Top 5 Essential Oils for Allergies & DIY Vapor Rub
Dr. Josh Axe here and welcome to Ancient Medicine
Today, we’re going to be talking about the
top five essential oils to help you overcome
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.
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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
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
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
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.
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
But basil oil is actually a really well-known
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
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
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
If you guys have not checked out the new book
that myself, Jordan Rubin, and Ty Bollinger
have written, make sure you go on amazon.com
and check it out, or draxe.com.
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,
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
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
You can also use it for naturally cleaning
your house down on stainless steel appliances,
even on wood countertops, it’s a great thing
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
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You know how many people there are suffering
In fact, in national right now it’s usually
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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
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
So again, essentially pretty easy.
You’re going to melt the beeswax and coconut
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
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
And hey, if there’s an essential oil you love
for allergies let me know that right now on
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