Are you prepared for the onset of seasonal allergies? Read on to see how to manage your symptoms naturally.
Reading time: 4 minutesPublished: April 2, 2018
If you suffer from Spring allergies you will be dreading the onset of the warmer weather. People with Spring allergies are braving the weather and steeling themselves for weeks or months of itchy eyes, sneezing, running noses, headaches and general malaise; it's a constant battle.
During the winter, there's certainly less pollen floating around but when the heating goes on this can trigger winter allergies by stirring up house dust; and if you're allergic to dust, winter allergies can be just as bad as in the spring and autumn. To reduce dust exposure, it will help to keep the humidity in your home below 55 percent, use a vacuum with a HEPA filter, and encase pillows and mattresses with dust-mite-proof covers.
As we transition into Spring, mould and dust might only be part of the picture as tree pollen can cause your allergies to flare at this time of year. We can see tree pollen as early as February. One of the big problem trees in the UK is Silver Birch. Tree pollen can cause the same symptoms as most Spring allergies — watery eyes, sneezing, and nasal congestion.
Tree pollen remains high on the list of allergens for March, which marks the beginning of Spring. Trees, grasses, and pollens start coming out early and March can be rough going for people with spring allergies. Beautiful Spring weather makes outdoor activities very appealing but if you have Spring allergies you will need to keep your eye on the pollen count. The higher the count, the worse the allergies will be.
Check the pollen count in the UK here.
April showers can bring many Springtime allergies. The increased rainfall is wonderful for blooming flowers, but as beautiful as they are, flowers and their pollen means discomfort for people with Spring allergies. In some areas of the country, grass pollen emerges in April, too. Between the pollen from the flowers and the pollen from the grass, Spring allergies may make you feel especially miserable.
June is a key grass pollen month in many areas, and it's likely that grass pollen will start to trigger your Spring allergies by this time of year if it hasn't already. As the days get longer and the temperature gets higher, you'll probably want to spend more time outdoors. If you suffer from Spring allergies, you may have good days and bad days — the temperature, the rainfall amount, and even the time of day will affect grass pollen levels, and you'll need to adjust accordingly.
There are many ways of dealing with allergies and I am always drawn to natural methods where possible. As a child, my severe allergies were treated with immunotherapy during the Winter months. Also known as allergy shots, it is a form of long-term treatment thatis meant to decrease symptoms for many people with allergic rhinitis, allergic asthma, conjunctivitis (eye allergy) or stinging insect allergy. All well and good, other than I had such an adverse reaction to the treatment that I had to be hospitalized. At the age of 12 that was not fun! It became clear that I needed to dig deeper and find a more suitable solution.
Natural methods have always appealed (my father has been a bee keeper for as long as I can remember) and bee pollen and local honey have long been part of my allergy management. I used essential oils in tandem with this natural therapy and as time went by I realised that I had got to the stage where I had been living allergy free for some years.
My essential oil teachings recently took me overseas to The Republic of Ireland and it was there that the extent of my erstwhile allergies really hit me. I was staying in a friend’s house and I didn’t realise that there were smokers in the house. In fact, I had been managing my symptoms so well, that I had forgotten what cigarette smoke smelled like and didn’t even recognise it. It took me a day and a little bit of detective work to realise what the problem was. As soon as I had figured out the issue I pulled out my favourite essential oils for allergy relief and started diffusing them right away.
There are three well known and popular essential oils which combine to make a natural anti-histamine. If fact, they are so effective that they are actually known as Nature’s Anti-histamine. They are known for their ability to maintain clear breathing and a healthy immune response when combined together in equal quantities. Really useful to know when it feels like you are losing the allergy battle.
I take my oils in different ways depending on the day and my needs. At this time of year I diffuse 2 drops of lemon, 2 drops of lavender and 2 drops of peppermint in each room in my home. This is my “seasonal challenge” diffuser mix. The advantages are two fold because the atmosphere in my home remains at a nice humidity and also the active ingredients in the oils are inhaled directly into my lungs. It’s here where they can weave their magic.
Lemon improves immune function and detoxifies the body. It stimulates the liver and flushes out toxins that can lead to inflammation and an over-reactive immune system. Lemon water also stimulates white blood cell production, which is vital for immune system function because it helps to protect the body.
Inhaling diffused peppermint oil can oftentimes immediately unclog the sinuses and offer relief to scratchy throats. Peppermint acts as an expectorant and provides relief for allergies, as well as colds, coughs, sinusitis, asthma and bronchitis. It has the power to discharge phlegm and reduce inflammation — a leading cause of allergic reactions.
Lavender is a natural antihistamine and anti-inflammatory. This oil is a great option for treating yourself while in the middle of an allergic reaction. Use topically to soothe and calm skin irritations such as insect bites or hives. Diffuse lavender to reduce inflammation in bronchial tubes.
When combined the sum of the parts outweighs the individual strengths and they are super easy to incorporate into any daily routine.
There is an easier way to incorporate these allergy busting oils into your day. You can buy TriEase capsules in a ready made softgel capsule. All the same allergy relief in a convenient, ready to take softgel.
Any suggestions made on this blog are specific to dōterra essential oils. Please do not use oils from another source as they may not be suitable for internal use. These products and information are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone suffering from disease or injury should consult with a physician. If you are currently on medication, please DO NOT STOP and read the information leaflet to see if there are any known contra-indications.
If you suffer from allergies you will be dreading the onset of the warmer weather, but now you know there is a natural solution. Get in touch if you would like more information or if you would like to work with me.
Written by: Mimi