One of the (few) unhappy consequences of spring is the pollen count. Allergies can all-but-ruin summer for many unfortunate hayfever sufferers and dosing up on over-the-counter (OTC) allergy medicine can be the only way to live a normal life.
These medicines will mask the irritating symptoms of the allergy, however they come with side-effects such as extreme drowsiness (I used to take one leading-brand antihistamine as a sleeping drug) and digestive issues. It is also possible for the body to build up an immunity to these drugs, making them less effective over time.
Lots of people are averse to pumping their bodies full of chemicals on a daily basis and as a result, a range of natural medicines are being explored, many of which are helping people cope with their allergies without resorting to OTC drugs.
Essential oils can be used in a number of ways (including topical application, inhalation and taking as an internal medicine) to help with a wide range of disorders including allergy symptoms. There are many potential remedies for allergies, however the one that I have found to be most effective in dealing with pet allergies and hayfever uses all three of the widely available holy trinity oils: Lemon, Peppermint and Lavender.
When feeling the onset of allergy symptoms simply pour two drops of Lavender, two drops of Peppermint and two drops of Lemon oil into a shot of water. Rinse the mixture around your mouth for about ten seconds and then swallow.
I find this to be extremely quick and immediately calms symptoms such as itchy eyes, itchy throat and sneezing. These oils are easy to get hold of – please ensure you only use therapeutic grade essential oils when taking them internally; inexpensive and are the perfect foundation for your natural medicine cabinet for those looking to move away from OTC treatments.