Spring is a great season with warming temperatures and more sunny days. It’s also fascinating to notice blooming flowers everytime you go for a walk. But you can also see the cars parked outside covered with yellow pollen, and can smell the scent of pollen when you open the window. No wonder we have itchy eyes and can’t stop sneezing sometimes. In this blog, we would like to introduce the five essential oils that can help you calm hay fever symptoms and the effective ways of using the oils.
5 handy Essential Oils to ease hay fever symptoms
Eucalyptus - Eucalyptus Essential Oil is known to boost the immune system and be antiviral. The oil works for soothing a runny nose, sore throat and cough. If you suffer from a severe runny nose, place a drop of the oil on a cotton bud and set it at the entry of your nostril. (Please be careful and not let the bud touch your nostril.)
Peppermint - Peppermint Essential Oil has been shown that it can reduce inflammation. The oil is helpful for easing blocked noses and headaches.
Tea Tree - Tea Tree Oil is capable of boosting the immune system and is also recognised as an anti-inflammatory. As a result, the oil can aid you to prevent and relieve hay fever symptoms.
Lavender - Lavender Essential Oil has the ability to calm and reduce inflammation. It is also beneficial for relaxation.
Lemon - Because of hay fever, you may be feeling tired or finding it hard to focus on your work or studies. The Lemon Essential Oil’s uplifting and energising aroma aids in keeping awake and productivity. The oil can also help clear and ease your runny blocked nose.
Effective ways to soothe hay fever symptoms
Diffusing the essential oils is one of the effective and popular methods. We recommend 4-6 drops of essential oil per 100ml of water in your ultrasonic diffuser; however, this can be increased slightly depending on the individual’s needs and the size of your home or office. If you work from home and find it difficult to concentrate on your work, using Eucalyptus, Peppermint or Lemon is helpful for improving your focus level.
Using oil blends
You can create your own oil blends depending on your requirements and apply them topically to calm your symptoms.
For reducing congestion - Blend 20 drops of Eucalyptus with a carrier oil of your choice to make 10ml of blended oil. Apply several drops of blended oil on the sides of your nose or on your cheekbones or chest.
For maintaining focus level - Blend a drop of Eucalyptus and Peppermint with 10ml of a carrier oil such as Sweet Almond Oil or Jojoba Oil. Apply a few drops of the blended oil on your temple.
For easing headache - Blend a drop of Lavender and Peppermint with 10ml of a carrier oil such as Sweet Almond Oil or Jojoba Oil. Apply a few drops of the blended oil on your temple.
For preventing hay fever symptoms - Blend a drop of Lavender and Tea Tree with 10ml of a carrier oil such as Sweet Almond Oil or Jojoba Oil. Apply a few drops of the blended oil on your temple.
Using eye mask
If you have itchy eyes, you could make and use an eye mask. This will not only soothe the eyes but also bring you a great relaxation moment. Here is how to make an eye mask.
- Add a few drops of Lavender Essential Oil to a bowl of cold or warm water.
- Soak a face towel into the bowl and squeeze the towel to remove the excess water.
- Fold the towel and cover your closed eyes with it for several minutes.
We hope using the essential oils will help you ease your annoying hay fever symptoms and enjoy this fantastic season.
*Using essential oils may cause skin sensitivity. Always do a patch test prior to using. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medications or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician first. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. If you use essential oils made from citrus fruits, avoid sunlight or UV rays for up to 24 hours after applying the product.