Next Dispatch: Wednesday, 06/12/2023

Spring Allergies: How to Survive the Season

Spring is in the air! For many people, that means enjoying the warmer weather and blooming flowers. Unfortunately, for others, it means sneezing, congestion and other bothersome symptoms due to seasonal allergies. If you’re one of the millions who suffer from spring allergies, try to reduce exposure, breathe clean air or other alternative methods such as essential oils. Down below are a few simple strategies to keep seasonal allergies under control.

Reduce the exposure

  • If you know that certain flowers make your nose run, avoid spending time around them.
  • Plan outdoor activities when pollen counts are low, such as early morning or evening.
  • Wear a filter mask when outdoors. This will help to reduce your exposure to pollen and other allergens in the air.
  • Stay indoors on dry, windy days. The best time to go outside is after rain when pollen and other allergens are washed away.

Keep it clean

  • Use the air conditioning in your house and car. This will help to filter out pollen and other allergens.
  • Be sure to clean your house regularly. Dust and vacuum often to reduce the number of allergens in your home.
  • Wash your bedding in hot water once a week. This will help to remove pollen and other allergens from your sheets and pillowcases.
  • If possible, use high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter in your home. This will help to remove allergens from the air.

Alternative treatment with essential oils

There are plenty of antihistamine products available over the counter or from your GP to help to treat the allergy. But it is also possible to treat the symptoms with natural essential oils. Here are some essential oils that you could try:

Essential Oils

Lemon – has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that can help to reduce congestion and boost immunity. [1]

Peppermint – has a cooling effect that can help to relieve sinus pressure, open up the airways and relieve headaches resulting from stuffed sinuses. [2]


Eucalyptus – has anti-inflammatory and decongestant properties that can help to clear the sinuses and make breathing easier. [3]

Frankincense – has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that can help to reduce congestion, blocked nasal passages, runny and itchy noses, and sneezing. [4]

Lavender plant

Lavender – has a calming effect that can help to reduce stress and anxiety, two common triggers of allergies. [5]

Tea tree – has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties that can help to reduce congestion, blocked nasal passages, runny and itchy noses, and sneezing. [6]

Try diffusing these oils in your home or office, or applying them topically to your chest and sinuses. You can also add a few drops to a warm bath and breathe in the steam to help clear your sinuses.

Tips while using essential oils

  • You may experience allergic reactions to oils if, you have sensitive skin. Always do a patch test on your skin before using any new oil. Be sure to use 100% pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils for the best results.
  • Never apply concentrated oil directly to your skin. Always dilute it with a carrier oil such as coconut oil, jojoba oil, or almond oil.
  • Don’t ingest essential oils.
  • Be cautious when using oils around children and pets or pregnant or breastfeeding. Always consult your doctor before using essential oils.

Find what’s best for you

When it comes to seasonal allergies, there are a variety of treatments available. By working with your GP and trying some natural remedies, you can find the relief you need to enjoy the spring season. Allergies don’t have to ruin your springtime fun!

Note: The above information is not meant to replace the advice of a medical professional. If you’re concerned about your allergies, be sure to consult your GP.

With Love and Light,
Snug Scent

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