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Allergy season is just around the corner and for some parts of the country, blooming quickly. Tracey Tief, Certified Natural Health Practitioner, explains there are many natural remedies for allergy sufferers. Use of essential oils such as lavender or peppermint can work wonders for sinus congestion and allergy irritations.

Lavender, (Lavandula angustifolia syn. officinalis) is a natural antihistamine, pain reliever and anti-inflammatory, while peppermint (Mentha piperita) is a natural anti-inflammatory and pain reliever, particularly healing to the sinuses.

How to properly use these essential oils: 

On Your Skin

  • Add 10 drops of essential oil to a teaspoon of vegetable carrier oil or butter such as shea.
  • Apply to the temples or above the lip.
  • Be careful not to get peppermint in the eyes or in the nose!

In the Air

  • Put a few drops of undiluted essential oil in a pot of hot water wherever you are, even beside your bed at night.
  • You can also place a few drops of undiluted oil on an unglazed terra cotta pendant as a personal diffuser.

Breathing it In

  • You can simply carry your bottle of undiluted essential oil in your pocket and inhale as needed.
  • Add a few drops of oil to scent a handkerchief or a leather or cloth bracelet.

Breathing in the essential oil, slowly and deliberately, also helps calm and reset the nervous system. Some people have found that eating pollen containing foods such as local raw honey, chamomile flower tea and sunflower seeds help to reduce or even get rid of seasonal allergies. As always, when the immune system is stressed, the ultimate free natural remedies are:

  • Sleep: 8 hours! Less and your immune system is not fully renewed!
  • Food: Avoid ANY foods that you are sensitive to as this irritates your already hyper immune system!
  • Relaxation: Stress reactions lower your immune response by 70 percent immediately. Give your immune system a break by giving yourself regular relaxation breaks, whether that means a work out, a nap, a stretch break, a happy dance, guided meditation or simply day dreaming. 

Tracey Tief is a certified Natural Health Practitioner at Anarres Natural Health, a holistic health practice in downtown Toronto, Ontario. She works with people who are interested in seeking alternatives to pharmaceutically-driven health care. 

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