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TOP 4 ESSENTIAL OILS FOR ALLERGY RELIEF THIS SPRING

Spring is a wonderful time that many look forward to during the depths of winter. For those who suffer seasonal allergies however, this time of year represents unending days of flaring symptoms. The changing weather in spring is especially bad for allergies because thawing temperatures trigger the release of mold and pollen into the atmosphere. Even though allergy symptoms can be uncomfortable, the fact that they aren’t infectious in nature means that minor allergies can be treated using a variety of methods. Essential oils for instance are effective in providing relief from discomfort caused by airborne allergens.

What are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are concentrated, naturally-occurring, chemical compounds which are extracted in their purest form from plants. Concentration is an integral characteristic of essential oils because this is what makes them curative. The dense molecules in essential oils change quickly from a solid to gaseous state at room temperature, which gives them strong fragrance. This is also what makes these oils beneficial for therapies that require aromatic dispersion, topical application or ingestion. Essential oils particularly fight allergy symptoms by neutralizing inflammation and supplementing detoxification which is routinely performed by the immune system. Essential oils are thus an organic way to both tackle allergy symptoms and bolster the immune system against infection. There are a plethora of choices to pick from when it comes to essential oils, but here are four trending alternatives this season:

1. Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender essential oil has a sweet floral aroma. It also contains anti-inflammatory and anti-histamine properties which help treat skin conditions and alleviate respiratory allergies.

Usage:
Lavender oil is usually applied topically. It can be applied by:
· Diluting 1-2 drops into a carrier oil such as everyday fragrance-free moisturizer, and applied directly onto desired areas of the skin.
· Directly massaging 1-2 drops onto temples, wrists, or the forehead.
Lavender essential oil has a very strong aroma so test it sparingly before use to determine if its scent causes any discomfort.

2. Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint essential oil has a strong, minty, aroma. It also contains expectorant, muscle relaxant, and anti-inflammatory properties which help reduce sinus irritation, release phlegm, and relieve coughing by inhibiting tracheal muscle spasms.

Usage:
Peppermint oil is usually applied topically or consumed orally. It can be applied by:
· Open-air inhalation of up to 5 drops.
· Direct ingestion of 1-2 drops.
· Diluting 1-2 drops into a glass of water or a suitable beverage.
· Diluting 1-2 drops into a carrier oil which has a neutral or compatible fragrance.
Peppermint essential oil has a very strong aroma so before inhaling or ingesting it, test it sparingly with limited open-air exposure to determine if its fragrance causes any discomfort.

3. Lemon Essential Oil
Lemon essential oil has a tropical citrus aroma. It contains antiseptic properties which inhibit the growth of bacteria, stimulate immune system functions, and eliminate airborne allergy triggers.

Usage:
Lemon oil is usually applied orally or combined with other solutions to create unique detergents. It can be applied by:
· Diluting 1-2 drops into a glass of water or a suitable beverage.
· Diluting up to 5 drops per quart of water used to wipe away soaps or cleaning solutions.
Lemon essential oil has a subtle but persistent aroma which most people associate with freshness.

4. Tea Tree Essential Oil
Tea tree oil has a rustic, arboreal aroma. It contains antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties which destroy pathogens and actively neutralize irritation caused by bacteria, yeasts, and fungi.

Usage:
Tea Tree oil is usually applied topically. It can be applied by:
· Dissolving 2-3 drops onto a clean cotton-ball and swabbing affected areas of the skin.
· Diluting 1-2 drops into a few ounces of a carrier oil which has a neutral or compatible fragrance, dissolving this solution into a cotton-ball, and swabbing affected areas of the skin with this mixture.
Tea tree essential oil is especially effective against skin irritations because of its antiseptic qualities. It is one of the oldest and most popular topical essential oils.

When used as directed, essential oils shouldn’t cause any reactions or complications. However, if you happen to be particularly prone to allergies, always exercise caution before consuming any unknown substances. Do not exceed recommended dosages and do not ingest essential oils without guidance from a medical professional.

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