In the season of Metal which governs the Lungs, this is also the time of year when sneezing and stuffy noses return for those who suffer from seasonal allergies.
In fact, allergies were one of the main reasons I sought out acupuncture for the first time as a patient nearly 20 years ago. I suffered from all of the classic symptoms: scratchy throat, itchy eyes and congestion that kept me up at night. When my life-long allergy symptoms virtually disappeared in under six visits, I knew acupuncture was a game changer. So much so, I ended up quitting my corporate job and devoting the next 12 years to studying the art of Chinese Medicine!
To help you this season, here are a couple of my favorite quick-relief acupuncture points as well as essential oils I have personally used on myself and in my practice:
1.) Governing Vessel 24 | Shen Ting | “Spirit Court”
This point is located at the midline and 1/2 finger-breadth above your hairline. In line with the nose, this point works wonders for helping to clear stuffiness, sometimes within just a few minutes of applying pressure on the point.
2.) Large Intestine 20 | Ying Xiang | “Welcome Fragrance”
These points are located on either side of the nose, lateral to each nostril. If you suffer from itchiness of any kind, especially of the eyes or nose with allergies, these points are great for helping in that department. They also assist with keeping your nose and airways clear.
The following essential oils have served as natural remedies for centuries and are known for their refreshing scents that help alleviate allergies and clogged airways: Peppermint, Eucalyptus and Lavender.
Stimulating the above points with finger tip massage, or by adding any one or a combination of essential oils + carrier oil (such as sweet almond), offers great do-it-yourself allergy season relief.
Breathe easy today!
Kirem Marnett holds a master's degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the New England School of Acupuncture. She also serves as Editorial Director of New Earth Almanac. Connect with her and the editorial team at [email protected].