Eucalyptus oil is an effective expectorant that helps to clear blocked sinuses, relieve lung congestion and open stuffed nasal passageways. One of the best ways to use it to get natural relief from spring allergies is with a DIY vapour rub. We shared a recipe for one last week – check it out here: http://thursdayplantationcanada.ca/using-eucalyptus-oil-for-cough-and-cold-relief-diy-vapour-rub/
Rubbing some on your chest is a great way to open up airways. You can also use eucalyptus oil in a diffuser to alleviate congestion.
Tea tree oil is also great for spring allergies if you’re prone to rashes. Tea tree oil’s natural antiseptic and antibacterial properties make it ideal for relief of itching and swelling caused by allergies. To relieve the itching, try putting a few drops of tea tree oil in your bath, or adding a few drops to your lotion or hand cream.
If those clogged sinuses make your head ache, try lavender oil. Lavender has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, making it the perfect option for natural relief from spring allergies. It can stop the pain and inhibit the inflammatory response of the sinuses, giving your head a break. You can apply it neat to your temples, add it to a diffuser, or try placing a few drops on a tissue and placing it under your pillow at night.
Other Relief Tips
- If you exercise outside, whether with a brisk walk or a run, or even your daily yoga routine, consider moving that routine to the evening. Most people with allergies tend to find their symptoms at their peak in the morning, perhaps because many trees release their pollen at first light, and ragweed pollen tends to worse in the middle of the day.
- Try adding turmeric, a spice common in curry and Indian cuisine, to your recipe list. Turmeric contains curcumin, which has been found to act as a decongestant, helping to reduce allergy symptoms.
- Keep windows closed during the day. For the same reason you might want to move your exercise time, so too might you want to consider closing windows during the day.
- Up your cleaning routine. Every time you enter your home, you’re bringing those allergens inside, so even just one extra vacuuming session a week can make a big difference. The more dust and pollen that is swirling around at home, the more likely you are to experience your allergy symptoms.
- Make sure that your appliances have HEPA filters – including the vacuum cleaner. Using HEPA filters in your air conditioner or heating system can help ease allergy symptoms, as can a freestanding air purifier with a HEPA filter in a high-traffic area.
Even though many of us enjoy those spring flowers, the impacts to our sinuses are something we could definitely do without. These tips for natural relief from spring allergies can really help if you’re looking for an alternative to traditional medications.
At Thursday Plantation, we have the essential oils that make enjoying spring a little easier.
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