Spring is the season of renewal. Snow melts, temperatures rise, and flowers bloom. But with plant and pollen particles floating through the air, some find it hard to enjoy springtime’s beauty. If you suffer from uncomfortable responses to pollen, you may benefit from using certain essential oils.
Lavender, frankincense, and eucalyptus have properties that may support respiratory system health.
For thousands of years people have used lavender in their daily lives. It promotes relaxation, improves cognitive function, and smells great. In 16th century Europe, it was sewn into bedding and worn on clothes to ward off ailments. Today, Lavender is popular in aromatherapy because of its diverse functionality.It is believed to support a healthy circulatory system, relaxation and a healthy sleep cycle, digestion, and more.
Eucalyptus comes from the evergreen Eucalyptus tree, native to Australia. People use it for medicinal purposes that are thought to support a healthy immune response seasonal challenges that may contribute to temporary or occasional redness, irritation, coughing, or other general discomfort in the sinus or throat area.
Using eucalyptus oil may help to open the respiratory system and promote a feeling of comfort. These same potential benefits may extend to other areas of the body, such as the muscles or joints, and may also help to repel mosquitoes.
Frankincense comes from the hardened sap of the Boswellia tree. It was traditionally used during religious ceremonies and thought to ward off evil spirits. Today, it is burned as incense and used in natural home remedies.
Frankincense is antiseptic, aromatic, and restorative. People use Frankincense because it is believed to provide temporary relief from occasional pain in the joints, a healthy gut, and support for oral health.
How to Use Essential Oils
Essential oils promote health and vitality, but in high concentrations, can be toxic. It is important to use them properly to benefit most for your health.
If applied to the skin, use a few drops with a carrier oil, such as coconut oil. To inhale an essential oil, use a diffuser, which spreads the oil throughout the room using water vapor. Essential oils can also be added to beauty products, wax candles, and lotions.