Friday, March 9, 2012

Aromatherapy/Botanicals Tip of the Week


It’s getting to be about that time again—allergy season. While I am fortunate enough not to have allergies, I know many people who do and I feel for them. Luckily, I came across quite a few ways to utilize the benefits of aromatherapy to relieve common allergy symptoms.

One of the most common symptoms with allergies is inflammation of the nasal passages. Because German chamomile acts as an anti-inflammatory, it can be beneficial when used in a massage oil blend (simply add 10 drops to 1 ounce of tour favorite carrier oil). Other oils that are particularly helpful in relieving symptoms of hay fever include eucalyptus, myrtle, lavender, peppermint, rosemary, thyme, and tea tree.

Another common complaint during allergy season are asthma flare-ups. To help open up your airways, oils such as rose, frankincense, and clary sage can be beneficial. Try adding a few drops of the oils to a hot bath or create a homemade facial steam using 1 drop of oil per cup of water.

Note: It is particularly important that anyone with allergies or asthma use caution when trying a new essential oil blend. You should always do a quick sniff test to gauge how your body reacts to each oil before using them. 

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