Aromatherapy, essential oils & potions

Taming the pollen beast with essential oils ~ aromatherapy tips for hay fever

Hay feverAre you enjoying this hot spell we are having in the Northern hemisphere at the moment?  Or are you suffering from the following symptoms?

  • Sneezing
  • Red, itchy, streaming eyes
  • Nose blocked one minute then running like an open tap the next
  • Annoyingly itchy throat and ears

I haven’t suffered from hay fever since I was young.  However, this year living in the middle of a wild flower meadow, I feel like I have returned to my childhood and have regularly had to head back indoors to lie down in a darkened room to escape.

Never mind, help is at hand in the form of my aromatherapy toolbox.

“Seriously?  Aromatherapy for hay fever?  Have you lost your mind?”

I know there are a lot of sceptics out there, but these ideas are definitely worth trying out to see if you can ease the symptoms.  Stick with it though, you may have to try a few out to find out what works best for you.

Try an inhalation

  • The International Federation of Aromatherapists (IFA) recommends adding the following blend to a bowl of steamy water and doing a steam inhalation for seven minutes twice a day: One drop each of Roman Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis), Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) & Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis) – It may take up to three days to notice a difference.
  • In her A to Z of Aromatherapy, Patricia Davis talks about the benefits of Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis) and Melissa (Melissa officinalis) to calm the body’s reaction to allergic stimuli and Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) and Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) to help relieve cold-like symptoms.
  • Salvatore Battaglia, in his Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, adds to the above list with the following oils to combat sneezing and a runny nose: Spike lavender (Lavandula spica), Ravensara (Ravensara aromatica) and Myrtle (Myrtus communis).

If an inhalation makes you feel worse, then sniff the oils from a hankie or tissue instead

  • Inhalations can sometimes make people feel worse, in which case sniffing the oil on a hankie or tissue throughout the day may help.  Just place a single drop of each oil chosen on a hankie or tissue and sniff when needed.

Book a massage (yes, really!)

  • Massage is a great way to get the oils into your bloodstream which may reduce the severity of the allergic response.
  • Massage also helps to reduce stress which, according to the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, is a factor in increasing the frequency of allergy flare-ups.

So if you are a fellow hay fever sufferer, why not give the above a try and see what works for you?  Do not do what I did a couple of days ago and spend the best part of the afternoon mowing the lawns ~ not to be recommended.  Next time I’ll be wearing a full face mask or fetching astronaught style bubble!

What about you?  Are you suffering from hay fever this year?  What are you doing to ease the symptoms?  Leave me a comment and let me know ♥

Celebrating Aromatherapy Awareness Week 9th-15th June

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