I love spring time! The flowers are blooming, the forest is green and vibrant and the birds and squirrels seem especially happy the weather is getting warmer. I love when the plum and cherry trees start to blossom. The streets look like they are lined with pink cotton candy, and the air has a faint sweet smell to it, it’s absolutely wonderful!
Then the allergies hit like a freight train to the face. Cue the itchy red eyes, the constant sneezing and the runny nose and stuffed up sinuses that will last for the next few months. Sometimes they get so bad my partner, who also suffers from spring time allergies, can’t even breathe properly and can’t get any sleep at night. Not a fun time! I love to smell the flowers and breathe the fresh spring air, but sometimes the concentrations of certain pollens decide to ruin it for me. While it certainly keeps things interesting, I get tired of getting the stink eye on the streets because my eyes are burning so bright a red that people think I’m on drugs. Or having to excuse myself to random strangers for the violent succession of loud sneezes threatening to spray them as they pass. I’m not a quiet sneezer either! It can’t just be a small quiet one. No, it has to be a whole bunch of super loud and far flinging violent sneezes that shake my whole body. One of my favourites is, that lovely constant nose drip that makes you either have to rub your nose raw with tissues or become one of those annoying constant sniffers that sniffs every few seconds, lest you start to drip like the blair witch woman. Love it! Don’t you? Thanks trees, It’s totally appreciated! lol!
Personally I can’t stand allergy meds, they make me feel like crap. In the past I’d just deal with the allergy symptoms and let them run their course. But that doesn’t work for everyone, including my partner who gets them even worse than me. To be honest I really hated going that route anyway, but I didn’t have much of an option until I learned differently. So what can you do when you don’t want to rely on taking a tonne of over the counter allergy meds? Essential oils to the rescue!!
Staying inside and becoming a hermit for months isn’t an option, so while I can’t completely escape the effects of allergens, I have learned to manage them better with some simple tricks and then can tough out the remainder a bit easier. Once again I have found many solutions in the tiny little miracle bottles of essential oils. The trick, for me, is to use a combination of techniques to help deal with the allergy doldrums.
At home I like to use an allergy blend in the diffuser to help us to breathe easier and decongest our sinuses. It also helps with the sneezing and nose drips as well. I also spray our pillows and sheets with an allergy spray before bed, because lying down often seems to make the congestion worse, and getting a good nights sleep is super important. You can also make a little spray or roller bottle to take with you and spray or roll on your chest for when you go outside. While it won’t totally take all of the symptoms away, it does help relieve most of the sinus pressure and sniffles, and to me every little bit helps. If things get really bad I drink an allergy bomb in water, and that seems to clear things up for a while at least. When our noses get sore from constant tissue use we use a healing skin salve that works wonders for all sorts of sores, burns and scratches. I’ll be uploading that recipe as well in the near future. For now check out my recipes for some relief from those allergies!
Allergy Diffuser Blend #1
Fill diffuser with water then add 3 drops each of:
Allergy Diffuser Blend #2 – (an even stronger option)
Fill diffuser with water then add 3 drops each of:
Diffuse any time throughout the day for allergy relief in the home. I especially diffuse in the bedroom before bed.
Allergy Spray Blend
Can be used on linens or on the body.
In a dark coloured 4 oz. glass bottle add:
- 2 tbsp witch hazel
- 6 drops Lemon
- 6 drops Lavender
- 6 drops Peppermint
- 6 drops Copaiba
Then fill up the rest of the bottle with distilled water. Shake well before use. Spray on pillows and sheets before bed, or take with you when you are outside and need quick relief. If the spray isn’t lasting long enough outside consider trying the roll on.
Allergy Roller Bottle Blend
In a small dark glass roller bottle add 20 drops each of:
Then fill up the rest of the bottle with a carrier oil, such as fractionated coconut oil, sweet almond oil, grape seed oil, or use a pre-made carrier such as YL’s V-6 oil blend. Shake well to mix, then roll onto throat, chest, and or wrists as needed.
When things get really bad I will drop an allergy bomb.
In a large glass of water add 1 drop each of Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint. Drink the whole glass quickly. Yes, it will taste terrible, but it works! Make sure you are using only high quality therapeutic grade essential oils if you are going to take them internally. Many lower quality oils have additives you do not want to be ingesting.
I hope these recipes will help you find some relief from seasonal allergies. Shoot me a quick comment if you have tried them and let me know how they worked out for you!
Take care and cheers!