Top 5 Essential Oils for Allergies & DIY Vapor Rub

Top 5 Essential Oils for Allergies & DIY Vapor Rub

Hey, guys. Dr. Josh Axe here and welcome to Ancient Medicine
Today. Today, we’re going to be talking about the
top five essential oils to help you overcome chronic allergies. And if you’re an allergy-sufferer, I know
that allergies can make a person absolutely miserable and so if you want to get some natural
relief you’re going to want to try these essentials oils here today. Also hey, do me a favor, help me spread the
word that food is medicine. Take a minute right now. Punch that Share button, click that Like button. Let’s help teach people how to use this rather
than some of the conventional treatments that have severe side effects on the immune system
and the gut microbiome. And I’ve got a great DIY vapor rub recipe
for you at the end here that’s sure to help your seasonal allergies. Number one here, peppermint essential oil. You know, peppermint oil contains menthol
which has cooling properties and also has the ability, according to medical research,
to open up the bronchial airways in the sinuses. And so if you’ve ever used peppermint oil
you know it gives you that cooling sensation. You feel it in your mouth, your neck, even
into your lungs and stomach sometimes, you notice that cooling and that opening effect
of peppermint. Now, something unique here just to know, peppermint
contains menthol which has the cooling sensation and acts on your capillaries. Capsaicin, which is a compound found in hot
pepper such as cayenne pepper, actually acts on nerve receptors the very same way that
menthol does, only it gives you a warming sensation. Both of them actually have a lot of similarities. But peppermint, again, one of the best ones
for opening up your airwaves. And one of the things that a lot of times
that’s taught in Chinese medicine is it’s actually good to actually to combine a cooling
oil with a warming oil, so a cooling oil like peppermint and a warming oil like a black
pepper oil or a cinnamon or a ginger oil, mixing those together actually can sometimes
really help open up your sinuses. So you might consider making that type of
blend. But, again, peppermint has been shown to have
benefits, so many things from improving focus, supporting digestion, and also supporting
seasonal allergies here as well. All right. Number two oil is basil oil and basil oil,
one of the most common ways it’s used today is for ear infections. People use basil oil. And listen, you never want to put the essential
oil in your ear. You want to put it around the outside of the
ear canal there and that upper part of the neck. But basil oil is actually a really well-known
oil. Both basil and holy basil oil in Chinese medicine
are known to subside something called wind in the body. Now, wind in Chinese medicine is when your
body is having too much movement, especially when you have those watery sinuses. Some of that can be a combination of cold
and wind that has got in your system. What you want to do in Chinese medicine is
you want to calm the wind, you want to warm your body as well often times, and boost your
immune system. And basil can actually calm that wind. It can be effective on the drippiness. So if you have allergies and part of your
symptoms is not just congestion, but if your nose is, my dad used to say, “It’s dripping
like a sieve there,” it’s just really dripping, if that’s happening, basil oil is one of the
best oils you can use. You can actually rub it on the outside of
your nose and right on the bottom of your nose and your sinuses. So basil oil is really good for that allergy
symptom of those drippy sinuses. And let me ask you a question. Are you a person right now watching this video
and you struggle with seasonal allergies and sinus issues? I’d love to hear from you and also would love
to hear some of the natural remedies that you use for fighting allergies naturally. Also, hey, I wanted to mention this about
essential oils. If you guys have not checked out the new book
that myself, Jordan Rubin, and Ty Bollinger have written, make sure you go on
and check it out, or It’s “Essential Oils: Ancient Medicine.” We cover over 100 health conditions and over
60 essential oils and their benefits. So again, I just wanted to mention that you
might want to check that out there. Number three, eucalyptus oil. Now, eucalyptus oil is the king of opening
up the respiratory airways. It also has some really powerful anti-microbial
benefits at potentially fighting off different types of bacteria or viruses that may invade
the lungs and the sinuses. And this is one of the key ingredients I’ll
share with you as part of a natural vapor rub here at the end. But eucalyptus oil has a lot of pretty powerful
compounds, one of those being cineole which actually gives it many of its benefits. Well, actually I want to jump back and say
this about basil too. A lot of times with basil oil I’ve seen people
recommend something called an allergy bomb which is a mixture of frankincense, lemon,
and lavender. I actually think basil is actually more beneficial
than lavender in certain circumstances, but I do want to say actually basil uniquely,
very similar to lavender, has linalool. One of the main compounds in lavender is also
