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The Ultimate Guide to Allergies and Essential Oils

Allergies happen, and they’re not fun.

You’re not alone! 40-60 million Americans suffer from allergies every year.

Allergies affect everyone differently, ranging from mild sniffles to severe breathing issues and constant itching.

We’ve all been there: When it feels like your eyes just won’t stop watering, or you’ll never stop sneezing. Why even bother wearing makeup when you have to blow your nose every 30 seconds?

We’ve put together a definitive guide to allergies and essential oils to help you out!

These are our top 5 best essential oils for symptom relief:

Our team of Plant Therapy Certified Aromatherapists have nailed down the the top 5 essential oils that help ease symptoms associated with seasonal allergies:

Synergies to support overall respiratory health:

Another great option to help during this time are our 2 synergies created to help with seasonal pollen threats.

Adults can use both synergies, but Clear Again is not KidSafe and not recommended for children under the age of 10.

Use these synergies in a personal inhaler, in your favorite Plant Therapy aromatherapy diffuser, or a diffuser locket.

You can also apply Sneezy Stop to the chest or neck, when diluted at a 1-3% with your favorite carrier oil. And Clear Again when diluted at a 3-5% ratio. This method is great for night time, and lets the oil do it’s work while you sleep.

What’s an allergy, and what causes them?

Allergies are an abnormal reaction to an otherwise harmless substance, like animal dander, pollen, mold, or certain foods.  An allergy sufferer’s immune system identifies these things as being bad for the body, even when they’re not.

Allergy symptoms are different for everyone,  ranging from minor irritation (sniffles and itching) to anaphylaxis — a potentially life-threatening emergency (in other words, really, really bad news). While most allergies have no true “cure,” there are ways to ease the symptoms associated with them.


How can essential oils help minimize the effects of this seasonal threat?

Essential oils are super concentrated, aromatic liquids extracted from different parts of plant known to help ease symptoms associated with many different issues. Essential oils are also an excellent choice to help ease symptoms associated with allergies, plus they’re a safe (and all-natural) option.

Used for both healing and aromatic benefits, essential oils can help ease symptoms associated with seasonal allergies.


Ways to utilize essential oils to support respiratory relief include:


There are several ways these Essential Oils can help:

Get on-the-go relief: Personal inhalers are great little tools that you can keep in your pocket or purse. They can go almost anywhere with you, and last for 3-4 months once you’ve mixed them. Perfect for pollen season!

Here’s how to mix your Essential Oils for a personal inhaler:

  1. You’ll need empty personal inhalers, with cotton wicks. Place the wicks in a small glass bowl.
  2. Add 6-8 drops of one of the top five essential oils listed above.
  3. Gently roll the wick through the oil, making sure it is all gets absorbed.
  4. Place the wick into the inhaler and snap the end cap into place.

Get relief at home: Try using one of the top five essential oils listed above in your diffuser at home. 6-8 drops diffused for about 60 minutes will not only make you whole house smell great, but also gives you relief from the respiratory discomfort.

All of the above essential oils are also KidSafe! Which means your whole household benefits, not just the grown-ups.

Get instant relief with a face steam: Use one drop of Fir Needle in a very warm (not boiling!) bowl of water. Position your head over the bowl and cover with a towel for 5 minutes, keeping your eyes closed.

Breath deeply, and let the aroma of Fir Needle penetrate into your lungs.

TIP: Don’t use this technique with small children, and take care to avoid burning yourself with the warm water.



39 thoughts on “The Ultimate Guide to Allergies and Essential Oils”

  • I have really bad allergies in the spring when tree pollen, specifically oak pollen, is in the air. It gets worse every year! I’m going to try one of the essential oils in an inhaler this spring and see if that helps.

  • What would be a good combination to help with nasal congestion from allergies? My 5 yr old son always has a stuffy nose. It’s been real bad the past few weeks. I diffuse sniffle stopper at night and do roll it on during the day but it doesnt seem to hel . I just got eucalyptus dives to try with spearmint. I guess I need something that’s going to help calm down the inflammation in his nasal passages.

  • Ordering sneezy stop for my husband’s allergies, fingers crossed! I’ve seen German Chamomile recommended elsewhere for allergies, but you list Roman Chamomile – how do they compare for allergies?

  • Thanks for all the wonderful allergy tips! What’s the best option for diffusing for adults with itchy watery eyes?

  • Love this blog post! My two all time faves for seasonal allergies is Sneezy Stop and Fragonia. They both help me soooo much!!

  • Thank you for this very timely blog contribution. I am seriously considering Sneezy Stop for my seasonal allergies, watery, itchy eyes, sneezing !, scratchy throat……UGH! Hoping it helps!

  • Thank you for the information on the face steam. I had not thought of this but will definitely use it!!

  • This was very helpful because I am suffering terribly. I will begin trying Hess tonsee which one works best for me. Thank you

  • I have fir needle from the Christmas grab bag, I will have to see if that helps with our allergies this year.

  • would like to ask some questions. I am planning to buy oils and diffused it to relief my allergic rhinitis, which I have experiencing for a long time already. And it is my first time to use and diffuse the oil. I was actually planning to buy Peppermint, Lavander and lemon. However I am not sure if this is safe to my 12yo and my 2yo daughters if they smell it at home. Or should buy the Sniffle stopper instead even I was the one who has an allergy to it will be safe from them.Any thoughts or suggestions about this? Thanks for your help.

    1. Nina, we encourage you to make the choice that you feel is best for your family! We absolutely don’t want you to feel uncomfortable with any oils. We want you to feel 100% confident in the oils you are using, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team of aromatherapists at [email protected] to discuss your particular concerns one-on-one 🙂

  • I am considering getting Sneezy Stop with my next purchase, to get prepared in time for my spring allergies. But my symptoms don’t include much of sneezing and “watering”, rather scratchy throat, eyes and low capacity on breathing. Will this blend help me?

    1. Ana, Sneezy Stop and our similar blend, Clear Again, may both help you with the respiratory symptoms and help you with better breathing.

  • I’m so happy I found Rosalina on this list because I was having a hard time figuring out which oils to use for my terrible allergies. I seem to actually be allergic to Fir Needle and am also weary of Spruce. I just made an inhaler using Rosalina, Helichrysum, and Lavender, and at least on this first go it helped me!

  • when my eyes start itching/watering there’s no stopping. I always have my hands in my eyes. Any oils you recommend?

    1. I know this is an older comment, but if you happen to see this, rose hydrosol spritzed on your face can help quite a bit with allergy eyes for many of us.

  • I’m always on the hunt for what will work with our allergy struggling house and I’ve slowly collected most of these kidsafe oils. So far Rosalina is my favorite, we use it for so much more than just allergies! And I tend to use fir needle frequently but forget about Blue Tansy and Chamomile Roman. I’ll have to try those the next time allergies strike! Thanks for the great info! I plan on using my new inhalers this upcoming season as well!

    1. We’re so happy to hear that Cassie! Thank you for sharing. Hopefully others will be able to benefit from this awesome feedback.

  • Great post! I suffer every spring and fall so these suggestions are wonderful, thank you. And since I only have 1 of these oils, I guess I need to start shopping!

  • Are diffuser necklaces and bracelets generally not recommended for children? I know a choking hazard is a concern for a necklace, but is the concern beyond that?

    1. They can be useful for older children, however, I would avoid them with younger children who may touch them, put them in their mouths, etc.

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