Essential Oils and Allergies – Seasonal Allergy Relief

Spring Has Arrived

Hello Friends,

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Bird in the Spring.

Spring is here in the Northern Hemisphere. I am very happy to see the snow melting and the temperature rising. I live in Canada, in one of the most northern cities, so spring unfolds a little slower here compared to most other places. There are still patches of snow on the ground and the temperatures are still dipping below the freezing point at night, but the signs of warmer weather are certainly here.

Nothing in this world is perfect and although we welcome the onset of spring, it is a key time of year for seasonal allergies. Snow mold, pollen, fresh grass, flowers and weeds can cause undesirable reactions for some of us.

Since I love the benefits of aromatherapy, essential oils and allergies will be the focus of this article.

Did you know that essential oils can be a great solution when it comes to dealing with the symptoms caused by seasonal allergies?



What Causes Seasonal Allergies?

It is believed that the biggest spring allergy trigger is pollen. Many plants such as trees, grass and weeds release very small grains of pollen into the air for the purpose of fertilization. If these small particles get into the nose of someone who is allergic, the body responds by releasing histamines and other chemicals into the blood stream and an allergic reaction begins.

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Pollen under a microscope.

Snow mold is another allergen that may be an irritant for allergy sufferers. Snow mold is a fungus that grows under snow, on grass or dead organic matter. It occurs when there is heavy snow cover on the ground that is not completely frozen for an extended period of time.

Unfortunately, spring is not the only season that some individuals suffer with allergic reactions. Common triggers of seasonal allergies vary from one season to another. Generally speaking, tree pollen is responsible for most springtime allergies, grasses and weeds are common triggers in the summer, ragweed pollen is a major trigger in the fall, and winter triggers include mold, pet dander and dust mites.


Seasonal Allergy Symptoms

Seasonal allergy symptoms range from mild to severe. The most common include:

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An allergy sufferer.
  • Sneezing
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Watery and itchy eyes
  • Itchy sinuses, ear canals or throat
  • Ear congestion
  • Postnasal drainage
  • Dark circles under the eyes

Less common symptoms can include:

  • Headache
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Coughing

Preventative Measures

There are a number of things you can do to help prevent and ease your symptoms. Some of them are:

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Remove dust and allergens in your home.
  • Pay attention to the time of year that you are most likely to start reacting to seasonal allergens; start diffusing/using essential oils or taking your medications. Don’t wait for your symptoms to get severe.
  • Try to stay inside when the pollen count is high.
  • Install an air filter on your bedroom window or just keep your window closed when you sleep to keep allergens out.
  • Purchasing a quality air purifier may help keep your symptoms at bay.
  • Keep your windows and doors shut during when the pollen count is high.
  • Clean air filters in your home on a regular basis.
  • Dust your bookshelves, vents and other locations where dust and pollen can settle.
  • Vacuum on a regular basis. You may want to consider wearing an allergen mask as vacuuming can kick up the pollen, mold and dust that is trapped in your carpet.
  • If you have to do yard work, consider wearing an allergen mask to avoid inhaling the small particles that are in the air.

Essential Oils for Allergies

In addition to the suggestions above, essential oils may offer some relief for your seasonal allergy symptoms. Many essential oils contain properties that may be helpful when it comes to easing your allergy symptoms. Here is a list of some oils that are commonly used.

Lavender – This oil has anti-histamine properties and has been used for centuries to help reduce watering eyes, sneezing and other symptoms of seasonal allergies.

Eucalyptus – Great for opening up airways. Considered to be a natural expectorant. Can relieve sinus congestion.

Rosemary – Thought to control sneezing and coughing due to its antispasmodic properties. Some people do not care for the scent, so it is often blended with other oils such as Peppermint and Orange.

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Essential Oils

Peppermint – Similar to Eucalyptus, Peppermint can clear sinus congestion. It is also quite uplifting and energetic. Great for headaches.

Bergamot – Known to be beneficial for easing allergy symptoms, including cough and reducing phlegm.

Lemon – Lemon essential oil is known to clear sinuses, reduce congestion, and boost energy levels.

Basil – Research has shown that Basil can ease the severity of the immune response when the body is exposed to allergens.

Tea Tree – Tea Tree oil can destroy airborne pathogens that cause allergies. This is a great oil to use in your diffuser. It can kill mold, bacteria and fungi.

So, when your seasonal allergies start to cause you discomfort, why not try using essential oils to ease your symptoms?

