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Essential Oil Inhalers for Allergies

Essential Oil Inhalers for Allergy Symptoms

Essential Oil Inhalers for Allergy Symptoms-1200 x 1200-V1Allergies can cause headaches from the pressure of nasal congestion.

Often these headache can be relieved by using essential oil inhalers. Use the inhaler every 15 minutes for an hour whenever a headache starts to come on. The inhaler can also be used to ease the congestion itself.

There are so many different oils we could choose to work with to relieve allergy symptoms, but you don't need a huge collection. This recipe only uses FOUR essential oils for allergy symptoms.

Four Oils, No Allergies! Inhaler

  • 4 drops Balsam Fir essential oil (Abies balsamea)
  • 3 drops Peppermint essential oil (Mentha piperita) *
  • 3 drops Eucalyptus essential oil (Eucalyptus globulus)
  • 5 drops Frankincense essential Oil (Boswellia carterii)


Making an Aromatherapy inhaler for allergy symptoms is simple . . . even if you've never done it before! I'll link to a video that demonstrates, and I'll also explain for you how to do it below.

How to Make an Aromatherapy Inhaler
Step by Step

An Aromatherapy inhaler is about the size and shape of a lip balm tube. It consists of a plastic (or reusable) sleeve that holds a little piece of cotton, sometimes called the "wick." The cotton wick absorbs the essential oils, and it slides right into the sleeve. The inhaler closes up with a little "cap" to keep the cotton in place . . . and that's it! So easy! 

You can use your Aromatherapy inhaler for allergy symptoms that pop up anytime throughout your day or night. No one will smell the essential oils but you, and the inhaler will last about two months.

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Now let's talk about how to use essential oils for allergy symptoms in a STEAM . . .

Sinus Steam

Allergies really can improve with the regular use of essential oils!

If you suffer sinus congestion, try doing the steam below two times a day for a week. Then take a break for a few days and do it again twice a day for another week. If you notice an improvement, continue using the steams for a few weeks.

You'll notice that this recipe uses a few of the same oils from the inhaler recipe above.

Three Oils, No Allergies! Steam Blend

  • 25 drops Balsam Fir essential oil (Abies balsamea)
  • 25 drops Eucalyptus dives essential oil (Eucalyptus dives) *
  • 40 drops Tea Tree essential oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)

You'll need a 5 ml amber glass orifice reducer bottle for this. (The orifice reduce will be up in the cap of the bottle. When you tighten the cap, the orifice reducer will snap into place, allowing you to get just one drop of this blend out at a time. So convenient!)

Blend the essential oils in the 5 ml bottle. This is your stock blend. You have a "full stock" of it to use any time you want to steam with essential oils for allergy symptoms.

To do a steam, add one drop of this blend to a bowl of steamy water. Make sure the water is just steaming, not boiling. CLOSE YOUR EYES, lean over the bowl and breathe in the oil.

To enhance the effects, drape a towel over your head to create a tent.

I want to emphasize that you only need one drop. No need to add another drop--even if you no longer smell the oils while steaming, they are still working. These essential oils are potent, and it's easy to accidentally use too much and become overwhelmed. (Too much can give you a headache.)

If you've successfully used essential oils for your allergies, let us know by adding a comment below! Any of your favorite recipes are welcome, too.

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*Blends with Eucalyptus are suggested for children over 10 years old and adults. If you like, you can diffuse Eucalyptus for young children, being sure to diffuse away from their faces. Another choice is to replace it with Cedarwood essential oil (Juniperus virginiana).
*Blends with Peppermint are suggested for children over 5 years old and adults.

Reduce Your Allergies Naturally Using Essential Oils

Founder at Aromahead Institute
Andrea Butje is an internationally-recognized Aromatherapist who has changed the educational paradigm through her inspired approach to teaching essential oils and Aromatherapy Certification. Check out her book, The Heart of Aromatherapy, at Aromatics International!

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