It’s almost summer, which means congestion, itchy eyes, and sneezing are back. Before you run to the pharmacy for your typical allergy medication, consider the nasty side effects that can leave you feeling even worse than you did to begin with. Instead of buying a pharmaceutical drug, try essential oils to combat your allergies.
The Problem With Conventional Allergy Medication
You suffer from allergies because your body responds to certain allergens by creating chemicals called histamines. The histamines cause all of your common allergy symptoms like runny nose, watery eyes, itching, and hives. Since antihistamine medicines block the histamines from forming, they also stop allergy suffering.
In addition to creating a dependency to alleviate allergy symptoms, conventional allergy medicines are especially unfavorable when you consider their side effects. Dry mouth, drowsiness, dizziness, moodiness, and a sense of fogginess are all common after taking antihistamines, and some people even suffer blurred vision, confusion, and urination problems. Sounds worse than all of the trouble that initiated the need for antihistamines originally!
Essential Oils: The Better Alternative
A number of essential oils contain potent anti-inflammatory properties that can help the body fight off histamines just like antihistamines can, but without all of the unpleasant side effects!
Lavender is a household staple for countless reasons, including respiratory allergies. All you need to do is inhale Lavender to calm your respiratory system down and paralyze the histamines that cause so much trouble.
Peppermint oil also has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties that efficiently sooth allergy symptoms, especially respiratory allergy reactions that develop into sinusitis and bronchitis. Since Peppermint has a tendency to loosen thick mucus, it’s perfect for congestion and clogged airways.
Lemon essential oil is one of the most versatile essential oils out there, and it proves itself even more useful to battle seasonal allergies. This oil works best when combined with Lavender and Peppermint, because it supplements the actions of the other two oils by increasing blood circulation and clearing away congestion. This makes a favorite for asthmatics!
Your best bet is to combine 10 drops lavender, 10 drops lemon, and 5 drops peppermint. Place in a diffuser, rub diluted on the skin, or smell a few soaked cotton balls to inhale the oils and stop the allergy bombardment.