Y’all, allergy season is no joke. The other day I washed on the way home from the gym, and by noon it was completely coated in pollen again. Bleh.
As much as I love the fresh spring air and all this greenery, it can take a big toll on our bodies. General allergy meds (nasal sprays, Claritin, etc) have never really worked for me, as they just sometimes allow me to breathe while still feeling like there’s an elephant sitting on my sinuses.
My first line of defense this time of year is to up my water intake. Dehydration never helped anyone feel their best. I also refuse to drink tap water, and either filter our water when I’m at home or fill my reusable containers with RO water when I’m at Whole Foods. (If you think I’m being dramatic, check out the Environmental Working Group’s Tap Water Database to find out exactly what’s in your tap water. Yuck.) Then I carry around my reusable gallon jug everyday and try to drink the whole thing! I also try to shower/rinse off every night before bed to get any lingering pollen off my skin and out of my eyes.
Besides water, my other line of defense is essential oils. This particular blend can help to relieve the inflammation and discomfort that comes with allergy season. Why this particular blend? Among other benefits, lavender is an antihistamine, peppermint is anti-inflammatory, and lemon boosts energy while soothing respiratory issues.* The combo of these three also helps to purify the air in your home. I’ve been diffusing this blend for an hour first thing in the morning and as I’m getting ready for bed, and I’ve been breathing easy all season. Did I mention it also smells hella good?
Essential Oil Allergy Blend
- 12 drops lavender oil
- 10 drops lemon oil
- 8 drops peppermint oil
- Diffuse the above ratios with distilled water in diffuser of your choice.
- Another option: Mix 2 drops each lavender, lemon, and peppermint oils with 1 tsp fractionated coconut oil. Rub on temples, under nose, and bottoms of feet morning and evening.
Whether diffusing (and therefore inhaling) oils or using them topically, I highly recommend the use of therapeutic-grade essential oils like Doterra. You can purchase all three of these oils from me here.
This lavender-lemon-peppermint combo is also a cleaning powerhouse. Check out this post for my non-toxic DIY cleaning products.