Hay Fever Treatment With Essential Oils
Hay fever or allergic rhinitis is prevalent this time of year. It can be triggered by airborne allergens like pollen, animal hair, feathers and even dust mites found in our homes and places of work. The body reacts by producing lots of histamines which in turn causes inflammation of the nasal passages and sinus-related areas. We get red-itchy eyes, our nose runs, and we sneeze sometimes repeatedly. A more serious form of respiratory allergy is asthma which will involve the chest and lungs with wheezing. i tend to get the sneezing attacks which then causes lots of inflammation.
Most people turn to antihistamines and over-the-counter drugs which can be very hard on the body causing lots of unwanted side-effects. Is there a better solution? Nature actually provides us lots of clues in the form of herbals and essential oils.
Essential Oils Helpful for Hay Fever Treatment
German chamomile, wintergreen, lavender and Roman chamomile are all excellent in combating allergic rhinitis. Let’s take a look at how they work. German chamomile (Matricaria recutita) is in the daisy family of botanical plants. Chemistry wise, it is high in oxides and is highly anti-inflammatory and considered a relaxant. Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens) is 90+% methyl salicylate. It too is highly anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and an analgesic. Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is high in esters and alcohols and it too is an analgesic, relaxant, and anti-inflammatory. Finally, let’s look at Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile). Unlike its cousin the German Chamomile, Roman chamomile is sweater and milder. Its chemistry is primarily made up of esters. Not surprising, Roman chamomile is a relaxant, antispasmodic and an anti-inflammatory. So the commonality among these oils is their ability to stop inflammation and to relax spasms and calm pain.
What Is the Best Way to Use These Oils for an Allergy Attack?
Inhalation: You can diffuse the oils or directly inhale them. Since I started having an allergy attack a few minutes ago, i am diffusing German chamomile right now and have only sneezed once since I started the diffuser.
Direct application: You can use them undiluted rubbed on the body or diluted and massaged over a larger area of the body. try putting one of the oils directly under your nose or rubbing it on your upper chest.
Dietary ingestion: You can put in capsules and take internally.
Written by Linda L. Smith, Director of the Institute of Spiritual Healing & Aromatherapy, a national program in Christian healing.