Pollen season is in full swing here in Iceland with pollen from grass and from Birch trees being widely reported as particularly troublesome at the moment. Pollen allergies are caused by the pollens in the air that trees, grasses and weeds release to fertilize each other. When any of the pollen you're allergic to lands on your eyes or nose, your immune system reacts. Your body releases an antibody called immunoglobulin E, and the antibody seeks out the allergens so that your mast cells can destroy them. In the process, chemicals are released -- including histamine, which is what causes your allergic symptoms (1).
Although many people rely on 'over the counter' preparations to get through pollen season, there is a growing interest in learning how to manage unpleasant symptoms using a more natural approach. More and more people are turning to essential oils to help them in their battle against pollen with Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint and Melaleuca being top favourites in our house. What each of these great oils have in common is an ability to support healthy immune function. Remember, it's an immune system reaction that causes your body to respond to pollen in the first place, so anything you can do to support healthy immune function will strengthen your bodies natural ability to deal with pollen. So, how do these amazing natural products help? Well, Lemon and Peppermint essential oils support a healthy respiratory system, Lavender is a great natural stress-buster and Melaleuca is very supportive for the skin.
There are a number of ways you can use these wonderful oils, choose the ones that suit your situation best:
There are also a number of things you could try to minimise your reaction to pollen:
What are your tried and tested ways to reduce the impact of pollen season?
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