found in basil which is why sometimes lavender can also be beneficial for your allergies. But, again, when using basil, rub it there
on the bottom of your nose, eucalyptus, good to rub on the lymph nodes, the front of your
neck and your chest area, really helps open up those airways. And number four is lemon oil. Now, lemon oil acts as an expectorant which
means it actually helps your body get rid of excess phlegm. You know, one of the ways that lemon oil has
been used for quite some time is for supporting lymphatic drainage and one of the things you’ll
notice if you have allergies or a cold is these lymph nodes in this upper part of the
neck that run down as well, you tend to get those swollen lymph nodes. Lemon oil may in fact, help you drain those
lymph nodes and also it helps thin out mucus. So if you tend to be very mucus-y as well
and it’s starting to get thick in your nose and even up in your chest, lemon oil is a
great thing to do. What I love with lemon oil is I’ll tend to
do just a few drops in like a hotter warm herbal tea, like a ginger tea with lemon oil
is perfect for allergies. You can also add a couple of drops to Manuka
honey and just sort of suck on that. But, again, lemon oil and ginger tea, a great
natural way to help get some relief for those allergy symptoms. And I want to mention this as well with the
eucalyptus oil and basil oil. These are great to rub on your chest and also
take a hot shower, letting it sort of hit your neck and your sinuses there. It can also help get some relief. And number five is tea tree oil. Now, tea tree oil is very high in different
types of terpineol and terpenes and these oils tend to be gentle on the body, yet have
really strong anti-microbial properties. So if you know you’ve been exposed to some
sort of bug and that’s what causing your symptoms as well or contributing, tea tree oil is effective. But the other big thing that a benefit about
terpenes and tea tree oil is they tend to have anti-fungal and anti-mold properties. You know, a lot of times during certain times
of the year when people have allergies, oftentimes there’s also mold in the air and if that’s
the case, tea tree oil can be really effective to diffuse around your house. Now, I never recommend tea tree oil internally. You can definitely use it topically, but my
favorite way to use this oil, again, is to diffuse it in the air throughout your home
during allergy seasons, helps cleanse the air. You can also use it for naturally cleaning
your house down on stainless steel appliances, even on wood countertops, it’s a great thing
to use. But tea tree oil, again, a great thing to
diffuse in the air during allergy season. And here is a recipe for a homemade vapor
rub. By the way, if you’re enjoying this live training
on allergies, take a minute right now, punch that Share button and click that Like button
for me. You know how many people there are suffering
with allergies? In fact, in national right now it’s usually
not the time of year where people suffer with this, but there are a lot of people here that
are suffering with allergies who typically never have allergies. So hey, help me spread the word. This year more than ever people need to know
the secret remedies for fighting allergies naturally and here’s a great natural vapor
rub as well. Here’s what you’re going to do. You’re going to combine a cup of olive oil,
coconut oil, beeswax, peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil. You’re going to pour these ingredients in
a glass jar. And what you’ll need to do with the coconut
and beeswax is you’ll need to warm those over a low heat in a saucepan and the mix them
all together. So again, essentially pretty easy. You’re going to melt the beeswax and coconut
oil together. You’ll pour it in a jar then pour in the olive
oil, peppermint, eucalyptus, put it in the fridge, let it sit for about two hours and
then bam, it’s ready to use there as well and store on a regular basis. But this vapor rub, again, great to rub right
on the chest, great to do before you get in the shower as well, really help open up those
airways and sinuses here. And remember, these are the top five essential
oils. And other essential oils definitely can have
some benefits as well. You know, ginger oil is definitely at the
top of my list of essential oils that can help with allergies. Thyme essential oil is also very powerful
and then sometimes lavender and frankincense as well. And hey, if there’s an essential oil you love
for allergies let me know that right now on Facebook Live and YouTube Live. And hey, do not forget, check out my brand
new book here. It’s “Essential Oils: Ancient Medicine.” You can check it out on,
as well. We’ve got over 50 essential oils we cover,
over 100 different recipes including DIY, and a lot of natural remedies. For instance, if you want to know, hey, what
are the best essential oils for the thyroid? We have it in here. The best essential oils for hormones, the
best for digestion, the best for immunity, we cover all of that in this book. Check it out there, “Essential Oils: Ancient
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84 comments on “Top 5 Essential Oils for Allergies & DIY Vapor Rub

