Essential Oils For Allergy Relief
Do you suffer from allergies? Are you looking for a more natural way to cope? Explore the options of aromatherapy for allergy relief and decide if this is a good option for you. If you have allergies, then you know how uncomfortable they can make you. For those of us who prefer to deal with allergies in a more ‘natural’ way, we can use essential oils to help heal the allergy symptoms.
The first step is to find the underlying cause of the allergy.
Whether you have a day-to-day allergy or an occasional one, you need to be aware of the situation and the underlying cause of the problem. Finding the cause will help to create a more effective remedy for the symptom in the long run and help with allergy relief.
Eczema is just one type of allergy you can develop.
Eczema is one type of allergy that can develop on people with sensitive skin. One type, contact eczema, is extremely noticeable. This allergy can be set off by anything from clothing to various chemicals such as soaps and make-up.
The other type, atopic eczema, has a history of affecting people who have a family history of asthma, hives, or hayfever. Certain foods may also trigger this condition. Some people grow out of this particular type, while others never do. Stress has been proven to play an important role in these conditions.
Choose essential oils that will help with your allergy treatment plan.
Using essential oils that help to calm and relax you can be helpful to the overall treatment plan. Chamomile is an excellent oil to use. Just add two to three drops to your bath water. This will help you to relax and calm your mind. Lavender is another excellent essential oil to use for this purpose.
Asthma can be triggered by allergies.
Asthma can also be triggered by allergies like dust, mould spores, mites, feathers, and pet dander or hair, especially long haired pets. Other triggers can include cold air or drafts, pollution, and stress, as well as certain foods. Placing a diffuser in the room with essential oils for someone that has asthma can help ease the symptoms. You can a few drops of the following essential oils to the water in the diffuser: Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Thyme, Ginger, or Lavender. If your asthma is triggered by breathing in strong fumes, you might find that essential oils trigger your symptoms rather than relieving them.
Don’t forget about food allergies.
Food allergies can be a big problem for many people causing symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, irritable bowels, and colic in babies. For food allergies, a local nutritionist or naturopath may be able to help you identify the offending foods. The best treatment for a food allergy is avoidance.
For irritable bowels, there is nothing like a warm compress placed on top of the abdomen. You can make a “rub” out of an essential oil and a carrier oil to rub on the skin before applying the compress. Essential oils that work really well for this include ginger, lavender, fennel, peppermint, thieves, and oregano.
Many practitioners such as a medical herbalist, registered homeopath, holistic nutritionist, or naturopath can discuss your options further with you on an individual basis.
Always use pure essential oils in treatment. As with any home remedy, this advice is not intended to be used in place of consulting a licensed medical practitioner. Essential oils should not be used to replace medication such as for asthma. Many doctors today are discussing the prospects of using herbs and essential oils as part of their overall allergy treatment plan. You can discuss this option with a local doctor of your choice.