Today, allergies are very common health problems. Most people have a chaotic lifestyle and diet. Thus, their immune system tends to overreact more easily now than it did in the past. Luckily, some forms of allergy can be managed with a simple essential oil allergy blend.
In this post, you’ll be reading about:
- How exactly can Aromatherapy help your allergies? I will begin with this introduction so you can better understand their beneficial effects.
- A list of essential oils for allergies based on symptoms.
- Allergy blends and recipes for all sorts of symptoms and discomfort.
- The causes and symptoms of allergies.
- And, of course, some safety tips that’ll help you feel better with Aromatherapy, and not worse. They’re important if you want to enjoy only the benefits of the oils.
Best Essential Oil Allergy Blends for Diffuser
Allergies, whether seasonal or not, affect millions of people every year. In some cases, they can even prevent people from doing their tasks for days in a row.
Who likes to wake up every day with a congested nose and sneezing like crazy? If that would be all, it would still not be okay. But there are a lot more symptoms and side effects caused by an allergy.
Why Use Essential Oils to Soothe Your Allergies?
A conventional treatment of allergies includes antihistamines. They’re over-the-counter drugs that counter the damaging effect of an excess of histamine.
Your body (immune system) produces this excess when it sees allergens as a threat. Allergens are generally not harmful, but the reaction they start in the body can make a life harder.
Antihistamines, however, cease to work after a few days, when the body gets used to them. Thus, doctors prescribe other drugs and nasal sprays to relieve the symptoms.
Essential oils are natural and potent plant extracts. They produce active oil molecules that protect them from the environment and predators.
Through steam distillation (or CO2) we extract these molecules and use them to our own benefit.
Essential oils can be:
- Antipruritic (anti-itching)
- Analgesic (pain relieving).
Essential oils that contain chamazulene are considered to have antihistamine activity.
Unfortunately, I haven’t found any medical proof for this claim yet. But, chamazulene is a very good anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.
When it comes to allergies, these effects and properties can:
- Stop the itching.
- Clear the airways and improve breathing.
- Decongest the respiratory system by contracting (shrinking) the blood vessels.
- Stop watery eyes.
- Decrease the frequency and intensity of sneezing.
- Relax the muscles that become stiff from all the tension. You’re probably familiar with the muscle pain after sneezing for minutes in a row.
- Decrease the inflammation (nose, throat, sinuses, etc.).
- Relieve local pain.
- Soothe bronchial spasms. These spasms make it hard to breathe. People with asthma have bronchial spasms as well.
- Promote mucus discharge.
What Essential Oils are Good for Allergies?
There are many types of allergies. Most of them have many symptoms in common, but the cause is different.
Some essential oils are better than others for some symptoms. Here they are, divided according to symptoms.
Draining Essential Oils:
- Sweet Basil
- Bay Laurel
An essential oil allergy blend from these oils can promote drainage of toxins. They can drain toxins from the liver, lung, and intestines.
Immune-Booster Essential Oils:
- Tea Tree
- Rosemary (ct. verbenone)
- Sweet Basil
- Thyme (ct. Linalool)
Anti-Stress and Fatigue Essential Oils:
- Green Mandarin
- Sweet Orange
- Sweet Marjoram
- Ylang Ylang
Essential Oils for Skin Allergies:
- German Chamomile
- Rose Geranium
- Lemon verbena
- Tea Tree
- Lemon Eucalyptus
They are antioxidant, calming, and can speed up the healing of the tissue.
Essential Oils for Sneezing:
- German Chamomile
- Blue Tansy
I know people tend to use essential oils for anything these days, but the eyes are a no-no. Don’t ever use essential oils in your eyes, not even around them.
The best remedy to soothe itchy eyes are not essential oils, but hydrosols. Melissa and Lavender hydrosols are very good options. You can read more about them here.
Essential Oils for Breathing Problems:
- Tea Tree
- Eucalyptus (radiata/globulus)
Some of the Best Essential Oils for Seasonal Allergies:
- Lemon Eucalyptus
- Lemon Verbena
- Blue Tansy
- German Chamomile
- Litsea Cubeba
Allergy-Related Essential Oils Research
The research on essential oils used as allergy treatment is very little. Those that were tested, which are more common, have shown great potential. Other oils, tested for other purposes, also showed potential.
