Spring is in full swing and the flowers are in bloom. Those with intense pollen allergies, however, may not be rejoicing during this time. No need to fret because there are natural remedies that can help you get fight off allergies. If you want some quick relief, we found an all-natural antihistamine balm.
Rather than buying pharmaceutical antihistamines, it is better to use natural ingredients to provide allergy relief. This balm is always beneficial to have on hand, especially during spring when a lot of people are prone to sinus issues, congestion, throat irritation, itchy eyes, seasonal allergies, or allergies that involve stings or rashes. The active ingredients are powerful essential oils and we are going to give you some information as to how they benefit you.
Peppermint Essential Oil
This oil contains antispasmodic properties and acts as an expectorant. Inhaling the aroma can help relieve a sore throat or clear up sinuses. Outside of using this oil in the DIY balm, you can add a few drops to an aromatherapy diffuser and leave it in your room. This will help relieve allergy symptoms and contribute to better breathing.
Frankincense Essential Oil
While people may think of the three wise men when frankincense oil is mentioned, it should also be thought of as an essential oil that helps to relieve anxiety and reduce inflammation. Your frankincense inhalation should be done sparingly because it is very powerful. That is why there are two carrier oils in this DIY balm.
Lavender Essential Oil
Rich in powerful anti-inflammatory properties, lavender is a natural antihistamine that is extremely beneficial to use during an allergic reaction. It has been commonly used with a carrier oil to help those suffering from skin irritations like insect bites, hives, or other reactions.
Lemon Essential Oil
Supporting the lymphatic and immune systems, lemon essential oil helps to stimulate white blood cell production and aids with overall body detoxification. Lemon essential oil is commonly used around the home to get rid of airborne allergens. You can add some lemon essential oil to a diffuser and place it in common areas to help lessen allergies.
- 2-4 small balm containers
- 5 ounces beeswax, chopped
- 3 tablespoons organic coconut oil
- 2 teaspoons sweet almond oil (you can also use another carrier oil like jojoba oil or olive oil)
- 10 drops lemon essential oil
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
- 10 drops peppermint essential oil
- 6 drops frankincense essential oil
- Fill the bottom half of a double boiler two-thirds of the way with water and place the whole thing over medium heat. Put the beeswax in the top of the double boiler and melt the wax. Make sure that you don’t burn it because that will destroy the benefits.
- Once the beeswax is melted, stir in the coconut oil and sweet almond oil. Make sure that you stir this mixture well.
- Remove from the heat and then add the essential oils in, drop by drop. Make sure to thoroughly mix these in so they are evenly distributed throughout the balm.
- Pour the mixture in the little balm containers and let the mixture cool at room temperature. This should take about 45 minutes.
- Once they are cooled, put the lids on and store them in a cool, dry place.
How To Use:
- Take a thumbnail size amount of the balm and rub on the affected area. You can also rub it on the bottoms of your feet, your chest, neck, or below your nostrils to help with clearer breathing.