Reactions to tree pollen, grass, and mold happen when your immune system reacts to the foreign substances in the environment. If you have an over-reactive immune system to seasonal threats, your body produces an inflammatory response and you likely suffer from any or all of the following:
- runny nose
- itchy/watery eyes
- mouth/throat itchiness
- chest tightness
Traditional treatments for seasonal threats include avoiding the offending substance (try avoiding trees and grass in the spring), steroids that modify the immune system, and other medications like antihistamines and decongestants to treat the symptoms.
Using essential oils will naturally support your body’s immune system, respiratory system, detoxification system, and inflammatory response. Unlike pharmaceutical medications, essential oils are 100% natural and do not cause any side effects. Regular use of essential oils will help your body during times of seasonal threats and reduce any reactions you might have.
What Oils Are Best for Outdoor Seasonal Threats?
Peppermint is a well known and versatile essential oil. It helps to open up airways and discharge mucus. It’s top properties include:
Basil essential oil helps to reduce the inflammatory response and supports the adrenal glands. It’s top properties include:
Learn more about basil essential oil here
Rosemary essential oil also helps reduce the inflammatory response and supports clear breathing. It’s top properties include:
- thins mucus
- improves brain function
Lavender essential oil is all things calming. It acts as an anti-histamine and calms irritation. It’s top properties include:
- cytophylactic (stimulates regeneration of new cells)
Read more about lavender essential oil in this post, The Health Benefits of Lavender Essential Oil.
Learn even more about lavender essential oil here.
Lemon essential oil helps to decongest and reduce mucus. It is also helpful in overall detoxification and immune support. It’s top properties include:
Read more about lemon essential oil in this related post, Beginners Guide to Lemon Essential Oil.
Learn even more about lemon essential oil here.
How to Use Essential Oils to Help With Outdoor Seasonal Threats
Use any combination of the above oils in a diffuser to clean the air inside your home and support your body systems by inhalation.
A common blend is 2-3 drops each of lavender, lemon, and peppermint.
Use 2-3 drops each of rosemary and peppermint to support your body’s respiratory and immune systems to combat seasonal threats. This combination will also energize you and help clear brain fog that can be associated with seasonal threats.
Basil blends well with lime, peppermint, and bergamot. Pick your favorites and try any combination in your diffuser.
Rub lemon essential oil over your chest to help expel mucus and relieve congestion. Dilute with a carrier oil and avoid direct exposure to the sun for 12 hours.
Rub basil essential oil on the bottoms of your feet, back of your neck, or over your forehead to help with adrenal and mental fatigue associated with seasonal threats. Dilute with a carrier oil.
Rub rosemary essential oil over your chest to relieve respiratory conditions associated with seasonal threats. Rub under your nose or across your forehead to help with mental focus. Dilute with a carrier oil.
Rub peppermint essential oil under your nose or on the bottoms of your feet to alleviate reactions to seasonal threats.
Take a relaxing detox bath with Epsom Salts and essential oils. Add a few drops of any of the above essential oils to a cup of Epsom Salts. Dissolve in a hot bath. This will help you in so many ways:
- It will be relaxing and rejuvenating.
- The hot steam will help clear up your congestion.
- The Epsom Salts will help pull toxins out of your body which will improve your immune function.
- The essential oils will absorb into your skin, get into your cells and support your body in all the above-mentioned ways.
Only use pure essential oils from a trusted source when taking internally. Consider this when deciding on which essential oils to use.
Take a combination of lavender, lemon, and peppermint in a capsule or under your tongue. Learn more how taking this combination internally can help support your body systems during times of seasonal threats here.
Take peppermint essential oil in a capsule, or add a drop to a glass of water or tea to support your respiratory system during times of seasonal threats. If you’re a coffee drinker, you might be blown away by adding a drop of peppermint essential oil to your morning cup of joe. If you’re a tea drinker, try adding some raw honey and a drop of peppermint essential oil to your favorite tea. Fair warning– You might never want “plain” tea again.
If you love to be outdoors this time of year, but suffer from an overactive immune response to trees, grasses, and molds, try some natural approaches that will SUPPORT your body and bring it back into balance.
If you want to learn more about essential oils and how they can support your health all year long, get your free guide, Essential Oils for Beginners.
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