Summer is well underway - the flowers have bloomed, trees are lush with leaves, dog owners are herding their canine companions atop every inch of grass sprouting in your neighborhood. We love summer. But while summer brings us warmth, flourishing fields, and dry, walkable sidewalks, it’s also the season most heavily attributed to spurring a barrage of allergy irritants. Pollen is fluttering from flowers to the tip of your nose and all kinds of hungry bugs are out a-buzzin’. Of course, modern medicine helps us combat everyday allergy ills (watery eyes, stuffy sinuses), but within the yoga practice of healing our minds and bodies au naturale, we love having the option of natural remedies to aid us on the road to physical, mental, and spiritual wellness.
Essential oils are a great candidate for soothing summer allergy stresses that also boast an array of various healthful benefits. When in their purest forms, four essential oils in particular - peppermint, lavender, tea tree, and eucalyptus - all aid in the soothing of multiple allergy symptoms without the introduction of chemicals or unnatural additives often accompanying drugstore remedies. Essential oils can also work in tandem! Mixing oils in a diffuser or with a carrier oil (such as coconut oil) combines benefits as well as gives you the creative freedom to concoct your own olfactory-satisfying blend to suit or soothe your every mood. With information provided by Natural Living Ideas, we delve into the specific properties and benefits of these four essentials oils below:
“Peppermint oil is an expectorant which can provide immediate relief for those struggling with congestion by aiding in clearing phlegm. For those struggling with allergies, asthma, or bronchitis, this oil will minimize inflammation while promoting the feeling of easy breathing through open airways.
This oil can be applied topically or diffused. You can add to a cool water compress when feverish or overheated; or when you feel fatigued and low on energy, diffuse or apply topically as a pick-me-up and to encourage alertness. Mix peppermint with lavender and a carrier oil for a soothing massage that will ease headaches.”
“Lavender is a natural antihistamine and anti-inflammatory. This oil is a prime option for treating yourself while in the middle of an allergic reaction. Use topically to soothe and calm skin irritations such as insect bites or hives. (Note – For those who often struggle with skin reactions, store fabric sheets, soaked in lavender water, in airtight containers for on-the-go relief.) Diffuse lavender to reduce inflammation in bronchial tubes.
Another great benefit of lavender is that its soothing properties will also work to help relaxation. Diffuse it before bedtime to encourage a more restful sleep. Throughout the day, you can use lavender in lotions, bath salts, lip balms, and more.”
“Tea tree oil is an inexpensive oil. While a beneficial addition to your allergy prevention and treatment shelf, there are more restrictions with this essential oil. Tea tree oil should never be ingested; it is a topical remedy only. You should also avoid using tea tree oil along with lavender oil on boys who have not yet reached puberty. This may cause abnormal hormone effects.
Because this is a topical use oil, most benefits are in relation to skin irritation. Tea tree oil reduces the redness and the circumference of an allergic reaction. Adding the oil to hair conditioner will not only kill and repel lice and their eggs, but it will also kill mites found on eyelashes and in beards that can cause allergic irritations and rashes. It is also suggested that adding tea tree oil to body wash can soothe irritations from bed bugs."
“Some people refer to eucalyptus as a “cool oil.” It is widely recommended to dilute eucalyptus before inhaling or applying topically. Mix it with peppermint and coconut oil for a homemade vapor rub. Eucalyptus is a natural degreaser. While this is obviously helpful for mechanics, it is also a great option for clearing mucus. Dilute it with water, mix with sea salt, and gargle to clear your throat.
Eucalyptus is also an anti-microbial. That means that it inhibits the growth of microorganisms. Clean your hands on-the-go with homemade antibacterial soap. Add a couple drops to your dryer or vacuum to freshen and sanitize them. You could add a couple drops to most any household item, laundry detergent, toilet cleaner, mop water, all-purpose cleaner, and more. To battle mold in your home, mix eucalyptus with clove and tea tree oil and diffuse to cleanse the air in your home. The same mix will remove unwanted odors. Mixing eucalyptus with lavender, tea tree oil and a carrier oil creates a healing ointment for burns, bites, or stings. The natural pain reliever will also protect the area from getting infected.”
Now, of course, we’re all raring to stock our shelves with essential oils to cleanse our minds and support our bodies, but where do we get them? At Sanctuary Yoga & Mindfulness, we highly recommend Young Living essential oils - and not only can you purchase them at our studio, but you can test them as well! We carry a wide range of single oils as well as blends that cover all the mind / body bases. Sanctuary Yoga and Mindfulness supports the vision of Young Living "to bring the life-changing benefits of essential oils to every home, family, and lifestyle". Young Living delivers the highest quality therapeutic grade oils through their Seed to Seal® program. The three pillars of this meticulous approach—Sourcing, Science, and Standards—allow them to deliver pure, authentic essential oils and essential oil-infused products that you and your family can use with full peace of mind. The oils diffused in Sanctuary are always from Young Living. If you would like to learn more about the Young Living difference and try their essential oils yourself, stop by or contact the studio at (215)-964-9323 to speak to Dr. Jeremy, our oil expert, or to purchase visit:
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