How to prevent seasonal allergies and sinus congestion?
Seasonal allergies such as eczema, dermatitis, and hay fever (pollen allergy) can affect all year-round. Skin allergies include redness, swelling, and itching. Hay fever is also a common cause of sinus congestion.
Sinus congestion may make it difficult to breathe or sleep. Moreover, it may cause painful pressure around your temples and forehead, make your runny or stuffy nose runny, or lead to an annoying cough, watery eyes, and even an asthma attack.
Whether you have seasonal or skin allergies, left untreated, they badly affect your quality of life. Many treat allergies with antihistamine pills which often have side effects like drowsiness, blurred vision, difficulty urinating, etc. Some do their best to avoid triggers, but it can be nearly impossible to avoid pollen during spring. However, several essential oils with science-backed data help seasonal allergies and clear up nasal passages while soothing sinus pressure and other congestion symptoms.
CLEVERFY has developed Menthol and Eucalyptus shower steamers to relieve seasonal allergies and sinus congestion in mind. These shower steamer tablets combine potent decongestants with anti-inflammatory Menthol and Eucalyptus, dissolve in running water and infuse the air with a soothing aroma, immediately unclogging the sinuses and offering relief to scratchy throats by reducing inflammation. Simply breathe and let the shower steam work its wonders!
What the research says about menthol and eucalyptus
Menthol is extracted from peppermint oil. It is believed that menthol affects the mucus receptors in the nose, helping to open the airways and clear mucus. So, menthol makes people feel like they are breathing through their noses easier. This cold sensation relieves those affected by allergies while improving nasal breathing. Lab studies also reveal that peppermint oil may combat bacteria, one of the triggers of sinus congestion due to its antibacterial activity. Menthol also boosts blood flow and provides a cooling sensation, easing pain and diminishing headaches.
Eucalyptus oil contains eucalyptol, also known as cineole, with analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. It acts as an expectorant, which helps loosen and clear mucus. Eucalyptus oil helps open the lungs and sinuses, improving circulation and reducing allergy symptoms. Like menthol, the cooling sensation you experience while breathing in may also help you feel relief from seasonal allergies. Moreover, eucalyptus owns anti-inflammatory cineole and limonene, which act as pain relievers and muscle relaxants. One study published in 2010 observed the effects of peppermint oil in the tracheal rings of rats. The results showed the oil is a relaxant, stopping spasmodic activity, such as the spasms that cause people to cough.