Whether your allergies are seasonal or you’re sensitive to pet dander or dust, making a diy allergy balm can help relieve histamine symptoms that come from reacting to something your body is trying to fight. The potent essential oil trio-lavender, lemon and peppermint have become known for their anti histamine, anti-inflammatory and soothing power which is exactly what us allergy sufferers need! This balm is simple to make and multi-purpose!
Isn’t it ironic-the excitement and anticipation for spring comes every year around the end of February but like clockwork, allergens come rain on your parade? Each year I spend about 2 weeks being miserable while pining for the great outdoors. Itchy eyes, constant sneezing, itchy skin, sore throat and a stuffy nose are common symptoms of allergies. Wouldn’t it be nice to find a natural way to sooth these ugly symptoms?
I’ve got good news, if you’re like me and avoid over the counter medication at almost any cost, there are several natural remedies that will lessen your allergy symptoms. One of those remedies is my DIY Allergy Relief Balm. It’s easy to make and oh so healing and soothing. It contains the BEST essential oils for calming not only the skin but also taming a histamine attack.
DIY Allergy Balm Ingredients
- Lemon and Lavender are both natural antihistamines and one study found that a lemon based nasal spray helped soothe and reduce symptoms of hay fever.
- Lavender helps reduce pain and speed up the healing process.
- Peppermint oil is also a powerful anti inflammatory oil. Plus, it contains menthol which helps open the airways. It is a great essential oil for decongesting the nose and promoting easier breathing.
This DIY allergy balm has ultra healing unrefined organic coconut oil and antioxidant rich organic olive oil! I like this combo and use it for my DIY Neosporin and DIY Vapor Rub recipes as well. It is great for applying around a sore, raw nose for relief from inflammation. I get allergy bumps on my face so I also apply it to those to lessen inflammation, redness and itchiness.
How to Use a DIY Allergy Balm:
- Apply to the bottoms of the feet for added allergy relief-apply at night and it might just help you sleep!
- Apply under and around the nose to help open airways and heal a raw nose.
- Apply to the neck and chest to help with respiratory issues.
- Layer it on a mosquito bite for instant relief.
- Use as a lip balm!
- Apply it anywhere you need relief from dry skin.
- Inhale it to reap aromatherapy benefits.
What Is the Best Container for Balms?
Since glass is always healthier than plastic, especially where there is heat involved, I always recommend a glass jar or bottle. This recipe makes around 5 ounces so I typically use a 4 ounce jar and then store what is left over in lip balm tins or smaller jars for easy transport.
This recipe isn’t formulated for lip balm tubes because there is not enough beeswax to harden the balm enough to hold up in a tube. You can totally increase the amount of beeswax to 2 tablespoons if you prefer to use a lip balm tube or even deodorant tube for your balm!
What You’ll Need to Make a DIY Allergy Relief Balm
- 2 tbsp. Coconut Oil (buy it HERE)
- 2 tbsp. Olive Oil (find it HERE)
- 1 TBSP Beeswax (buy it HERE)
- 15 drops Lemon Essential Oil (find it HERE)
- 15 drops Lavender Essential Oil (find it HERE)
- 15 drops Peppermint Essential Oil (find it HERE)
- 4 oz. Glass Jar (find it HERE)
- Lip Balm Tins (find them HERE) *optional*
- Medium Pot
- Glass Pyrex Cup w/ Spout
DIY Allergy Relief Balm
Whether your allergies are seasonal or you're sensitive to pet dander or dust, making a diy allergy balm can help relieve histamine symptoms that come from reacting to something your body is trying to fight. The potent essential oil trio-lavender, lemon and peppermint have become known for their anti histamine, anti-inflammatory and soothing power which is exactly what us allergy sufferers need! This balm is simple to make and multi-purpose!
- 1/4 cup Coconut Oil
- 1 TBSP Beeswax
- 15 drops Lemon Essential Oil
- 15 drops Lavender Essential Oil
- 15 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
- 4 oz. Glass Jar
- Lip Balm Tins *optional*
- Medium Pot
- Glass Pyrex Cup w/ Spout
- Fill a medium pot half way full with water.
