Every year (and sometimes multiple times a year) there is a seasonal shift here in Arizona. For some people is a terrible time – from runny nose to sneezing to itchy, watery eyes, there are people that we all know that stuffer from the shift in seasons and struggle to cope daily.
Thankfully that seasonal shift can be treat with things other than antibiotics and over the counter medicines.
Seasonal relief medications might seem harmless to most people because they are sold over the counter (OTC) – but that is NOT always the case. Those medications may stop your bouts with grasses, pollen and seasonal hay fever, but they can aggravate a heart condition, and be dangerous when mixed with other medications. Not to mention they can be unsafe if you are expecting as well.
Besides what you eat and drinking lots of water, there are MANY natural remedies for seasonal relief that we will talk about the next few days – it’s incredibly important to understand that OTC medicines might alleviate the issue but they also mask the real problem as well.
It’s always great to turn your body away from the toxic pharmaceuticals (which DO include OTC medicines) and provide it with alternatives that will help you deal with that relief naturally.
If you can use something natural, then why not consider?
While there are many ways to alleviate the shift in seasons (and we will talk about that in future posts), Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint Vitality Oils are a GREAT combination to do just that.
You can use them topically, diffuse into the air and also take them as part of a dietary supplement, too…
Lemon Vitality Essential Oil: a GREAT immune booster and is effective at providing circulatory support.
Lavender Vitality Essential Oil: has a calming effect and helps to support the immune and respiratory system.
Peppermint Vitality Essential Oil: is great for respiratory support, in addition to digestive support. It helps open up the airways.
Use equal parts of Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint Essential Oils in a topical form – you can use a glass roller bottle with a stainless steel roller, and apply as needed to the body (neck works great or upper chest!)
What we usually do is 10 drops of each in a roller and then fill the rest with fractionated coconut oil. My daughter finds this helpful for school… and it’s great for children since most won’t/can’t take pills by mouth.
If you have a diffuser, you can diffuse all 3 oils together during the day, for 3-4 hours at a time. Some diffusers can run up to 8 hours – but your run time may vary by diffuser. Most of mine run 4 hours, although I do have a few that run 8 hours .. I usually run those at night.
Combine 4-5 drops of each oil along with the appropriate level of water in the diffuser – if you work in your office you will want to diffuse there, or if you find it more helpful for the living room then do it there too/instead.
You can take the trio of Lemon Vitality Essential Oil, Lavender Vitality Essential Oil and Peppermint Vitality Essential Oil three times a day in an empty veggie capsule.
In each capsule, use 2 drops of each oil (for a total of 3 capsules a day). If it’s more helpful, you can make your capsules ahead and keep in a freezer bag in the freezer so you have a week’s worth at a time.
If you are a label reader like I am, these capsules HERE are free of yeast, wheat, gluten, corn, soy milk, sugar, and animal products (which is important for some!) Some capsules will have gelatin and animal products..
Things to Keep in Mind
It’s important to understand that not all Essential oils are the same. There are HUGE variations – what you pick up at the grocery store or Natural Market .. or even at Walmart, may be much cheaper – they are largely fragrance oils and not designed for ingestion.
*One thing to note is that if you are a nursing mama, you will want to avoid using Peppermint as it can affect your milk supply.
Wondering what oils we recommend? We love Young Living Essential Oils.
Read more below:
- See more Essential Oil recipes HERE and HERE
- Find out how to buy Essential Oils at Wholesale Cost (24% OFF) + earn $40 in Bonus Goodies, too!