- Lavender essential oil for allergic airway inflammation. Researchers induced bronchial asthma in rat models. At the end of the experiment, they found that Lavender can inhibit allergic inflammation. But, is Lavender oil an antihistamine? Unfortunately, I haven’t found any medical report to support or negate this claim. This doesn’t mean it doesn’t have that effect, it just wasn’t tested for this purpose.
- Essential oils for allergic rhinitis. This study focused on the effects of Aromatherapy on one’s symptoms and quality of life. What they saw was that certain essential oils were very helpful. They used Geranium, Sandalwood, and Ravensara. Among others, this essential oil allergy blend reduced fatigue too.
- Lemongrass essential oil, a powerful anti-allergic. Another in vitro study on mice revealed interesting findings. Lemongrass has a strong anti-allergic, as well as anti-inflammatory activity. Citral and geranial can actively improve allergic symptoms and inflammation. These are the main components is some essential oils like Lemon Verbena, Lemongrass, Litsea, etc.
How to Use Essential Oil Allergy Blends
When you’ve got an allergy, you need to act fast. Luckily, essential oils are volatile substances.
This means they evaporate into the air as soon as you open the bottle. Because they spread in the atmosphere so fast, they will get into your system just as fast.
The quickest way to enjoy the beneficial effects of Aromatherapy is by inhalation.
Inhalation can be direct, from:
- A cotton pad where you put a few drops on and inhale.
- The bottle itself.
- Steam inhalation.
- Aromatic baths.
- Nasal inhaler.
- Essential oil diffuser.
The first few methods are easy to put into practice and cost-effective. A nasal inhaler is also easy to make, you just need the inhaler and an aromatic essence.
Diffusers, however, are the best at this moment. They are so because of the technology they use and the fact that they disperse a lot of oil molecules in a short period of time.
What essential oils are good to diffuse for allergies? You can diffuse any of the above-mentioned essential oils.
As long as you like their scents, you can make very simple diffuser essential oil allergy blends.
Another good way of enjoying Aromatherapy is through skin absorption.
It’s a more diluted way of using the oils. This means that first, you must mix the essential oils with carrier oils. Then, you can apply the mixture to the affected area.
The right dose for any kind of essential oil allergy blend is tricky to find. You must consider lots of things before deciding upon a dose.
A doctor is the only one authorized to tell you how much and for how long you can use essential oils for allergies.
For safety reasons, my blend recipes contain the smallest amounts of oils. After you’ve talked to your doctor, feel free to increase that dose gradually
Allergy Essential Oil Recipes (Diffuser and Roll-Ons)
As promised, I’ve got some recipes ready for you. All the information so far was needed to understand the way it all works.
When it comes to blending, try to stick to a maximum of 5 essential oils per blend.
Pollen Allergy Essential Oil Recipe for Diffuser
- Blue Tansy essential oil: 10 drops
- Lavender essential oil: 10 drops
- Lemon Eucalyptus essential oil: 10 drops
Diffuse a few drops (or as stated in your diffuser manual) daily, for a week or two. You can do so every 2+ hours, in a well-ventilated room. Read more about the proper way to use essential oils in a diffuser.
Congested Nose Diffuser Allergy Blend
- Sweet Basil essential oil: 10 drops
- German Chamomile essential oil: 10 drops
- Peppermint essential oil: 10 drops
Use a few drops every time you turn the diffuser on. Or you can, of course, pour 2 – 3 drops on a cotton pad and seal it in a zipper bag. Inhale from it for a minute or two every time you feel the need.
Aromatherapy Blend for Skin Allergies (Roll-On)
- Lavender essential oil: 2 drops
- Roman Chamomile essential oil: 2 drops
- Rose Geranium essential oil: 2 drops
- Tamanu oil: 1 Oz (30 ml)
The carrier oil you use depends on your skin type. Tamanu is a very good anti-inflammatory and can help eczema-affected skin. For acne skin, you can use Macadamia or even Jojoba. Read all about non-comedogenic oils here.
This essential oil allergy roller blend is easy to use and make. And since it’s also a small quantity, you’ll be able to use a fresh one every month or so.
Essential Oil Allergy and Asthma Blend (Roll-On)
- Tarragon essential oil: 1 drop
- German Chamomile essential oil: 1 drop
- Lavender essential oil: 1 drop
- Calendula-infused oil: 1 Oz (30ml)
Mix these oils together and shake the blend before each use. Apply moderate amounts on the chest, neck, and the upper back (if possible).
Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis Essential Oil Blend (Diffuser)
- Australian Sandalwood essential oil: 10 drops
- Ravensara essential oil: 10 drops
- Litsea cubeba/Lemongrass essential oil: 20 drops
Diffuse a few drops of this allergy blend daily and keep the house well-ventilated.
Immune Booster Essential Oil Allergy Blend (Roll-On)
- Tea Tree essential oil: 2 drops
- Cinnamon essential oil: 2 drops
- Thyme essential oil: 2 drops
- Carrier oil: 1 Oz (30ml)
Apply on the chest and abdomen and inhale deeply until you’re done massaging the mixture in. Apply daily for at least a week, but no more than 3 continuous weeks. If you don’t feel better at this time, go to the doctor as soon as possible.
Essential Oil Allergy Blend Roller Bomb
- Lemon essential oil: 5 drops
- Lemongrass essential oil: 5 drops
- German Chamomile essential oil: 5 drops
- Lavender essential oil: 5 drops
- Carrier oil: 1 Oz (30ml)
This allergy roller bomb recipe is called so because it’s a lot more concentrated than the others. Apply as close as possible to the nose, so you can inhale deeply, for a longer time.
The quality of the essential oil you buy depends on your seller. Buy from reputable sources only!
If you’re not sure about their products, it’s best to just ask for the GC/MS documentation of the oil. Any seller should give it to you upon request.
If you’re a fan, you could always go for the doTERRA essential oils. As a side note, doTERRA doesn’t sell special essential oils for allergies.
You can choose any of those I mentioned earlier and buy from them. For a quick reference and to answer to “what doTERRA essential oils are good for allergies?”, you can choose between:
A Thing or Two about Allergies: Symptoms & Causes, plus Safety Tips
An allergy reaction begins in the immune system. When this one is weakened, any simple and harmless irritant is considered a threat. Irritants can be dust, pollen, mold, etc.
As such, the body starts producing antibodies known as mast cells. These cells release histamine, a substance that’s part of the immune system.
Too much histamine in the body causes those well-known allergy symptoms. That’s why doctors prescribe antihistamines, to counter the effect of histamine.
Allergy symptoms are:
- Watery eyes.
- Red eyes.
- Skin irritation and redness.
- Respiratory problems.
- Stuffy/congested nose.
- A runny nose.
- Muscle aches.
The cause of allergies? There are, in fact, many causes for which one may develop an allergic reaction.
- Family history (genes) make you more prone to allergies.
- Spending a long time around an allergen.
- Dust mites.
- Insect venom (stings).
- Creams and lotions.
- Animal dander.
- Cat hair.
Tips for Safe Essential Oils Use
When you’re making and using an essential oil allergy blend, you should pay attention to a few things. The bottom line is that aromatic oils are not without their risks, especially if they’re used inappropriately.
- It’s very important that you first test each new bottle of oil for allergic reactions. While they can soothe allergies, essential oils can also cause them. Mix a drop of the essence with some carrier and apply on your arm. Leave it be until the next day and check for redness or any other sign. Why each new bottle? Because their chemical composition may vary from lot to lot. The geographical area and process method can alter it.
- Undiluted essential oils applied to the skin may sensitize it. Once sensitized, the skin will always react to that oil or compound(s). Not to mention they can also burn and sting. Thus, you must always use your allergy essential oils mixed with carrier oils.
- When you diffuse Aromatherapy oils, make sure they are not irritant to your eyes or nose. If you feel tingling or stinging after inhaling one, try to mix it with a milder essence. For example, you can dilute Juniper with some Fir or citruses.
- Do not use essential oil allergy blends if you suffer from seizures or epilepsy. The same goes for people with diabetes, asthma, and heart problems.
- If you haven’t spoken to a doctor first, avoid taking essential oils internally.
- Handle these aromatic oils carefully around babies and pets.
- Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you’re also taking other medicines. Essential oils might interact with some drugs and make them less effective.
- Pregnant and breastfeeding women must seek their doctor’s permission to use oils for allergies.
No matter the type of allergy you have, you can always count on essential oils to soothe many of your symptoms.
Making an essential oil allergy blend is easy and now you have plenty of ideas to choose from. Remember to talk to the doctor before undergoing any complementary or alternative therapies.
Have you tried an Aromatherapy blend for allergies so far? What are your favorites and why?