These essential oils used for allergies contain anti-inflammatory, expectorant, antimicrobial, and immune-boosting properties. Consequently, the essential oils have been praised for their ability to unclog sinuses, fight inflammation, eliminate toxins, and boost the immune system. Read on to learn which essential oils can best help with allergies.
1. Peppermint Oil
Peppermint (Mentha piperita) is one essential oil used as a remedy for allergic rhinitis. Peppermint oil may be great for helping clear out the effects of allergies on all the organs associated with breathing. Inhaling peppermint oil could help unblock nasal passageways and sinuses, as well as reduce the inflammation in the lungs and respiratory system. It could also help soothe coughs, reduce phlegm, and relax your windpipe.
A study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology in 2010 had examined the effects of peppermint oil on the tracheal rings of rats. The researchers discovered that peppermint oil had antispasmodic and relaxant effects that clear the sinuses and soothe cough.
Another study published in the European Journal of Medical Research in 1998 suggested that peppermint oil has anti-inflammatory effects and, as a result, lowered symptoms of chronic inflammatory disorders such as bronchial asthma and allergic rhinitis.
2. Eucalyptus Oil
Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) oil may be an effective essential oil to reduce inflammation. Eucalyptus oil might help relieve congestion of the nasal passages if inhaled, but it might also help with chest congestion when used as a balm or chest rub. It could also help reduce swelling of the respiratory tract mucous membranes and soothe coughs.
If you suffer from asthma attacks, sinus pain, and seasonal allergies, eucalyptus oil could be the right essential oil for you. Research suggests that eucalyptus could potentially improve airflow due to its expectorant, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory properties.
In a study published in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine in 2011, researchers found eucalyptus essential oil to be effective for upper respiratory tract infection symptoms, including sore throats, coughs, and hoarseness. In the study, patients treated with eucalyptus spray reported greater improvement in respiratory symptom severity than those in the placebo group.
3. Lavender Oil
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) oil is another commonly used essential oil for allergies, itchy eyes, and other related symptoms. It is thought to soothe these symptoms due to its ability to lower inflammation.
Lavender oil is useful as it may help relieve allergic reactions as they are happening. Lavender oil appears to work best on the allergic reactions that occur on the skin, so it could work on hives and even insect bites (most insect bites that itch are in fact an allergic reaction to the bug’s saliva).
A study published in 2014 showed how the anti-inflammatory effect of lavender essential oil can combat the symptoms of bronchial asthma. The chemicals in lavender oil may also be able to inhibit histamine production, which suppresses inflammation in the airways.
Another study from the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, published in 2003, showed that the anti-inflammatory properties of lavender help reduce pain associated with inflamed skin and speed the healing process.
4. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) oil is another popular essential oil for runny nose, skin rash, and other allergy symptoms due to its reported ability to destroy airborne pathogens that trigger allergies.
Tea tree oil can be used as a decongestant, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic. It can also be used as a topical treatment for skin outbreaks caused by allergic reactions.
In a 2000 study, German researchers found that tea tree oil exhibits antimicrobial activity that fights the fungi, yeast, and bacteria that impair the immune system. Other research indicates that anti-inflammatory properties of tea tree oil might reduce skin swelling due to its antihistamine effect.
5. Lemon Oil
The citrus-scented lemon oil (Citrus limonum) is an essential oil for sore throat and other seasonal allergy symptoms, such as nasal congestion, due to its ability to support lymphatic system drainage. Lemon oil may be able to help relieve the respiratory issues that often come with an allergic reaction, opening the airways and making it easier to breathe.
Research shows that lemon oil is able to boost immunity and inhibit bacterial growth, and when diffused at home, it may disinfect and eliminate potential allergens in the air.
A study published in the journal International Scholarly Research Notices reported that lemon oil can help alleviate hay fever, and therefore may also be a good remedy for seasonal allergies.
A good essential oil combination will include lemon oil, peppermint oil, and lavender oil. Our “Bless You!” allergy aromatherapy roll-on contains all three, plus eucalyptus oil which may help reduce nasal inflammation. Simply roll on either your chest or back of your neck twice daily (once in the morning, once in the evening).
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