With Spring nearly over and summer arriving next month, anyone that isn’t already suffering from hay fever surely will be soon. Hay fever is a common condition that affects many million of people around the world.
Symptoms of hay fever include:
A runny or blocked nose
Sneezing and coughing
Itchy, red or watery eyes
Itchy throat, mouth, nose and ears
Aching around your temples and forehead
If you have asthma, you might also experience:
A tight feeling in your chest
Shortness of breath
Wheezing and coughing
Hay fever will last for weeks or months, unlike a cold, which usually goes away after 1 to 2 weeks.
Things you can do to help ease symptoms:
Apply Vaseline around your nostrils to trap pollen
Wear wraparound sunglasses to stop pollen getting into your eyes
Shower and change your clothes after you have been outside to wash pollen off
Stay indoors whenever possible
Keep windows and doors shut as much as possible
Vacuum regularly and dust with a damp cloth
Buy a pollen filter for your car
Purchase an air purifier
Things to avoid:
Do not cut or walk on grass
Do not spend too much time outside
Do not dry clothes outside – they can catch pollen
If you let your pets outside try to limit the time they spend as they can carry pollen indoors with them
Besides the tips above and over counter remedies that are readily available what else can you do to try and ease your suffering? My answer to this is Essential oils.
These can be used as a stand alone solution or in conjunction with other forms of medication. Essential oils are extracts from plants and can be used in a variety of ways.
Popular ways to use essential oils include: inhalation, diffusion, topical use (applying the oils to your skin) and you can also ingest certain oils. All of which will be discussed below.
The oils listed will be used in each different type of application. The only variation will be the quantity of oil used and how they are carried and applied.
-A carrier oil of some sort, example: coconut oil
-Optional: frankincense oil
Rollerball you will need:
-The oils listed above
-10 ml Rollerball vial
To create the perfect Hay fever blend for your rollerball you should mix 15 drops of each oil and fill the rest of the roller with the carrier oil (I always use coconut oil)
Apply topically to:
-On the bottom of your feet
-Along your spine
-On your chest and or forehead
Not only do the oils help clear your sinuses, but also make your skin feel great as well!
1.25 ounces of Beeswax
8 drops of Lavender oil
8 drops of Lemon oil
8 drops of Peppermint oil
4 tbsp of carrier oil example: coconut oil
Optional: 6 drops of frankincense oil
A suitable glass container to store the wax
Heat up the wax until fully melted over a Bain marie. If you do not own one you can simply add the wax to glass jar which is placed in a pan of water and then heated on the stove. After all the pastilles have melted, stir in your carrier oil. Once mixed together, remove the pan from the heat and add the essential oils while continuing to stir well. Slowly pour into your container/s leaving a small gap at the top of the jar. Leave to rest at room temperature to cool (This should take 1-2 hours depending on the size of the container)
Apply balm topically as described in above rollerball recipe.
If you own a diffuser you can add 2-3 drops of oil to water and inhale the mist.
If you do not own a diffuser you can use 1-2 drops of each oil in a bowl of hot water, cover your head with a towel and inhale.
Add 2 drops of each oil to a veggie capsule and swallow with water once a day when you wake up.
Caution: Lemon is a citrus oil and causes photo-toxicity, exposure to sun will be intensified and could lead to burns. Don’t expose yourself to sunlight for 12 hours while using.