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Top 15 Proven Essential Oils for Allergies (Backed by Science)

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The Top 15 Essential Oils for Allergies

If you are one of the millions of people who suffer from allergies, then there are many essential oils that can give you relief from allergic reactions. Allergy symptoms are caused by an overactive immune response in your body that results in sneezing, coughing, wheezing, itchy skin, hives, and congestion. A severe allergic reaction can cause difficulty in breathing and in these cases, it’s important to quickly seek emergency medical attention.

Many essential oils are very effective at relieving the symptoms of allergies. Essential oils contain compounds that act like natural antihistamines to relieve inflammation. This helps to soothe muscles and nerves in your respiratory system making it easier to breathe. The antimicrobial properties of many essential oils also help to remove the source of the allergen by killing off allergy-causing pathogens.


In this article, you will discover the power of using essential oils to treat allergies. There are 15 amazing essential oils which you can use to clear stuffy nose, stop itching, ease sneezing, soothe a skin rash, and treat respiratory conditions.

What is an Allergy?

An allergy is an overactive immune response in your body to certain substances that are usually harmless. The response of the immune system is to release histamine that causes inflammation and irritation in your airways, eyes, ears and skin.

According to doctors on WebMD, common allergies are:1

  • Seasonal allergies like allergic rhinitis (hay fever) which is caused by pollen, grass, weed, and molds
  • Cat and dog dander allergies caused by substances in pet’s hair and fur
  • Food allergies to nuts, shellfish, and dairy products

The American Association of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology says that smoke, strong odors, and changes in air humidity can also cause allergic rhinitis which results in inflammation in the nasal passages. The allergic response can also cause allergic conjunctivitis (inflammation in the eye).2

Expert in immunology, Dr. Luqman Seidu says that typical symptoms of an allergic reaction are: itchy or watery eyes, hives, sneezing, rashes, fatigue, an itchy or a runny nose.3

Here are the top 15 essential oils for allergies that can help you treat the common symptoms of allergic reactions. At the end of the article, you will find instructions on how to use these essential oils to get allergy relief.

The Top 15 Essential Oils for Allergies

Peppermint oil

Peppermint oil can help to quickly clear blocked sinuses and ease nasal congestion caused by allergies. Peppermint oil is an expectorant which is great at clearing your airways and soothing inflammation. Inhaling peppermint essential oil will reduce the amount of phlegm and help you breathe easier.

Studies into the anti-allergy effects of peppermint oil have confirmed that it reduces inflammation in the respiratory system. The European Journal of Medical Research reported that menthol oil (a component of peppermint oil) has anti-inflammatory properties. The researchers concluded that menthol is an effective treatment for chronic inflammatory conditions like allergic rhinitis and bronchial asthma.4

The Journal of Ethnopharmacology found that peppermint oil has an anti-spasmodic effect on the windpipe muscles and has “expectorant actions and is anti-congestive.”5 It can also soothe coughs, clear sinuses, and relieve the symptoms of bronchitis.

You can add a few drops of peppermint essential oil to your diffuser to inhale its decongestive properties to treat allergy symptoms and relieve headaches naturally. Or you can mix some with a little carrier oil (such as jojoba oil or coconut oil) and rub it on your chest for relief from bronchial asthma.

Peppermint oil is also a great essential oil for pain relief.

Lavender oil for allergy relief

The essential oil from lavender works as a natural antihistamine and will help to reduce inflammatory allergic reactions in your body. Lavender is well-known as a natural cure for headaches but you can also use it to treat allergic skin reactions, insect bites, bed bug rashes, and hives. Lavender also has anti-inflammatory properties that make it an ideal essential oil to treat asthma.


For example, the journal Life Sciences reported how the anti-inflammatory effect of lavender essential oil can treat the complications of bronchial asthma. The medicinal compounds in lavender oil help to inhibit the production of histamine and suppress inflammatory responses in the airways. The scientists described lavender oil as “an alternative medicine for bronchial asthma.”6

You can also use lavender oil to treat allergic skin reactions. A study from 2003 found that, as well as anti-inflammatory properties, lavender also helps to reduce pain. In clinical trials, lavender helped to reduce skin irritation and speed up the healing process.7

By using lavender to help relieve the symptoms of asthma and soothe inflamed skin, the calming effect of lavender on your mind will also help you get a good night’s sleep. This is good news for asthma sufferers because, according to Dr. Carol DerSarkissian on WebMD, asthma symptoms are often worse at night.8

Therefore, lavender oil is the perfect essential oil if you suffer from coughing, sneezing, or wheezing during the night. All you have to do is put a few drops of lavender oil on your pillow or inhale lavender oil before going to bed for a peaceful night’s sleep.

