Spring is the time when nasal allergies and hay fever are at their worst. Airborne allergens such as pollen, dust mites, pet dander and mold cause the allergy sufferer’s immune system to work overtime and to produce too much histamine. Histamine is what triggers the body’s immune system to respond, causing veins to constrict and capillaries to expand. Aromatherapy oils can be very useful in treating allergies and can act as natural anti-histamine. The best oils to use have expectorant, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and immune stimulating properties.
Suggested oils for allergy relief are as follows: eucalyptus, lavender, peppermint, rosemary and tea tree. Any combination of these oils can be used in inhalation, massage and bathing treatments. For inhalation add a few drops to a bowl of steaming water – add a towel over the head and inhale deeply. To massage add 10 drops of essential oil to 1 oz. of carrier oil. This same combination of essential and carrier oil can be used to soak in a warm tub for 20 minutes.
Just as we clean our houses in the spring some thought to cleansing the body should also be considered. Through the food we eat to the products we use to the pollutants in the air, our bodies are bombarded with toxins on a daily basis. An abundance of
toxins results in lymphatic system congestion. Your lymphatic system drains excess liquid from your body tissue into your bloodstream. The excess liquid travels to lymph nodes where it is cleansed of toxins and other waste products before being sent back into the bloodstream.
Essential oils can assist in lymphatic drainage by accelerating lymph circulation and stimulating the circulatory system. Suggested oils for detox are as follows: cypress, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, juniper, palmarosa and rosemary. Massage and bathing in the oils will speed your detox process. By eating foods that help with detoxifying, adding some exercise to your daily routine and incorporating essential oils, you will be cleansed of toxins in no time.
Find organic essential oils from Aromatica at Jade Boutique.