Every allergic reaction starts in a person’s immune system. Allergies are caused by a substance called an allergen. This substance deceits the immune system and makes it believe that it is an intruder. The body then overreacts to this harmless substance and produces immunoglobulin E antibodies. The antibodies get to the cells and release other chemicals such as histamine, causing allergies.
Some of the most causes of allergies include latex, medications, food, animal dander, insect stings, mold, dust and pollen among others. These allergens may then cause digestive issues, sneezing, runny nose, watery or puffy eyes, headaches, dry patches, hives, and rashes. The use of essential oils is one of the natural ways that you can use to treat allergies. The following are the top essential oils used to treat allergies:
- Peppermint oil
Peppermint is an expectorant essential oil which gives immediate relief by clearing phlegm for people with congestion problem. This essential oil promotes a feeling of easiness for people with bronchitis, asthma, and other allergies through minimizing inflammations and thus opening airways.
The oil can be ingested, diffused or applied topically. Consume one drop for indigestion or upset stomach issues. Apply topically or diffuse the oil when you feel fatigued or on low energy. To ease headaches you can have a massage with the mixture of lavender and peppermint.
- Lavender oil
Lavender oil is a natural anti- inflammatory and antihistamine. This is a good choice to deal with allergic reactions. To calm and soothe skin irritations from hives and insect bites use the oil topically. You can diffuse the oil to reduce bronchial tubes inflammations. The oils also have soothing properties that will help you relax. For a more restful sleep, you are advised to diffuse it before you go to sleep. Use lavender in lip balms, bath salts and lotions throughout the day.
- Tea tree oil
The tea tree oils are commonly found at cheap prices. They are a good remedy to prevent allergic reactions. However, the essential oil can only be used topically and should never be ingested. People are also advised not to use the oil together with lavender for boys who have not reached puberty because they may cause hormonal imbalance.
Most of the people who benefit from this oil are those with skin irritations since it is topical oil. Irritations caused by bedbugs will be soothed when you add the oil to your body wash. Add tea tree oil to your hair conditioner to kill and repel mice, lice and their eggs found on the beards, eyelashes and also in the hair.
- Basil essential oil
It reduces the allergens inflammatory responses. It also aids the adrenal glands which produce hormones that support any functions of the body. Basil essential oil also assists the body to have an appropriate reaction to the threat of rushing blood to the muscles, heart, and brain. Ii also helps in the detoxifying of viruses and bacteria. To regulate overreaction and fight inflammation of the immune system, add one drop of basil oil to either your salad, soup or any other dish. Dilute 2 or 3 drops of basil oil with coconut oil and apply the mixture topically on the temples, back of neck or chest to support the respiratory system.
- Eucalyptus oil
It opens up sinuses and the lungs and thus improving circulation and reducing allergy symptoms. It produces cold sensations that improve airflow in the nose. It contains citronellal which has anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects. It is also an expectorant and thus helps to remove harmful micro-organisms and toxins from the body that acts as allergens. Diffuse five drops of the essential oil to treat all the respiratory issues that come as a result of allergies. You can also apply it topically to the temples or on the chest.