Yes, it’s time again to behold the beauty of spring. While the sight of bright green leaves ready to unfurl can awaken the heart and excite the mind, the suggestion of pollens in the air can cause stress to the allergy prone.
Aromatherapy is a safe and effective way to take the edge off of the body’s hyper reaction to the plants in bloom around us. Using essential oils by simply smelling them out of the bottle or mixed in a diffuser will provide the body will an aromatic stream of botanical chemistry that can be used to soothe the mind and relax the body. Here are two blends that may be helpful to the allergy sufferer in the house, and certainly pleasurable to everyone else, sneezers and breathers alike.
For Daytime Use –
This stimulating blend will liquefy mucous and soothe tension. With its anti-allergenic and anti-inflammatory action, one can expect relief from sneezing, wheezing and headaches. There is also the added bonus of an anti-fungal action here, from the lemongrass, that can really help to clean the air.
2 drops peppermint
4 drops rosemary
6 drops lemongrass
For Night time Use –
Often times people think they are congested when in fact they are swollen. The anti inflammatory effect of the frankincense in this blend can do wonders for relieving the pressure in the sinuses and help to relax the whole being. Useful day or night, this blend will not interfere with a good night’s sleep.
2 drops eucalyptus
4 drops lavender
6 drops frankincense
Diluted in a good quality carrier oil can make these diffuser blends useful as a rub, either on dry or in the shower or bath. And you could try sitting with a towel over head, while the oils evaporate from a bowl of steaming water.
Try the above proportions in 15 ml (a tablespoon) of coconut oil. If you are new to aromatherapy, test a small patch on the skin first, for safety and comfort. Never use essential oils undiluted on the skin, they are highly concentrated and more effective in dilution. And always always always keep them well out of reach of children.
Every year in May, the phone at Hollow Reed starts to ring with questions of allergy relief. Of course, one must take responsibility to reduce the amount of mucous in the body by eliminating mucous forming foods such as dairy and gluten. However, many people need to make an extra effort to stay on top of the environmental impositions to their human form.
I am always excited to share with people the benefits of adaptogens, such as Chaga Mushroom. In assisting the natural inclination to adaptation, we can support our bodies while they go about their business in a world beyond our control.
We can also get great relief and pleasure from taking a few cups of Hollow Reed’s Nettle Nourishment Tea several times a day when the lovely trees and flowers of concern are in bloom. Nettle is a natural anti-histamine, and the nourishing quality of this tea adds strength and support to get through the weeks ahead.
Nancy Hall III is co-owner and operator of the Hollow Reed Holistic Centre. She is available for private consultations, and to teach at house parties and wellness events.