Hay fever is a condition in which allergies are triggered by exposure of the nasal mucosa to allergic substances, and sometimes also eye and throat irritation.
In the literal sense, it refers exclusively to allergies caused by pollen from a certain herb, but nowadays all similar reactions caused by pollen or fungal spores are called hay fever.
What are the Symptoms of hay fever?
The symptoms of hay fever should be very clear to everyone – runny nose, sneezing, etc., and possibly watery eyes if the allergy-causing pollen is floating in the air.
Which essential oils can treat hay fever?
There are many types of essential oils that can treat hay fever, and while some people find one type of oil effective, others think another is better, just like the different types of pollen that cause allergies in each person.
Essential oils that relieve the symptoms of the common cold can reduce hay fever, especially if you inhale the vapors of Myrica and Eucalyptus essential oils, which can relieve symptoms such as sneezing and a runny nose.
However, my personal first choice for hay fever is mostly chamomile and vanilla essential oils for allergy relief, with chamomile being the more effective of the two.
But everyone’s condition is different and the only way to find the best oil is to keep trying.
How to use essential oils for hay fever?
Sometimes one essential oil loses its effectiveness very quickly, so if you want to get through the entire pollen season, you may need to rotate 2 or 3 oils to relieve your symptoms.
If you find the heat of the steam inhalation method uncomfortable, you can put drops of essential oils directly onto a handkerchief or tissue and keep them with you, taking them out and sniffing them as soon as you need them.
Massage with these oils is also very effective in reducing allergic reactions after the oils have been absorbed into the bloodstream by the skin.
If allergy symptoms such as redness and pain in the eyes also occur, cold applications of rose puree or chamomile infusion (not essential oils) can reduce discomfort.
Keep a healthy diet for hay fever
Paying attention to what you eat and drink each day can also help.
Dairy products and refined starchy foods produce mucus, and reducing the intake of such foods can indeed help relieve allergy symptoms in many people.
A large amount of vitamin C (at least 3 grams per day) can relieve the discomfort of hay fever sufferers.