Essential oils to use in your hay fever home remedies to naturally ease the symptoms of hay fever + easy recipes
Hay fever can bring misery to all sufferers. With symptoms ranging from itchy eyes to runny nose this period in the calendar year can be a tough and unpleasant time for hay fever sufferers.
During the worst periods when pollen count is high it can be difficult to venture outside or even open windows at home. The symptoms of hay fever can make home and work life very difficult.
Unfortunately there is no cure for hay fever, yet there are many ways both pharmaceutical and natural, that can help to ease the symptoms. If your symptoms are very severe then you should also consult your doctor or visit your pharmacist.
Plenty of essential oils to choose from
If you are looking for natural hay fever home remedies to ease the symptoms then there are plenty of essential oils for you to choose from. You do not need to buy a huge range of essential oils, one or two will work perfectly well. Don’t be discouraged by their price tag either, one drop of essential oil goes a long way!
If you’ve never used essential oils before or don’t know how to use essential oils then this guide will show you which to use and how to use them. I’m sure you’ll soon feel confident using aromatherapy to deal with your hay fever battle.
What is aromatherapy?
Before we start with the home remedies it may be useful to define what aromatherapy is. Aromatherapy is the term used to describe the use of essential oils. Essential oils are extracted from plants and are highly concentrated, which is why one drop goes a long way. The oils are extracted from a variety of plants and from a variety of plant parts; such as the leaves, the flower heads, the resin and even the roots.
Generally speaking essential oils taken from the leaves and needles of the plant are useful in supporting respiration. These essential oils help us to breathe deeper making them ideal during the hay fever season. There use in diffuser and inhalers will naturally help with blocked noses and sinuses.
If you want to know more about the different plant parts and essential oil benefits you can download the FREE eBook How To Use Aromatherapy To Support Your Wellbeing.
What is hay fever?
Hay fever is an allergic reaction to the pollen and dust in the air. When pollen count is high it causes the mucous membrane of the eyes and nose to become inflamed.
The body’s response to the levels of pollen being inhaled is the release of histamine. This response enables the body to repair the damaged cells, however for some people the amount of histamine released is excessive. The reaction to this excessive build up of histamine gives us hay fever. Why the body produces excessive histamine for some people is unknown. Stress and emotional factors do have a part to play, as does a known history of hay fever within the family.
Aromatherapy provides natural relief and can be used to ease the symptoms such as blocked nose, itchy eyes. By creating your own hay fever home remedies you’ll also know exactly the ingredients that you are using and how they are helping.
Essential oils come with many therapeutic properties including:
- Anti allergenic
Finding essential oils with these properties is a great way to start in easing the symptoms of hay fever. These essential oils will help by reducing the inflammation caused by the excessive histamine levels and clear the sinus passage.
10 Essential Oils To Use In Your Hay Fever Home Remedies
With a strong camphor like woody aroma eucalyptus is extracted from the leaves of the Eucalyptus Globulus tree. It can be used in a steam inhalation to help with respiratory issues. Do not use near or on children under the age of 10 as it can affect their breathing.
With a similar aroma properties to eucalyptus, ravintsara is also an excellent oil for use in steam inhallations to relieve congested airways. Do not use near or on children under the age of 10 as it can affect their breathing.
3. Silver Fir
This is another great oil for treating hay fever symptoms due to its respiratory supporting properties. Silver fir has a cheery fresh herbaceous aroma and can be used in a steam inhalations to clear passageways
With anti-inflammatory properties this essential oil is great for used in your home diffuser or as a steam inhalation. It has a smoky and woody aroma.
5. Tea Tree
Tea tree has a medicinal fresh aroma and thanks to it’s anti-inflammatory and antihistaminc properties it can be used in a steam inhalation or in a home diffuser.
6. German Chamomile
A wonderful oil when it comes to calming inflammations down. German Chamomile has a beautiful blue colour due to it’s component chamazulene. It is this component that gives chamomile it’s healing and antihistaminic properties. Add a few drops to a tissue and inhale throughout the day.
Rose essential oil comes with a very high price tag. It takes 30-50 roses to extract one drop of essential oil. However, rose does come with anti-inflammatory properties so has been included in the list. Add a couple of drops to a tissue and inhale throughout the day. Alternatively, add a couple of drops to your pillow at night for a peaceful sleep.
