After finally moving to a state that had four seasons, our family discovered that we absolutely love Spring time! The sky brightens, the sun warms the air, green buds appear on seemingly lifeless, grey branches. Canadian geese announce their arrival to our pond early in the morning and flowers begin to bloom, hinting of life and the burst of color to come. Our empty vegetable garden seems to beg for new seeds—new life. Yes, we love almost everything about Spring time!

Notice, I said almost everything. Aside from bugs, there is one other thing I don’t care for about Spring. The growth in nature always seems to bring an onslaught of sniffles, itchy eyes, and sneezing. My husband and several of our children have always struggled this time of year.

Years ago, when my husband travelled frequently, he was often hampered by sinus challenges. I dabbled some in homeopathic remedies back then, and they did seem to help a bit. And an end to his chronic traveling made a big difference too. But the most dramatic results came from our use of essential oils.

Therapeutic grade essential oils can be a great blessing to those who struggle with occasional respiratory troubles! We have found that essential oils offer relief without masking symptoms or causing serious side effects! Of course, you want to make sure you use only therapeutic grade essential oils (CLICK HERE to learn more about what that means):

  • Cypress – many people use to support normal breathing and relieve occasional coughing.
  • Eucalyptus Polybractea – helps to support the respiratory system and relieve occasional headaches.
  • Lavender – helps to support the immune system, relieve infrequent headaches, ease muscle soreness, and aid in relaxation
  • Lemon – helps to protect the body’s defenses, alkalize the body, and relieve excess mucous
  • Myrtle – helps supports the immune system and reduce sinus pressure
  • Peppermint – helps to support the respiratory system, supports the body’s natural defenses, helps relieve excess mucous, and soothes occasional headaches
  • Roman Chamomile – helps to relax, supports a normal inflammatory response to irritation and injury, as well as relieve occasional headaches
  • Frankincense – good for relieving excess mucous

In addition to these powerful single oils, Young Living has created a few blends which we have found helpful as well…

  • Breathe Again – this blend of oils is specially formulated to help support respiratory health. Breathe Again contains four powerful eucalyptus oils.
  • RC – This is my favorite oil for any type of respiratory complaint. Highly effective and beneficial when diffused. May also be applied directly to the chest or feet.
  • Raven™ is a combination of deeply soothing therapeutic-grade essential oils that will provide comfort when applied topically to the chest and throat or diffused.
  • Thieves® was created based on research about four thieves in France who covered themselves with cloves, rosemary, and other aromatics while robbing plague victims. This proprietary essential oil blend was university tested for its cleansing abilities. It is highly effective in supporting the immune system.

This collection is good to have on hand at all times! Contains: Seven Blends (5ml bottles): Di-Gize™, EndoFlex™, JuvaFlex™, Melrose™, Raven™, R.C.™, and Thieves®. CD included.

Here are some of the best ways to use these oils during allergy season…

  • Simple Inhalation – Simply place a few drops in your hands, rub them together, and then breathe deeply! Add a couple of drops to a tissue, a cotton ball placed in a jar, or add essential oils to a bowl of hot water and inhale.
  • Diffuse – The best way to diffuse oils is with one of the cold-air diffusers that Young Living offers!
  • Topical Application – Massage can be an effective way of helping to ease the symptoms of occasional respiratory troubles. Place some of the oils on your temples, rub your hands together and inhale what is left. James likes to place a drop of peppermint in the palm of his hand, and then using a finger from the other hand, applies the oils right under his cheekbone. Always be very careful to not get any oils in your eyes (but flushing with milk works great for any accidents)!
  • Ingestion – (Young Living Therapeutic Grade only) Peppermint, Thieves, or Frankincense – a drop in a glass of water or in a filled capsule. I like to put a drop of peppermint on the roof of my mouth or on my gums, over my two front teeth. Every time I inhale I can feel the oils clearing my sinuses!
  • My husband fills a capsule with 6 drops of Thieves, 3 drops of oregano, and 2 drops of Frankincense. Please never use lower quality oils for internal use – this can be very dangerous!

Preventatives:

We avoid dairy during these times and support our immune systems by eating a healthy diet, taking our supplements (True Source is an excellent multivitamin), and drinking at least 2 oz. NingXia Red each day.

Everyone has a different and complex constitution; therefore, different oils will work differently on different people. Even from year to year, as you heal and your body cleanses, different oils will be more appropriate for you and your particular needs. That’s one of the many reasons that we can’t (aside from the fact that we’re not medical professionals) and won’t “prescribe” anything to anyone.

Families need to determine their own needs and often experiment. What I’ve done is read books, networked with other moms, joined various Facebook groups to see how others are using their oils etc., and then tried different oils to see what works best for my family.

For my young son, he responded best to a protocol of Harmony on his sternum and Valor on the bottoms of his feet. Scent and touch are such a wonderful way to nurture our families!

The following are also recommended:

  • Sulfurzyme
  • Allerzyme
  • Mightyzyme for kids
  • Essentialzyme 4
  • Detoxzyme
  • Vitamin C
  • NingXia Red Singles (1-2 a day)

Oils to have on hand for occasional respiratory troubles:

  • Dorado Azul
  • Lavender
  • Idaho Balsam Fir
  • Harmony
  • Valor
  • Doradao Azul
  • Lavender
  • Idaho Balsam Fir
  • Breath Again
  • RutaVala
  • R.C.
  • Raven
  • Eucalyptus
  • Peppermint
  • Wintergreen
  • Cypress

Kids Blend:

2 drops Idaho Balsam Fir
1 drop wintergreen
1 drop peppermint

Mix in hand and rub around hairline and on chest and feet.

I only trust Young Living therapeutic grade essential oils for internal use, as lower quality oils may be toxic – especially when I consider using them on my children (internally or topically!) Synthetic oils do not contain any therapeutic properties and can be dangerous. Even some oils that claim to be organic or “pure,” have no real therapeutic value. CLICK HERE to read more.

Check your personal sensitivity to the oils by rubbing them on your feet before you apply them anywhere else. If you find you are sensitive, you can blend with a carrier oil before applying them to the skin.

Breathe easy and enjoy your Spring!