One question we get asked often in the Using Essential Oils Safely facebook group is “what can I do for my allergies?” This post aims to address this question in further depth than the meme we share in response to the question.
Below the following meme you can find an elaboration of the ingredients, including Latin names, as well as frequently asked questions.
Here is a list of the essential oils which are most effective for allergies. The ones you choose to add to your inhaler will depends on which ones you are drawn to, and which ones you have available.
Tea Tree Melaleuca alternifolia
Lavender Lavandula officinalis, Lavandula angustifolia
Cedarwood Juniperus virginiana species is most effective, but Cedrus atlantica can also work.
Fir Needle (Siberian) Abies sibirica. Also options: Fir Cones (silver) Abies alba, Fir Needle (Canadian) Abies balsamea, Fir Needle (Douglas) Pseudotsuga menziesii, Fir Needle (Himalayan) Abies spectabilis/Abies webbiana, Fir Needle (Japanese) Abies sachalinensis.
Geranium Pelargonium roseum X asperum
German Chamomile Matricaria recutita
Roman Chamomile Chamaemelum nobile/Anthemis nobilis
Blue Tansy Tanacetum annuum
Add a total of 15 drops to an inhaler (my favorites are included on our Supplies page). You can pick 3 essential oils and use 5 drops each, or 3 drops each of 5 essential oils, or 10 drops of one essential oil and 5 of another essential oil. Up to you!
Please visit our Personal Aromatherapy Inhalers info for more details on inhalers.
Alternatively, you can add 5-10 drops to a diffuser. Our favorite diffuser is the Jasmine as it has a 10 minute on – 20 minute off setting which allows you to safely and effectively run your diffuser for longer periods of times, such as overnight. The Jasmine's small size and variety of colors is perfect for any space. You can buy the Jasmine from Amazon.
A: This recipe can help provide relief for seasonal allergies, environmental allergies, and allergies to pet dander and hair. This recipe is not effective for food allergies.
Q: Are all the essential oils listed as options safe for use during pregnancy?
A: Yes, all of the options listed are safe for use during pregnancy.
Q: Are all the essential oils listed as options safe to use if I breastfeed?
A: Yes, all of the options listed are safe to use during breastfeeding.
Q: Are all the essential oils listed as options safe for children?
A: Yes, all of the options listed are safe for children to use.
Q: Where can I find roller bottles?
Q: What essential oil brands do you recommend for this recipe?
A: I personally use several different brands of essential oils with great results (you can find my opinion on our BRANDS, page. You can use whatever brand you have on hand, as long as the Latin names match 🙂
** Just to note, the blend of lavender, lemon and peppermint is often promoted for allergy relief and even though it can help, these oils are not the most effective for allergies and it is not a child safe blend due to the peppermint, so please try some of the oils in the meme for a more effective blend.
** Here's a great article to help with allergies: Kiss Your Kleenex Goodbye . . . Forever!
Lea Harris is a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist Scholar's Program graduate from Aromahead Institute. This website, and its sister website, LearningAboutEOs, is home to educational advice and information about using essential oils safely. Lea founded and runs the Using Essential Oils Safely facebook group, with hundreds of new members joining each week. Lea is the author of The TRUTH About Essential Oil Safety, and the creator of Safe Essential Oil Labels and the UEOS App. You can find FREE classes here: Free Essential Oil Classes.
Lea received her herbalist certification through The Herbal Academy of New England. Lea is a contributing writer for Natural Herbal Living magazine, and blogs about herbs and natural living on her website, Nourishing Treasures.
Lea is Professional level member of the Alliance of International Aromatherapists.
Businesses, groups, and individuals can hire Lea to consult on safety, product formulation, and more on her website Lea Harris CCA.