13 Natural Remedies: Pregnancy/Nursing-Friendly Allergy Relief & Immunity Boosters
Cold season is heading out the door but I'm sure a lot of us are starting to struggle with some seasonal allergies, myself included! Here are some things that are pregnancy-friendly you can do to boost your immunity and alleviate allergies.
Netty pots, or a DIY: 1 cup distilled (it is very important not to use tap water to avoid entry of bacteria) water + 1 teaspoon salt
Local honey (my favorite way is added to a smoothie daily)
For nasal congestion: both eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils may be inhaled, but it is not recommended to ingest during pregnancy
1 drop each of: organic lavender, lemon and peppermint essential oil + a carrier oil (like coconut oil) and rubbed on chest or diffused (diffuse just the essential oils in water, carrier oil not necessary). This one is my personal favorite and I carry it around with me in my pocket at work. I make a DIY roller ball from these ones on Amazon. Add 20 drops lavender, 20 drops peppermint, 20 drops lemon and fill the rest with a carrier oil.
*NOTE: Peppermint EO is not safe for babies to inhale. I recommend using this roller ball with caution or avoid before/after nursing. Always avoid placing baby directly on chest where oils are being absorbed.
Vitamin D (5,000-10,000iU daily). I have recently used this brand, because 1.) It is sublingual so it melts under the tongue and doesn't have much of a flavor, and 2.) It is super tiny!
1,000mg-2,000mg of extra Vitamin C daily. I have always used Garden of Life's Raw Vitamin C, but I know there is a big question on quality now that Nestle bought them.
Elderberry syrup (homemade recipe or store bought; I like the Gaia brand at health food stores.) This has loads of Vitamin C in it!
Garlic (capsules or fresh). This is a natural antiviral and may alleviate respiratory symptoms. This one is great: odorless and tasteless. I choose the "cardiovascular" blend because it has ONLY garlic in the ingredients, whereas the "immunity" blend by this brand has some mushroom extracts-unsure of the safety during pregnancy. Do be cautious with the cardiovascular blend, because it has a tendency to lower blood pressure in some people.
Diffusing essential oils (avoid ingesting them while pregnant or nursing). A thieve's type blend is my go-to for illness.
Colloidal silver. Can spray in the nose for an antibacterial effect.
Bone broth 1-3 cups daily (I like to add a frozen slice of lemon to mine...Mmm. Also, GUT HEALTH, baby! It's where all our immunity starts.
Probiotics (I recommend switching it up if you have been taking one consistently, the body tends to get used to a strain after a while)
Most importantly, hydrate with water, warm liquids, eat nutrient-dense real foods and R E S T :)
*Always consult your doctor or midwife about any new supplements or herbals*
What types of remedies have worked for your family this season?
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Wishing you wellness! Can't wait for this Spring sunshine to be full blast.
Photo: Esther Ziegler