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Steam with Essential Oils for Allergies

by Andrea Butje on May 29, 2017

steam with essential oils for allergies

Using essential oils for allergies can change your whole experience of allergy season!

If allergies behaved the way we wanted, they’d never be there in the first place.
Sometimes they are predictable—if you know you are allergic to something, or you always get seasonal allergies, you can prepare yourself for them.

But they can also be unpredictable. If you get seasonal allergies and then move to a new geographic region, you may find you leave your allergies behind. Or develop a few new ones! Sometimes allergies disappear after years of having them, and sometimes your body seems to “suddenly” develop a reaction to something that you’ve been exposed to for a long time.

I began using essential oils for allergies years ago, and I had such wonderful experiences with them—in fact, I don’t experience allergies anymore at all! Essential oils are a natural, effective way to soothe allergies (and in my case, eliminate them altogether!).

Here’s one of my favorite ways to use essential oils for allergies in a warm, aromatic steam.

This is actually a stock blend, which means you’ll blend four essential oils together, then use a single drop of that blend in your steam. (Yup—just one is enough!) This allows you to get the benefits of multiple oils in a single drop.

steam recipe to use essential oils for allergiesNeedles, Trees, and Leaves Stock Blend for Allergies

  • 25 drops Balsam Fir essential oil (Abies balsamea)
  • 25 drops Eucalyptus essential oil (Eucalyptus globulus)
  • 15 drops Laurel Leaf essential oil (Laurus nobilis)
  • 40 drops Tea Tree essential oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)

Make this blend in a 5 ml bottle. All you have to do is add all of the essential oil drops to the bottle, and tighten the cap to snap the orifice reducer in place. (The orifice reducer is what allows you to get one drop out of the bottle.)

To do a steam with essential oils for allergies (or when you want to prevent them), you’ll need a bowl of warm, steamy water. I like to fill a soup bowl about halfway. Then add a single drop of your stock blend to the bowl.

Just one drop is enough. In fact, if I get two or three drops of essential oil in my steamy water, I usually like to set that bowl aside to let it diffuse into the room, and start over with a new bowl of water.

Once you’ve added the essential oil, close your eyes (that’s important!), lean over the bowl, and breathe in the warm, nourishing steam. I like to drape a towel over my head to concentrate the steam around me even more. Breathe in the steam for a few minutes, and repeat several times a day. And here’s something you’ll want to take note of . . . you might want to keep a box of tissues nearby when you steam! It tends to loosen up your sinuses and unclog your nose, making you want to sniffle and blow your nose.

Reduce Your Allergies Naturally Using Essential Oils

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!

Topics: allergies, allergy relief with essential oils, aromatherapy for allergies, essential oil allergy relief, Essential Oils, essential oils for allergies, Relieving Allergies Naturally

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