The usual disclaimer: not a doctor, and this kinda worked for me. Try at your own risk!
As the weather’s started warming up here in Indy, there’s been that ominous yellow bar across the top of the Weather Channel website every day: local pollen alert. I honestly can’t remember any time I’ve felt allergic during spring and summer; that is, until I moved to Indiana and became a runny-nosed, sneezy mess.
I shy away from most allergy and cold medicines as I’ve yet to find one that doesn’t make me feel either nauseous or dizzy (or both). Plus, from a zero waste perspective, medication production is just another industry that can have a huge environmental impact.
That being said, I’m also the biggest side-eyer of all time and I meet any suggestion of homeopathic remedies with the skepticism of a true cynic.
But enough is enough. After weeks of coughing and sneezing to the point that I even annoyed myself, I decided to try something different. So I searched online and decided to give a natural, essential oils based remedy a try. Thus, my anti-allergy essential oil roller experiment began.
If it worked even a little, my inner cynic would quiet a little and I’d have some relief from my symptoms. If it didn’t work, at least I’d smell good.
Plus, with the amount of essential oils you get in a package, the remedy would be much closer to a zero waste option than traditional medication.
Everything I use I got from Amazon – packaging in parentheses:
- Viva Nautrals jojoba oil* (glass bottle, plastic top, cardboard packaging)
- Roller balls* (glass container, plastic tops, cardboard/bubble wrap packaging)
- set of Plant Guru essential oils* (cardboard box with synthetic (?) fuzz)
I did a pretty near 1:1 ratio of jojoba oil to essential oil mix. I filled up my little roller tubes a little less than halfway with the essential oil, then added the jojoba as a carrier oil (ie. diluting some of the harsher effects of 100% essential oils). I used a little more of the jojoba simply because my skin tends to be sensitive. Luckily, I’ve had no issues so far!
While I considered making the essential oil mixture myself, I ended up using Plant Guru’s breathe synergy blend* because it included more essential oils that I wanted to include but didn’t have on hand. If you’d like to mix it yourself, it includes:
- Tea Tree
That being said, most anti-allergy recipes call for a mix of just lavender, lemon, and peppermint. A full post about the recipe here.
I did feel a sense of mild to medium relief from the coughing, sneezing, and general stuffiness after using the mixture. At first I wasn’t sure if it was just a case of wishful thinking, but as the days went by I continued to feel OK.
The biggest realization that it was actually doing something was when I didn’t apply it one morning, and I really felt the pain for the rest of the day.
I apply it twice daily (before and after work) because I can feel the symptoms get stronger as the day goes in.
It definitely doesn’t eradicate all symptoms and I think if you’re really suffering from allergies, the mix probably won’t be effective enough. But if you, like me, have fairly mild seasonal allergies and an aversion to medicine, this might be an option you’d like to try.
Straight from the mouth of a cynic.
Would you give this anti-allergy essential oil roller a try? Have you ever successfully used essential oils to treat mild conditions? What was the recipe? Share in the comments below!