Chamomile oil

Chamomile essential oil is a great allergy remedy for a wide range of allergic reactions. Chamomile is another soothing herb that is known for its relaxing properties. If you have itchy, red skin rashes or hives caused by allergies, then use chamomile oil for fast relief. Chamomile oil can do just as much to soothe itchy skin as it can do to calm your nerves.

Inhaling chamomile essential oil can also provide a calming effect on your respiratory system if you are suffering from sneezing, blocked sinuses, or excess phlegm.

Also, if you have an upset stomach, abdominal pain, nausea or vomiting caused by an allergic food reaction, then a soothing cup of chamomile tea will help to ease your discomfort.

A review of the medicinal properties of chamomile found that chamomile is effective in treating various inflammatory conditions. For example, chamomile oil is used to treat skin and mucous membrane inflammation and can help to calm the respiratory tract. Inhaling chamomile in a diffuser can also help to relieve sinus headaches and treat bacterial infections.9

A topical application of chamomile oil and a carrier oil can also help to alleviate atopic dermatitis (eczema). A study from 2010 found that chamomile oil helped to soothe symptoms of dermatitis and has an anti-histamine effect on the skin.10

Chamomile is the perfect essential oil to relieve allergic skin reactions. People with asthma or those who suffer from hay fever often have outbreaks of dry, itchy patches of skin. So, you can use a topical application of chamomile oil and a carrier oil to soothe the discomfort of dermatitis.

Tea tree oil

Tea tree essential oil can help to remedy allergic skin reactions by reducing inflammation and preventing infections. The antibacterial properties of tea tree oil can also be useful in destroying mold, fungi, and bacteria particles in the air, thus reducing symptoms of allergies at home.

A study in Switzerland into tea tree essential oil found that it has strong antimicrobial properties and is effective against a wide range of bacterial, viral, and fungal infections.11 Other studies have shown that tea tree oil is anti-inflammatory and clinical trials showed that tea tree oil reduces skin swelling thanks to its antihistamine effect.12

You can use tea tree oil mixed with some coconut oil to reduce allergic skin reactions. To find out how to use tea tree oil for atopic dermatitis, please read my article on the best essential oils for eczema.

You can also use tea tree oil as a decongestant to relieve bronchial congestion, coughs, and excess mucus.

Lemon oil

One of the many uses of lemon essential oil is to treat respiratory problems associated with allergic reactions. Lemon is a natural antioxidant agent that can help cleanse toxins and reduce the body’s response to allergens. You can also use lemon essential oil in a solution of water as a natural antiseptic spray to disinfect surfaces and remove allergy-causing pathogens.


The Journal International Scholarly Research Notices reported that a nasal preparation based on lemon essential oil helped to alleviate the symptoms of allergic rhinitis. The lemon oil remedy helped to reduce nasal mucus and helped treat throat and mouth inflammation. The researchers found that a lemon-based nasal spray is a good alternative to treat perennial and seasonal allergic reactions.13

Studies have also confirmed the use of lemon oil in combatting bacterial infections.14

There is another advantage to using lemon essential oil when you are suffering from severe seasonal allergies or pet dander allergy symptoms. Inhaling lemon oil vapor can help to reduce stress. In fact, a study has shown that lemon oil has a similar effect to benzodiazepines (medicines most commonly used to treat anxiety and sleep disorders) and acts like an antidepressant.15 So, as well as relieving your allergy symptoms, lemon essential oil will give your mood a much-needed boost.

Lemongrass oil

Lemongrass essential oil is a natural anti-allergy treatment for getting rid of allergy symptoms like sneezing, wheezing, and a stuffy or a runny nose. Lemongrass grows in warm climates and has a scent similar to lemons. Inhaling a lemongrass infusion can help to reduce inflammatory complications in the respiratory tract. Lemongrass essential oil is also antifungal and helps to kill off pathogens that can aggravate allergic reactions.

