There has never been a worst time to suffer from seasonal allergies (seasonal allergic rhinitis). I don’t just mean that it’s awful to suffer from blocked sinuses, sneezing, itchy eyes and all the other delights that come with it. Don’t get me wrong that is terrible, but more so are the dodgy looks you get if you even sniffle given the state of the world right now. We are starting to return to society after our suggested home staycation and people are a little uneasy. I feel your discomfort and I’m right there with you!
My favourite 3 are Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint. The trio are a tri-factor of awesomeness. Choose to make a roller with equal amounts that you can use on your sinuses and anywhere else you fancy on your body or diffuse to cleanse your home air. Try 3 drops of each.
My personal choice is the Triease capsules, which are non-carrageenan soft gels with these 3 oils in. Cool fact – because a lot of people worry about carrageenan, doTERRA removed it from their products but first they had to create new technologies to be able to create a soft gel without it.
Lemon is known for its cleansing properties both in our home but also in our body and can help with respiratory discomfort. Lavender is a natural antihistamine and has amazing calming and relaxing properties. Finally we have Peppermint which really helps the feeling of open airways and promoting clear breathing. It also helps with a healthy respiratory function.
Breathe/Easy Air is a proprietary blend that I find is also helpful and comforting because it supports respiration and clear breathing. It is great for topical use and aromatic use, both from the bottle and in your diffuser.
Another tip I have found super helpful if you are suffering with your sinuses is to try doing a neti pot twice a day or at least a few times a week. If you have never heard of these little gems, not to worry I’ll explain. It’s a little ceramic pot that you add cooled boiled water to with iodide free salt. You can also use distilled or sterile water. A neti pot is used for cleaning out the nasal cavity and helps remove excess mucus and irritants such as pollen. It’s super helpful when you have allergies or colds. Getting the amount of salt right is important so follow the guidelines on your pot because it can feel uncomfortable if you have too little or too much salt. Also have the water warm rather than cold or hot. It takes a little bit of getting used to but once you have the hang of it you will feel the differences quickly.
You might also consider during this time of seasonal challenges, reducing your dairy intake. Dairy is known to cause excess mucus in the body which can make seasonal allergies more challenging. There are so many alternatives these days that it doesn’t need to feel difficult. I decided for my health to completely remove dairy from my diet. It not only helped my allergies but I noticed how much stronger my immune system was. I encourage you to choose what is right for you though.