Allergies are a leading cause of chronic illness throughout the world. According to the World Health Organization, asthma, which has links to allergies, affects approximately 235 million people. Unfortunately, there are no cures for allergies, but essential oils can provide a way to manage symptoms. In fact, concentrated aromatic liquids have been used for centuries therapeutically. Here we’ll explore how you can use essential oils to relieve the symptoms of your seasonal allergies or skin allergies.

Immune system and Essential Oils

Good immunity works like a shield and this day and age is a live example of how the tiniest alien element can be the most lethal threat to mankind. The only way to protect ourselves is by leading a healthy lifestyle and include good practices and treatments to protect and improve the immune system. It is fairly easy to maintain strong immunity but challenging to treat once compromised. This is why it is important to emphasise the importance of the immune system each day so that its significance is not ultimately felt during sickness.

Strong immunity keeps the body protected from the attack of viruses, parasites, fungus, and bacteria. You could be blessed with good metabolism, but not with a strong immune system. Good immunity requires to be built, boosted, and maintained. Otherwise, you are susceptible to catch viral and infections as your body would work slowly to make antibodies.

Including essential oils in your routine is among the best things to do to strengthen your immunity as they are natural extracts of herbs and flowers. Other medicinal supplements although good, are not as effective as the organic essentials. Immunity gets affected by things we consume, whether we ingest or inhale. The same way essential oils can be used every day to boost your immune system by spraying them in the air to purify it.

Why using essential oils can be effective for my immune system?

Although there are several ways in protecting your immune system, including essential oil in your daily routine would deem the simplest yet the most effective. Apart from using it for personal benefits, essential oils can be used to cleanse and purify the air around you for added protection. Toxicity in the air triggers most of the health ailments and viral diseases which, in turn, messes with the immune system.The cleansing properties of essential oils help eliminate the risks that could result in respiratory or immunity problems. The benefits do not limit here.

The immune-boosting properties of essential oils benefit the immunity system by ingesting it. It is a lot more than just a pleasant aroma. The curative properties of essential oils are what makes these organic elixirs ideal for boosting immunity. The purest essential oils are free from harmful chemicals and toxins that make them safe for use.

Best essential oils to help support your immune system

Eucalyptus

A therapeutic anecdote such as the eucalyptus essential oil includes antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antifungal properties that aids in clearing mucus, decongesting sinuses, treating painful coughs, and fighting infections. This pungent oil keeps the respiratory tract clean and soothes irritated throats. Also, it helps in restoring the body’s natural vigour.

Lemon

The key to strong immunity is a good dose of vitamin C and what better than a potent extract of a powerful immunity booster like lemon. Lemon essential oil is popularly known to kill bacteria and detoxify the body and therefore plays a significant role in the realms of the immunity system. Apart from the uplifted mood, this citrusy elixir helps you keep your home safe from air-borne toxins and boosts immunity by killing germs and stimulating lymphatic drainage. Antispasmodic, and anti-inflammatory in nature, lemon oil aids in digestion and relieves muscle spasms.

Thyme

Apart from being a culinary staple ingredient, thyme is known for its medicinal properties. It’s about thyme you know the antibacterial properties of this effective herb. Incorporating thyme essential oil in routine helps boost and stimulate the immune system and fight infections thanks to its antiviral, analgesic, antibacterial, antiseptic, and antifungal properties. Thyme oil is packed with copper, iron, fibre, manganese, vitamin C and A also helps in curing acute bronchitis, cold, and painful coughs.

Frankincense

Most aromatherapies for good immunity include frankincense essential oil as their key component. This potent oil acts at the cellular level to boost immunity. It combats diseases and pathogens by helping the body generate more white blood cells. Along with that, the antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties of frankincense oil help the body combat skin problems.

Rosemary

The key to stronger immune is the body’s resistance to diseases and illness. To boost the body’s ability to fight bacteria and other toxic agents you can diffuse rosemary essential oil for aromatherapy or use it for topical application as a massage oil. It not only helps supports immunity but also instantly relieve stubborn headaches and congestion.

