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Natural Cures for Allergies: How Essential Oils Are Soothing Allergy Symptoms
Year after year, allergy sufferers fear the changing of seasons, exposures to their worst triggers, and the never ending stream of tissues, red eyes, and constant sneezing. Living with allergies is no fun at all, but what’s even less fun is the excessive intake of medicines and chemicals that can leave your throat unbearably dry and your head feeling groggy and loopy.
Many allergy sufferers hate the side effects that their medicines give them, and opt to try to ride it out for the season, preferring to face their allergy symptoms than face a new assortment of symptoms caused by allergy pills. If you’re one of these millions of allergy sufferers, you might feel a bit hopeless and frustrated. But luckily, there is a natural solution that can help reduce or even eliminate your allergy symptoms.
Natural allergy remedies offer an amazing, alternative way to combat allergy symptoms, without causing additional, unwanted side effects. One of the best ways to improve your allergy condition is by using essential oils. Sound too good to be true? We promise, it isn’t.
How Can Essential Oils Fight My Allergy Symptoms?
To understand why essential oils are so helpful to allergy suffers, you first have to understand the main triggers of allergy attacks. Most allergies are brought on by:
- Pet dander
When allergy sufferers come into contact with the agent that their body is sensitive to, their body reacts by flaring up symptoms in the sinuses (throat, nose, and ears), lungs, and even on top of the skin or the stomach lining. All of these reactions are speculated to be thrown off balance by a disruption in the body’s immune system, leading to inflammation and immune imbalance.
Essential oils can help fight allergic reactions by boosting the immune system functions and reducing inflammation. Peppermint oil, for instance, is one of the highest rated oils for combating allergies. Why? This oil can unclog sinus congestion fast, help soothe scratchy, dry throats, and many claim it also has anti-inflammatory properties. You can apply a few drops of this oil directly to the skin (dilute with coconut oil if you have sensitive skin) or simply place in a diffuser.
In addition to peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil is another popular choice when an allergy attack occurs. Eucalyptus oil contains citronellal, a component that has strong anti-inflammatory benefits. It can also help the body cleanse itself of toxins, working quickly to reduce allergy symptoms and bringing balance back to the immune system. Eucalyptus can also quickly clear congestion and blockage in the throat and sinuses, as well as the lungs. To use this oil, apply it to your chest or forehead, add it to a diffuser, or add it to boiling water and breathe in.
Next time your allergies get the best of you, set down the side effect-laden medicines and reach for a natural, essential oil instead. Not stocked up on the best essential oils? Grab a few from our online store.