If you are looking for essential oils that help with allergies, then you have come to the right place. We are going to discuss some of the best essential oils I have found for allergy relief in this post today!
Seasonal allergies are the source of million dollars of profit for the pharmaceutical companies that make allergy medicines.
No one enjoys the congestion, runny nose, itchy eyes, sneezing, headache, scratchy throat, or tears that occur once the pollen begins flying.
So we run to the drugstore and buy antihistamines for symptom relief. Unfortunately, the side effects of these medications are sometimes worse than the allergies.
Sleepiness, nausea, inability to focus, or disrupted sleep are all common side effects of over the counter allergy drugs.
Good news is, there’s a more natural and affordable way to deal with seasonal allergies: essential oils.
Essential oils have become one of the most important weapons in my natural health and wellness arsenal. This is because there is an EO for virtually every health issue you can think of!
There are many oils that serve a specific purpose in helping your body overcome sensitivity to pollen and seasonal allergens. You just have to experiment with the oils to discover which ones work best for YOU!
Let’s take a look at the best essential oils that I have found help with my allergies.
US Organic 100% Pure Lavender Essential Oil (Bulgarian) – USDA Certified Organic – 10 ml – w/ Improved caps and droppersLavender essential oil is a natural antihistamine that has strong anti-inflammatory properties.
This makes it ideal for seasonal allergies and even topical application for rashes.
The calming and relaxing effect of lavender will also help you feel better while your body fights off those nasty allergens.
The versatility of lavender makes it useful for all sorts of health purposes in different ways.
You can apply lavender directly to the skin (diluted in a carrier oil), diffuse it, inhale it or blend it with other oils for a complete solution.
Plant Therapy USDA Certified Organic Peppermint Essential Oil. 100% Pure, Undiluted, Therapeutic Grade. 30 mL (1 Ounce).If your seasonal allergies come with a stuffy nose, scratchy throat and wheezing, then peppermint essential oil is an amazing solution.
Peppermint has pain relief, soothing, and anti-inflammatory properties as well as being helpful in opening airways, easing congestion and improving respiration.
If you’ve ever used a vapor rub, then you know how great it feels to have everything feel like it opens up and suddenly you can feel air flowing through your lungs again.
You can create the same effect by making a peppermint essential oil chest rub. You can also combine peppermint with other oils to diffuse for allergy symptoms.
Apply just underneath your nose with a carrier oil or carry a few oil-soaked cotton balls to inhale when your allergies get bad.
Note: I don’t recommend for children under five. Never use near or around the face of a child who is under five years of age as it can be neurotoxic for them!
Also, not recommended it you have a history of heart fibrillation, or G6PD deficiency.
Seasonal allergy symptoms affect the lungs and sinuses. Eucalyptus combats those symptoms and helps improve air circulation in your body.
Eucalyptus essential oil is often used for bronchial asthma attacks as well as allergies. (For some asthmatics it can worsen or bring on symptoms – be cautious if you have asthma!)
Note: If you can obtain the Eucalyptus Dives type of eucalyptus then you can use this “kidsafe” one on children between 5 and 10 years of age. For a child a drop in a diffuser can work wonders. Remember the asthma warning. For a child with asthma I wouldn’t use any form of eucalyptus!
For an adult and older child: The best way to experience the benefits of eucalyptus oil is to add a drop or two to boiling water then cover your head with a towel and breathe in the steam.
You’ll breathe easier after just a few minutes.
Now Foods Lemon Oil Organic 100% Pure, 1 ounceLemon oil is a natural disinfectant that kills bacteria and eliminates allergens in the air you breathe.
It helps drain congestion as well as being a natural antihistamine.
When combined with lavender and peppermint you get a well-rounded treatment for seasonal allergies.
Yarrow essential oil is identified by its beautiful dark blue color that is a similar hue to that of German Chamomile Essential Oil and Blue Tansy Essential Oil due to its chamazulene content.
Best known for its anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties, yarrow also exhibits anti-histamine properties which make it helpful for seasonal allergies and allergy related skin eruptions.
I like using Yarrow essential oil in a diffuser or personal inhaler, either alone or in a blend, or in a carrier oil to massage on neck, chest, and back, or by mixing it with an unscented lotion for allergy related rashes.
Note: There is a theoretical risk using an essential oil that contains chamazulene could inhibit drugs metabolized by CYP1A3, CYP3A4 and CYP2D6 (these include: antidepressants, calcium channel blockers, and some chemotherapy drugs).
Always best to check with your physician or a reputable pharmacist regarding possible herbal and drug interactions before using any essential oils!
Dilute the above essential oils in 2 teaspoons carrier oil of your choice (I like sweet almond and jojoba oils). Massage blend to neck, chest and back.
As an alternative: Use the above essential oils in a diffuser. This amount is perfect for a 100 ml diffuser. Make a master blend by putting 10 drops Yarrow EO, 5 drops Geranium EO, and 5 drops Lemon EO in a dropper or orfice reducer top bottle. Use 6 to 10 drops for a 200 ml diffuser.
Here are the different ways to use these oils together to alleviate your allergy symptoms.
Using essential oils that help with allergies can keep you from throwing away money on over the counter drugs to combat allergies.
They offer a natural alternative that is often more effective with none of the side effects. You can add more oils for specific symptoms but the triple threat blend will tackle most every seasonal allergy symptom you experience.
However, remember that essential oils are concentrated and very potent. So, you should never use them directly on your skin without diluting with a carrier oil. Coconut oil and sweet almond oil are two of the best carrier oils you can use.
Always, do a skin patch test prior to topically using an essential oil you have never used before! See my sections on essential oil safety:
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This article is for educational and informational purposes only and does not intend to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition. It is always recommended that you seek the advise of your private medical doctor.