- Place a glass bowl with a spout in the water.
- Add oils and beeswax together in the glass bowl and turn on stove top to medium.
- Once beeswax is melted remove from heat, add essential oils and pour into containers.
- Allow balm to cool completely before replacing the cap.
- This makes about 5 oz. and will stay good for around 6 mos. I put the left overs in a lip balm tube for on the go relief!*
- You can use this balm on any skin irriation. It works great on mosquito bites!
- This balm makes a great lip balm and is extremely nourishing when used as a hand and foot balm!
Where to Get the Best Essential Oils?
When using essential oils, high quality, organic oils are a must. I typically get my essential oils from Plant Therapy. I love that they offer organic oils that are affordable. Plus they offer fast and free shipping. You can use my code JENNIRAINCLOUD to get 10% off your order!
A Few More Ideas to Relieve Seasonal Allergies:
- If you can get your hands on local beeswax and honey-grab it! Using bee products from your area can really help your body adjust more quickly to seasonal outdoor allergies. Even beeswax candles local or not, can go a long way when it comes to clearing the air!
- There is a lot of relief to be had diffusing these 3 oils-I diffuse 24-7 during allergy season. I even diffuse in my car!
- Make an Allergy Inhaler! I carry this with me everywhere and can enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy anywhere without disturbing anyone else.
- Read my post on Allergy Season Must-Haves for natural supplements and other tools to get your some relief!
Can Children Use This Balm?
Yes, children over the age of 6 can easily benefit from this balm. Under the age of 6 is up to you. My daughters had no issues using peppermint oil below the age of 6 but because it is a cooling oil, it could be too strong for your child. However, since it is in a balm, it is highly diluted. You might try a patch test on their inner arm to see how they react. Applying the balm to the bottoms of their feet might be the best place to use it if you have a sensitive child.
More Allergy Relief Posts:
- Natural Allergy Remedies
- Apple Cider Vinegar Energy Drink
- Essential Oils for Allergies
- The Power of Diffusing
- DIY Vapor Rub
- How to Make Beeswax Candles
- Thieves Balm Recipe
This looks great Jennifer! I have awful allergies, so I will definitely be trying this. Thanks for all you do! You are an inspiration! God bless you!
Thanks Joelle, You are so sweet! I have bad allergies too but they haven’t struck yet so I’m really excited to use this this year! I appreciate your sweet comment, don’t hesitate to comment again if you have any questions about the recipe!
This is great! K in fact, your while blog is fantastic! Thank you for sharing your knowledge! I would like to know how I could make this to use on my daughters (8&10). Do I dilute it with more coconut oil? Or just half the number of eo drops?
Hi Dana! Thank you! Don’t alter it at all for your daughters. The oils are diluted enough in the salve. These oils are pretty gentle anyway. Peppermint might give a cooling feeling but that should give a bit of relief. In fact, I would recommend putting these oils neat (straight) on the bottoms of their feet if they are really suffering! I hope this helped! Thanks!
I had a question on the Lemon Essential Oil. Could I use Lemon Eucalyptus Essential Oil instead? Would this alter the effects?
Nora, yes you could-eucalyptus could add to the benefits!
Has anyone tried this for migraines? I have a friend who has severe migraines.
Martha-I haven’t but I have heard Birch essential oil and peppermint essential oil are really good for migraines. I would apply the oil right to the temples and not even mess with a salve if I were treating a migraine. Of course, you would have to test the oils to make sure you weren’t sensitive.
I have Nature’s kiss peppermint oil. It says do not apply directly to the skin without dilution. So you think 4 drops of the peppermint oil and 1/2 teaspoon of almond oil mixed would be sufficient to add to the temples?
Martha, I’m not familiar with that brand, but it wouldn’t take much to dilute. Your proportion sounds good, if it’s too much, just add a bit more almond oil right to your temple to dilute more-water won’t help. The problem with peppermint oil on the temples is that it doesn’t hurt the skin, it usually burns the eyes from the vapor. Be sure to keep your eyes closed when you first put it on-that will help! Thanks!
