April showers bring…May allergies? As the weather warms, our gardens start to show signs of green shoots and trees start to bud and green. For some, this time of year also brings seasonal allergies and sinus pressure. Many of us with allergies may know what triggers them. It can be anything from pollinating plants to animal dander. Some common symptoms may include watery eyes, scratchy throats, congested sinuses and stuffy, irritated nasal passages.

Essential oils can be a great way to find relief with nasal congestion. There are many oils that help to open up our sinuses. These include:
Single oils – Peppermint, eucalyptus, rosemary, thyme, lavender
Young Living blends – Breathe Again, Raven, R.C., Thieves

Here are some simple ways to use oils at home:
• Place a drop or two of peppermint or eucalyptus in your tissue box
• Use a home diffuser. You can use a combination of your favorite oils from the list above or try my favorite combination: 1-2 drops peppermint and 1 drop rosemary, thyme and eucalyptus
• Don’t have a diffuser? Try boiling water on the stove. Remove from heat and add your oils of choice. You can also pour into a mug or bowl and inhale the steam.
• Place a couple of drops of oil on your pillow case before bed

When using oils always use caution as they are very concentrated. Using less drops is always best. When applying to the skin, mix the essential oil with a carrier such as coconut oil, almond oil or unscented lotion.

Try some of these tips at home to bring relief to your sinus congestion this spring season. Do you have specific questions regarding the use of essential oils? Email your questions or call the clinic and ask to speak to Linda, NBT’s resident Aromatherapy specialist.