Show Notes

A runny nose, sneezing and streaming, puffy eyes as well as headaches and a loss of sense of smell are well known symptoms of hayfever. Strictly speaking hayfever is an allergic response to allergens like pollen, spores of certain fungi, even dust and mold where the lining of the eyes, nose and throat are inflamed and affected. Here are 5 natural ways you might like to reduce hayfever with!

An allergen is a substance that the body thinks is foreign forcing the immune system to overreact and produce antibodies that make cells release histamine that cause the allergic reaction.
Allopathically, treatments recommended are steroids and anti-histamines to help suppress an overactive immune system. And whilst this might relieve the symptoms temporarily it does not generally help the sufferer long term. People are also told to avoid the triggers but that is not so easy especially at this time of year when pollens are rife.

So what can one do naturally and long term? Essential oils are powerful, potent substances that may have the ability to support the body to overcome the hypersensitivity. They can help reduce inflammation and boost the immune system as well as offer remarkable relief.

Choosing oils like lavender, eucalyptus, chamomile, peppermint and lemon can be ideal and there are many wonderful ways that you can use them in your daily life to not only support but relieve and prevent symptoms. For those wanting pre-blended synergy oils then Instant Calm and Immune Boost would be the two to choose.

Here are the top five ways to consider in reducing the symptoms of hayfever.

  1. Use essential oils in an electric diffuser or candle vaporiser

With antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties a combination of three of any of the above single oils would be ideal. Use 6-8 drops of essential oils in total added to water before turning on the diffuser or lighting the candle in the vaporizer. Make sure you have your unit in the main living area and try using oils like lavender, chamomile and eucalyptus in the bedroom just prior to sleep.

  1. Try a steam inhalation

Add 1 drop of peppermint, 1 drop of lavender and 1 drop of lemon to a bowl of hot water. Place a towel over your head, close your eyes and take deep breaths in through the nose out through the mouth for a minute then change to in through the mouth out through the nose for a minute. Try this for 4-6 minutes.

  1. Massage the chest, neck and back of the head

Make up a blend using 10ml of carrier oil like sweet almond, coconut or macadamia oil and add 5 drops in total of your chosen oils or synergy blend. You could try 2 drops lavender, 2 drops lemon and 1 drop eucalyptus – or 5 drops of Immune Boost – as an example. Massage the chest, neck and back of the head fairly firmly, using trigger points and long relaxing strokes to help soothe and relax the body. It is an added bonus taking nice long deep breaths to calm the chest and inhale the therapeutic properties of these oils.

  1. Use essential oils instead of harsh chemicals in the home

Chemicals in the home in the form of cleansers and detergents can trigger allergic responses. To support the immune system and to reduce chemicals in the environment aim to use low-toxin household cleansers readily available in supermarkets and health food stores. You can also make your own spray and wipe by filling a 50ml spritzer bottle with water and adding 20 drops of essential oils in total.  So you might like to try 5 drops lavender, 10 drops eucalyptus and 5 drops of lemon oil or 20 drops of Immune Boost for an effective low-allergenic cleanser.

  1. Use natural herbs and foods to support your immune system

There are so many wonderful foods from nature to help boost your immune system. Things like garlic, ginger, turmeric, apple cider vinegar, and orange and lemon are wonderfully high in vitamin C too. Add things like this to your salad and vegetable dressings for added nutritional benefits. Try squeezing an orange and adding 1 clove of chopped garlic, chopped ginger and chopped turmeric then taking it like a shot is a powerful way to start your day and boost your immune system.

BONUS TIP – Use high quality salt as an antihistamine

Cyndi O’Meara, nutritionist and health advocate, recommends adding 1/8 of a teaspoon of her Dulse Salt into a glass of water and drink as an instant anti-histamine shot. This helps to balance electrolytes and many have raved about the instant relief. This one is definitely worth a try!

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