If you are like me, when you have a cold, headache, or any other aliment you don’t hesitate to reach for the closest over the counter medication to fix it. BUT having a baby changed that for me completely. With my first child I was so adamant about not taking any over the counter medication that it usually left me curled up in the fetal position trying to wait out whatever was bothering me. I’m not much different with my second pregnancy now, although I have taken Tylenol when my headaches just wouldn’t stop. Though I still don’t like taking over the counter medicine while pregnant, I have looked into some natural remedies that will help you find relief.
Allergies, Cough, Cold, & Sore Throat:
- To use a Neti Pot, you fill pot with warm, slightly salty water, and then pour the solution into one nostril at a time.
- Usually the first line of defense for those suffering from allergies, sinus drainage, and nasal decongestion.
- Used short term to decrease length of colds and flu
- Taken at first sign of cold
- Go with extracts or tinctures (teas and capsules aren’t likely to be effective)
- Take 1-2 teaspoons every 2-4 hours for a day or two.
- Best to buy product from herbalist-run companies
- Honey mixed with tea or taken on its own can relieve a sore throat
- Gargle with warm salt water to relieve sore throat
The Kobuk: Samovar Tea
- My FAVORITE tea in the world
- I drink this all the time but when I feel an itch in my throat, I add honey to this warm tea to help my throat.
Cold and warm compress
- For a typical headache: a cool cloth or ice pack on your forehead.
- For a sinus headache: a warm compress around your eyes and nose will help relieve headache.
- For added benefit, add a few drops of peppermint essential oil to warm cloth
- A deficiency in magnesium is said to cause headaches.
- Best way to absorb magnesium is through the skin.
- Rub on forehead and back of neck for headaches. Other areas are hands or tops of the feet and if you use spray, you can spray under armpits.
- Ginger is often used for migraine relief
- Incorporate fresh ginger into smoothies or teas
- Slice fresh ginger and rub on wrists and temples
- DRINK WATER!
- Some headaches are brought on by dehydration
- Recommended intake is about 2 liters a day or roughly eight 8 oz. cups or more a day
Yogurt and Milk
- Eating yogurt or drinking a glass of milk can help ease heartburn symptoms
Apple Cider Vinegar
- Add 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to 8 oz. glass of water.
- Even though apple cider vinegar is acidic, it helps balance the acid production in the stomach/ buffer the acid activity.
- Made up of 10-30% mucilage, which means its gooey when prepared with water
- That mucilage coats the esophagus and the stomach
- Use 1 tablespoon of herb to 1 cup of water
- Put herb into a suspended strainer (tea ball), pour room temperature water over herb, let sit for 8 hours or overnight
With all these natural remedies its best to know that I am not a doctor, just a mom trying to help you find relief without over the counter medications. If you do have any questions or concerns about any of these natural remedies, speak to your doctor first.