With the seasons changing, I always get lots of questions about essential oils and how to use them. We have been avid Young Living essential oil users for the past four years, and throughout that time, I have familiarized myself with the different ways to use them and what to use them for. I started out with a Premium Starter Kit from Young Living which includes a diffuser (that we use daily) and 11 “everyday” essential oils. These “everyday” oils are oils that you can use numerous ways for different reasons. You can read all about that HERE. From there, I signed up for Essential Rewards and I maintain a monthly order of oils from Young Living. I always restock on oils that we have run out of and try a few new oils and blends so I can learn more about different oils. This has helped me learn what I know over the years, along with my Reference Guide book which is like the Bible of essential oils. You can look up an oil by name and it will tell you the origin, what to use it for and how to use it, OR you can look up an aliment like “fever” and it will tell you what oils to use for it, WHY to use it, and then how to use the oils. I really love the knowledge that I have learned throughout this process, and every day, my upline shares something new. It continues to be a constant learning experience for me.
Learning about essential oils has helped me and my family not use over the counter or prescribed medications in four years. Our children have never taken a Motrin or Tylenol because we can use essential oils to treat the same symptoms and don’t have to worry about any side effects from the chemicals in the drugs. This spring, the pollen has had us all messed up with runny noses, sinus pressure, coughs, scratchy throats – pretty much the whole nine yards. While we love the beautiful flowers it’s producing, we needed some relief for this issue. I’ve found five different essential oils to use separately and together to help get everyone some relief!
- Lavender – This oil works as a natural antihistamine and possesses strong anti-inflammatory properties to treat and relief most allergic reactions. It works great to treat skin rashes and headaches, and not only will it ease your allergic reaction, it has a calming and relaxing effect on body and mind, and smells great. All of this is much appreciated when you have littles. We apply diluted lavender to them all the time for the calming effect.
How to use: (I ALWAYS dilute oils before applying) apply it topically to your cheeks, forehead, and sinuses as needed to soothe allergic reactions or headaches. You can diffuse it every two hours and you can also inhale it directly from the bottle by taking 4-6 deep breaths.
- Peppermint – This oil has a strong, fresh, and minty aroma that works wonders to treat allergic reaction, especially those that cause respiratory or digestive issues. It has pain-relieving, soothing, cooling, and anti-inflammatory properties. It helps to open the airways, improves breathing and eases congestion.
How to use: Apply 1 drop of peppermint to the base of your neck twice a day or apply 1 drop of peppermint oil around your nostrils for relief with sinus pressure. To make a chest rub, dilute 2 to 3 drops in a carrier oil of your liking and massage your chest for a few minutes to find relief. Diffuse peppermint essential oil according to the direction of your diffuser throughout the day or night to ease allergic discomforts. Another way to clear sinus congestion is by pouring boiling water in a bowl and adding a few drops of peppermint oil. Drape a towel over your head and breathe in the steam. Combines well with eucalyptus or rosemary oils
- Lemon – Lemon essential oil works as a natural antihistamine, relieves excess mucus, and cools down the inflammation which is the result of an allergic reaction. Lemon works best in combination with lavender and peppermint. (I’ll list the combos below and how to use it)
- Eucalyptus – this oil supports the respiratory system and is well known to ease seasonal allergies and asthma attacks. Eucalyptus is most effective when applied topically or when used as a steam inhalation. You can apply onto your neck, chest, or bottom of your feet making your own “vick’s vapor rub” or pour boiling water in a bowl and add a few drops of eucalyptus oil. Drape a towel over your head and breathe in the steam.
Allergy Trio: Lemon, Peppermint, and Lavender – combing these three essential oils is the best way to tackle most allergic reactions. Combined, they work as one of the most powerful antihistamines to bring down inflammation and other discomforts caused by your body’s allergic response. Here’s how to use them to find instant relieve:
•Add a few drops of each oil in equal ratio to a carrier oil such as jojoba, coconut, or sweet almond to soothe skin rashes or itchy skin caused by allergic reactions.
•Use as a rub: mix a few drops of each oil in equal ratio and rub onto feet, chest, cheeks, or forehead. Dilute in a carrier oil when you have a sensitive skin.
•Diffuse the essential oil blend in an aromatherapy diffuser throughout the day or night to ease allergic discomforts.
Please send me an email if you want to get started with essential oils and want to purchase! I am here to help share my knowledge with you and start you on your oily journey and/or help you along once you’re on it! Essential oils have changed mine and my families lives and I know that they will do the same with you!