Allergy Relief Through Oils

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Allergies are the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the United States, affecting approximately 50 million people. While there is no cure for allergies, essential oils are among the most popular natural remedies. These concentrated aromatic liquids are distilled from plants and have been used therapeutically for centuries.

This blog lists the most effective essential oils for relief of the symptoms of seasonal allergies and suggests some ways to incorporate essential oils into your allergy treatment regimen.

When using any essential oil, it is advisable to consult with a certified aromatherapist and then proceed with caution. Although essential oils are natural, they may still be dangerous. Please note that children, babies, elderly people, pregnant women, pets, and individuals with breathing issues or other health issues should not use some essential oils.

Peppermint Oil

Peppermint oil has a relaxing effect on smooth muscle, which helps to reduce the contractions that cause coughing. According to many studies, peppermint oil may also help treat anxiety and mental fatigue symptoms that allergy sufferers often experience.


Frankincense is another oil that reduces inflammatory activity in the body. Studies report that frankincense exhibits anti-inflammatory effects in bronchitis, which cause inflammation of the airways, and sinus infections. It may also be beneficial for people with asthma.


Eucalyptus reduces upper respiratory issues. Research suggests that using a blend of oils, including eucalyptus, for infections of the upper respiratory tract leads to a significant and immediate improvement in symptoms. Participants reported a reduction in hoarseness, coughing, and soreness of the throat.

Lemon Oil

Lemon oil helps in the treatment of perennial and seasonal allergies. Lemon can also inhibit bacterial activity. Citrus-based essential oils should not be applied to the skin before being exposed to the sun because these oils can cause the skin to become more sensitive to sunlight, increasing the risk of harmful blistering or burning.

Lavender Oil

Lavender oil can support sleep, which allergy symptoms may disrupt. Lavender naturally quells inflammation, inhibits bacteria, and encourages deep sleep, all of which can benefit people with allergies.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil reduces inflammation, with research finding that applying it topically significantly decreases swelling from histamine-induced skin inflammation when compared to paraffin oil, a petroleum byproduct that is typically bleached with industrial strength bleach!

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How to use Essential Oils for Allergies


Add a few drops of the oil or oils to a plug-in diffuser. This method is especially beneficial for treating the symptoms of seasonal allergies, as well as other respiratory conditions.

Direct Inhalation

By breathing directly from the bottle or by putting a drop or two on a handkerchief, essential oils can be inhaled easily.

People with seasonal allergies can relieve congestion by adding a few drops of essential oil to a bowl of hot water and breathing in the vapors. For nighttime allergy relief, a person can add three drops of an essential oil to his or her pillow.

Topical Application

Mix a carrier oil, such as jojoba, to essential oils before application. It is recommended that users maintain a ratio of two drops of essential oil to one tablespoon of the carrier oil. Take care when applying lemon essential oil or other citrus-based oils to the skin, as they are sun- and light-sensitive and cause discoloration of the skin.

Targeting Allergens

Some oils, such as lemon, eucalyptus, and tea tree, can help kill mold and dust mites, both of which are common allergens that trigger symptoms.

A person should add 20 drops of essential oil and a tablespoon of white vinegar to one cup of water to spray bathroom fittings and other areas prone to mold, and to mattresses and other textiles to kill dust mites.

Potential Risks and Side Effects

People should bear in mind the following guidelines when using essential oils:

  • Always choose high-quality oils from a reputable source. Organic and pure are best.
  • Follow the instructions for use carefully.
  • Do not apply undiluted oils to the skin.
  • Do not take essential oils internally.
  • Children and pregnant and breastfeeding women should only use essential oils under the guidance of a qualified professional.
  • Always do a skin test for allergic reactions before applying to larger areas. If none occurs after 24 hours, it should be safe to use. Test each essential oil separately.
  • It is advisable to speak to a certified aromatherapist before beginning essential oil treatment.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not regulate essential oils. Therefore, please use them with caution.

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