The International Journal of Molecular Medicine discovered that compounds in lemongrass essential oil had an anti-allergic and anti-inflammatory effect. Inhaling lemongrass oil can help reduce an overactive immune response in the body.16 Other studies into the therapeutic effect of lemongrass found that it can help reduce skin inflammation and fungal infections both when applied topically and when inhaled.17

Lemongrass is also a natural insect repellant. So, you can mix a few drops of lemon essential oil in water and spray it on your clothing. This will help prevent insect bites that cause allergic reactions. If you do get bitten, you can relieve the itchy, swollen skin by mixing 2 drops of lemongrass oil with coconut oil and applying 2-3 times a day to relieve the itch and bring down the swelling.

Bergamot oil

Bergamot essential oil can be used to treat allergy symptoms and get relief from asthma. Bergamot is a citrus fruit and its essential oil is full of anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties for treating allergies. In fact, bergamot is mentioned as one of my top essential oils for treating asthma.

One study from 2010 found that oil extracted from bergamot was effective in relieving cough, asthmatic symptoms, and reducing phlegm in cases of bronchial asthma. In the study, inhalation with bergamot oil was used to treat symptoms of asthma.18

Bergamot has the added benefit of treating allergies because it also helps to improve your mood and makes you feel more mentally alert. So, bergamot essential oil can not only give you relief from many allergy symptoms but help you cope with them better.

Eucalyptus oil

Eucalyptus essential oil is a natural expectorant and can help treat many respiratory conditions. The oil from eucalyptus assists in relieving nasal congestion, clearing your airways, and helping you breathe easier.

It has this effect because compounds in eucalyptus oil have a cooling effect on nerves in your body. If you suffer from seasonal allergies, asthma attacks, or get a blocked nose from pet dander, use steam inhalation with eucalyptus essential oil to get relief.

Eucalyptus oil has numerous benefits for allergy relief. For example, doctors on WebMD say that eucalyptus oil is used to reduce swelling of the respiratory tract mucous membranes, treat coughs, reduce symptoms of asthma, ease sinus pain, and clear respiratory infections. Diluted eucalyptus essential oil can also be used topically to reduce nasal stuffiness.19

A study into the inhalation benefits of eucalyptus oil found that it creates a cold sensation in the nose with the sensation of improved airflow.20

You can also use eucalyptus essential oil to get rid of mold from your bathroom and kitchen. Mold spores can induce allergic symptoms and bring on asthma attacks. The journal Pharmacognosy Magazine showed that a component of eucalyptus oil, 1,8-cineole, has powerful antifungal properties.21


To get rid of mold from your home, mix a few drops of eucalyptus oil, clove oil, and tea tree oil in a spray bottle filled with water. Spray directly onto the moldy areas and leave to dry. Do this daily until the mold has gone and your allergy symptoms have reduced.

You can also use the spray to remove allergy-causing dust mites from bed linen, sofas, and other fabrics. All you have to do is lightly spray the mixture onto the fabric and leave to dry to kill off any mites that could be living there. Using eucalyptus around your home will keep it smelling fresh and free of allergens.

Sandalwood oil

If you suffer from pet allergies, dust allergies, or allergic rhinitis, then sandalwood essential oil has benefits that can help relieve your symptoms. Sandalwood helps to reduce the effect of allergens and reaction of antibodies in your system. When you breathe in sandalwood vapors, the compounds in the oil help to inhibit allergic responses that cause a runny nose, stuffiness, and mucus.

The journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine reported about the effectiveness of sandalwood in treating allergic rhinitis. An oil containing sandalwood, geranium and almond oil was massaged daily for 5 minutes a day for 7 days. At the end of the study, the group showed “significant improvements” in their allergy symptoms. The patients also reported having more energy and enjoying a better quality of life.22

Sandalwood oil is also a great natural way to treat the symptoms of anxiety, stress, and depression.

Thyme oil

Thyme is another essential oil that has allergy-fighting properties. Thyme oil works by helping to inhibit inflammatory responses in the body and kill off any fungal or bacterial infections.

