Lavender oil (Lavandula angustifolia) is a natural antihistamine with anti-inflammatory properties that help the body combat reactions to various allergens (and climate changes) that cause skin itching. Lavender oil is a great natural alternative to over the counter antihistamine medications and creams, and can dramatically help to neutralize irritated and itchy skin.
How to use lavender oil to treat allergies:
Start and end you day by adding 10-15 drops of lavender oil to a warm shower or bath. This will help soothe skin. Make sure that the water is not too hot, though, as this can further dry and irritate skin.
Add 1-3 drops of lavender oil to 1 tablespoon of unscented lotion or body oil (coconut oil is extra rich and works great here!). Apply all over the body to prevent itchy skin even before it starts.
Place 3-5 drops directly on smaller itchy patches of skin. Repeat several times throughout the day as needed.
Add 10-20 drops to a room vaporizer and diffuse throughout the day. This can be particularly helpful in the colder and drier winter months, as well as peak 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 itching. 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 itchy skin reaction.
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.