Essential Oils

Best Essential Oils for Spring Allergies

It’s time for springtime allergies and the air is full of pollen from trees, grass, and weeds that are easily inhaled and proceed to wreck havoc with our bodies. Not everyone is affected, but if you have allergies, you’ll know it. Symptoms of spring allergies may include irritating issues with your nose (sneezing, nasal congestion and a runny nose), your eyes (itchy and watery) and with your chest (wheezing, coughing, tightness and difficulty breathing).

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Essential Oils for Allergy Relief

If your allergy symptoms just won’t let up in spite of treatment, please go see a doctor in case something else more severe is going on. If your breathing gets worse, GO NOW. Right NOW! Breathing issues can rapidly turn life-threatening.

Because of my respiratory issues, I have to be super careful about not letting any allergy or cold go untreated. I do have several prescribed medicines that I take daily, but they are not a cure-all, so during allergy seasons I have a few essential oils I use to help me whenever I feel symptoms coming on. Even if you are just dabbling in oils, you probably have these essential oils already.

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Best Essential Oils for Spring Allergies

The following list of oils all have either anti-inflammatory, antioxidant or antihistamine properties, or a combination of those properties.

  • Cedarwood  is an antiseptic, astringent and expectorant
  • Eucalyptus is an antioxidant and will help boost the immune system.
    It is said to be a potent vasodilator, which increases the size of blood vessels. This allows more blood to circulate through the body, carrying necessary oxygen throughout the body.
  • Frankincense helps to boosts immunity, may help to reduce pain and inflammation, may help soothe inflamed nasal passages.
  • Lavender is a powerful antioxidant, soothes headaches and has strong anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Lemon will help boost your immune system and is a natural antihistamine to help with respiratory issues. It also has antibacterial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Lemongrass is another essential oil with anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and antiseptic properties, which helps strengthen the immune system and reduce respiratory inflammation.
  • Peppermint is an essential oil that also works as an expectorant and helps open airways. It has antimicrobial, antioxidant and antiviral properties.
  • Tea Tree Oil has anti-inflammatory properties and can also eliminate allergens and pathogens (mold, bacteria and fungi) in the air.

How to Use Essential Oils for Allergies

Use any of these oils alone or mixed in any combinations that you like, based on the scents you prefer or for the properties and desired effects. I’ve included my favorite blends to get you started.

Diffuser Blend for Allergies

To diffuse, put a total of 5-6 drops in your diffuser. If you are really feeling miserable and there are no children or pets in the house, you could push it to a total of 8-10 drops. See my post that includes How to Use a Diffuser Safely for tips on the best way of diffusing essential oils.

My favorite combination is:

  • 3 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Eucalyptus
  • 1 drop Lemongrass

To change things up a bit, I’ll occasionally use:

  • 3 drops Cedarwood
  • 2 drops Lavender
  • 1 drop Lemongrass

If I have a lot of sinus or nasal congestion, I use this combination:

  • 3 drops Peppermint
  • 2 drops Eucalyptus
  • 2 drops Tea Tree Oil
  • 2 drops Lemon

Another good blend for congestion is:

  • 3 drops Cedarwood
  • 2 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Lemon
  • 2 drops Tea Tree Oil

Roller Bottle Recipe for Allergies

A roller bottle is super easy to make and use to apply the essential oils where they will do you the most good. I love this little set of 12 bottles with different sizes, styles and cute labels.

Best essential Oils for Spring Allergies -

To make a 10 ml roller bottle to use when symptoms are bad, use a 4%-5% dilution rate, which is a total of 12-15 drops of any of the essential oils in the list above (or a combination) and then fill the rest with your favorite carrier oil. This rate is for short term use. For everyday or long term use, use a 1%-2% dilution rate of 3-6 drops in 10 ml bottle. Apply to temples, behind your ears, a line down the middle of your chest and maybe a dab under your nose. I use the following:

  • 4 drops Peppermint
  • 3 drops Lavender
  • 3 drops Lemon
  • Carrier oil (I use fractionated coconut oil)

I switch to this one sometimes:

  • 4 drops Frankincense
  • 3 drops Eucalyptus
  • 3 drops Lemon
  • Carrier oil (I use fractionated coconut oil)

Essential Oil Inhalers for Allergies

I make cute little inexpensive pill box inhalers to carry with me, so I can take a couple of whiffs whenever I need to. Add a few drops of the essential oils with the right properties for your symptoms to the DIY inhaler and keep closed for a couple of days before using. Refresh as needed. My favorite combination is Eucalyptus and Peppermint.

Essential Oil Disinfectant Spray

My favorite DIY disinfectant spray uses Tea Tree Oil and Lemongrass, but any other oil listed above can be substituted for the Lemongrass. The Tea Tree Oil is essential for killing germs and bacteria in the air. Use like any store-bought spray disinfectant in the air and on surfaces, door knobs, etc. Note: This is not good for granite surfaces because of the vinegar. You can replace the vinegar with 1/ 4 cup each of alcohol and distilled water.

To make a disinfectant spray, put the following ingredients in a 16 ounce spray bottle and shake well before each use:

  • 1/2 cup cheap vodka or rubbing alcohol
  • 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar.
  • 3/4 cup water (distilled water is best)
  • 30 drops tea tree oil
  • 30 drops lemongrass essential oil.

My Favorite Essential Oil Books

I recently found the book Modern Essentials 10th edition and it is loaded with amazing information! My old standbys are The Essential Oils Book and The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils. There is tons of information online, but there is nothing like having a good quality reference book in your hands to highlight information or note your favorite blends.

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Essential Oils for Allergy Relief

I hope these blends help you as much as they help me!


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