An incredibly soothing and healing essential oil. If you are only going to purchase one essential oil then this is the one you should definitely consider. It has a fresh floral aroma and is perfect at treating all manor of ailments. Use in a home diffuser or add a few drops to a tissue.
Similar to eucalyptus and ravintsara, peppermint should not be used near children under the age of 10. Peppermint has a fresh minty aroma and is ideal in a steam diffuser or home diffuser.
With its fresh clear aroma lemon is another great addition to your home diffuser.
Natural Hay Fever Home Remedies
Now you know which essential oils to use it is time to ease the symptoms of hay fever using these oils. If you have a home diffuser then you can add a few drops of any of the above listed oils. If you don’t have a diffuser (and even if you do) here are a few other home remedy recipes that you can use too.
1. Nasal inhaler for hay fever
The nasal inhaler is our first hay fever home remedy. It is shaped to fit inside the nasal passage so that you can breathe in the essential oil throughout the day. You will need to buy an inhaler like this one . A plastic free alternative is this aluminium one . I am not affiliated nor have I purchased from either of these companies. I am just sharing the link so that you can see what you need.
Before using you apply the chosen essential oils to the cotton wick. You then secure the wick in the plastic or aluminium casing. Use as and when required by placing the inhaler inside the nostril and breathing in the essential oils.
* Remember do not use eucalyptus essential oil on children under the age of 10*
2. Making an aromatherapy steam inhalation to clear a blocked nose
A therapeutic steam inhalation can be made up relatively quickly and is a very effective way of clearing the airways. It is a definite must have addition to your hay fever home remedies first aid kit.
Fill a bowl with just boiled water then add 6 – 8 drops of your chosen essential oil to the water. Lean over the bowl and place a towel over your head, so that you and the bowl are covered by the towel. The essential oils will vaporise with the steam from the water. Close your eyes and gently breathe in this steam for 10 minutes. If you suffer from asthma then do not cover your head with a towel and use essential oils with caution. See this post on safety for more information.
* Remember do not use eucalyptus essential oil on children under the age of 10*
3. Soothing nose balm with anti inflammatory essential oils
This soothing balm uses calming chamomile and lavender. It can be applied around the nostrils and not only soothes the skin but also has anti inflammatory properties too. You can click on the image below to download the recipe as a PDF.
4. Cool Compress for Itchy Eyes
Essential oils should not be used around or near to the eyes instead you can use a hydrolat (floral waters). Soak a flannel with the hydrolat and wring out any excess. Place the flannel over closed eyes.
For an alternative to using a flannel and hydrolat you could try a cooled Hipsley Green lavender eye pillow (seen on the left). Place the eye pillow in a protective bag and cool in a freezer for thirty minutes. Once cooled, lie down and place the eye pillow over closed eyes.
5. Tissue / Pillow Inhalation
Add a few drops of any of the above mentioned essential oils to a tissue or your pillow. Keep the tissue with you throughout the day and breathe in the aroma as and when needed
If you are troubled with a block nose at night then a couple of drops of eucalyptus or ravintsara on your pillow will help to keep the airways clear.
If you need a soothing essential oil during the day add a few drops of chamomile and lavender to your tissue. Sniff throughout the day for ongoing aromatherapy support.
6. Pollen blocker hay fever home remedy
Whilst this remedy has absolutely no healing powers it may be useful as a preventative measure. Vaseline acts as a barrier and stays on the surface of the skin. By applying Vaseline around the nostrils it may inhibit some of the pollen from entering the nasal passage. Remove and reapply regularly as once the Vaseline has captured the pollen it will need to be removed.
Safely using essential oils
Before you use aromatherapy in your hay fever home remedies you may want to read this post on safety. For some people there are certain essential oils that should be avoided and the post covers this in more detail.
Over to you and your hay fever coping tips!
If you have any tips on how you manage you hay fever; or if you have more hay fever home remedies then please feel free to share them below in the comments.
If you would like to know more about essential oils then you can download the FREE eBook here >> How To Use Aromatherapy To Support Your Wellbeing