Why Essential Oils are Ideal for Hay Fever Relief — And How Air Detoxifiers Come In Handy

23 October 2020

Do you have sneezing fits of such force and duration that your body seems possessed? Afterward, do you get a runny nose, watery eyes, and an itchy throat for no reason? If so, you’re not alone.

It’s estimated over 20 million Americans have suffered from hay fever in the last 12 months—an average of 7.7% of the total U.S. population, according to the Centre for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC).

Hay fever, also known as allergic rhinitis, is a condition with symptoms similar to those of the cold and mostly affects the nose. It’s a nasal allergic response to airborne pathogens.

The name hay fever can mislead, though—exposure to hay won’t give you symptoms. And hay fever doesn’t cause a fever in reality, far from it.

Common hay fever symptoms include:

These symptoms can start to show at different times of the year, depending on what exactly you’re allergic to.

For example, a person allergic to pollen will experience severe symptoms when the pollen count is higher than other times of the year.


Severe symptoms can include:

  • Itchiness spreading from the throat to ears and nose
  • Facial pain from a sinus infection
  • Loss of smell and taste
  • Headaches
  • Sweating

The severity of the symptoms can make you miserable, tired, and even make you compromise on your work and schoolwork. For some, severe allergic reactions can trigger an asthma attack.

To prevent the worst from happening, use essential oils to alleviate allergy symptoms—as an alternative treatment to over-the-counter antihistamines.


Extracted from chemical compounds found in plants, essential oils are popularly used in a variety of ways. For example, you can: 

  • Inhale them directly from a container
  • Spray them into the air
  • Apply them on the skin when diluted
  • Use them as soap products
  • Diffuse them into the air

Breathing in essential oils—commonly known as aromatherapy—stimulates your body’s healing mechanisms through a sense of wonderful smell.

The particles found in essential oils are small enough to get absorbed into the bloodstream. And once in the blood, they react with body chemicals to provide instant relief. 

According to statistics, the global market demand for essential oils is expected to increase dramatically in 2025 from 226.9 kilotons to 404.2 kilotons. The growing need for essential oils is linked to the natural compounds that have fewer side effects.

Types of Essential Oils 

  • Lavender

A popular essential oil, lavender, has myriad benefits. It’s a natural antihistamine that reduces allergy irritations—it relaxes breathing, too.

According to this study, essential oils prevent enlargements of mucous cells and even prevent allergic inflammations.

For best results, soak in a bathtub with a bit of lavender added or dilute it in an air purifier for pleasant smells.

  • Eucalyptus

Commonly known for anti-inflammatory abilities, eucalyptus helps in relieving nasal and chest congestion.

Eucalyptus oil eases lung inflammations—caused by airborne toxins and allergens—making breathing easy. It makes dealing with and treating seasonal allergies such as hay fever.

Until recently, researchers couldn’t understand how using eucalyptus oil reduced inflammations. This latest discovery could lead to a reduction of allergic symptoms for good.

For best results, diffuse eucalyptus oil into the air or breathe it in from the bottle to provide instant relief.

  • Tea Tree

Tea tree oil is a natural immunity booster and a natural choice for anti-allergy. 

While there’s still significant research on essential oils, tea tree oil is recognized as an anti-inflammatory. However—and in rare isolated cases—tea tree oil can trigger allergies.

So if you’re prone to allergic reactions, do a skin patch test first before using this essential oil. Warning: Tea tree oil is dangerous when ingested. Never ingest essential oils nonetheless.

  • Lemon

Designed to booth energy and alertness, citrus-scented or lemon essential oils are used to reduce nasal congestion and clear sinuses—common symptoms of hay fever.

This essential oil improves immunity and is also widely known for its antibacterial effects. According to statistics, lemon essential oil has the highest market demand in America.

Word of caution: When using lemon oil or citrus-scented essential oils, avoid exposing yourself to sunlight or tanning beds.

For best results, apply lemon oil on your skin to help with allergy symptoms. Or diffuse lemon oil into the air to improve your moods.

  • Peppermint

Known to reduce inflammations, peppermint essential oil is effective in soothing and relieving allergic reactions. It opens up the nasal cavity and relieves headaches caused by sinus infections—a hay fever symptom.

Diffusing this essential oil into the air can help in breathing. It also works best when applied to your skin.

Combining peppermint with lemon oils and lavender can provide soothing relief to hay fever—but be aware of increased chances of allergic reactions.

A Better Solution for Hay Fever Relief?

Air detoxifier. That’s what.

This is the new product category designed with hay fever sufferers in mind—it’s more effective in significantly reducing harmful airborne pathogens inside your home and workplace.

Case in point: VBreathe Tasman.


This indoor air detoxifier device combines medical-grade HEPA filtration with all-natural VActive Gel. The patented combination is independently proven to reduce harmful contaminants in the air you breathe indoors.

How Does VBreathe Tackle Hay Fever Threat?

By specifically using the all-natural VActive Gel.

This gel contains a unique blend of Australian essential oils expelled in vapour form in the surrounding air—to reduce harmful indoor microbes and toxins.


Besides the VActive Gel being all-natural and food-safe, its cartridges can last up to 4 months on a medium fan speed with 24-hour use.

Other reasons to use VBreathe device:

  • It deters mosquitoes
  • Removes odours
  • Improves indoor air circulation
  • Certified food, child, and pet safe
  • Helps allergy sufferers

In Conclusion…

Seasonal allergies, such as hay fever, can have you suffering so miserably. It can seem almost “too dramatic” for people with no clue about allergens or allergy symptoms.

Though hay fever sufferers can use a plethora of over-the-counter antihistamines, inhalers, or decongestants as treatment, essential oils are considered safe—as they’re natural.

While essential oils may be used as a complementary treatment for allergy symptoms, it’s important to remember that you may experience allergic reactions to oils.

So make sure to cautiously use them for the first time or, better yet, invest in an indoor air detoxifier to diffuse essential oils into the air inside your home safely. 

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