There's no getting away from it, kids' hay fever is especially miserable. Pollen peaks in the spring and early summer, often ruining warm weekends and fun times outside and co-inciding with important exams.
Itchy, stuffy nose, irritated, tired and puffy eyes and a thick achy head are some of the symptoms. More common for boys than girls (although the gender split evens out in adulthood), it usually begins in childhood or in the teenage years. There's no 'magic cure' for hay fever and managing symptoms in younger children can be tricky.
Exploring essential oils as a way to support
Eight years ago our founder Sam Fells was looking for ways to help her son, Theo. Living with allergies since he was very small (everything from pollen to horses), Theo needed something to support him with his his hay fever during his GCSEs. His hay fever was keeping him awake at night too - at a time when he really needed to get good sleep.
Armed with an old aromatherapy book Sam began combining natural essential oils, to find something he could pop onto a tissue to help him to breathe easier and sleep better. When she discovered a formula that worked, friends asked to try it and she discovered it helped them too. Four years later, after more testing and trials, Sam launched Breaze.
Breaze harnesses the natural aroma therapeutic properties of carefully selected essential oils. It comes in a handy vapour oil, a pocket sized barrier balm and also a motion sensitive pillowcase. The ingredients in Breaze include;
- Clove Leaf oil
- Lemon Oil
Natural & Easy to Use
Simply pop a few drops of oil onto a tissue or hankie - and children can inhale the comforting aromas as often as needed.
With toddlers* or younger children parents often pop the oil onto a favorite teddy which can help on car journeys or when they are sleeping. The oil can be used in a diffuser too or in a warm bath before bedtime - adults often the oil in a diffuser on their desk during the day.
With Breaze allergen barrier balm you simply rub a little around the nostrils to inhale the fragrance and it helps to capture those tiny allergens before they get up your nose!
Breathe Easier at Night
The same formula has been micro-encapsulated into our Motion Sensitive Pillowcases. As your child's head moves on the pillow the tiny capsules burst, releasing the gentle fragrance which helps to support easier breathing and more restful sleep.
Suitable for the whole family, not only children - Breaze is 100% natural and side effect free - so you can use it as little or often as you need.
Hay Fever in Older Children & Teenagers
The vapour oil and barrier balm are pocket sized and easy for an older child to use independently. Breaze is not a medicine so it doesn't need be handed in to a teacher or school nurse unless of course you feel your child isn't old enough to use it themselves.
Proud to be rated EXCELLENT on Trustpilot, below are just some of the reviews specifically from parents.
"I have used the pillowcases, essential oil and barrier balm for both my son and me. The smell is lovely and it's a useful extra support. Great solution for children. Deliveries are efficient and overall great service! Thank you." Lorna R.
"Summer for my daughter - what a nightmare! Since having Breaze pillow cases and the oil, she has been able to sleep better at night and wake without a stuffed up nose. I’ve noticed she’s not needed her eye drops as much either and can go and enjoy outside more than usual - thank you!" Sally R.
"Brilliant products! I have tried EVERYTHING on the market over the years and nothing has worked as well as these pillow cases. My daughter gets the most benefit, she wakes up happy, clear headed and without having used a whole box of tissues throughout the night. Absolutely brilliant!" Emma K.
"My son has had hay fever since he was 3 and it has gradually got worse. He is now 12 and we pretty much spend 2 months a year shut inside as it aggravates his asthma. Breaze is one tool in our arsenal and I tried it out of desperation - I was very sceptical. It is magic! My son can finally breathe at night and sleep which makes such a difference. We use the oil in a vaporiser in the day when he is especially bad and also on a hanky. He can go outside again and we love it." Mrs Powell.
* Breaze Vapour Oil is suitable for children over the age of 2 years. Breaze Allergen Barrier Balm and Motion Sensitive Pillowcases are suitable from 3 months. Always use under adult supervision and according to the instructions.