5 Top Essential Oils for Allergies & How to Use Them
The incredible thing about essential oils is the large variety of health problems they address – from digestion issues and mental health to infection prevention and focus improvement.
But here’s the thing: these essential oils won’t cure you of allergies. They aren’t a replacement for taking the necessary steps to limit your allergy attacks. And they certainly don’t stand in for an emergency inhaler. So how exactly do they help?
Essential oils are fabulous additions to your allergy treatment regimen to help you control your symptoms. They also help those nasty, uncomfortable symptoms of allergies like:
- Runny nose
- Stuffy nose
- Shortness of breath
- Sinus headaches
There’s an extra bonus. Essential oils don’t come with the same side effects that some over-the-counter and prescription allergy medications can come with. You won’t feel drowsy.
If you are a seasonal allergy sufferer like me, I never allow those months to go by without using these oils daily. If you are a chronic allergy sufferer, benefitting from these oils can be a year-round help.
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Below I’m going to show you the top 5 essential oils for allergies as well as many different practical ways to use them daily.
5 Great Essential Oils For Allergies
And without further ado, here are the five oils you should try for easing your allergy symptoms now:
1. Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint is my personal favorite for helping allergy symptoms because it acts as an expectorant – which means it can clear up all that yucky mucus in your sinuses (and lungs, if it traveled that way). Plus, it’s a great headache-buster, and we all know how painful sinus headaches can be during allergy season.
2. Lemon Essential Oil
In most essential oil communities, lemon is known for its powerful detox properties. This is because it’s great for your immune system – which is actually to blame for your allergies. For some reason, it believes non-threatening substances (like dog dander) is a dangerous invader that must be fought off.
3. Lavender Essential Oil
Without a doubt, lavender is the most versatile essential oil. It helps everything – from cuts to anxiety attacks and everything in between. So it should come as no surprise that it’s amazing against the symptoms of allergies. It even has antihistamine-like qualities to help you breathe better. It can help calm any itching or swelling you may experience.
4. Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Minty eucalyptus has similar properties to peppermint oil. It helps open up your sinuses and respiratory airways as it also aids in inflammation reduction. You may want to use this in combo with peppermint or instead of peppermint – it’s up to you and the smells you like and how effective each seems to you.
5. Roman Chamomile Essential Oil
Think of this last oil as your allergy “chill pill” – it’s very relaxing, helps calm a headache, and lowers your body’s inflammation. Chamomile is so often used to help people sleep, which is something allergy sufferers can struggle with (going to bed with a scratchy throat and stuffed nose is not conducive to blissful sleep!)
How To Use These Essential Oils For Allergies
Now you know about the top five essential oils for allergies, but do you know how to use them? Sometimes this can be the most overwhelming part. But fear not – I have lots of different suggestions for you that are broken into four main categories:
- Topical use
- Internal use
1. Breathe Them In
By far, this is the easiest way to enjoy essential oils for allergies. You can buy a diffuser and try different combos of these 5 oils to see which smell the best for you and aid your symptoms the most.
If you are new to diffusing these oils, here’s a diffuser recipe I use to get you started:
- 4 drops of lavender oil
- 4 drops of lemon oil
- 4 drops of peppermint oil
Depending on the size of the room, you may need more drops or fewer drops. See how that works and then experiment with changing out different oils.
Another great tip is to buy a diffuser necklace or bracelet. That way you can diffuse these oils on the go – especially when you are going to be outside!
To target your stuffy nose in particular, directly inhale peppermint, eucalyptus, or a combo of both. You can either sniff straight from the jar for a minute – or you can combine them with a carrier oil (I use coconut oil) and rub it on your chest and your hands. This allows the aroma to stay with you for a while, so you can breathe easily all day.
Finally, doing a steam is greatly helpful for decongesting your sinuses. Boil some water and place the pot on a table. Carefully sit next to the pot and place a towel or blanket over your head so both you and the pot are covered. This will create a steam tent. Adding a few drops of any essential oil for allergies makes this even more effective.