The Journal of Obesity reports that thyme extracts are used to treat respiratory diseases like asthma and bronchitis. This is thanks to the antispasmodic, antimicrobial, antifungal, and antiviral properties of thyme. The report also mentioned that thyme can help boost cardiovascular health, therefore using thyme oil is also a natural way to prevent heart attacks.23

Oregano oil

Oregano essential oil can help to boost your immune system and make allergic reactions less frequent. Oregano oil also has strong antibacterial and antimicrobial activities than can help to keep your respiratory tract clear. In fact, oregano essential oil is so effective at treating infections, I’ve included it my list of top natural antibiotics that don’t require a prescription.

Oregano oil has traditionally been used to treat respiratory conditions including bronchitis, colds, and flu. Studies into oils found in oregano extracts discovered that they possess antibacterial properties that are effective against many strains of bacteria.24 Other studies have shown that oregano oil can also be used to treat many drug-resistant bacterial infections.25

Frankincense oil

Frankincense essential oil can help to reduce the inflammatory response of allergens in your body. Like many other essential oils, frankincense has anti-inflammatory benefits and can help both reduce inflammation and boost the immune system.

A study into using a combination of frankincense essential oil and other essential oils found that it helped to reduce symptoms of allergic rhinitis. Frankincense contains a compound called alpha-pinene which reduces allergic symptoms. In the study, frankincense was combined with sandalwood and Ravensara oil.22

Another study from 2016 confirmed the benefits of using frankincense oil to treat allergic reactions. The study found that among the therapeutic benefits or frankincense are that it is an expectorant, decongestant, anti-inflammatory and can help to unblock sinuses and clear bronchial congestion. Frankincense was also shown to help to reduce the risk of asthma.26

Clove oil

Clove essential oil inhibits allergic responses in the body and kills off fungal infections. However, clove does much more to help reduce the severity of allergic reactions. Its antimicrobial properties can disinfect germs from work surfaces, destroy mites that can cause allergies, boost your immune system, and rid your body of free radicals.

In a medical journal examining the anti-inflammatory effects of clove oil, it was reported that it has compounds that can help to inhibit inflammatory responses. The study found that the compound eugenol in clove oil can help to treat asthma, allergic rhinitis, and psoriasis.27

Clove essential oil can be used along with other essential oils to boost their anti-allergy effect in protecting you from the symptoms of allergies.


Rosemary oil

Rosemary essential oil has an antihistamine-like effect on the body and can help to alleviate allergic responses. The University of Maryland reports that rosemary oil is used widely in cooking, cosmetics, relieving muscle pain, and stimulating hair growth. The beneficial medicinal properties of rosemary are due to the antioxidants in the oil and its antimicrobial activity.28

A small study suggested that rosemary essential oil can also have an antispasmodic effect on your windpipe, thus reducing coughing and other asthmatic symptoms. The study found that, in clinical trials, rosemary oil inhibited muscle contractions of the trachea caused by histamine.29

Basil oil

Basil essential oil can help to reduce inflammation while at the same time, fighting infections. Basil oil can also provide support if you frequently suffer from allergic responses. This is because basil extracts help to induce a feeling of calmness and help you sleep better.

The journal Ancient Science of Life reported that basil has been used traditionally to alleviate coughs, headaches, and gastrointestinal upset. Basil oil contains eugenol compounds that are effective in eliminating various bacterial and fungal infections.30 This can help to prevent yeast or mold infecting your respiratory tract that can cause asthma attacks.

The Internet Journal of Pharmacology published a study showing that basil also acts as an antihistamine in reducing the body’s allergy response. The researchers concluded that basil has potent benefits in the treatment of asthma and related conditions.31

How to Use Essential Oils for Allergies

There are a number of ways you can use essential oils for allergy relief depending on the kind of allergic response you have.


To use the benefits of essential oils for asthma or other respiratory tract reactions, you can use a few drops of essential oil in a diffuser. Use throughout the day or during the night to reduce your allergy symptoms.


Put 3-5 drops of your favorite essential oil on your pillow for allergy relief during the night.

Alternatively, you can pour boiling water in a bowl and add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Drape a towel over your head and breathe in the steam for relieving allergy related symptoms.

Add 2 to 4 drops of essential oil on a cotton ball or paper handkerchief and secure in a zip lock bag. Take with you and sniff the essential oil whenever you need.


A very calming way to get the benefits of essential oils for allergy relief is to use them for a massage. Add 10-12 drops of essential oil or a combination of essential oils to 2 oz. carrier oil. You can use almond oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil, or any other carrier oil. Massage into your temples, chest, or neck to breathe in the soothing oils.

