DIY: Seasonal Allergy Relief

Posted by Smita Kishore on

With the beginning of Spring upon us, seasonal allergies are starting to kick in. While the best way to treat allergies is to avoid known allergens, this can be tough to control 100% of the time. Here are two of my go-to DIY recipes to provide seasonal allergy relief. 

Peppermint Face Steam 

Facial steams are my favorite remedy for allergies, sinus congestion, and pressure headaches. Not only is the steam relaxing and great for your skin, but peppermint also has excellent anti-inflammatory properties and works well as a natural decongestant.  

  • Ingredients
  • Instructions
    • Bring water to a boil and remove from heat.
    • Place pot on top of a towel and add 4 drops of organic peppermint essential oil.
    • Sit in a chair with your face over the pot and place a bath towel over your head to keep the steam in. Inhale deeply through your nose with your eyes closed for 10-15 minutes. Be careful not to get too close to the pot as the steam can be quite hot initially! Tip: This will break up any congestion so be sure to keep a box of tissues beside you to blow your nose as needed.
    • I recommend repeating 2-3 times a day, or as needed. 

Peppermint Tea

I find following the steam with a cup of hot peppermint tea provides long-lasting relief. 

  • Ingredients
    • 2 tbsp. organic peppermint leaves (dried or fresh)
    • 1/2 tsp. freshly grated ginger 
    • 2 cups boiling water
  • Instructions
    • Bring water to a boil and remove from heat. 
    • Add the ginger and peppermint and steep for 5-6 minutes. 
    • Strain and drink. 
    • Tip: Add a teaspoon of local, organic, raw honey for an extra allergy-fighting boost!

Love + Light, 

~Smita :) 

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