Spring Allergy Support

 Spring has arrived!
Blossoms are on the trees, the birds are singing and the winds of change have been blowing. But along with the warm weather, come the pollens and molds, that can irritate seasonal allergies including hayfever and sinusitis!
Here are 10 key tips to help you in spring + key essential oils:
 
1. Mould protection is vital, as moulds emerge from their dormant winter state, as more sunshine emerges.  De-clutter and clean, so dust is less likely to collect in drapery and carpets. Remove the clothes and shoes you wear through the day, before entering the bedroom.
2. Pet owners should bathe and brush their animals. This is because their fur holds onto pollen and other allergens that can exacerbate allergies.
3. Move more by adding a little extra exercise. This will kick start your metabolism and support your lymphatic and immune system.
4. Sweat it out by visiting a hot spa or take an Epsom salts bath. Your skin can sweat, which is a very effective detoxifier.
5. Alkalize your body by starting the day with a glass of lemon and hot water. Squeeze some lemon juice into hot water to cleanse toxins and add hydration.
6. Eat more vegetables and replace animal products with plant based alternatives. This will give your body a break from acidic foods, and help it become more alkaline.
7. Drop toxic products you are using on your body and in your household to decrease chemicals. They are loaded with carcinogens and other health destroying ingredients.
8. Vegetable juice daily made with fresh organic vegies, including dark green leafy ones, like kale, spinach and parsley works wonders. These needed nutrients will cleanse and alkalize your system.
9. Add immune boosters like fresh vegetables and low GI fruits, such as cherries and grapefruit. Eat live active probiotics, which are a beneficial form of gut bacteria, found in coconut yoghurt and kefir, kombucha and sauerkraut. Add foods high in vitamin C like citrus and berries, sulfur-rich cabbage, onions and garlic to boost immunity.
10. Avoid or cut down on coffee, sugar, excess alcohol, processed foods and chemical additives to help with spring fatigue.
Key Essential Oils

Derived from plants, essential oils can be used in a variety of ways for allergy support. Simple ways to use essential oils include:

  • diffusing them into the air
  • using them in bath and spa products
  • applying them diluted to the skin with a carrier – see below for ideas
  • making a spray with water and spraying it into the air
  • breathing them in directly from the container

Eucalyptus is well known for supporting the respiratory system by easing chest congestion and a scratchy throat. Its anti-inflammatory ease congestion and the cooling sensation you experience while breathing it in is relieving to the symptoms of seasonal allergies.

Try diffusing eucalyptus into the air or breathing it in from the bottle to provide you with instant relief.

Cardamom helps open up the airways and support respiratory health and contains antimicrobial properties and antispasmodic properties. It eases respiration and coughs and warms the body.

Try inhaling it out of the bottle, use in a diffuser or add it to a cream or oil and apply it over the chest area.

Frankincense is known to have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial effects. It boosts immunity, clears the lungs of mucous and calms anxiety. One study found that it can help ease symptoms of bronchitis and sinusitis.

Lavender is a natural antihistamine and anti-inflammatory oil. It helps to soothe symptoms during allergy season reducing airway inflammation and the enlargement of mucous cells. It’s pleasant calming scent relieves stress and promotes sound sleep.

Try it in a diffuser or dilute it in a carrier oil.

Lemon has proven to be effective in lessening mucus, clearing sinuses, reducing congestion and generally clearing your upper respiratory system and elevates mood. It can be especially helpful if you suffer from post-nasal drip (mucus accumulation in the back of the nose and throat that can lead to coughing and sinus infections).

Be careful exposing your skin to sunlight if you’re using lemon or any citrus-scented oils. Try diffusing the oil to lift your mood or dilute and apply to your skin to help with allergy symptoms.

Lemon Myrtle has the highest content of natural citral known in essential oils: it’s powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative, antiviral and antimicrobial properties help allergy and flu-like symptoms.

Peppermint is known to reduce inflammation, helping you to breathe easier. Try diffusing the oil or even applying it on your skin after it’s diluted with a carrier oil. It can also work wonders for headaches, if sinus pressure has given you a tension headache.

Combining peppermint with lavender and lemon oils creates an effective and soothing allergy relief combination as well.

Ravensara improves blocked nasal passages, runny and itchy noses, and sneezing. It has powerful anti-viral oil and boosts immunity.

This suggests that this blend of essential oils can help with perceived symptoms, quality of life related to allergies, and better sleep.

Inhale straight from the bottle, or use in a diffuser.

Sandalwood aids relaxation, reduce stress, sedates and assists sleep which play a role in the degree to which the body responds to allergens. It stills the mind, calming nervous tension and anxiety, boosting immunity.

Tea Tree helps with allergy symptoms due to its anti-inflammatory effects.

Tea tree oil is dangerous if swallowed. Don’t ingest any essential oil.

Use a blended oils mix of any of these oils with a carrier oil (such as sweet almond oil) and apply to the skin. This mix can also be diffused into the air. Below are some extra application ideas.

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Applications:

Body Oil: 15ml = 2 – 6 drops, 30ml = 4 – 12 drops, 50ml = 6 – 20 drops, 100ml = 12 – 40 drops.

Face Oil: 5ml = 1 – 3 drops, 30ml = 5 – 12 drops, 50ml = 8 – 18 drops.

Aura Mist: 50ml = 6 – 15 drops, 100ml = 12 – 30 drops with solubiliser.

Roller Blend: 10ml = 2 – 12 drops. Apply to pulse points or roll anywhere on the body.

Body Cream or Lotion: 30ml = 5 – 8 drops, 50ml = 7 – 13, 60ml = 10 – 15 drops, 100ml = 15 – 25 drops.

Nasal Inhaler: 5 – 10 drops applied to the cotton wick.

Inhalation: 5 – 10 drops in aluminium bowl of hot water, with solubiliser, towel over head and inhale.

Add to Shower: Add 5 – 10 drops to the bottom of your shower, so they can vapourise slowly in the hot steam.

Cautions:

  • Never apply concentrated essential oil directly to your skin. Dilute it in a carrier oil before applying it.
  • Don’t ingest essential oils.
  • Use caution when using oils around pregnant and breastfeeding women and children, especially young children.

 

Are you emerging gracefully into Spring?
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