It’s one of the most devastating feelings in the world when your children are ill or distressed and you feel powerless to help! For a minute or so yesterday I felt that pang when our youngest daughter came home from school her eyes were streaming and she was rubbing them vigorously; she was coughing and was visibly panicked as she struggled to breathe!
I quickly ran the shower to steam up the bathroom, put a few drops of peppermint in a sink of piping hot water and got her outer clothes off. Then got her showered rinsing any triggers from her hair and body, while her big sis got the vapouriser started in her room with a blend of Lavender, Eucalyptus, Tea tree and Frankincense essential oils.
A Journal of Ethnopharmacology published in 2010 suggests peppermint oil acts as a relaxant and exhibits antispasmodic activity, inhibiting contractions that causes you to cough, though it’s not recommended for children under 30 months.
So you may well enjoy the divine scent of essential oils and that’s great, but
One of the methods our body uses to protect itself is by triggering inflammation. A necessary action when there is a real threat to your health, but in the case of pollen, dust or other allergens – despite there being no real threat as such the body nevertheless mounts an attack which is what is experienced as an allergic reaction as the body releases hormones and chemicals including histamine.
Some of the triggers for an allergic reaction are pollen, insect bites, dust,
One of the most amazing benefits of essential oils are their ability to fight inflammation and boost the immune system. Essential oils for allergies will help to detoxify the body and fight infections, bacteria, parasites, microorganisms and harmful toxins. They reduce the bodies susceptibility to outside sources and reduce the overreaction of the immune system when it is faced with a harmless intruder. Some exceptional essential oils even work to relieve respiratory conditions and increase sweat and urination — helping with the elimination of toxins.
Conventional medicines aim to reduce inflammation by blocking the hormone histamine with synthetic substances, but these inherently come with side effects. For our children these could be impaired cognitive function, cause tummy upsets and nightmares – and generally
Essential oils, on the other hand, interact synergistically with the body’s limbic system to clear the body of unwanted and harmful organisms, combat infections, relieving respiratory and boost immunity.
Combine these powerful effects with relaxation techniques such as massage, deep breathing guided meditation for an increased positive effect.
7 Essential Oil Remedies for Allergies
NOTE: Most essential oils carry the recommendation of diluting the concentrated oil with a carrier oil such as coconut or sweet almond oil. A general guide is 2 drops of essential to 1 teaspoon of your carrier oil. Also note if you intend to add to a bath, don’t add the concentrated essential oil neat, as it will rest on the surface of the water and could still cause a burn where it comes into contact with your skin; instead mix with a carrier oil first and then add the diluted oil to your bath.
1. Peppermint Oil
As mentioned earlier peppermint oil is a relaxant and exhibits
Diffuse or add to a carrier oil to apply topically. I combined it eucalyptus and lavender for a soothing massage to encourage the parasympathetic to enhance relaxation.
2. Eucalyptus Oil
Eucalyptus impedes the growth of microorganisms as a potent anti-microbial, diffuse into the air to get the benefits of clearing mucus or apply topically in a carrier oil.
There’s no need to buy a commercial
You can also mix in water with Celtic Sea Salt to gargle and provide cleansing and relief to your throat.
3. Lavender Oil
As a natural anti-inflammatory and
Diffuse it in the bedroom to promote a good nights sleep!
4. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is another powerful remedy for your medicine cabinet, and it annihilates airborne microorganisms – fungi,
5. Lemongrass Oil
Lemongrass has a wonderfully soothing effect on the body and can be used to relieve cramping or tight muscles triggered by an allergic reaction by mixing with your carrier oil and massaging into the area.
For sinus pain, diffuse or rub lemongrass on your temples.
A quick tip for repelling mosquitoes and other bothersome biting bugs, make up a spray and spritz your clothing because insects have an aversion to lemongrass!
6. Clove Oil
Clove is antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, and antifungal and is commonly used for dental care especially as a powerful pain relief agent when applied to the painful area in the mouth.
Receive these amazing benefits by diffusing or applying topically with a carrier oil.
7. Frankincense Oil
There’s no need to wait until you feel under the weather, you can rub a few drops into your wrists, lymph glands on your neck or temples as a preventative to keep boost your immunity!
Sophia Michel is Co-Author of the upcoming book Energized Anyway, an Independent Health Researcher, Health & Happiness Coach, Writer, College Lecturer, Electro-Mechanical Technician, Wife and Mother to three daughters.
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