It’s that time of the year again in the southern hemisphere where the sun is coming out and flowers are beginning to bloom. Although spring is a season of rejuvenation and warmth, it can be a nightmare for up to 10% of the world’s population who are affected by allergic rhinitis, otherwise known as hay fever. In Australia alone it affects 1 in 5 people and is particularly prevalent in people who suffer from asthma. Pollen from trees, grass and weeds is spread through the wind, birds and bees, which can cause allergic rhinitis. Classic symptoms involve a runny nose, itchy, watery eyes and scratchy throats which typically leads to poor sleep quality.
Some people have turned to essential oils in order to relieve the frustrating symptoms of hay fever, and notably they use peppermint oil, lemon oil, eucalyptus oil and lavender oil.
Peppermint oil: Assists in clearing nasal congestion and can help treat headaches.
Lavender oil: A part from providing a soothing effect, lavender serves as a natural anti-inflammatory and anti-histamine to reduce symptoms of hay fever.
Lemon oil: Helps strengthen the immune system and reduces respiratory conditions. Also drains the lymphatic system and may inhibit the growth of bacteria.
Eucalyptus and Tea Tree oil: Clears sinuses and airways to assist in relieving respiratory conditions. Tea tree oil can overcome airborne pathogens that are the cause of allergies, and it also contains antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.
The best way to achieve relief from hay fever is using these oils in conjunction with an aroma diffuser, otherwise known as diffusing the oil. Have it diffusing during the day in the living room and at night in the bedroom to provide around-the-clock relief. It will guarantee a better night’s sleep for sure!