Topical allergy relief

You can also make a topical application to relieve allergic skin reactions like hives, rashes, and itchiness. Some of the best essential oils for topical allergy relief are lavender oil, tea tree oil, chamomile oil, and frankincense oil.

Add 2-5 drops of essential oil to a tablespoon of carrier oil. Massage the oil into the inflamed area of skin for a quick relief.

Relaxing bath

Relax in a bath and enjoy the soothing properties of essential oils. This can help to greatly reduce your allergy symptoms and help you feel calmer.

All you need to do is add 5 to 10 drops of your favorite essential oil to a warm bath.

Anti-Allergy Essential Oil Blend: Lemon, Peppermint, and Lavender

Combing the powers of these three essential oils for allergies is the best way to tackle most allergic reactions. Combined, they work as one of the most powerful antihistamines to bring down inflammation and other discomforts caused by your body’s allergic response.


Lavender essential oil
Lemon essential oil
Peppermint essential oil

How to use the anti-allergy essential oil blend

  • Add a few drops of each oil in equal ratio to a carrier oil such as jojoba, coconut, or sweet almond to soothe skin rashes or itchy skin caused by allergic reactions.
  • Use as a rub: mix a few drops of each oil in equal ratio. Dilute in a carrier oil of your choice. Rub onto feet, chest, cheeks, or forehead.
  • Diffuse the anti-allergy essential oil blend in an aromatherapy diffuser throughout the day or night to ease allergic discomforts.

Precautions When Using Essential Oils for Allergy Relief

Although essential oils are natural ingredients, they are very potent and should be handled with care.

If you are using the essential oils topically, always do a skin test first to check for allergic reactions.

Apart from tea tree oil or lavender oil, you should never put essential oils directly onto your skin. Even with tea tree oil and lavender oil, you can only use them undiluted to treat a very small area of skin.

Pregnant women and children shouldn’t use essential oils unless directed otherwise by a medical practitioner or certified aromatherapist.

For more information about natural antihistamines, read my article: The Best Natural Antihistamines to Fight Allergic Reactions.

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If you are interested to learn more about essential oils you can find useful information in my e-book Magical Aromatherapy. This e-book will help you to discover the power of essential oils and the most effective ways to use them.

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60 Responses to Top 15 Proven Essential Oils for Allergies (Backed by Science)

  1. Dana knight says:

    I would really like to try putting the allergy trio to the test but I want to put them into coconut oil. Do I just buy regular coconut oil like at trader joe’s? and how much coconut oil do i use?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Dana, when you buy coconut oil, buy the unrefined (virgin) coconut oil. I know Trader’s Joe sells organic virgin coconut oil, and that’s what you are looking for. As for how much to use – it depends on the area you want to cover. Usually your starting point is about 1 tablespoon of carrier oil with about 2-3 drops of essential oil.

      • Dana says:

        Thank you so much! I’m new to the EO world but anxious to learn what they can all do for me this website has proven to be very helpful and I love that it is all about the oils not the brand.

        • Jenny says:

          Thank you Dana – there is a lot of information in this website about EOs and you can use the “search” option as well.

  2. Laura says:

    This is great information. I am trying the lavender EO in a diffuser for the first time and my daughter had great relief. This is so amazing!

  3. Roseanne says:

    Will Lemongrass EO work the same as Lemon EO?

    • Jenny says:

      Although both types of EOs include the word “lemon,” they come from completely different plants, so I’m not sure if you can replace one EO with another for this purpose.

  4. Laurel Stanley says:

    I want to use lemon, peppermint and lavender EO’s for the itchy eyes and running nose of allergies. What is the best way to use this combination? Topical or by ingestion? And how many drops per day?

    • Jenny says:

      I would not use it topically near the delicate area of the eyes as EOs are very concentrated. You can diffuse or inhale them (1-2 drops each of the EOs) or ingest them: 1-2 drops of each of oils in a shot glass with water or add all 3 oils in a tablespoon of raw honey and swallow. Make sure your oils are of a high quality and can be used internally (food grade).

      • Lee says:

        Please do not advise people to digest essential oils. They do not mix in water and can cause damage to the digestive system. Contact an aromatic medicine practitioner before ingesting essential oils for advice. They are trained to dilute the essential oils safely for ingestion.

