Spring is Here: Calm Your Allergy Symptoms Naturally

by Andrea on April 30, 2009

treat your allergy symptoms naturallyAllergies driving you crazy?  You have noticed a surge in your symptoms, as well as a surge in television and radio commercials promoting various over the counter and commercial allergy medications.

Want to avoid using medication and calm your allergy symptoms naturally?

The first step is avoidance. You can take a lot of cautionary measures to avoid exposure to allergens.  (Like keeping your windows closed at home, using air filters, keeping your sheets and pillows clean, and staying inside during peak pollen times.)  Use the internet to your advantage by researching the sort of tips and steps that fit into your lifestyle.

One way to calm your allergy symptoms naturally is using a saline rinse (unmedicated). This can do wonders for rinsing and relieving nasal tissues.  Once you get past the weird feeling, it’s actually very soothing.

Essential oils can be used to calm your allergy symptoms naturally, too.  Here are two recipes from Aromatics International:

Allergy Relief Inhaler


  • 4 drops Eucalyptus dives Essential Oil *
  • 2 drops Laurel Leaf Essential Oil
  • 3 drops Ravintsara Essential Oil
  • 2 drops Siberian Fir Essential Oil
  • 1 Blank Aromatherapy Inhaler
Directions: Add these oils to the cotton part of a blank inhaler.  Use the inhaler whenever allergy symptoms arise.
Sinus Congestion Relief Steam
  • 4 drops Cypress Essential Oil
  • 4 drops Eucalyptus dives Essential Oil *
  • 2 drops Laurel Leaf Essential Oil
  • 2 drops Rosemary ct. camphor Essential Oil
  • 6 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil

In a glass orifice reducer bottle, blend the essential oils undiluted for an inhaler or steam. To do a steam, add 1 drop of this blend to a bowl of steamy water. Make sure the water is just steaming, not boiling. CLOSE YOUR EYES and lean over the bowl and breathe in the oil. To enhance the effects, use a towel over your head to create a tent.

*Blends with Eucalyptus are suggested for children over 10 years old and adults.

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Aromahead Institute, owned by Andrea Butje, is a premier resource for online aromatherapy classes. Andrea offers her inspired approach to online aromatherapy certification through essential oil videos and original education materials. Check out her book, Essential Living: Aromatherapy Recipes for Health and Home, on Amazon!

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Mary December 20, 2016 at 12:56 pm

Hi Andrea,

Whenever I get over a chest cold, I seem to flare up my asthma and get shortness of breath. I was thinking of making an aromatherapy inhaler with Blue Tansy. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!


Andrea Butje December 20, 2016 at 7:33 pm

Hi Mary!
With asthma we have to approach essential oils with care. Sometimes the oils can be really helpful and open up the breathing, other times they can feel constrictive – each person may respond differently. The best approach is to smell the oil cap and see how your lungs feel, if they feel open and relaxed then that oil would be a good one to try. If you feel tight and constricted, I would avoid that oil. Cedarwood tends to be gentle for people with asthma, and sometimes lavender.


Mary December 20, 2016 at 8:53 pm

Thanks so much for all your help Andrea! You’re always there when I need you! 🙂


Marge Clark June 9, 2009 at 8:00 pm

We’ve found that Blue Tansy (sometimes known as Annual Tansy, or Moroccan Chamomile…Tanecetuum Annuum) is the foundation of any anti-allergy blend. It truly works well to bring an allergic asthma attack to a halt, and it has been helpful used in lotions or cream to ease the itch of allergic dermatitis.


Helene May 3, 2017 at 12:28 pm

I read Blue Tansy good for pollen allergies, does this mean its good for general seasonal allergies as well? how about pet dander -esp cat?


Andrea Butje May 4, 2017 at 6:56 pm

Hi Helene!
A lot of people do you like it for allergies especially when there’s inflammation and congestion.

Essential oils can be very beneficial for reducing sinus congestion (so we can breathe more easily). Although they won’t resolve pet allergies, you might get some relief from symptoms. It’s worth a try!


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