Essential oils to replace chemical cleansers and help reduce allergic reactions

Zack Turck, January 2016

I recently took this FREE webinar offered by Andrea Butje at Aromahead Institute about using essential oils to reduce allergic reactions, and I was surprised by how simple it is to create custom essential oil blends for everyday, practical use. By replacing harsh, synthetic chemicals in your environment with health-supporting organic ingredients, the body is relieved from a great deal of toxic stress and better equipped to defend itself. Ms. Butje’s own experience is that, through making this transition, her allergy symptoms were reduced to nil within just 6 months. She was kind enough to allow me to share this information with hopes that more people experience the same.

Ms. Butje considers 3 Principles of physical self-care, and discusses a few specific essential oils useful for each:

1. Nourishing and supporting a healthy system

Proper rest and the ability to recover from stress can be supported by certain essential oils. Consider oils like Lavender and Ylang Ylang to induce calm, rest, and a peaceful sleep. 


Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata) flowers


2. Protection and prevention against everyday attacks on health

Essential oils can be used to assist in protection and prevention against harmful pathogens, without the toxic side effects of synthetic chemicals. Essential oils of citrus fruits like lemon and orange have excellent anti-microbial properties that make them perfect for this use.

Look at the ingredients in the items you use on your body (soaps, lotions, deodorant) as well as the items you use around the house (detergents, surface cleaners, air fresheners). Now, mercilessly replace those things that contain toxic agents with a good plant-derived alternative! I’ll be using this Lavender and Orange hand cleanser instead of those alcohol-based hand sanitizers from now on:

Lavender and Orange Hand Cleanser

1 oz Aloe Vera gel
[skin nourishing]

15 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) eo
[skin nourishing, anti-viral, anti-bacterial]

5 drops Orange (Citrus sinensis) eo.
[immune stimulant, anti-viral, anti-bacterial]

in a 1 oz flip top PET plastic bottle (unless you can find a good plastic substitute!)


My beautiful picture

Orange (Citrus sinensis) flowers



Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) flowers



3. Resolving acute issues and relief for symptom flare-ups

Essential oils can help enormously when allergy symptoms become overwhelming. I’ve had great success with just a few drops of Tea Tree essential oil in a diffuser, or in boiling water, or in the shower, to relieve itchy eyes and sinus irritation. Cedarwood essential oil is also a go-to for occasional allergic attacks.


Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana) Essential Oil




Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) plant in bloom


Do you suffer from allergies? Are you ready to clean those creepy chemicals out of your closet? Holler at us if you’d like any additional pointers, or just drop a line and update us on your progress!


One word of caution when dealing with essential oils: these substances are strong concentrates and should rarely be ingested or applied directly to the skin. That is why these mixtures combine the essential oil(s) with some kind of carrier like water, aloe vera gel, etc. Be aware of how your body reacts to different substances.