Spring is a beautiful season but it is a tough time for some of you as allergens are back in the air. Let us have a look at what is hay fever relief.
The symptoms of hay fever are very similar to cold symptoms. They are: runny nose, sneezing, tearing eyes. It happens when a particular allergen, group of pollens of certain grasses and spores of some fungi, is floating in the air. Hay fever is a form of allergy affecting the lining of the nose, and often the eyes and throat too.
What actually happens in the body
The rise of allergic diseases and disorders has continued in the last 50 years. Allergic rhinitis (the medical term for hay fever) develops when the body’s immune system becomes sensitised and overreacts.
An allergen is a harmless substance that tricks the immune system — making it think that the allergen is an invader. The immune system then produces Immunoglobulin E antibodies. These antibodies travel to cells which release histamine and other chemicals, causing the allergic reaction.
The most common causes of an allergic reaction include:
• Insect stings
• Animal dander
These allergens will trigger symptoms in
• the nose
• lining of the stomach
• the skin.
Behind the increase in allergies is inflammation, the root of most diseases. The body responds to an allergen because the immune system is overactive and out of balance (already impaired by food and environmental toxins). When the body is already dealing with inflammation, any allergen triggers an increased reaction.
What can we do
Thankfully, a natural and safe way to treat the symptoms of allergies and boost our immune systems is to use essential oils. These natural essences have the ability to support the body to overcome hypersensitivity.
Essential oils are capable to fight inflammation and support immune system.
They can help to detoxify the body and fight infections, bacteria, parasites, micro-organisms and harmful toxins.
They reduce the body’s susceptibility to outside sources and reduce the overreaction of the immune system when it is faced with a harmless intruder.
Some essential oils work to relieve respiratory conditions and increase the elimination of toxins.
Essential oils to fight allergies
Peppermint essential oil as expectorant, antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory may unclog the sinuses and relieve irritated throats, relax the nasal muscles, enabling the body to clear out mucus and allergens like pollen.
Eucalyptus essential oil as respiratory, mucolytic and expectorant (decongestant) opens up the lungs and sinuses, improves circulation and reduces the symptoms of allergies, helps to cleanse the body of toxins and harmful micro-organisms (allergens).
Lemon essential oil as antiseptic supports lymphatic drainage, inhibits the growth of bacteria and boosts the immune system.
Tea tree essential oil as antiseptic and anti-inflammatory can alleviate allergies by suppressing histamine release and cytokine production; destroy airborne pathogens that cause allergies.
Basil essential oil reduces the inflammatory response of allergens, helps to detoxify the body of bacteria and viruses, while fighting inflammation.
Various essential oils help with the symptoms, such as lavender and eucalyptus to reduce the sneezing and runny nose and chamomile – allergies in general. To provide some effective relieve it is better to try different oils.
Effective way to use essential oils is
The essential oils to relieve the condition like hay fever possess the properties of
expectorant (eucalyptus and rosemary)
anti-inflammatory (chamomile German, tea tree
anti-allergenic (lavender, chamomile German)
anti-microbial (tea tree)
restorative (frankincense, cedarwood)
Our tips to combat hay fever
Diffuse five drops of peppermint, eucalyptus or any of the above mentioned essential oils. Dilute 1-2 drops of basil oil in a spoon of a carrier oil and apply topically to the chest, back of neck and temples.
To clear the nasal passages and relieve congestion, pour a cup of boiling water into a bowl and add 1 drop of eucalyptus essential oil. Then place a towel over your head and inhale deeply for 5–10 minutes.
Add lemon oil (10 dr) to your laundry detergent.
Disinfect your home with AromaSense room sprays; this will eliminate triggers and cleanse the space.
Use our hay fever relief inhaler which contains the essential oils of
This sums up what is hay fever and what to do about, if you have any questions just pop them in the comment box below.
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