    • Allie says:

      I actually keep a mini roller bottle in my purse with lemon,lavender,peppermint and coconut oil in it. I use this everyday for allergies. Can’t live without it…works wonders for me and our 11 year old son. I place a couple dabs under the nose, behind the ears and on my wrists. Definitely under the nose…but be careful to not put near eyes.

  5. Jean says:

    How often can you safely ingest the LLP combination?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Jean, there is no established dosage or time frame for ingesting EOs, but less is more in the case of EOs because of their potency. At first, use only a drop or two. Later when you know how your body reacts, you may wish to increase it just a little bit. I wouldn’t use it daily over an extended period of time but save the internal use for the “big guns”.

      • Philip says:

        I have been having some major allergic reactions lately and have been unable to pinpoint the allergen(s) responsible. The EO trio seem to be working for alleviating the reactions and I’m hoping a couple more doses when necessary will prove more effective than over the counter antihistamines.

  6. Tracie says:

    Since the trio for allergies have antihistamine properties will they dry up milk of a nursing momma?

    • Jenny says:

      It is indeed suggested that decongestants and anti-histamines can drastically lower breast milk supply, and I have seen several references that large amount of peppermint, as well as other herbs, can lower breast milk supply, but I couldn’t find information about the other two.

  7. Leslea says:

    I was wondering about the eucalyptus, lemon, and lavender EO. I am allergic to lavender is there something I can replace it with?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Leslea, you can replace it with Roman chamomile EO.

    • Claudia Phillips says:

      I also can’t tolerate lavender. Surprisingly, many sites recommend lavender for allergies. I also am allergic to chamomile tea. So readers beware, some natural essential oils may actually worsen allergies.

  8. Francine says:

    my grandson has a bad cough. Very hoarsy sounding. The doctors says its from allergies however I can feel the cold in his back so I am concerned it has more to do with his lungs and congestion. Is the trio of lavender EO, Peppermint EO, and Lemon EO the best alternative or should I just use one? where do you suggest I buy these? And is the diffuser the best option

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Francine, for kids I would use the trio in a diffuser. As for where to buy it – generally speaking, you can buy essential oils in some drug stores or health food stores or online. Make sure the EO is 100% pure and undiluted and is stored in dark colored glass.

  9. Norberto Olalde Jr says:

    I would like to try the allergy trio to combat my allergies to dust mites. I normally take a 24 hour Allegra pill and would like to stop doing that and switch the EO’s. If I stop taking the Allegra for a few days I will eventually have an episode where my right nostril becomes inflamed and I can’t stop sneezing until I take few Benedryl tablets and got to sleep for a few hours. How would I use the Trio EO’s on a daily basis to prevent outbreaks instead of an Allegra tablet?


    • Jenny says:

      You can try to diffuse them in aromatherapy diffuser throughout the day or night to see if it eases allergic discomforts.

  10. Vivian says:

    I have a sensitivity to lemon. What can I use as a substitute?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Vivian, the goal in your case is to substitute the lemon oil with similar therapeutic benefits of another oil (rather than substituting an essential oil where your goal is strictly for its aroma and not for a therapeutic purpose). From what I’ve read here, chamomile is rich in anti-histamine properties, so I would substitute it with Roman chamomile essential oil.

  11. Beth says:

    I am allergic to perfume and many grasses, trees and flowers. Wouldn’t essential oils coming from plants worsen my allergies. I have seen articles where people with plant allergies should stay away from chamomile and dandelion teas, but there is so much information on how essential oils can help.

  12. ramesh seshu says:

    I have the Allergy on my face.. May due to sun light/photo light or some other reasons too.. always my face is reddish especially while am anger ….
    The small pimples will come on my face which are combined one by one spreads like red patch.. Which are on my ears and behind the ears… even under the eyes, eyebrows, forehead and nose also..
    since 15 years am having this problem but not cured with any of the internal and external medicines of allopathy , homeopathy and Ayurveda.. Even trice biopsy also done for 3 times.. But nothing wrong in those reports…
    Please suggest me some good oil or medicine can be curable for this allergy…

    • Stacie says:

      Hi Ramesh, maybe try tea tree and lavender with grape seed or coconut carrier oil. Be very careful to keep it away from your eyes. This combination works pretty well on a similar issue with my husband.His is more behind his ears, neck and under his chin though. If it’s really bad, adding a drop or two of copaiba seems more effective. Good luck!

