Top 5 Essential Oils for Allergy Relief



Top 5 Essential Oils for Allergy Relief



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:

  • sneezing
  • congestion
  • runny nose
  • itchy/watery eyes
  • mouth/throat itchiness
  • wheezing
  • coughing
  • chest tightness

Traditional treatments for seasonal allergies 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.

Traditional treatments have a long list of unwanted side affects.  The good new is Mother Nature has provided us with many natural remedies to combat allergies.  One of those natural, plant based remedies is essential oils.  Keep reading to discover how you can use essential oils for allergy relief.

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.

Learn more about the immune system here and the respiratory system here.

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A healthy immune system is your best defense against allergies.  Learn how naturally boost your immune system in this free Ultimate Guide to Natural Immunity.


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What Essential Oils Are Best for Seasonal Allergies?


Peppermint is a well known and versatile essential oil.  It helps to open up airways and discharge mucus. It’s top properties include:

  • anti-inflammatory
  • analgesic
  • antispasmodic
  • warming
  • invigorating
  • cooling
  • expectorant
  • vasoconstrictor
  • stimulating

Learn more in this post The Ultimate Guide to Peppermint Essential Oil .


Basil essential oil helps to reduce the inflammatory response and supports the adrenal glands.  It’s top properties include:

  • stimulant
  • neurotonic
  • steroidal
  • regenerative
  • antispasmodic
  • anti-inflammatory
  • antibacterial
  • digestive


rosemary essential oil


Rosemary essential oil also helps reduce the inflammatory response and supports clear breathing.  It’s top properties include:

  • analgesic
  • thins mucus
  • improves brain function
  • stimulant

Learn more about rosemary essential oil in this post The Ultimate Guide to Rosemary Essential Oil


Lavender essential oil is all things calming.  It acts as an anti-histamine and calms irritation.  It’s top properties include:

  • sedative
  • astringent
  • antihistamine
  • cytophylactic (stimulates regeneration of new cells)
  • antispasmodic
  • antidepressant
  • analgesic
  • hypotensive
  • nervine
  • relaxing
  • soothing
  • antibacterial
  • regenerative
  • cardiotonic

Read more about lavender essential oil in this post, The Health Benefits of Lavender Essential Oil.


Lemon essential oil helps to decongest and reduce mucus.  It is also helpful in overall detoxification and immune support.  It’s top properties include:

  • antiseptic
  • diuretic
  • antioxidant
  • antibacterial
  • detoxification
  • disinfectant
  • mucolytic
  • astringent
  • degreaser

Read more about lemon essential oil in this related post, Beginners Guide to Lemon Essential Oil.


diffuse essential oils for allergy relief


How to Use Essential Oils for Allergy Relief

Diffuse Essential Oils for Allergy Relief

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 allergies.

Basil blends well with lime, peppermint, and bergamot.  Pick your favorites and try any combination in your diffuser.

Get diffuser blend inspiration in this free ebook.


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Use Essential Oils Topically for Allergy Relief

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 allergies.  Dilute with a carrier oil.

Rub rosemary essential oil over your chest to relieve respiratory symptoms associated with allergies.  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 for allergy relief.

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.

Use Essential Oils Internally for Allergy Relief

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 when suffering from allergy symptoms.  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.

Learn more about the internal use of essential oils in this free book, Internal Use of Essential Oils

Where to Buy Essential Oils for Allergies and Other Home Remedies

Essential oils are becoming a trusted household staple for many families.  Because they’re becoming so popular, they are showing up everywhere, even in gas stations.  Because they’re natural substances they’re not regulated by the FDA or other regulatory agencies.  So, buyer beware!

It’s critically important for you to do some research to find the most pure and potent essential oils on the market.  Many essential oils found in grocery stores, big box stores and even online are adulterated.  That means they could be diluted and filled up with synthetic fillers.  They might still smell nice, but they will not have therapeutic properties.

If you’ve tried essential oils in the past and haven’t been happy with your results, you might want to look further into the brand you’re using.

