Herbs and Essential Oils for Seasonal Allergies

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Above: Purple deadnettle can be utilized for allergies.  This common yard “weed” can be found in abundance from spring to summer.

Does the copious amount of pollen flowing through the air have you sneezing and wheezing?  Let me share a few of my favorite allergy remedies with you!

Each winter feels like the longest winter of my lifetime as I wait in anticipation for the arrival of spring.  As soon as things begin to glow with a deeper green, you will find me outdoors exploring the farm.  However, in recent years, I have noticed that my body doesn’t tolerate the outdoors as much as it used to…

As new plants are breaking the surface and awakening from their winter nap, trees are producing pollen.  For some unfortunate people, this pollen is the cause of seasonal allergies.  Pollen is such a fine powder that it can easily enter our airways.  When our immune system senses this invader, it will defend the body and produce an immune response to deal with it.  Some people are just more sensitive to pollen than others.  I would say that I am somewhere in the middle.  I spend a lot of time outdoors and only experience minor to moderate allergies.  My sister wasn’t as lucky, as she has experienced severe allergies since she was very young.  Over the years, I have created a few remedies to help deal with seasonal allergies.  Both my sister and I can attest to their effectiveness.

Purple Deadnettle

Purple deadnettle is an invasive yard weed that pops up in early spring.  It is pictured above.  It is often confused with henbit, but when you see the two side-by-side, you will see differences that can help you make a positive identification.  For what it’s worth, henbit is edible as well.

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Above: As you can see, although henbit and deadnettle have similar flowers, the leaves are very different.  Both are members of the mint family and have square stems.

The great thing about purple deadnettle is that it contains flavanoids that may help suppress a histamine response.  Pollen causes this response in the body because the body is overreacting to its presence.  If one can suppress these overactive histamines, they will experience less of an allergic reaction.

Some classic examples of a histamine response to pollen include sneezing, a runny nose, eye crust, and watery eyes.

You can utilize purple deadnettle by collecting the aerial parts and chopping them up.  Fill a glass canning jar with your plant material and then cover it completely with a solvent such as (at least 80 proof) alcohol, apple cider vinegar, or vegetable glycerin.  If you are using vegetable glycerin, add a little water as well.  Place the lid on the jar and sit it in a cool, dark place for at least one month.  Shake this daily to help infuse the therapeutic properties of the plants into the liquid.  Strain everything out when the month is up and store your tincture in a cool dark place. We take 5 ml doses up to twice daily as needed for allergies.

Stinging Nettle

This common plant grows all over and you can usually find it from July to September.  If you touch it without gloves, you are likely to get a rash, as its hairs have irritating chemicals.  Stinging nettle has been used to treat a variety of conditions ranging from arthritis to bladder issues.

This plant is also great for treating allergies. Like deadnettle, it can also reduce histamine released by the body.  The reduced histamine can result in less inflammation, as well as a reduction in allergy symptoms.

Harvest it with gloves to protect your hands.  Dry the leaves for use in broths, tea, and tinctures.  Bonus: The leaves are incredibly nutritious!

Tea Tree Essential Oil

This useful essential oil is one of my favorites, and for good reason. Not only have we used this to eliminate everything from ringworm to sinus infections, we have also used it successfully for allergies.

Tea tree essential oil can be diffused to gently help clear the nasal passages.  It is amazing at killing harmful bacteria and fungus in the body.  Its expectorant properties help the body to get rid of all the gunk clogging up the airways.  Tea tree essential oil also contains anti-inflammatory properties, and might help to control the inflammatory response set off by histamines.  It makes a great essential oil for allergy relief due to these attributes.

Diffuse a few drops of tea tree or put a drop or two in an aromatherapy inhaler during allergy season to help clear your airways and aid the body in the removal of mucus.

Lavender Essential Oil

What’s not to love about lavender?  It is great for healing skin irritation and burns in addition to calming the body and mind.  Like tea tree, lavender has been shown to reduce inflammation.  It has even been studied for its ability to prevent allergic inflammation and the enlargement of mucus cells.  Read more here: Lavender Allergy Study

Diffuse a few drops of lavender or add a drop or two to your aromatherapy inhaler to benefit from this versatile oil.

Antihistamine Rescue Roller Blend

You can also combine both lavender and tea tree for maximum allergy relief!  Below is a recipe from my latest book, “Aromatherapy and Essential Oils for Healing.”  It details how to blend my Antihistamine Rescue Roller Remedy:

Using pipettes, Add five drops each of lavender and tea tree essential oils to around two teaspoons of a carrier oil in a 10ml roller bottle.  Add these through a small funnel to avoid wasting any oils.  Place the roller and cap back on the bottle and give it a little shake to blend the oils together thoroughly.

One way we like to use this is to dab a little on our wrists and bring them up to our face to inhale. Take a few deep breaths to help open up your airways.  This blend is also an effective remedy for rashes and skin irritations.

For more amazing and healing remedies (120 to be exact), preorder my book, “Aromatherapy and Essential Oils for Healing” today! Aromatherapy and Essential Oils for Healing: 120 Remedies to Restore Mind, Body, and Spirit

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My first book, “Organic Aromatherapy and Essential Oils: The Modern Guide to All-Natural Health and Wellness” is available on Amazon as well.  It contains 150 effective remedies you can create with essential oils.  If you haven’t already, check it out!  Organic Aromatherapy and Essential Oils: The Modern Guide to All-Natural Health and Wellness

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If you are interested in learning more about herbs and essential oils to treat a variety of issues, enroll in The Bitter Herb Academy.  We currently offer four different courses depending on your interests: The Bitter Herb Academy

Blessings,

Amber Robinson, RH(AHG)

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