  13. Luda says:

    1. What would the proper dilution ratios for a 10 year old who suffers from seasonal allergies? 2. Also, I am concerned about photo sensitivity of Lemon – I don’t feel comfortable in allowing him to swallow essential oils, is there another way or area to apply it elsewhere (other than his face) and yet for it to be effective ?
    3. What oils should I diffuse during nighttime for extra effect of decongestion BEFORE he goes to school?
    4. Also, how often would this method remedy need to be repeated throughout the day?
    Any helpful insight would be greatly appreciated !

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Luda, 1) the usual recommendation for dilution is around 12 drops per one ounce (30 ml) for adult. I’ve seen that for kids it is recommended to further dilute it to around 6 drops per ounce when applying it topically. 2) Lemon EO is photosensitive so either it can be applied during the evening/night, or when applied during the day you should cover the area with a sun screen of at least 30 SPF if the area is exposed to the sun, or apply it to an area that is covered, such as the chest. 3) Good oils to clear congestion are eucalyptus, peppermint, rosemary, sage, tea tree and thyme. 4) When using diffusing, you can diffuse throughout the day or night to ease allergic discomforts as needed. When applied topically start from 2 applications per day (morning and evening).

  14. Luda says:

    1. Some people layer one by one in this order: first Lavender, then Lemon, last Peppermint. Others just combine all 3 of these oils into ONE single bottle and roll on. It would be easier to put all 3 oils in one bottle but… are just as effective as layering them one by one?

    2. What about Eucalyptus Globulus – for my 10 year old son’s seasonal allergies, should that be used additionally to the TRIO of Lavender, Lemon & Peppermint?

    3. Or should I mix “Breathe Again” with extra carrier oil for my 10 year old child’s allergies?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Luda, 1) I don’t think that layering the EOs makes any difference. After all, they are all blended together at the end, so I see no reason why you need to layer them. 2+3) Yes, you can add Eucalyptus EO to the mix. I had a look at “breathe again” components and saw it contains four varieties of eucalyptus EOs, as well as other EOs such as peppermint, cypress and myrtle. I guess it’s a matter of experimenting to see what work best for your son, as everyone is different. If you already have lavender, lemon and peppermint at home, you can just add the regular eucalyptus to the mix, but if you don’t have them and you don’t want to spend money on buying 4 different EOs, then you can start from “Breathe Again” and see how it works.

  15. Lissette says:

    I have really bad dry spot and I don’t know if it’s either allergy or eczema but it itches so bad i make it bleed. Now it’s so sensitive that I’m not sure what to use. Would the essential oil make it sting. I can’t put on just any ointment because it stings. Which combo of oils can I use?

    • Jenny says:

      Probably the only gentle EOs I would use for broken skin is lavender or chamomile essential oils diluted with a carrier oil. But even then, if it doesn’t feel comfortable, rinse it off. You can start with pure aloe vera instead of EOs and once the skin has healed and is not bleeding or broken you can try these essential oils for eczema.

  16. Erica W. says:

    My 2 year old has horrible bouts of nighttime itching. Is the trio blend of lavender, lemon, and peppermint a suitable treatment?

    • Jenny says:

      I wouldn’t apply peppermint or eucalyptus on young kids because they are very strong. Diluted lavender, chamomile and lemon are fine for kids of this age. Lemon EO is photosensitive so do not use it when exposed to direct sunlight.

  17. Sarah says:

    My husband suffers from seasonal allergies, and this is one of the only things that has helped. He applies it topically, but I’m going to try diffusing at night this spring. My son has suffered from respiratory issues since he was an infant, when he gets sick it always ends up in his chest. I diffuse cypress oil at night, and it helps tremendously. Before using essential oils with kids, do some research on safe oils by age. Eucalyptus and peppermint aren’t safe for young kids.

  18. Angie says:

    For weeks I have been experiencing unusual Spring allergies. I have been on Zyrtec, but my blood pressure is up and my feet and ankles have been swelling terribly for three days. I’ve been researching antihistamines that are safe for high blood pressure and ran across this site. I use oils often and have peppermint and lavender on hand. Out of desperation during an uncontrollable fit of sneezing, itchy throat, and watering eyes, I dabbed a few drops of lavender behind my ears because this is how I use it for headaches. I just want to say that within five minutes all of my symptoms were completely gone! I have never had such immediate relief using oils before this. I will certainly be purchasing the lemon oil and combining the three. So grateful for this natural remedy.

