Lavender spike works to relieve classic allergy symptoms of congestion and headaches and fortifies the immune system. Peppermint opens up breathing, helps to ease congestion and headache and wards of infection. Eucalyptus Australiana is tonic to the respiratory system, helping to ease throat irritation and clear congestion.
Pure essential oils can be used – along with good diet, exercise and vitamin C – in a general way to improve immune health before the symptoms even start. Create an aromatic, therapeutic bath each week by adding 3 drops each lavender spike, everlasting and thyme thymol. You can use the same recipe for diffusion in the bedroom, and add a drop each of the same oils to a teaspoon of almond oil and massage into the feet. Do this for a period of six weeks around the seasons when you are most prone to allergic reactions.
Rub a few drops of essential oil into your hands and cup them around your nose to inhale. Use 2 drops of a single oil or a drop each of lavender spike and eucalyptus Australiana. A drop of eucalyptus Australiana on your finger or a cotton swab rubbed inside the nose brings instant decongestion (avoid if skin is raw). Another quick tip is to swallow a drop of peppermint in a ¼ teaspoon of honey – it can work wonders for nasal congestion and an irritated throat.
Inhale from hands 1 drop lavender spike.
Add 2 drops peppermint, 3 eucalyptus australiana and 5 lavender spike; replenish hourly.
For sore, itchy eyes use a gentle spray application of lavender floral water (only use true organic hydrolate) around and inside the eyes. You can also use combination floral waters such as Eye Soothe from Absolute Essential. Or soak an organic cotton pad and place it on the eyes while you rest. For dark eye rings add a drop of everlasting to a little almond oil and gently apply to the area, avoiding the inside of the eye.
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