DIY Essential Oil Blends: for Congestion, Allergies & Immunity

Ever had blocked sinuses? For most people it happens when we catch a cold or flu, but did you know there are other factors that play a part? Here are a few remedies on how to naturally soothe congestion and allergies, as well as boost immunity!

I recently had a one of those really stuffy, congested, flu-like colds. It started off as allergies, then progressed to congestion, then eventuated into a full-blown cold. Suffice to say, I lived near the tissue box for the week…

Now, colds aren’t necessarily a bad thing, in fact they’re healthy. They help keep our immune system strong and alert. There’s a common belief that if we never have cold or flu symptoms, it means we’re healthy! This is actually false.

It’s only if these symptoms drag on for months, or if we get no response, that it indicates our body is too weak to fight it off.

Marla from Marla’s Healthy Life sums up this point really well:

We all come in contact with tens of thousands of viruses and bacteria every year. Many of these will enter our body. If you are HEALTHY, your body should mount an immune response to fight it off before it can take hold in our system. Our body should create a fever to incinerate the microbe and create extra mucous production to push it out via mucous membranes (a.k.a runny nose). What we want is to see a healthy response (fever, runny nose, cough) to these pathogens that does not DRAG ON FOR MONTHS.

If you get no response (a.k.a never get sick), that means your body is too weak to mount a response so all these pathogens are entering the system and disrupting our body’s function but our body is not doing anything about it. If you get a PROLONGED response, that too means your body is not strong enough to create a high enough fever or reaction to kill off the pathogen efficiently.

So what do we want? We want to have a healthy response to pathogens but it should clear up quickly and not drag on. We should be getting sick (especially kids) once or twice a year! We tune our immune system by getting colds and being exposed. This is called building immunity.

EBV example: most people who have EBV antibodies never actually had mono. This tells you that they contracted the virus and their body was too weak to mount a response (fever and other mono symptoms) to destroy it so it let it take hold and now there are chronic antibodies being produced triggering things like chronic fatigue.

Marla Pietruszko BSc R.H.N.

So getting sick isn’t something we need to be scared of, it’s a good thing! It means our bodies are working! What we don’t want is to be sick all the time or never at all. We want to find the happy medium.

What really helped me through my week from hell (I’m being melodramatic), was doing inhalations with essential oils. It helped clear up my sinuses, even if just for half an hour, and killed any pathogens camping out in my nose, chest, throat, etc. I did these inhalations four times a day for a week, and found they really helped in relieving congestion and headaches brought on from congested sinuses.

Now, I used a blend of different oils in my inhalations to help expel the mucus and unblock my sinuses, so below are a few essential oil combos to help with congestion, allergies and immunity.

I use a inhalation kit, however, you can also do this using a bowl full of hot steaming water;

  • Begin by pouring boiling hot water into a small bowl, then add the essential oils and place a towel over your head so that it creates a steam chamber.
  • Lean over the bowl and breathe in the steam. The essential oils will evaporate quickly, so you may need to do this three times in one session. I use 1 drop of the oil blend in the hot water, and breathe that in until it evaporates. I then add another drop, repeat the process, then one last drop, and repeat again.
  • I do this every few hours.

The process is the same for each blend, whether it’s for allergies, immunity or congestion.

Some essential oils, such as eucalyptus and peppermint, can trigger asthma symptoms, so use with caution.

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DIY Essential Oil Blends

Here are a few essential oil blends that may assist with sinus congestion, allergies and immunity.

Homemade Sinus Congestion Blend

The essential oils used include:

  • Peppermint: Contains menthol, a compound that can help open up the airways and clear mucous.
  • Eucalyptus: May help clear congestion in the nose.
  • Tea tree: A natural antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory.
  • Oregano: May help kill bacteria causing the congestion.
  • Clary sage: A natural antimicrobial.
  • Lavender: May improve symptoms of sinus congestion by reducing pain and swelling.
  • Rosemary: A natural anti-inflammatory.
  • Wild orange: Assist in supporting healthy immune function.

Ingredients:

To make:

Add essential oils to a dropper bottle or old, clean, essential oil vial, and gently shake to combine. Always shake before use.

To use:

  1. Add 1 drop to inhalation kit or bowl of steaming hot water.
  2. Lean over bowl (not too close) and cover head with towel to create a steam chamber. Take deep breathes in, breathing in the essential oil-infused steam until the scent disappears.
  3. Add another drop, and repeat. Do this 3 times per session. I did this 3-4 times a day until my symptoms cleared.
While it only makes a small portion, this essential oil blends lasts a long time – a little goes a long way!

Homemade Seasonal Allergies Blend

The essential oils used include:

  • Peppermint: Contains menthol, a compound that can help open up the airways and clear mucous.
  • Eucalyptus: May help clear congestion in the nose.
  • Tea tree: A natural antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory.
  • Frankincense: May help to ease a blocked, runny or itchy nose, and stop sneezing.
  • Sandalwood: May help to ease a blocked, runny or itchy nose, and stop sneezing.
  • Lavender: May improve symptoms of sinus congestion by reducing pain and swelling.
  • Ravensara: A natural anti-allergenic, antibacterial, antimicrobial, antifungal, antiseptic, antiviral, and expectorant, making it an excellent remedy for allergies.
  • Lemon: May help in clearing sinuses and reduce congestion.

Ingredients:

To make:

Add essential oils to a dropper bottle or old, clean, essential oil vial, and gently shake to combine. Always shake before use.

To use:

  1. Add 1 drop to inhalation kit or bowl of steaming hot water.
  2. Lean over bowl (not too close) and cover head with towel to create a steam chamber. Take deep breathes in, breathing in the essential oil-infused steam until the scent disappears.
  3. Add another drop, and repeat. Do this 3 times per session. I did this 3-4 times a day until my symptoms cleared.
Essential oils that contain specific properties to help unblock sinuses, ease allergies, and boost immunity.

Homemade Immunity Blend

The essential oils used include:

  • Clove: Naturally antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antifungal.
  • Peppermint: A natural antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antiparasitic.
  • Eucalyptus: A natural antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and expectorant.
  • Tea tree: A powerful antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antimicrobial and a great decongestant.
  • Frankincense: A natural antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and expectorant.
  • Ginger: A powerful anti-inflammatory, expectorant, and may help ease respiratory infections.
  • Lavender: May improve symptoms of sinus congestion by reducing pain and swelling.
  • Thyme: A natural antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antiseptic and expectorant.
  • Rosemary: Naturally antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and decongestant.
  • Lemon: May help stimulate lymphatic drainage.
  • Oregano: Contains antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties.

Ingredients:

To make:

Add essential oils to a dropper bottle or old, clean, essential oil vial, and gently shake to combine. Always shake before use.

To use:

  1. Add 1 drop to inhalation kit or bowl of steaming hot water.
  2. Lean over bowl (not too close) and cover head with towel to create a steam chamber. Take deep breathes in, breathing in the essential oil-infused steam until the scent disappears.
  3. Add another drop, and repeat. Do this 3 times per session. I did this 3-4 times a day until my symptoms cleared.
Essential oil inhalations work wonders for clearing blocked sinuses.

As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor before trying or using any new products. It’s important to check with a doctor before taking this or any new product, especially if taking any other medicine or supplement or if pregnant or nursing. Be sure to check ingredients to make sure there is no risk of an allergic reaction.

Have you done inhalations before? What was your experience? Share in the comments below.

Lots of love,

🖤 Vanessa

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