I love the Pacific Northwest. The green trees, the rivers, lakes, and ocean. Nature. It’s all around us here and it is breathtaking. Literally. For those of us with allergies, the beauty that spring brings can also usher in sneezing attacks, watery eyes, itchy ears and throats, coughing, asthma, and [insert your allergy symptom here]. These things can make it difficult to sleep well at night, to focus, or…breathe. Also, if you’ve got additional autoimmune issues, as I do, allergies can trigger flare ups which make bad symptoms even worse.
Well, since today is St. Patrick’s Day and I’m a good portion Irish (born a Sullivan), I’ve decided to share my lucky remedy with you! Okay, maybe it’s less lucky and more about science, but I feel lucky that it works. Lavender essential oil has given me a “spring” back in my step. There are several ways you can use it, and I take advantage of all of them. I’ll break it down for you.
Diffusing. This can be in your handy diffuser (which can be purchased all over the place online or in stores, but look for info at the bottom of this post for how you can find one like I use), or in your actual hands. Add a few drops of Lavender to the water in your diffuser and use it alone, or blend it with Lemon and Peppermint. Lavender has a natural antihistamine effect, Lemon cleans the air and toxins from your system, and Peppermint has anti-inflammatory properties, as well as being invigorating. If you have oils and no diffuser, simply put a drop or two in the palm of your hand, rub both hands together and then inhale the aroma. You can rub any remaining oil on the back of your neck.
Topically. Lavender is generally well tolerated by most people when applied directly to the skin, but for infants or highly sensitive individuals, you can always dilute with fractionated coconut oil, or another carrier oil of your choice. Apply across the tops of your ears, the back of your neck, or bottoms of your feet.
Internally. To be clear, you should never ingest essential oils that aren’t CPTG (Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade). My choice of oils is doTERRA, as they are third-party, triple tested for purity. You can brew a “tea” of sorts by adding a drop or two of Lavender to a mug of hot water and drinking it. It also tastes great to blend 3 drops of each Lavender and Lemon, and 2 drops of Peppermint into a porcelain teapot of hot water. I actually put a drop or 2 in a Mason jar and enjoy it cold. For a particularly bad allergy moment (like when I woke up sneezing at 3am a few nights ago), I put a drop on my thumb and apply it directly to the roof of my mouth for a few seconds. I always get relief within a matter of minutes. As with many other homeopathic remedies, you can use a drop or 2 under your tongue as well. If you have trouble with the taste, you can always blend it with honey, or add to a capsule.
The bottom line is I get relief, and I am not taking a chemical laden pill of any sort. Please keep in mind that I am sharing my experiences and can’t guarantee results, but have seen this work for many. I also don’t have medical training, just my own trial and error with years of failed doctor suggested treatments. Please make sure to care for yourself in the way that works best for you.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
If you have questions about oils, want to find a way to purchase oils or a diffuser, or just want to connect with someone who can relate to what you are going through, please leave me a comment, send me an email (email@example.com), or visit my doTERRA site http://www.mydoterra.com/oilinmyhands