With spring right around the corner, we all know what that entails. That’s right, it is officially allergy season. Along with allergy season comes stuffy noses and aching coughs. Although, no need to worry because there are plenty of essential oils used in aromatherapy that help this sort of thing! There are multiple essential oils that have anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-fungal properties that help keep your immune system in tact! With that, there are loads of chemical mixtures including terpenes, esters, phenolics, ethers and ketones that all have the potential to fight pathogens that can ultimately threatren your health and bring that nasty cough that everyone hates to have.
Okay, now I know that this may sound odd and even a little gross but one of the best oils to use in these types of situations is oregano oil. Oregano oil has been scientifically proven to help boost one’s immune system and fight off infections and colds (especially during this time of the year). In multiple lab studies done by scientists, oregano oil has been shown to fight off anti viral and anti bacterial diseases. The reason this oil has so much power is due to the fact that it contains carvacrol and thymol. These two compounds have antimicrobial effects and can inhibit the synthesis and growth of several types of bacteria.
Some other great essential oils that help during allergy season are myrrh, ginger, lemon, eucalyptus, frankincense, peppermint (or Mentha piperita) and cinnamon. Studies have proven that essential oils have the power to minimize the chance of catching a bacterial or fungal virus. It can fight off infections that I can’t even spell! Antibiotic resistance and flu/allergy season is becoming an increasing issue around the world and these essential oils have been proven to help us! So if you’re like me and you hate thought of taking blood thinning over the counter medication, using essential oils as a form of independent or combination therapy can help to fight bacterial infections in a safer and more natural way.