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Roller Bottle Essential Oil Blends

I love creating blends and applying them topically using a roller bottle. It’s easy and very convenient. Take the bottles with you wherever you go. They are small enough to toss in your purse or pocket. Here are a few suggested recipes you may like to try.

Roller Bottle Blend #1

  • 4 drops of Peppermint essential oil
  • 4 drops of Lavender essential oil
  • 4 drops of Lemon essential oil

Combine all oils in a 10 ml roller bottle. Fill to top with a carrier oil.

Roller Bottle Blend #2

  • 4 drops of Basil essential oil
  • 4 drops of Eucalyptus essential oil
  • 4 drops of Peppermint essential oil

Combine all oils in a 10 ml roller bottle. Fill to top with a carrier oil.

Roller Bottle Blend #3

  • 4 drops of Tea Tree essential oil
  • 4 drops of Lavender essential oil
  • 4 drops of Lemon essential oil

Combine all oils in a 10 ml roller bottle. Fill to top with a carrier oil.

All these blends are great to use in a roller bottle or a diffuser. If using a diffuser do not add the carrier oil and follow your diffusers recommendations regarding suggested number of drops per use (diffusers come in different sizes).

There are many carrier oils available. My favourite one is Jojoba oil as it is less likely to leave stains on my linens and clothes.

We are all different, our bodies respond in various ways to substances and circumstances. You may need to experiment to find oils or a combination of oils that work for your body.

To learn more about blending oils, check out an article that I have written entitled Essential Oil Notes – What Does This Mean? You may find the information quite useful.


Other Ways to Use Essential Oils

Using a diffuser and applying essential oils with a roller bottle are convenient ways to use your essential oils. There are other ways that are just as easy. Here are a few other suggestions:

Diffuser Jewelry – There are many styles of necklaces, rings and bracelets on the market that work as your own personal diffuser. Many of these pieces are made with lava stones. Just add a few drops of your desired oils to the stone and inhale throughout the day as needed. Other pieces of jewelry may have a small pad inside that holds a few drops of oil and is used in the same manner.

Inhale Directly from the Bottle – Some people prefer to inhale directly from the bottle.

Add a Few Drops to a Handkerchief – Add a few drops to a handkerchief or cotton ball and inhale as needed.


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Conclusion

It is my hope that you don’t suffer from seasonal allergies. If you do however, I hope some suggestions in this article have been helpful.

In addition to the suggestions above, it’s a good idea to eat well and get plenty of rest to keep your body’s immune system in top condition. This will help your body defend itself against the allergens that bother you.

As a side note, did you know that onions contain quercetin? Quercetin is a natural plant chemical that is thought to reduce histamine reactions. This is awesome! I love eating onion sandwiches, but I’m not sure the people around me are as thrilled about that as I am…LOL

I hope everyone in the Northern Hemisphere is enjoying the spring weather. After such a long winter it is quite nice to shed those snow boots and don our less cumbersome clothes. It’s great to feel the sunshine on our bare skin for a change. Get out there and enjoy this beautiful time of year.

That is all for now, if you have any tips about easing seasonal allergy symptoms or aromatherapy in general, please use the comment box below. It’s always great to hear from you. 🙂

Take good care and stay happy and healthy!

Angela (founder of Your Aromatherapy Store)

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References

https://buypureessentials.com/essential-oils-for-allergies/

https://www.webmd.com/allergies/spring-allergies#1

https://www.healthline.com/health/allergies/seasonal-allergies#causes

https://www.webmd.com/allergies/features/foods-fight-allergies

Essential oils are very POTENT and should be used with common sense and caution. Always read the labels. If you are currently taking any prescribed medication speak to your doctor before using essential oils. If you are concerned about allergies, you may want to perform a patch test on your skin. Some essential oils are photo toxic. Avoid the sun as necessary when using these oils. Some oils are not recommended for children. Some oils are not recommended if you are pregnant or nursing. Dilution rates vary for children and the elderly.  Essential oils are considered “complementary and alternative medicines” and are not a substitute for professional medical intervention and advice. If you are experiencing severe physical or mental illness contact a medical professional.

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Shower Diffuser – by Oasis

This is very cool, the first of its kind! A waterproof diffuser for your shower!

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The Shower Diffuser™ Essential Oil Aromatizer™ is bringing the benefits of aromatherapy to your bathroom in a way that has never been seen before. It’s the world’s first waterproof wall mounted essential oil diffuser.

With this new invention you can diffuse essential oils in the shower! Easy to mount and works with essential oil bottles from all major essential oil brands!

