It’s that time of year again when everything in sight is blooming, your garden has come back to life and the sun is shining. The arrival of spring and the buzz of summer on the horizon brings that feeling of joy we’ve been eagerly waiting for.
However, if you’re anything like me, seasonal allergies always seem to put a dampener on the jubilation summer can bring. Hayfever can be so irritating, streaming eyes and a constant runny nose leads us all to traipse to the local pharmacy to clear the shelves of their strongest antihistamine.
Support your symptoms with essential oils:
Whilst it might feel like the only option is to use medication to get through the day, there are many natural ways to support your symptoms and make you feel human again, one of these being essential oils.
If your space allows diffuse the following essential oils to alleviate the symptoms of hayfever, diffusing and inhalation will relieve your symptoms quicker:
Lavender essential oil
Lavender with its floral, herbaceous and fresh aroma is my wonder oil. This multi use essential oil is antimicrobial, antiseptic, calming and can also relax your breathing. I like to keep stocked up especially during the summer months as it’s also great for allergy related rashes, hives and even sunburn.
Rosemary essential oil
Rosemary contains a compound called cineole which helps to break down mucus and also reduces inflammation and pain. Rosemary is my absolute saviour when my Hayfever starts to rear its ugly head as it also boosts mental activity which is needed when you’re suffering and feeling under the weather.
Eucalyptus essential oil
Eucalyptus which blends really nicely with lavender in a diffuser or steam inhalation aids with congestion and inflammation making it a firm choice for my top three essential oils for Hayfever. The cooling sensation you experience whilst breathing in Eucalyptus is the ideal treatment for respiratory ailments.
Tea Tree essential oil
Tea tree, known for its antibacterial properties helps to destroy fungal, mould and bacteria particles in the air which in turn will reduce your allergy symptoms. A known antiseptic, when diluted it's a great remedy for skin allergies. It also helps to relax the nasal muscles which clears out mucus and allergens like pollen.
Hayfever Relief remedy:
Hayfever can be exhausting, I love to add the following combination to my bath, relax and breathe deep inhaling this healing aroma whilst resting my weary muscles:
Chamomile essential oil x 2 Drops
Lavender essential oil x 1 Drop
It’s important to note that Hay Fever can affect people in different ways, treatment therefore is often a case of trial and error. It’s important to experiment with essential oils to find the right one or combination for you. I hope these suggestions will help you to find a more natural way of tackling your Hayfever.