I should consider myself rather lucky, I only deal with allergies about once a year, but boy do I make that one time count. This tree pollen I mention, from the poplar trees abundant in this area, is my nemesis.
For the week or so that the poplar trees are pollinating I am an itchy-watery eyed, puffy faced, sneezing, coughing, runny nosed, feel like there’s a fire burning in my throat, head in a fog, mess!
This year though, I have a new secret weapon against these trees and this miserable mess they cause…essential oils!
To be clear...I do not have a problem with the trees themselves or the fact that they need to pollinate and reproduce…I love trees in fact, I even hug them once in a while! I just wish I didn’t have such a reaction to this natural process!
But anyways…the essential oils.
One of the “go to” blends for allergies is the popular combination of lemon, lavender, and peppermint. LLP as many call it. I like to refer to them lovingly as the allergy trio (see my recipe below). These three oils are fantastic for fighting seasonal allergies because they possess a powerhouse team of therapeutic properties which work synergistically to kick some serious pollen butt!
- Lemon essential oil may help thin mucus and promote drainage.
- Lavender essential oil may help reduce inflammation and relieve sinus pressure.
- Peppermint essential oil may help decongest and open up airways in order to breathe better.
Allergy Trio Master Blend
- 30 drops lemon essential oil
- 30 drops lavender essential oil
- 30 drops peppermint essential oil
Allergy Trio Plus Master Blend
- 25 drops lemon essential oil
- 25 drops lavender essential oil
- 25 drops peppermint essential oil
- 25 drops spike lavender essential oil
How to Use the Master Blends
- Place 2-3 drops in a diffuser and diffuse for 30 minutes at a time. Very effective!
- Place 1 drop in a steaming bowl of water, lean over the bowl with eyes closed and a towel over the head, breathe deeply. **It is very important to use caution and close the eyes prior to leaning over the bowl as peppermint contains a high amount of menthol which released into the steam could irritate the sensitive eyes.
- Place 10 drops on the wick of a personal inhaler and inhale deeply as needed. Great for on the go!
- Place 1 drop on the pad of a diffuser necklace and wear throughout the day. Also great for on the go, all day relief!
- Make a pre-diluted 10ml roller bottle using 6 drops and filling with carrier oil for a 3% dilution. Apply to chest, temples, or back of neck as needed. Great for targeted symptom relief!