How We Get Through the Sneezy, Runny Nose, Watery Eyes, Springtime Season
Springtime has hit Southern California with all it’s glory. The weather is gorgeous, and the flowers are in full bloom!
I just got back from volunteering in my son’s classroom, which happens to be near the river. There are tons of trees there (not so much in the rest of the desert). When I glanced out the window at one point, I thought it was snowing! Of course, it wasn’t. That rarely happens here and definitely not this time of year. It was from the trees! Yikes! My first thought was, “great, here we go”. My youngest son will most definitely end up with a runny nose, water eyes, sneezing, and all of the fun stuff that happens as a result of the pollen this time of year.
So, I thought I would share with you what we do to combat that. We definitely don’t use over the counter medications which cause drowsiness and grogginess. I reach for my essential oils, of course! Which oils, you ask? Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint![col-md-4][/col-md-4][col-md-4][/col-md-4][col-md-4]
Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint combined together can be very powerful! My husband uses it when he is outside working in the yard. Mowing the lawn or trimming bushes causes him to sneeze like crazy. Using these oils, stops that instantly!
There are 3 ways to use these oils, as is the case with most oils. Aromatically (smelling the oils), Topically, and Internally.
My fave way to use them aromatically is by diffusing the oils. I put a couple drops of each in my diffuser about 30 minutes before the kids come home from school.
I use them topically by putting the oils in a roller. I use 10 drops of each in an empty roller, then fill the rest of the roller up with fractionated coconut oil. I pop the rollerball in, and I now have a very convenient way of using these oils topically. We roll this on pulse points, the back of the neck, or the bottoms of the feet as needed throughout the day. It stops the symptoms in their tracks!
The last way we support our bodies during this season is internally. It is entirely possible to put a drop of each oil on the tongue or in some water, but the oils may taste pretty strong. doTERRA has created some softgel capsules called TriEase that have lemon, lavender, and peppermint in them. I give my kids one of these in the morning before school to ward off any symptoms. The other option is to use an empty vegi-capsule and put a drop of each oil in the vegi-capsule, then swallow it with some water. doTERRA makes empty vegi-capsules as well! They’ve got ya covered.
Other tips that don’t involve essential oils include using a neti pot to rinse out allergens from the nose, as well as showering right away after being exposed. For example, after playing soccer in the grass, my son will shower to wash off all the allergens from his body before they have a chance to cause problems. My husband will also shower right away after working outside in the yard.
I hope this gives you some ideas on how you can naturally support your body this springtime. It’s not necessary to suffer and it’s not necessary to be a medicated zombie!