Hello allergy season!

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Hello Spring! And, hello allergy season! The birds are chirping and flowers are blooming but unfortunately for some of us, the itchy eyes and sneezing just won’t quit. My son suffers from allergies more than the rest of our family and a couple of weeks ago he was trying to remember what it felt like to breath out of more than one nostril. I am so thankful for essential oils for times like this. I made him a roller bottle with a mix of several different essential oils and after applying it regularly for a couple of days, he no longer had to blow his nose every 5 minutes. Here are the top three of my favorite essential oils to use during allergy season and why I like them:

Lavender oil

Lavender oil is one of my favorite oils because of its versatility. Along with being anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory, it is also a natural antihistamine. It helps to open nasal passages while also providing relief from coughing and sneezing. I use Lavender oil daily – in my moisturizer, on scrapes and burns, in my insect repellent, to calm nerves… the list goes on and on but it’s a definite must have during allergy season.

Peppermint oil

This invigorating scent can immediately unclog the sinuses and offer relief to scratchy throats. Peppermint provides relief for allergies, but you can use it well beyond allergy season, too. It’s great at fighting colds, coughs, sinusitis, asthma, and bronchitis. In fact, one study found that peppermint oil is a relaxant and actually inhibits the contractions that cause you to cough. Diffusing peppermint oil can help relax the nasal muscles, enabling the body to clear out mucus and allergens like pollen.

Lemon oil

Lemon oil supports lymphatic system drainage to overcome respiratory conditions. It inhibits the growth of bacteria and boosts the immune system, which helps to address the root cause of allergies. When diffused, lemon oil can kill bacteria and eliminate allergy triggers in the air.

Please note that not all essential oils are created equally. Always use pure, high-quality oils that do not have added synthetics, contaminants, or cheap fillers.

- Amy Snow