A holistic approach to allergies.

Adapted from Young Living publications.

Raise your hand if you're allergy miserable right about now... runny nose, clogged sinuses, ear aches and itchy, watery eyes are the way you say hello to spring and summer every year. A lot of us here at Tyler Mason are right there with you - since more than 55% of people in the U.S. suffer from allergies.

There's no cure for allergies but there are several types of medications available - so much so that Americans are spending $8 billion treating their allergies every year. But what if we were to tell you that you don't need to spend hundreds of dollars on Claritin to make it through the season? That we might just have a magic little potion here that can wipe out your symptoms AND help treat the underlying issue?

Okay so we aren't actually using magic but we are staying away from costly medicines with gross side effects by substituting essential oils. We're all LOVING the natural alternatives we have access to here and we wanted to share the ways Young Living Essential Oils have been helping us.

What are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are Mother Nature's "I'm sorry about all the pollen" gift to the world. Revered for centuries for their restorative properties to the mind, body and spirit, pure essential oils are a key solution to the challenges facing modern lifestyles.

Essential oils are freshly cultivated and distilled from plants, shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, bushes and seeds. They contain oxygenated molecules that transport nutrients to the cells of the body. The positive benefits to the body are delivered by smelling the aroma of the oil, absorption into the skin and normal digestive processes. Cleansing, calming, stimulating, soothing essential oils bring balance to all systems of the body.

How Essential Oils Help With Allergies

Therapeutic-grade essential oils cans be used in numerous ways. Whether you use them topically, through inhalation or ingestion, the benefits of essential oils balance the major systems in our bodies. When allergy symptoms strike, whether it's due to seasonal or food allergies, essential oils effectively soothe and relieve even the most pesky symptoms.

Acting as a natural antihistamine, essential oils have been found to reduce swelling and inflammation caused by sensitivity to human skin. They also inhibit immediate-type allergic reactions and are effective regardless of method of use. Similarly, essential oils act as a quick relief for food allergies, relieving upset stomachs and other symptoms without any side effects.

Best Essential Oils for Allergies

Eucalyptus

Excellent for topical use, eucalyptus is cooling, refreshing and energizing. Many forms of eucalyptus are versatile enough for any method of use and are suitable for all ages. It has long been an ingredient obtained for health and wellness.

Tips for use:

-Topically: Rub one drop of eucalyptus to your cheeks, forehead and sinuses.

-Inhalation: Diffuse it in a cold air diffuser as often as needed.

-Direct Inhalation: Apply one drop to your palms and cup over your nose. Take 4-6 breaths as needed to ease symptoms.

Cinnamon

This natural antiseptic has been sought after for ages both as a valuable commodity and for its ability to improve wellness. Cinnamon may also promote a healthy cardiovascular system and enhance immune function.

Tips for use:

-Topically: Apply one drop to your cheeks, forehead, sinuses or chest as needed.

-Inhalation: Diffuse it in a cold air diffuser as often as needed.

-Direct Inhalation: Apply 1-2 drops to your palms and cup your nose. Inhale 4-6 deep breaths throughout the day to ease symptoms.

Lemon

This powerful antioxidant may be beneficial for the skin. Swelling, rashes, hives and more can be treated effectively with lemon. With a strong, purifying, citrus scent, lemon is also revitalizing and uplifting.

Tips for use:

-Topically: Apply one drop to affected area or to your cheeks, forehead and sinuses as needed.

-Inhalation: Diffuse it in a cold air diffuser for 15 minutes every two hours.

-Direct Inhalation: Apply 1-2 drops to your palms and cup your nose. Inhale 4-6 deep breaths throughout the day to ease symptoms.

Peppermint

Perfect for relief from many types of food allergies, peppermint is one of the oldest and most highly regarded herbs for soothing digestion and may also restore digestive efficiency. With a strong, clean, fresh, minty aroma, peppermint has also been known to enhance the flavor of food and water.

Tips for use:

-Topically: Apply one drop to your cheeks, forehead, sinuses or chest as needed.

-Inhalation: Diffuse oils in a cold air diffuser as often as needed.

-Direct Inhalation: Apply 1-2 drops to your palms and cup over your nose. Inhale 4-6 deep breaths throughout the day to ease symptoms.