  1. Kathy Woodard the same time as a result of the most Post author

    i have a 12 year old autitic daughter and has allergies and whe she has the flue what can i use

  2. Heidi R Post author

    I am a chronic allergy sufferer. I get chronic sinusitis. I use a diffuser and use eucalyptus oil, lemongrass oil, peppermint oil but I am still very congested and do not want to take any type of medications.

  3. scrappy Queen Post author

    Love basil i don't think i have allergies o think i got a horrid sinus infection, lemon oil i must have at all times also peppermint, i get allergies at work as the air is so dry i use lemon and peppermint, i shared on facebook

  4. AceTrippin54 Post author

    this is a chronic issue for me as well but my problem deals with heat. when body temp goes up my nose, my eyes, under my skin become ichty & I sneeze uncontrollably.
    if I sit in front of a fan or get really cool it tends to help.
    I'm going to try the oils you suggested and see how it goes.
    thnx again DOC

  5. Rick Mitchell Post author

    I've been suffering with severe year round allergies for my entire life (46 years). Just a month ago, I found a video of a guy who uses an oil blend that cured his allergies – Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint and Tea Tree. I've been using it for about 3 weeks now – diffused and topically (applied to the back of the neck using a roller ball vial with Olive Oil).
    I simply can't believe how well this blend is working! I should have started my normal OTC meds a while ago, yet I haven't needed any meds at all this season!

  6. 4 lays Post author

    i drink manuka honey and organic lemon in water, then eat an entire lemom and 2 spoons of manuka, then drink 3 spoons of organic moroccan olive oil, and keep a scarf on all day covering my mouth and sleep with it, and eat lots of kiwi and organges, the next morning my sinus feels a lot less stuffy and my chest becomes more clear and it sorts out the sore throat.

  7. Lynette Rossi Post author

    Hi, I desperately want to buy your new book in paper form. I'm in the uk and I can only see digital copies. Amazon and The Book Dipository have the hardback but say it's release date is January 2018!!! Please help us outside the US to be able to get hold of a copy. Thanks for all your training videos Dr Axe.

  8. Jena Tucker Post author

    I use 4 drops R.C. blend essential oil, 4 drops Frankincense oil, 2 drops peppermint oil. Add equivalent drops of grapeseed oil in a roller bottle. rub on chest several times a day.

  9. Sonya Levitt Post author

    I diffuse lavender, lemongrass and peppermint every day during allergy season. I love the tip about basil oil and will try it. A few drops of Eucalyptus in the shower-so nice! Tea tree oil is my go to for everything. Especially acne!

  10. austinado16 Post author

    Suffered from allergies, pollen, dust, dander, etc. for 38yrs. (had the shots as a teen, lived on umpteen anti-histamine products year round, wound up with asthma, etc.) It was a year round ailment when I lived in Coastal Northern California. When I moved to coastal Southern California in the mid-80's it was limited to just the month of May, when all of the grasses and trees seem to explode. The month of May was spent living on Benedryl, running a HEPA filter full throttle, 24/7, and sleeping on the couch so as not to disturb my wife. If I had to be outside for extended periods, I would sometimes wear a paint respirator (mask with the 2 charcoal canisters). In 2012 I watched the movie "Forks Over Knives" and after hearing their information about dairy products, I went dairy free. 6 weeks later, it was May, and I completely forgot that it was allergy season. Didn't bring out the HEPA filter, didn't sleep on the couch, and didn't take any Benedryl. What? Here were all these people suffering from allergies around me, and yet I was having almost no response.

