Natural brand Becca & Mars has launched Refresh, an aromatherapy line to help with congestion brought on by colds, flu and seasonal allergies. Usually I have terrible allergies for at least 7 months of the year. Since we’ve moved, I haven’t had any. See, there are some perks to living without trees. Or maybe there are perks to not living in an old house. I did get a respiratory thing a few weeks ago that left me slightly congested (actually, I’m starting to suspect it was allergies). I was more than happy to have Refresh around.
Eucalyptus – antibacterial, antiviral, decongestant
Lavender – antihistamine, antiseptic, antimicrobial
Peppermint – Opens nasal passages.
This oil can be used in the bath or in an oil diffuser/oil burner. In a hot bath, it’s a very pleasant experience if you are feeling under the weather. This is a very concentrated aromatherapy oil so you’ll need about 10 drops to really experience the fragrance. I do about 20 because of the size of my tub and I really want to experience the fragrance. It does open up the nasal passages and of course the warmth of the bath is relaxing.
In an oil burner, I do about 5-10 drops and it will scent your space. Even when I’m not sick, I like the smell of Refresh as a home fragrance. It’s very “purifying”.
This 1/2 oz bottle retails for $18.50 at Becca & Mars. Other products such as an all-natural salve are available too.
While I’m on the topic, how do you holistically approach allergies? I tried an allergy tea available at Sugarpill in Seattle for the first time a few weeks ago. I really felt like it helped as well.