Living here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest has many advantages. The gorgeous landscape, having mountains, coastal areas, lakes, and rivers all at your fingertips, a large variety of organic produce, access to some of the freshest fish, I mean really, I could go on and on. But, with that said, and after living in a handful of other places, I have come to realize that no place is perfect.
One of the drawbacks that comes with living in my region is the fact that a large majority of people suffer from seasonal allergies. Our bountiful trees along with a variety of lush landscape not only bring beauty, but they also bring us pollen. Our pollen count can increase as early as February and can linger on as late as September as we transition from tree pollen, to grass pollen, to weed pollen. This problem leads many people to stock up on over the counter allergy medicines in search of relief. And while this option is helpful, it can be a costly remedy and many of those medications come with side effects.
So what is a person to do? Suffer for months with itchy, watery eyes and constant sneezing attacks. Absolutely not. I have some suggestions using essential oils and raw, local honey that can bring tremendous relief in a natural way.
There are three standout essential oils to consider for dealing with allergies. They are Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint. The three of them combined can create a powerful antihistamine. Together, they aid in bringing down the inflammation that occurs when our bodies suffer from an allergic response.
Not only does lemon serve as a natural antihistamine, it helps relieve excessive mucus and eases inflammation associated with our body's allergic response.
Lavender has many great properties. It has a pleasant smell, a nice calming affect, and several medicinal uses. One being it is great for treating allergy symptoms as it contains anti-inflammatory properties as well as being a natural antihistamine.
Peppermint oil is another one of those oils with a multitude if uses. Its strong and invigorating scent is known to open your airways and ease your congestion which leads to easier breathing. It soothes, cools, relieves pain, and is a natural antihistamine.
How To Use:
Perhaps you can see the similarities among these three oils which make them an obvious trio for combating most allergies. You have a few options when it comes to administering these oils.
1. If you have high quality oils, you can place 1-2 drops of each oil in a shot glass with some water. Gargle the oils and water mixture for a couple of minutes, then swallow.
2. You can place the oils in a vegetable capsule and swallow the capsule.
3. Mix all 3 oils with a tablespoon of raw, local honey and swallow for immediate relief.
4. For rashes or itchy skin caused by an allergic reaction, mix all 3 oils with a carrier oil of equal amount, such as fractionated coconut oil or jojoba oil. For example, combine one teaspoon of oils with one teaspoon of carrier oil. Rub the mixture on your skin to soothe.
There is one more oil that can be used in conjunction with lemon, lavender, and peppermint. And while the other 3 are powerful as a trio, copaiba adds a boost to their healing properties. Copaiba is known as a magnifying oil because when mixed with the other oils, it helps magnify the other oils' benefits. Copaiba is known for its anti-inflammatory properties as well as it's amazing respiratory benefits. So how do you work copaiba into the mix? It's easy. Simply add copaiba with the other oils with the same amount. For example if you are following the directions for method 1, simply add 1-2 drops of copaiba oil with the other oils and water.
There is one more method of application for combining these four oils. It requires using one of these roller bottles. Here's what you will do:
- *20 drops Lemon
- *20 drops Lavender
- *20 drops Peppermint
- *20 drops Copaiba
- *fill the rest of the bottle with a carrier oil such as Jojoba or Fractionated Coconut Oil
Once you have made your concoction, you can rub the bottoms of your feet or base of your neck with it for relief of allergy symptoms.
Raw, Local Honey:
So you probably noticed that method #3 requires using raw, local honey. Why is raw important? Raw honey still contains the living enzymes needed to protect your body from a histamine overdose. Our body can react negatively when normal levels of histamine in food have decreased activity level of histamine degrading enzymes.
Local honey is important as well as the honey is harvested in your area containing the same plants, grasses, and trees blooming in your area. You also want to select honey that was harvested in the same season in which you suffer from allergies. If you are a spring allergy sufferer, you will want to get honey that was harvested in the spring. Raw honey also contains traces of pollen which is quite beneficial in treating our bodies allergic response. Some people ingest pollen on its own. If you decide to go that route, start with a small amount as some people can have adverse reactions. One thing to keep in mind when combining raw, local honey to your seasonal allergy remedy is that honey is really only beneficial for those suffering from allergies triggered by pollen. Wessels and My Local Honey are two brands I recommend if you live in the Portland Metro area. If you are not in my region, some quick research online should point you in the right direction.
Whichever method works best for you, the key is consistency. Don't wait until you are miserably suffering. Get ahead of the game and fight the inflammation before it starts, or before it gets out of control. Another natural remedy that works really well is turmeric. If you have not yet read my post on the Health Benefits of Turmeric, check it out!