I personally made all the mistakes and bought essential oils from lots of different places before I learned where to get the purest oils with the most therapeutic benefits.  I chose doTerra.  I provide links in my posts to doTerra products because they provide great value.  When you click on one of the links, you will learn more about the product and be offered buying options.  This is a great option if you want to test out an oil or product.  But if you’re serious about using essential oils and want to learn more about the doTerra difference, let’s schedule a time to talk.  A certified health coach and doTerra wellness advocate can help you find the best oils for your unique needs for the most affordable prices.

Essential Oils for Allergies References

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.



“I believe that for every illness or ailment known to man, that God has a plant out here that will heal it. We just need to keep discovering the properties for natural healing.”
Vannoy Gentles Fite, Essential Oils for Healing: Over 400 All-Natural Recipes for Everyday Ailments


References for this article:

The Essential Life

For a plethora of research studies on essential oils and seasonal threats, check out this PubMed search.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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  1. Andrea McCoy on May 16, 2019 at 12:58 am

    I love your article! I have been using essential oils for years and I still learned something new. I love Rosemary essential oil and never thought to use it for congestion. So far we have been pretty healthy but I will be better prepared now just in case.

    • Shellie Lynn on May 18, 2019 at 11:14 am

      I’m so glad your family has been healthy so far! It’s empowering to know you have simple, natural, effective tools on hand, just in case.

  2. Steph Social on May 16, 2019 at 10:09 pm

    I love to diffuse oils year round, but especially when there’s a bad bug going around!! I had no idea the benefits of basil tho! I’ll have to pick some up:) I love cooking with it tho lol! Great post once again Shellie, always so informative!

    • Shellie Lynn on May 18, 2019 at 11:08 am

      I love cooking with basil too. I just made basil pesto for dinner last night 🙂 You can use basil essential oil in your cooking (if you have a pure oil), but be careful. It is super strong and doesn’t taste exactly like the fresh herb. You only need a drop or 2 in most dishes. If you are going to diffuse basil essential oil, try blending it with black pepper. I promise it does smell good. 2-3 drops basil oil and 1-2 drops black pepper in your diffuser.

  3. Lambam on May 17, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    Thank you for sharing this highly informative post lovely ! It’s such an eye opener and it will help our overall health life . Great post .

    • Shellie Lynn on May 18, 2019 at 11:04 am

      Thank you. I’m glad you found some helpful information.

  4. Sarah on May 17, 2019 at 8:59 pm

    Definitely going to try some of these! Its been seasonal allergy central in my house lately.

    • Shellie Lynn on May 18, 2019 at 11:03 am

      This has been a ROUGH season for so many! I’m sorry your family is struggling. I hope you have a good experience with the oils.

  5. Heena on May 18, 2019 at 1:33 am

    I am fan of essential oils and the benefits it gives. I do use rosemary, lavender, tea tree, lemon, patchouli, ylang ylang for various benefits. I would love to try more of essential oils , will give a try for basil and peppermint. Thanks for sharing.

    • Shellie Lynn on May 18, 2019 at 11:02 am

      Have fun experimenting Heena. Experimenting is one of my favorite things about essential oils. There are so many different oils with different uses and everyone who uses them has their own unique experience with them.

  6. Madi Rowan on May 18, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    I’m an essential oil lover so I can really appreciate this post! They are so amazing! I actually don’t have a Rosemary oil, but would like to give it a try! Will definitely be picking it up!

    -madi xo |

    • Shellie Lynn on May 18, 2019 at 3:35 pm

      Hi fellow essential oil lover 🙂 For me, rosemary was an acquired smell, but I have come to fully appreciate it.

  7. Doreen on May 18, 2019 at 2:02 pm

    This is such a helpful post because I suffer in spring with hay fever. I will definitely substitute antihistamines for these essential oils since i love essentials oils and I have all of them at home. Thank you so much for sharing

    • Shellie Lynn on May 18, 2019 at 3:34 pm

      Sending you lots of healing vibes. Spring hay fever is no joke!

  8. Tracy @ Cleland Clan on May 19, 2019 at 1:17 pm

    I love this list. Seasonal allergies can really do a number on you.

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