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Allergic Reaction to Essential Oils

Essential oils are safe for consumption, inhalation, and application then why would one get an allergic reaction to them? It’s the same way people become allergic to organic supplies and other natural products. Sensitivity to certain items is natural and depend on a person’s ability to withstand environmental allergies; some could have a mild reaction while for others it could get severe. It is important to know that the severity of your allergic reaction solely depends on how your body reacts to herbs, flowers, and other plants. Another major factor that contributes to allergic reactions depends on the potency of the essential oil.

Essential oils, although free from risks and side effects, can cause allergic reactions to those if not used correctly. These potent natural extracts are used in several holistic health treatments that alleviate many health disorders. Therefore, allergic reactions are mostly associated with incorrect usage or personal preference or health condition.

Why you might have an allergy to some essential oils?

Allergies are quite common and reactions occur when an allergen, which is in most cases harmless, triggers the immune system. It mostly affects the skin, lungs, sinuses, nose, throat, and ears.

  • It could be contact dermatitis which is a visibly red rash that develops on the skin surface due to topical application of a substance. It could happen because of skin hypersensitivity. In case of dermatitis due to essential oil, it may not have been diluted properly in a carrier oil.
  • Nasal allergies can or flare-ups happen due to plant-based environment allergens or even due to asthma symptoms. Essential oils with strong odour can cause a nasal allergic reaction if you have a history of congestion or nasal symptoms.
  • Eye irritations are common reactions to accidentally dropping essential oil in your eyes or rubbing your eyes after handling them. This could cause burning sensation, redness, and irritation in the eyes. Splashing cold water in the eyes and seeking medical advice should be done as first aid.
  • If you are suffering from nut allergy then read the label carefully before using it as most blends contain tree nut, coconut, argan, and grapeseed oils. By doing this, you prevent allergic reactions.

The best way to reduce allergic reactions due to essential oils is by storing them away from sunlight and diluting them in fractioned coconut oil and not overusing especially if there are traces of sensitivity towards a strong aroma. Refrain from using essential oil if you notice a change in colour, smell, and texture.

Best oils for sensitive skin

Neroli Touch

An important part of the beauty secrets across the world, Neroli Touch is a non-irritating, non-toxic oil that is perfectly safe for sensitive skin. It acts as a moisturizer for dry skin and helps in lightening scars and marks, and soothe skin irritation and related conditions such as eczema or psoriasis. Enriched with anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, rejuvenating, antiseptic, regenerating properties, neroli oil is ideal for dry and oily skin to keep bright, baby soft, and hydrated.

Roman Chamomile

A natural anti-inflammatory agent, Roman Chamomile is used to promote glowing, dewy skin sans blemishes and acne. It works as a natural remedy for hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone, and dark spots. Rich in antiseptic components and antioxidants, chamomile oil works perfectly in neutralising skin allergens, free radicals and irritants. A few drops of it in daily tea or your massage oil would rather aid your health.

Rose Touch 

The most used ingredient in beauty products to soothe, hydrate, and nourish the skin, rose helps firm the skin and fade redness and scars. Popular for its use as an anti-inflammatory A few rolls of Rose Touch for the skin will keep it nourished, radiant, and protected from irritants. Rose oil is also believed to be an organic substitute for hyaluronic acid that helps combat ageing signs and sun damage.

Clary Sage

Reclaim your healthy glow with the anti-inflammatory properties of Clary Sage. It helps in toning and firming the skin while being gentle on it. Essentially effective for sensitive skin, it contains a powerful compound called linalyl acetate that reduces inflammation and heals the epidermis. It aids in the natural production of sebum production and exhibits a cooling property that helps calm irritated skin. It is safe for aromatherapies and can be used topically and cosmetically.

Frankincense

Deemed as the ceremonial staple in spiritual communities, traditional medication, holistic treatments, and new-age beauty regimes, frankincense essential oil is the liquid gold that has been used since ancient times. It is the natural choice for radiant, flawless, and glowing skin that is also protected from allergens and irritants. Frankincense oil is often preferred for facial steams and massages due to its mild and gentle essence.

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