Allergies are extremely common, and are the result of an over-sensitive immune system. Basically, the body attacks allergens (pollen, dander, mold, dust, mites, etc.) in a way that is similar to its method of fighting viruses or foreign bacteria. When the body is exposed to the allergen, it produces histamines, which cause cells in the nose, throat, and eyes to swell, which results in a whole range of uncomfortable allergy symptoms including: itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing, swollen bronchial passages, asthma, and many more.
Lavender oil (Lavandula angustifolia) is a natural antihistamine with anti-inflammatory properties that help the body combat reactions to various allergens and relieve the nasal and bronchial passages. Lavender oil is a great natural alternative to over the counter antihistamine medications, and can dramatically help to neutralize a variety of allergy symptoms.
How to use lavender oil to treat allergies:
Add 10-20 drops to a room vaporizer and diffuse in an environment (or during allergy season) when allergies commonly present themselves.
Put 3-5 drops on the bottoms of feet, chest and throat every morning, particular during high allergy season.
Make capsules containing lavender oil. Add 10 drops of lavender oil to each empty capsule and fill the rest with vegetable glycerin or olive oil. Take one capsule immediately at the first sign of symptoms. Wait 20 minutes and take an additional capsule if necessary.
For a quick fix, place 10-15 drops in a small glass of water and again, take immediately at the first sign of an allergic reaction.
For bedtime relief, make a pillow spray containing 20-30 drops of lavender oil and water. Use liberally on pillows and sheets to benefit from lavender’s antihistamine properties while you sleep.
For another quick fix and to especially relieve bronchial symptoms, rub 1-2 drops on palms, cup around nose and mouth, and inhale deeply.
This information is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to prescribe, treat, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. As always, before you begin any sort of regimen using essential oils, please consult with your physician, naturopath, or aromatherapist before doing so. The use of oils can be very empowering and effective in the treatment of a variety of ailments. However, use your own discretion; the medical community is there to help us when oils can't.