Two of the most commonly recommended essential oils for allergies are German chamomile and lavender. Here are three ways to use either oil for nasal allergy relief:
Eucalyptus radiata may also provide allergy relief. You can diffuse or inhale as instructed above. To apply eucalyptus to your cheeks, forehead, and sinuses, dilute one drop of essential oil with at least one or two drops of olive oil.
The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils suggests the following aromatherapy recipe for relief of allergy symptoms:
Apply 1 to 2 drops of the blend to your face. Dilute first with a carrier oil if you have sensitive skin. (If possible, rinse your face with cold water first and apply blend to moist skin.)
Your can also make a personal aromatherapy inhaler. Drop the essential oils onto the cotton wick in the inhaler. Keep the inhaler capped. Remove the cap and inhale as needed.
Many sources recommend a neti pot to help clean pollens, dust, dander, and other pollutants out of your nasal passages. A neti pot resembles a small teapot-shaped kettle. You fill the neti pot with about 8 ounces of warm distilled water and a 1/4 teaspoon of salt that doesn't contain iodine to create a saline solution.
To use, stand over a sink and tilt your head to one side. Pour the salt water into the nostril that's tilted up and let the water drain out of the other nostril.
Important: Use only distilled or purified water. Some news reports a few years ago indicated that several people contracted parasites using tap water in a neti pot. This cannot happen if you use distilled water.
Can you add essential oil to the water in the neti pot? Some sources say no, indicating the oils can irritate your nasal passages. Other sources say yes, a small amount (less than a drop) of a nonirritating essential oil. Decide for yourself.