I made this recipe about 4 months ago, this is the first time in 15 years I did not have to visit the doctor because of my allergies!! Every time I felt that sinus/drainage feeling…I rubbed up with this salve at night and woke up symptom free!! Thank you for sharing all your knowledge and recipes!
Sandy-I love hearing this! Thanks so much for sharing! I’m so glad you’ve found some relief!
This balm is great! I made it for an allergic reaction I had to an acne face wash. I looked like I had chicken pox-not pretty and very scary. The doctor gave me meds, but I knew I needed something to calm the sting. I KNEW you would have something! I made this recipe and it is great! It melts quickly, covers but doesn’t smother, and the oils lend a light scent. It helped me so much, now I swear by it! Thank you for sharing your wisdom!
Your post mentions olive oil but I don’t see it in the recipe. If you use coconut oil is there a need for it? I make something similar as a replacement for Vicks (LOVE the smell, HATE the petroleum!) and I use either coconut OR olive oil. I recently discovered Spark and just received LLP so I can’t wait to whip up a batch for a friend with horrible allergies. 🙂
Marci-I usually add both coconut and olive oil-I think for this one I originally only added coconut oil. It really doesn’t matter. Both ways will work fine! L.L.P. makes it so easy!!
Cool! So do you do approximately half and half? Sorry…I am relatively new to all this. I can follow a recipe, but am not independently creative. Lol
Marci-No problem! I use equal amounts of both oils. So just 1/2 the coconut oil in this and add the other 1/2 of olive oil-Does that make sense?
hi Jenni, really excited to follow you! Amazing efforts in all that you do & come up with!
Next stop is your Vick’s & this one once my other oils come in. Can’t get L.L.P blend here in the UK.
Ps I’m a cat lover, too!!
Catherine! Thank you so much! So glad you’re enjoying making your own healthy remedies! It’s really so addictive!
Is it possible to use all olive oil, and leave out the coconut oil?
Anna-Yes you can! I like to do coconut oil because it’s so healing though. Olive oil will give you the same consistency and will be very nourishing.
I have 2 kids with earaches and I want to make this instead of taking pills,I have tried to use essential oils for everything,I feel stupid,but how do you apply this?
Deanna-Don’t feel stupid!! I should totally have put that in the post. I rub this on my sinuses. I rub it on my girl’s chest when they are stuffy and sneezy. You can also apply to the bottoms of the feet. I also be sure to really focus this around my nose, it is so healing and soothes congestion as well as a raw, painful nose. About ear aches, have you read my post specifically on ear infections? Go HERE for it. You might really find it helpful. We’ve been going through ear aches too and not yet had to resort to the doctor with this essential oil blend.
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hi jenni so my allergies have been awful lately that my skin gets itchy too especially when i work out….this only happens when my allergies are really bad…. does this help out alot for my body? or is there some other recipes you have that is anti inflammatory to help my itchy irritated skin? thanks jenni… i always have skin issues during work outs
Jane-I would try this for sure. It should really help with your skin. This trio of essential oils is especially helpful to skin rashes and allergies. Usually allergies cause lots of inflammation which is what is so uncomfortable-these oils can reduce inflammation, providing a lot of relief for your skin. Go for it and good luck!
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Is it 1/4 Cup as the recipe says or 1/4 Tbsp as the picture states?
Lisa-Yikes!! Never noticed that before-it’s 1/4 cup. I’ll get that fixed-thanks for pointing it out!!
Hello, I am from Australia and just wondering approximately how many mL are in one drop?
For a vegan would it alter the effects if you used soy wax instead of beeswax?
Margaret-I’ve never worked with soy wax but beeswax doesn’t have much effect on relieving allergies unless it’s a local beeswax to help with allergies in your specific area-and I’m not too sure it’s that helpful. The essential oils are what really do the trick. I would try soy for sure.