The changing of seasons is usually a welcomed event, as we grow tired of whatever temperature we’ve had to put up with for a long time. Plus, spring and fall are typically the most mild times of the year, so it’s much easier to enjoy the outdoors and stay comfortable.
As far as downsides go to those two specific times of the year, seasonal allergies and hay fever have got to be at, or near the top of the list, creating a wide range of annoying symptoms.
Pollen is most active during the spring and fall, so that’s the time of the year that people will start to experience nasal congestion, sinus pressure, headaches and other symptoms that are common reactions to pollen.
While symptoms get less severe when pollen recedes, it can be difficult to deal with for the first several weeks during that time of the year.
There’s certainly medication that can help, both of the prescription and over-the-counter variety; however, there are also some more holistic methods that can be quite effective.
One such method is aromatherapy.
Aromatherapy for Allergies
Aromatherapy is made up of either herbs or essential oils that you can burn, both of which can be effective treatments for a variety of allergy symptoms. In addition to treating and often alleviating these symptoms, aromatherapy can relieve stress, increase energy and even help to improve things like muscle and joint pain or insomnia.
While aromatherapy isn’t a cure for the baseline problem (exposure and inhalation of pollen), it does help to get you some surface level relief from the nagging symptoms that allergies can cause on a daily basis.
This can be particularly helpful if you stay in one room throughout the day for work, or if you have some leisure time in the evening where you can allow yourself to breathe in the herbs or oils. Some people respond better to one than the other, so you’ll have to do some experimenting and decide whether your body responds better to essential oils or herbs.
Try both and see which one does a better job of relieving your allergy symptoms.
You can also use a vaporizer in conjunction with aromatherapy, which, in the instance of dealing with allergies, could be incredibly helpful, particularly for your nasal passages and sinuses. You can experience relief much quicker, since vaporizers do a better job of releasing the herbs and scents from the oils into the air.
If your original attempt with basic aromatherapy doesn’t yield the desired results, you might try using a vaporizer.
The design is simple– hot air passes through either dried and crushed herbs (or a variety of oils). That air then gets carried throughout the room quickly– much more quickly than the traditional candle burning methods.
Figuring out What Works
Aromatherapy definitely has the potential to help you cope with allergies, but you should do some experimenting and figure out what works best for you. Your body will respond differently to different herbs and oils, so try a few different things and see what gets you the best results.
Marcela De Vivo is a freelance writer from Southern California. As the founder of Gryffin Media, her writing covers a variety of industries, including health, technology and business marketing. She loves writing about holistic alternatives and finds that incorporating aromatherapy in her health routine helps her cope with allergies.
Photo Credit: Matt Reinbold (CC BY-SA 2.0)
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