The Beginner’s Guide To Using Essential Oils for Seasonal Threats
Are you sick of using medicine for seasonal threats? Are you looking for a natural option that actually works? Look no further than what nature has provided for us – pure essential oils! These essential oils for seasonal threats have gotten us through many spring months. Read on to learn more!
The information in this post is what has worked for my family and friends and I can’t make any guarantees that it will work for you. You can read my full disclaimer here.
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Alright, let’s get to it!
Why use essential oils for seasonal threats?
Here are a few reasons why you might want to use essential oils:
- You are concerned about the effects of over-the-counter medications and prescriptions. This is a biggie for me especially when it comes to seasonal threats because most medications require DAILY use. Do we know the long-term effects? If you are questioning this at all, essential oils could be a great option for you.
- They are natural, safe, cheap and effective. Mic drop! I’m pretty sure this says it all right here. I do want to emphasize that the quality of essential oils you use is very, very important. Please do your research!
- They make your house smell amazing! This is my favorite. Plus everyone in your home will feel the effects of the essential oils in the air. These are just a few reasons why everyone needs essential oils in their homes.
Which essential oils should you use for seasonal threats?
In our experience with family and friends the best essential oils for seasonal threats are a combination of three: Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint.
A fourth one we throw in is Tea Tree Oil, when things start to get itchy. You can read about other essential oils for allergies in THIS ARTICLE.
How should you use essential oils for relief from seasonal threats?
Now we get into the good stuff. How YOU can use your essential oils every day for relief from seasonal threats.
There are two ways we go about this (well actually three, but the third is optional and only for emergency situations – I’ll get into that later).
Our two methods are aromatically and topically.
Method 1: Aromatically
Aromatic use of essential oils could be using an essential oil diffuser, making an essential oil inhaler or simply smelling the essential oils straight from the bottle.
You can diffuse your essential oils every day and every night. I like to add two drops each of Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint to my diffuser and have that going sporadically throughout the day.
At night I change it up and do two drops each of Eucalyptus, Lavender and Wild Orange. It’s a beautiful, relaxing combo that’s great for promoting a good night of sleep, win-win!
Don’t have a diffuser yet? I love THIS ONE – it’s inexpensive, works great and my kids love the changing lights.
If you aren’t home throughout the day, an essential oil personal inhaler works just as well.
To make your essential oil inhaler, take your essential oils and add about ten drops each to a small bowl. Let the wick soak in all of the essential oils for a few minutes and then put the wick in the tube and seal it up. Take a few big inhales throughout the day. It works really well! (ps – these are great for car sickness!)
If you’re super-duper stuffed up, try doing a sinus steamer. It clears you up like none other.
Method 2: Topically
The first and most important thing when using essential oils topically is to use them safely. Refer to the dilution chart below for the correct amount to use depending on age.
I based this chart on the one in Smart Mom’s Guide to Essential Oils: Natural Solutions for a Healthy Family, Toxin-Free Home and Happier You. Essential oils are not recommended for babies under three months.
To use the essential oils topically – we like to make my blends in these awesome 10 ml rollers, which is how this chart is set up, easy peasy.
After you figure out how much dilution you need, it’s time to make your essential oil rollers. Since we are using a combination of three oils you will have to divide the total amount of drops by three.
So for my 10-year old, I would use about three drops each of Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint and then fill the rest with a carrier oil. Speaking of carrier oils…
What is a carrier oil?
A carrier oil is any vegetable, nut or seed oil that you blend with an essential oil in order to dilute them. My absolute favorite is Fractionated Coconut Oil because it’s odorless, not too greasy and won’t go rancid. Other good options are almond oil, jojoba oil or grape-seed oil.
Okay, so now what?
Now you apply them! I roll it on the bottoms of our feet and make sure to rub it in. Really get it in there, don’t be shy! Then rub it into the back of your neck and on your chest. Do this three times a day. Consistency is very important when it comes to getting results!
Morning, afternoon and before bed works best for us. A quick warning – if you are applying this blend to your chest and back of neck then going outside, make sure to cover up that area. Lemon, and all citrus oils can make your skin extra sensitive to the sun.
When should you start?
The best time to start is early March here on the east coast, basically before seasonal threats shift into high gear. If seasonal threats are in full swing it’s okay, just get rolling! You will still experience relief.
Are there any side effects?
Hell no! Only side benefits as we like to say in the oil world. You might feel more relaxed, get better sleep and breathe a little easier. I don’t know about you, but that’s a chance I’m willing to take!
You may feel a little coolness on your skin from the peppermint, but if properly diluted it will go away in a matter of minutes and some people actually love the way it feels. If you don’t like the way it feels, rub a little carrier oil over the area OR just stick to the bottoms of your feet.
Extra Natural Support for Seasonal Threats
The Internal Essential Oil Bomb (for emergency use only)
Try taking the essential oils internally. This is for adults only. Put 1 drop each of Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint in a VEGGIE CAPSULE and take internally OR drop 1 drop each in a shot glass with water and swallow it down. We used to shoot tequila, now we shoot essential oil shots, go figure!
This worked WONDERS for my husband when he had a severe attack from seasonal threats last year. He did two essential oil shots, 30 minutes apart, and he was completely clear about 15 minutes after the second one.
I only recommend this method for emergency situations. I definitely do not promote using essential oils internally on a daily basis. The situation with my husband was a middle of the night emergency so we went for it. Please consult your doctor before taking essential oils internally.
Swollen and Itchy Eye Relief
For swollen and itchy eyes try soaking a washcloth in cold water and add a drop of Tea Tree Oil to it. Gently lay it over your eyes (eyes closed please!) for a few minutes and you will experience relief.
Reduce Toxins in your Home
Switch to all-natural cleaning products or make your own. The fewer chemicals in your house, the better your immune system. Castile soap is amazing and you can make tons of cleaning and personal care products with it. Check out these five castile soap recipes to start with.
Ditch chemical-laden perfumes and make your own with essential oils. There are so many synthetic fragrances in perfume that could affect your immune system.
Switch up your makeup bag to clean beauty products. The fewer toxins all around, the better!
Let’s sum it all up
- Make an essential oil roller for relief from seasonal threats and use this consistently three times a day. (bottoms of the feet, back of neck and on chest)
- Diffuse the oils sporadically throughout the day and night.
- Reduce toxins in your home.
- If you get a severe attack, try an essential oil bomb internally (ADULTS ONLY!)
Where can you buy essential oils?
I hope you found this information helpful and you get some relief. Share it with a friend who could use some natural support when seasonal threats come around!
This information is meant for educational purposes only. The statements above have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. It is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, have a medical condition or are taking any medication, please consult your physician.
The Beginner’s Guide To Using Essential Oils for Seasonal Threats