Here in the Netherlands spring has definitely sprung and we are enjoying warmer weather and lots of birdsong. The trees have blossomed, grass is growing again and leaves start to peak out between all the twigs and branches.
It's such a beautiful pastel landscape and I love to get out on my bike as much as possible to soak it all up! Yet...it's also a time that many people start to get that familiar scratchy, itchy feeling in their throat, nose and eyes. I hear a lot of sneezing when I'm out and about and I myself used to struggle terribly at this time of year.
I'm going to share with you a really simple recipe for a hay-fever inhaler that has worked very well for me and many of my clients. In fact, I no longer need to take allergy medication at all after sticking with this inhaler for the first couple of weeks in spring.
Here's what you need:
A 5 or 10ml glass aromatherapy bottle with a dripper orifice and cap and the following essential oils: Roman chamomile (Anthemis nobilis), Green Myrtle (Myrtus communis), Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) and Lemon (Citrus limon).
You can also buy blank plastic inhalers that have a wick inside, but because I am trying to use less plastic in my life, this method will also work just as well.
Open the glass bottle, remove the orifice dripper and add the following:
Roman chamomile - 2 drops
Green Myrtle - 4 drops
Lavender - 2 drops
Lemon - 2 drops
Put the orifice dripper top back in and close with the lid. Roll gently back and forth between the palms of your hands a few times and open the cap again. Place one finger over your left nostril as you place the aromatherapy bottle under your right nostril and take a few deep, even breaths through the nostril. Then repeat on the other side.
You can do this once an hour or so, as needed. If you are lucky, it will really make a huge difference and maybe you won't need to bust out the allergy pills this season.
As always, if you have any serious health concerns such as asthma or severe allergies, please consult with your primary care giver or specialist first!
Wishing you a beautiful and easy-breathy springtime!
Lauren Keizer-Gilbert, MIFPA