

Here’s the awesome infographic:

Essential Oils To Use For Allergies

The essential oils mentioned in this infographic are these.

Peppermint oil is an expectorant that helps with coughs, allergies, colds, asthma, sinusitis, and bronchitis. Best way to use peppermint oil is to diffuse a few drops in your diffuser. And remember, don’t use peppermint oil around small children or if you are breastfeeding.

Basil oil‘s anti-inflammatory properties helps relieve your allergy symptoms. It also detoxes your body, ridding it of bacteria and viruses as well as helping to keep your adrenal glands stable. You can dilute 2 to 3 drops into a teaspoon carrier oil of your choice and then apply it topically to your chest, temples, and the back of your neck.

Eucalyptus oil is great at clearing your sinuses and lungs. If your nose is plugged, you’ll want to boil some water and then add 1 to 2 drops of eucalyptus oil into the bowl of boiling water and then place your head over the bowl with a towel covering your head and bowl and then breathe in the vapors for 5 to 10 minutes.

Lemon oil also helps the respiratory system. It also helps your lymph nodes to drain properly. Best way to use lemon for allergies is to diffuse it in a diffuser. You can also use lemon as a cleaner, as a house spray, and in the laundry. Just a drop or two are needed.

Tea Tree or Melaleuca oil has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiseptic properties. It can help skin wounds to heal as well as relieving allergy symptoms. Use by diluting this oil in a carrier oil of your choice and then applying it topically where you need it. You can also use it as a cleaner.

Dilution Chart

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.

You can download a free PDF version here or purchase the magnet here.

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:

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