Shower time can be a therapeutic experience, the Shower Diffuser™ by Oasis can make that experience even better!

oasis essential oil shower diffuser

Features

  • Compatible with bottles from all major brands.
  • Fits 5ml, 10ml and 15ml bottles.
  • Holds 2 bottles simultaneously. Diffuse one bottle or both at the same time.
  • Includes Wall Dock™ that sticks to almost any surface and removes cleanly.
  • Uses 3 AA Batteries. Shuts off automatically after 8 minutes.
  • Includes a Lifetime Warranty!


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Cons

As I was reading customer comments about the Shower Diffuser™ I noticed an exceptionally high number of customers that were extremely happy with this product. A very small number of people said that the scent coming out of this diffuser was not very strong. This could be due to the brand and quality of the specific essential oils being dispersed. I would always recommend using high quality oils from a trusted brand when diffusing oils in any diffuser.

My Thoughts

With the Shower Diffuser™ you can have a spa in your own home! Your shower acts as a humidifier creating the perfect environment to diffuse essential oils. This means you will be gaining all the mental and physical benefits of aromatherapy right in your shower! This is fantastic!

With the variety of available oils and the numerous benefits they provide, adding this product to your daily routine will benefit you in a ton of ways. Diffuse peppermint or lemon in the morning to help wake up. Diffuse eucalyptus during the cold and flu season to boost your immune system. Enjoy the scent of lavender to relax before bed. Relax in the tub and take in the scent of Jasmine to settle your mind. The possibilities are endless!

If you are currently using bath bombs or dripping essential oils into your bathtub then the Shower Diffuser™ is a great choice for you. It’s easy to mount and ready to use within minutes. This unit will create a mist for you to enjoy while you shower. Sweet! No more bath bomb messes or slippery tubs!

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Since the Shower Diffuser™ fits bottles from all major brands (such as Young Living, DoTerra, NuSkin, Melaleuca, Plant Therapy, and others) you don’t need to purchase special bottles. You may already have some of these brands in your existing oil collection.

I really like that you can blend two oils at the same time or just use one. It might be handy to have a morning oil and an evening oil available and ready to go. No need to switch out the bottles.

Another awesome feature is the auto shut-off (after 8 minutes). This is a great thing, however I can see turning it back on and taking a longer shower sometimes. LOL Having the auto shut-off means you don’t need to worry about the battery running low or wasting your essential oils.

I think this little diffuser would make a perfect gift for almost anyone. Great for any occasion! Who wouldn’t want the spa experience in the comfort of their own home?

Essential oils have been used for thousands of years for a variety of purposes. I use them regularly to boost my immunity and for my physical and mental health. I am so excited about the Shower Diffuser™ by Oasis, what a fantastic little device. This will change the way we think about taking a shower!


Thoughts from Verified Customers

I love that you can use two different oils together or separately. Great product! I bought one for my sister, she loves it too! Perfection!

Simple and easy to use. It’s quick and easy to change out the oils when I want a different scent.

I just received it. I’m really looking forward to putting it to use. I love the fact that it comes with a good warranty.

I love my new wall mounted diffuser! My son has trouble falling asleep. Now he takes a shower with Lavender before bed. If you have a cold, it’s great to take a shower with eucalyptus essential oil. I love it!

I use the Shower Diffuser every day. I use peppermint essential oil to wake me up in the morning.

This is the BEST invention ever! I am excited to have an easy way to use my essential oils in the shower. I love the automatic shut-off feature as it saves on the batteries and my essential oils are not wasted.

I give it 5 stars! I love it so much! I highly recommend this diffuser to anyone that enjoys diffusing essential oils.

oasis essential oil shower diffuser

I hope this review has been helpful. I was excited when I discovered this new kind of diffuser for the bathroom and I just had to share. I would love to hear from you if you have any comments about the Shower Diffuser™ by Oasis. Have a fantastic day! Stay happy and healthy!

Angela (founder of Your Aromatherapy Store)

Essential oils are very POTENT and should be used with common sense and caution. Always read the labels. If you are currently taking any prescribed medication speak to your doctor before using essential oils. If you are concerned about allergies, you may want to perform a patch test on your skin. Some essential oils are photo toxic. Avoid the sun as necessary when using these oils. Some oils are not recommended if you are pregnant or nursing. Essential oils are considered “complementary and alternative medicines” and are not a substitute for professional medical intervention and advice. If you are experiencing severe physical or mental illness contact a medical professional.

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