Fall Pollen Allergies & Holiday Travel Tips

Nov 17, 02:02 PM

by Katharine Koeppen, RA

The cold fall winds are blowing, and ushering in a plethora of sneezing fits, runny noses and sinus headaches. Make sure you are well stocked on essential oils to control fall allergies and fight off the beginning of the cold and flu season. My personal favorites are eucalyptus radiata (Eucalyptus radiata) and sweet green myrtle (Myrtus communis). Also helpful: basil (methyl chavicol chemotype), rosemary (cineole chemotype), peppermint (Mentha piperita), bay laurel (Laurus nobilis) and sage (Salvia officinalis). All of the above may be used for direct inhalation, room diffusion, diluted application to sinus pressure points (except peppermint... too harsh near the eyes!), or mixed with neti pot salts for nasal irrigation.

Don't forget to bring your essential oils for germ control during holiday travel. The bottles are small, so they'll fit well within the range of airline restrictions for carry-on liquids. I always carry a bottle of eucalyptus radiata and/or niaouli (Melaleuca quinquinervia viridiflora) with me, and apply the oils prophylactically before, during and after flights. Both these oils can also be used on a damp napkin or tissue to wipe down your tray table or airline bathroom fixtures.

Aromaceuticals' Winter Cold and Flu Kit contains several of the above-mentioned essential oils, plus lavender and lemon for fighting fevers and sanitizing sickroom surfaces. A must for holistic cold care!

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