2. Massage Them
The second easiest way to benefit from these essential oils for allergies is to use them topically. I like to give myself an essential oil foot massage morning and night when my allergies are at their worst. Here’s why:
- First off – I’m often exhausted and worn out, and a little self-care can instantly make me feel better
- But most importantly – essentials oils are best absorbed through the feet
A little lemon and basil is nice in the morning – and some lavender and roman chamomile is calming for the evenings. I combine them with some coconut oil so the essential oils don’t get too strong.
Another option is creating a roller bottle that you can use throughout the day. To learn how and why to make these, check out this short video:
3. Ingest Them
Not all essential oils are made equally, so this next step can only be taken if you are purchasing high-quality, food-grade essential oils that are marked safe for consumption.
Among the essential oil community, many people talk about an “allergy bomb” – essentially this is using the combo of lemon, lavender, and peppermint ingesting them as you would an allergy medicine. You can do this by adding them to a glass of water (make sure it’s actually a glass cup!) or in a DIY capsule.
Start with only one drop of each oil. Most people repeat this process a couple of times a day. Keep in mind, essential oils are very concentrated and should not be consumed in large amounts or too frequently as they can be damaging to the liver. Reserve consuming essential oils for when you are sick or experiencing symptoms and do not make it a daily practice (regardless of what some popular essential oil brands tell you!). If you don’t want to drink them plain in water, here are three ways I like to enjoy them:
- I add a drop to my nightly mug of tea – I normally use peppermint, eucalyptus, lemon, or roman chamomile. This is very soothing and effective.
- I often throw a couple drops of lemon oil in a homemade salad dressing.
- I’ll add a drop of peppermint to my morning chocolate protein smoothie.
4. Clean With Them
One of the best ways to limit your allergy symptoms is to regularly and thoroughly clean your house. This removes all the pollen, dust, and other allergy/asthma triggers that are brought in through vents and even your clothes.
To double up the effectiveness of cleaning, you can actually use essential oils as your cleaners. The problem with lots of conventional store-bought cleaners is that the harsh chemicals can actually make your allergy symptoms much worse. All-natural alternatives are really necessary.
Here are two recipes with some of our allergy essential oils to get you started:
All-Purpose Cleaner (Recipe from The Prairie Homestead)
- 2 cups of white vinegar
- 2 cups of water
- 1 teaspoon of natural dish soap
- 30 drops of lemon essential oil
- 30 drops of tea tree essential oil
Mix, shake, and use on everything from toilets to countertops.
Window and Mirror Cleaner (Recipe from The Prairie Homestead)
- 3 cups of distilled water
- ¼ cup of rubbing alcohol
- ¼ cup vinegar
- 20 drops peppermint essential oil.
Combine, shake, and use on all windows, mirrors, or stainless steel.
Other All-Natural Allergy Treatment Options
As we’ve already talked about, essential oils for allergies are not going to cure your allergies, but they are great at helping you control your symptoms in a natural way. There are other natural ways to alleviate your symptoms, including:
- All-Natural Supplements: There are lots of herbs and vitamins that play a role in combating allergies. Top ingredients include vitamin D, quercetin, boswellia extract, nettle extract, coleus forskohlii extract, n-acetyl-l-cysteine, and butterbur extract.
- Neti Pot: Using a neti pot will actually flush out the mucus and allergens in your sinuses, so you can feel better and breathe better too
- Chiropractic Care: Many allergy and asthma sufferers believe that regular chiropractic care improves their symptoms. The idea is that spinal alignment creates a balanced nervous system. And that balanced nervous symptom helps lower your symptoms.
- Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV): Many people swear by ACV’s ability to reduce mucus
- Probiotics: As we already know, allergies are an immune system issue. But you probably didn’t know that the large majority of your immune system resides in your gut. Probiotics are the healthy, good-for-you bacteria that play a significant role in gut health. You can take these as supplements and/or eat fermented foods like sauerkraut or kimchi.
Breathing Easy With Essential Oils
Add these essential oils to your holistic, all-natural allergy treatment regimen. If you feel overwhelmed with all five, I would recommend starting with the three most common allergy oils: lemon, lavender, and peppermint. Not only can these be the most effective, but they’re also very versatile. You can use them in many other ways throughout the months too.
Then make sure to keep up with your other all-natural allergy treatments. Altogether, they make your symptoms much easier to deal with.