If you or someone you love is struggling with seasonal allergies, you know how disruptive it can be. It seems like it affects every area of your life!
The other day, in my VIP group, someone posted that she gets stuffed up at night and has started snoring. She’s not sure what’s going on, has tried oils to help with snoring, and nothing is working. The first thing that popped into my mind was ‘allergies.’
How is that possible, when she’s never suffered with allergies before? Well…..
Here are some facts about allergies that you may not be aware of:
– They can seemingly appear out of nowhere in adulthood
– Typically, allergies get worse as we age
– The biggest contributor to seasonal allergies is gut health
– Dairy often makes seasonal allergies worse as it affects the respiratory system and ‘clogs’ things up, making it harder to breathe.
Maybe you can relate to some of the problems that go hand in hand with seasonal allergies.
The dry, itchy, watery eyes are painful and embarrassing.
The lack of sleep due to an inability to breathe well makes you feel like you’re in a fog.
The over the counters make you feel all dried up inside, groggy, like you’re walking through wet cement.
The constant sneezing gets you dirty looks from everyone in the office.
Your nose is red and sore from continually blowing it.
The list goes on and on.
There are 3 solutions that every allergy sufferer should know about.
1 – Vitamin C
“A potent antioxidant, vitamin C protects your cells from damage, reduces the severity of allergic reactions and helps your body to fight infections. When taken during allergy season, vitamin C can slow down the overreaction of your body to environmental triggers by decreasing your body’s histamine production.” https://www.tryenerc.com/blogs/news/the-benefits-of-vitamin-c-for-seasonal-allergies
2 – Gut health matters
Working to improve the health of your gut is PARAMOUNT with allergies.
I’ve included a pdf here to get you started. I know that it seems odd but this is how it plays out in the body. Over the years, as we eat, drink, breathe in, and slather things on our skin, we create little holes in our gut wall. You may have heard of this referred to as ‘leaky gut’. Food particles and other substances are then able to get out into the bloodstream causing your system to throw up its hands, ready to do battle. Eventually, reactions get more severe as the toxic load builds up, and you start to react to everything. That’s allergies. Improving the health of your gut is the very best place to start. Download the pdf to get started. When you’re ready for more, you can book some time with me to really dig in and get to the bottom of it, once and for all. Together, we’ll come up with a simple plan that will work.
3 – Plant medicines may be your best bet
Certain essential oils possess antihistamine properties. These oils offer great relief when dealing with the symptoms of seasonal discomforts.
Lavender of course, is the swiss army knife of oils in this regard. Not only is it used to reduce the severity of seasonal discomforts, it can be used to relieve itching of a bug bite, to reduce the sting of a bee or wasp, and for skin reactions of any kind.
Peppermint is often a go-to when the respiratory system is in need of support as it allows for open airways and clear breathing.
Lemon can assist with the dry throat feeling that often accompanies seasonal discomforts.
These 3 together are a powerful one-two punch against the maddening effects of allergies such as watery, itchy eyes, the stuffed up feeling, and the feeling of being in a fog. Use them in a diffuser in the room with the person struggling to help with clear breathing and/or make a blend of the 3 oils to use topically.
This combination of oils is offered in a supplement form which is taken daily over allergy season for relief of symptoms. It costs less than traditional remedies, has no side effects, and it works. I can’t tell you the hundreds of people who have found relief for just about $1 per dose.
You can order it on your own doTERRA account or through me by following this link: If you are local to me, and would prefer curbside pickup, I’m well stocked at the moment.
Honourable mentions for essential oils in dealing with seasonal discomforts go to:
Tea Tree – due to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, Tea Tree is often recommended in a scent tent with hot water. Add a few drops of Tea Tree to a bowl of boiled water and hold your head over the bowl, covered in a towel. Breathe deeply for several minutes to clear the stuffed up feeling. Tea tree can also be used (diluted with carrier oil) across the sinuses to relieve pressure.
Eucalyptus – Used in the same way as Tea Tree, Eucalyptus is powerful in helping one to take a full, deep breath. It offers a cooling sensation, much like Peppermint does, and supports healthy airways.
Basil – yes Basil! Basil is a powerful decongestant that is popular with allergy sufferers everywhere. Use it diffused with your Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint for lasting relief.
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