    Well, it's been nearly 5 years now, and each May comes and goes without much more then the occasional itchy nose, maybe some sneezing if I'm outside in the wind for a long time, and maybe a runny nose under those conditions as well. I feel like I've gotten a month of my life back each year.

    I've read that others have had the same result when they stopped consuming ALL dairy products. The other benefit of being dairy free is in how the skin become soft and nice again, even elbows, knees, feet, and hands.

    For those that like Milk, yogurt, and ice cream, Flax Milk made by a company called "Good Karma" tastes just like regular milk, and the coconut yogurts and "ice creams" taste exactly the same as dairy yogurt/ice cream. If you like cooking with butter, switch to coconut oil, and enjoy those many benefits, as well as what it does to your skin. If you still eat bread, and like toast, (pancakes/waffles/english muffins, etc) "butter" it with coconut oil, and give it a little sprinkle of Himalayan salt, or sea salt, and it tastes very much like toast with butter. A little sprinkle of cinnamon and you'll never know. So you don't have to go without any of the foods you enjoy, and the potential health improvements are huge.

    If you're concerned about calcium for you, or your children, you might do a little research on how much calcium the body actually needs, as compared to what the US Gov/FDA who are funding dairy production say…… and what plant sources are excellent providers. Flax Milk for example, actually has more calcium than cow milk.

  11. Nadja Jadwiga Post author

    Thanks for the recipe! This spring I'm having allergic rhinitis for the first time.
    🙁 Will try the recipe.

  12. Kimberly Hasty Post author

    Local wildflower raw honey. Not in tea. Just straight. Bees eat pollen that we are allergic to, we eat the honey on a daily basis, and as a result we get a mini allergy shot every day. This has kept me well for years.

  13. Shabana Khauser Post author

    Dr Axe, can you please recommend which brand of essential oils to use? in order to make this vapour rub.

  14. neil jain Post author

    Are u doin' marketing of all types of oil or ur having a research or degree of such type of study.

  15. heymisterderp Post author

    I found that Peppermint oil is great for relieving sore muscles and loosening up joints. As I get more sophisticated I'd like to try a combination oil like Peppermint, Wintergreen and Black Pepper which I expect will be fantastic.

  16. Richard Holtom Post author

    Do you mean "Hayfever", as in the UK I watched this as I am allergic to Milk and Soya… So I do not think that'll work for me.

  17. IgnacioAgramonte Post author

    dairy products are the cause of all allergies, but i will try basil oil. mint is good too.

  18. Lori Soteros Post author

    Mega doses of vitamin C has anti-histamine affect. Take to bowel tolerance orally, up to 10mg/day. I prefer getting mega C doses with intravenous infusion. But the oils are my first go to for almost anything. I appreciate you sharing your knowledge.

  19. Mazie Ferreira Post author

    Awesome video! Thank you! I am planning on getting your book in a hardcover when it becomes available again

  20. nadli2008 Post author

    I am suffering from sinus lining inflammation from past 3 -4 years but no relief so far, as now i have asthma too. Nothing is helping. I have given up milk with coffee, and decreased my dairy to minimum,only if i really need it.

  21. Hope Walker Post author

    I highly recommend his book. I use it all the time sharing the information with family and friends. I had used peppermint, eucalyptus and lemon to help me with my pneumonia

  22. Darlene Stansell Post author

    Thank you Dr. Ax, you described my symptoms completely! I developed allergies about 2 years ago. I never had them before. Now I have post nasal drip, cough, and fluid on ears, year round!!! I was diagnosed as being allergic to every kind of grass, tree, and weeds around me. Also allergic to mold. I have tried a combo of lemon, lavender, and peppermint. I have not tried basil. I am getting some today!!

