Natural alternatives for hay fever - Essential oils
I've been a fan of essential oils for a while now because as a trained nutritionist I am totally convinced about the powerful healing power of plants.
But you know what it's like, life gets busy and so it's only recently that I've actually carved out some time to research them a little more. I'm kicking myself that I didn't do it sooner.
Oh and a disclaimer first...I'm not talking about the cheap oils for £5 that you find on shop shelves. To see results and to really FEEL the benefits of oils we need to use products that are completely pure and carefully made without heat or damage.
I've recently found DoTERRA oils and I am becoming a big fan, not just because of the quality of the oils but also because of the care they take with people; paying a good wage to poor country growers and producers and in fact going even further, making sure those communities have the basics of water, education etc so that everyone benefits from these oils.
Cheap oils are cheap for a reason. They only have to contain 30% essential oil to be able to label them a 100% oil. I personally would not dream of swallowing any oil but DoTERRAs oils because I'm confident that they are 100% oil and not alcohol, solvents and
I admit I'm still a novice where this beautiful oils are concerned but here's what I've learned so far.
For relieving hay fever symptoms a combination of lemon, lavender and peppermint essential oils is a great natural winning combination.
Lemon: may help with cleansing the body’s systems and is frequently used for respiratory discomfort.
Lavender: traditionally used for its calming and balancing effects.
Peppermint: may help with promoting clear breathing and healthy respiratory function.
Ways to use these oils
1. Add two drops of each oil to eight ounces of water and drink.
2. DoTERRA TriEase capsules is a combination of these three oils. Take 1-2 capsules a day as needed.
3. Inhale the combination by adding the drops to a diffuser.
4. Add the drops to a carrier oil (such as fractionated coconut oil) and rub a small amount onto your chest.
I personally do not suffer with hay fever but I have heard really positive reports from others who've used this combination so may be worth a try.
In addition, another oil blend that is worth a try is DoTERRA Breathe which is a blend of Laurel Leaf, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Melaleuca, Lemon, Cardamom, Ravintsara, and Ravensara.
DoTERRA Breathe may help maintain feelings of clear airways and easy breathing while minimizing the effects of seasonal threats.
Ways to use Breathe
1. Apply 1-2 drops directly to the chest, back, or bottom of feet or mix in a carrier oil first if you have sensitive skin.
2. Apply a drop onto your palm and inhale from your cupped hands.
3. Adding three or four drops in a diffuser at bedtime may help calm the senses and promote a restful sleep.
As with all essential oils, always avoid any contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.
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