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Seasonal Pollen Relief

By: Christina Smith, Certified Aromatherapist

It’s pollen season! Be sure to check out parts One, Two, and Three of our informative pollen series.  Dealing with the stuffy nose, watery eyes and scratchy throat related to the seasonal bother is just about the last thing that anyone wants. Using over-the-counter medication is an option but usually comes with a hefty list of side effects. Some of those include drowsiness, dizziness, constipation, upset stomach, blurred vision or dryness of mouth and throat.

Seasonal Relief of Allergies And Antihistamines
Graphic courtesy of Compound Interest (graphic created by Andy Bruning for Chemical and Engineering News)

Why do seasonal allergies affect you?  An allergen (usually pollen) triggers an inflammatory response in the mucus membranes of the eyes and nose. This typically results in sneezing, itchy and water eyes, inflammation of nasal passages, and increased mucus production. Between 10 and 25% of the population are affected by seasonal allergies.

Many essential oils provide relieving and soothing properties. These oils include German Chamomile, Fir Needle, Geranium Bourbon, Helichrysum Italicum, Lavender, Palmarosa, Blue Tansy and Tea Tree. The oils listed are all safe for use with children, which is great if you have kids and want to diffuse them in your home. The soothing properties of these oils suggest they would be useful for the misery that can be caused by inhaling too much pollen. Oils can provide support to the respiratory system by reducing swelling and open nasal passages. A few can even reduce congestion due to expectorant properties. Here are a few ways you can deal with your pollen misery in a more natural way, with fewer side effects.

For use throughout your home:

Try using Clear Again or KidSafe Sneezy Stop in your diffuser. 6-8 drops diffused for about 60 minutes will provide your entire household with not only a pleasant scent but also the helpful benefits that are present in this synergy blend.

On-the-go relief:

Personal inhalers are great little tools that you can keep in your pocket or purse. They go almost anywhere and last for 3-4 months once you’ve made them. After that, they only need to be refreshed with a few additional drops. Perfect for pollen season! To make a personal inhaler, you need the following supplies:

Empty Personal inhalers, with cotton wicks

A selection of essential oils: Helichrysum Italicum, German Chamomile, Fir Needle, Palmarosa, Blue Tansy, and Lavender.

For your first inhaler:

1. Place the wick in a small glass dish

2. Drop 3 drops Helichrysum, 3 Drops German Chamomile and 8 drops of Fir Needle onto it.

3. Gently roll wick through the oil, absorbing it all.

4. Place the wick into the inhaler and snap the end cap into place.

For the second inhaler, repeat steps 1-4 above with this recipe:

4 drops Blue Tansy, 6 drops Palmarosa, and 5 drops Lavender.

To use; twist the cap off and inhale deeply. Use as often as needed to reduce symptoms.   With these suggestions, you’ll hopefully find relief from your pollen induced symptoms and be able to get out and enjoy the change of seasons!

 

30 thoughts on “Seasonal Pollen Relief”

  1. Is there a different oil for the palmarosa that I could use? I don’t have that one but would like to get the immunity help it gives.

        1. Ana, in this blend, Palmarosa is used to support seasonal relief, much like Blue Tansy and Lavender. It can help add an extra punch to the symptoms you are trying to combat. Additionally, it is viewed as being helpful in uplifting emotions, which can be very helpful when pollen has you feeling uncomfortable.

  2. I wish I would’ve had this info yesterday. Fall allergies came early this year and for me started on Tuesday. Well Wednesday, I had to be with my daughter as she had surgery to remove her gallbladder so I had to suffer through the sneezing, coughing, runny nose and watery eyes. Yesterday I mixed a personal inhaler with 5 drops each of eucalyptus, rosemary and tea tree. It worked great! Completely opened up my sinuses, helped with the runny nose, sneezing and coughing.

  3. I am sure impressed with how well this works. I borrowed my daughter’s inhaler of sneezy stop today to help with my own allergies, and I can breathe so much better.

  4. Allergies…my daughter has allergies but it’s not your typical, seasonal ones. She Just gets the sneezes, a lot. And of course comes the running nose after the sneezing. She doesn’t get congested and after eliminating any and all possible factors that could be triggering her sneezing fits, she still has them. So my question is, should I just try the kid safe sneezing blend or should I try this? Or do you have some other combination I could try? I don’t want the daily medicines they want her to take cuz she stays a zombie or stays sleepy. Just want to try something different. She is 8. Thank you.

    1. I would make a personal inhaler with Sneezy Stop & allow her to sniff that a few times, as needed, when those sneezing fits happen. 🙂

  5. Hi, I’m curious about what properties the Palmarosa gives in the allergy blend. I love Palmarosa. It smells beautiful.

  6. I have Allergy Aid and have been diffusing it. It’s made a huge difference! Could I make an inhaler just using Allergy Aid? How many drops would you suggest?

  7. This says to diffuse the one for the whole family. Is is safe to diffuse with an infant in the house? I think both my daughters (3 years and 3 months) have my allergy issues and I’m looking for something that could help us all. I’m totally new to all of the oil stuff – still trying to figure out my first order.

    1. If you choose to use this in the diffuser in your home, do so while your infant is napping or asleep for the night. Otherwise, personal inhalers make a great choice for households with younger kids. This keeps the scent personal and won’t affect others!

  8. you already answered some of my questions, but I find that the allergy question is still confusing me. I’ve heard that blue tansy and helichrysum and chamomile are all related to ragweed, which I’m allergic to. So if I’m allergic to both fir and ragweed, does that limit me to lavender, palmarosa and eucalyptus? or is it worth trying the helichrysum and/or blue tansy anyway?

      1. Thanks, I did try spot tests and they somewhat surprisingly turned out negative. The funny thing is that I assumed they were reacting because they were really itching, and then I finally realized that I was reacting to the band aids, but the oils were fine!

  9. How long do the oils last in the inhaler? Does the wick need to have oils added to it later or thrown out at some point?

    1. The oils usually last between 2-4 weeks. If you are using the same blend of oils you can reuse the wicks. I would use them about 4 different times and then probably throw them out. So one wick should last you a few months.

    1. If you wanted a roll-on version, this recipe would be too many oils for 10 ml of FCO. Inhalation is really an under-rated method of use. Especially for allergies! You’re best bet is to make an inhaler.

    1. I wanted to create two different inhalers. The same oils don’t always work the same for everyone. Hopefully this reaches a wider audience and can be helpful to more people! 🙂 You can certainly use them in rotation if you want!

    1. If you are allergic to fir, you can leave it out! You can also substitute eucalyptus, if it’s for adult use. I would use only 5 or 6 drops eucalyptus.

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