  23. good kitty Post author

    Hi dr josh a question please. Does bone soup that you talk about in other video you have would contain phytic acid im vegetarian slash vegan and would do the bone soup for health reasons I know still animal product but would do only soup but scared of phytic acid. Thank you

  24. Joannjoycamat Camat Post author


  25. J London Post author

    -when "disclaiming " = "do not put oil IN your ear " == should explain why = direct application in ear canal can cause a "chemical " burn = peeling that an last for days .. possible "drum" damage – depending on oil the / strength ..

  26. Adam Blumer Post author

    I get bad sneezing fits and have been relying on local raw honey in my coffee to help. But this fall has been TERRIBLE for the sneezing fits and coughing. I used to reach for lavender to halt my sneezing fits but lately peppermint works better. As for these others, thanks for the info. I'm not sure which would be better in my situation. Any suggestions?

  27. Shirley Deatherage Post author

    My mom she has runny eyes her eyes are always tearing up 4 years what is a good natural thing for her to get rid of those allergies I've bothered her for centuries for years

  28. Freedom Song Post author

    What about goose grease? I used it for my kids and it take away the cough after 2 days rubbing it to their chest.

  29. Julia Rohrmoser Post author

    Allergy season here in Connecticut…Ordered the book, can't wait…already using, many of the oils, getting great results…

  30. Mandy Simpson Post author

    can i ask are all these able to be used by children i have to children 5 and 3 and one absolutely has allergies along with breathin difficulties and the other is continously fightin infections as her glands all round her neck have not gone down for three years they have diffrent medications but still no real diagnosis but i truly believe in the power of oils just unsure of does and mixtures for children thank you

  31. Lind95 MG Post author

    I've been suffering with hay fever, congested sinus and asthma most of my life. Sometimes feel like my lungs are on fire. It prevents me from getting a good night sleep and because of that I'm always tired, short tempered and in a brain fog. When it gets really bad I almost wake up in a panic attack. I'm so fed up with this ongoing suffering to the point of making good on my life insurance. (just kidding). I'm gonna give these oils a try and hope something will help me before I lose my mind.

  32. Kapoor Raj Post author

    Chinese medicine.? Holy basil has originated from India and extensively used in Ayurveda medicine 3000 years onwards.

  33. Hannah Howerton Post author

    Thank you so much! I used a lavender—eucalyptus “Breathe Easy” rub on my neck, chest, and behind ears, coupled with the peppermint oil. Amazing improvement!! Much appreciated

  34. nottingtohide Post author

    Tea Tree oil can certainly soothe severely painful toothaches, inc: abscess. Literally a tiny drop on top of the tooth & it numbs it.

  35. Amanda Hamilton Post author

    I will be getting your book for sure, Dr. Axe. Love your videos, they helped me a lot. I'm addicted to oils now. They just got me through a strep throat without a single pain med! Not even a tylenol. No antibiotics either. Amazing. Also used a honey. so soothing for the throat.

  36. Jagraj Singh Post author

    My mother was suffering
    from allergy from the last 10-12 years. She took allopathic treatment but not
    got much relief, then one day my friend told me about Planet Ayurveda. We came
    here, Dr. Vikram Chauhan advised her to take allergy care pack. Now my mother
    has very much improvement

  37. Secret Post author

    Tea tree shampoo & shower gel (an 100% pure version I just bought after a lot of research) is going to heal my eczema. I know it. Its started healing already ..used twice, literally. Smooth skin, not itchy & no longer sweaty!!

  38. Secret Post author

    Tea tree essential oil is antimicrobial, antifungal, antiseptic, antiinflammatory ….it's totally awesome for skin.

  39. Prabh Sandhu Post author

    Hi Dr Axe, I have dustmite allergies which is through out the year. Could you pl suggest something for that please. I also want to thank you so much for such a good suggestions on healing naturally.


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