  19. Kamal says:

    Hi..i always get small pus filled pimples afrer a day or two of it possible to use EO everytime after or before waxing to get rid off them..
    Thanks and regards

    • Jenny Hills says:

      You can use tea tree EO, which has antiseptic properties, diluted with a carrier oil after waxing to prevent skin infections. Alternatively, you can apply pure aloe vera gel after waxing which helps skin irritations. Many people also find that avoiding harsh soaps after waxing helps to prevent skin irritations.

  20. sandesh naik says:

    Hello. I am suffering from allergy cold due to dust,perfume smell. I am taking one tablet daily, named as Allegra M. Is there any mesicine other than medicine tablet? What to do ? Pleaae guide me.

  21. Kriti says:

    Hi.. my 4 year old daughter gets up in the morning with 4/5 sneezes and runny nose. The nose is also itchy that leads to rubbing the nose and hence more sneezes. The nose is runny almost every day everytime.
    What particular oil can I use to ease off these every morning symptoms? Also does a diffuser work for the oils or I can topically apply on her soles / under the nose/ chest for better relief. Also, is a particular oil good for these kind of symptoms or I need a combination ? Heard a lot of great things about these oils and would definitely like to try these before I give her any nasal sprays or other steroids. Thanks so much for helping me out.

    • Jenny Hills says:

      I think diffusing is probably what I would try first, as it works on the air around us so I believe it has the most potential to help ease the symptoms. I would use a combination of few EOs, such as lavender (or chamomile), peppermint (or eucalyptus) and lemon. Thus you cover a broader spectrum of the healing potential of the EOs. One other thing is to test for dust mite allergy as well as other allergens. It’s always best to remove the allergen from the bedroom and if it’s a dust mite related allergy – there are simple and effective solutions for that as well. For example you may want to try the encase the mattress and pillow with an allergy proof cover to keep any dust mite allergens from reaching the breathing zone.

  22. Beccacasey says:

    What oils can i diffuse to unplug ears?and how much oil?

  23. Dan Christman says:

    My allergies get so bad that I end up with horrible sinus infections. The older I get.the worse they get,makes no difference what time of year it is.. I haven’t been able to breathe right in several years. Would appreciate your recommendation . Thank you

  24. Peter M says:

    I’m fragrance sensitive and the more I breathe in, I develop heavy headache and chest pain and tightness. My CT scan shows basal bronco pulmonary pleural fibrosis. I guess it may be due to breathing in fragrance because it’s very irritating, or may be due to some other underlying causes like post infection. Kindly advise on how I can manage this condition and available remedies I can find.

    • Jenny Hills says:

      Hi Peter, I’m not familiar with this condition (I’m not a doctor) so unfortunately I’m unable to give specific advice.

  25. Carla says:

    Hi! I would like to purchase oils for my husband. We have a dog that does not shed, but I guess he is allergic to his dander and suffers from seasonal allergies as well. He also has asthma. Is the recommended one the Eucalyptus oils with a diffuser?

    • Jenny Hills, Medical Writer and Researcher says:

      You can try to diffuse one or more of the EOs suggested in the article. Eucalyptus oil is just one of them and is one of my recommended EOs for asthma. It can also be used topically as suggested in the article.

  26. Bill Lawrence says:

    Hi Jenny.

    I see that you cite other articles or journals with the number system but I can’t find the articles you cite. For example “Frankincense was also shown to help to reduce the risk of asthma.26”

    Where can I find the 26 article about frankincense? They are usually at the end of an article.



    • Jenny Hills, Medical Writer and Researcher says:

      Hi Bill, at the end of the article you will see “Article Sources”. Click on it and it will open you all the resources with direct link to them.

  27. Michelle says:

    This is a great article! I see that you have numbered footnote sources, but I don’t see the full reference list. Could you please direct me to that? I’m especially interested in footnote 13 on the lemon nasal spray study! Thanks, M.

    • Jenny Hills, Medical Writer and Researcher says:

      You can find all the references at the end of the article under: “Medical Sources”

  28. Penny says:

    Hi my son tested for dust mites,he has white spots all over the body,what MEDICINE or oil can i use

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