Since I’m nursing this year, I am attempting to help my allergies naturally. I never had allergies until about 7 years ago and they can be horrible.
Mine seem to be bad around the spring flowering season. So far what I’m doing is working well but once it warms up and the flowering trees bloom, I’ll know for sure if it’s working.
Here’s what I’m doing.
*taking 9-12 alfalfa tablets daily. I chose Shaklee Alfalfa tabs. Alfalfa offers immune system support and natural antihistamines.
*drinking nettle tea–2 cups daily–I planned to buy it bulk and brew tea but the health food store didn’t have bulk nettles so I bought tea bags. It’s not bad really. I just brew it, let it sit and get strong and chug it down.
*Allergy relief essential oil from Heritage Essential Oil. This is the first time I’ve ever put essential oils in my body rather than on. I don’t put it in capsules (not sure I can get on board with that use–no matter what brand). I drop one or two drops on my tongue when my eyes are itchy or allergy symptoms flare up. So far, I usually have to do this once or twice during the day usually in the morning. I had to do it today when we were running errands. I’ve noticed the itchy symptoms gone within 5 minutes.
* I also made a roller ball with 10 drops of each of the following essential oils–lemon, lavender, peppermint, respiratory relief then filled the bottle with a carrier oil. When I have allergy symptoms, I roll this blend over my eyebrows, across my nose, and under my nose.
I’m hoping (fingers crossed) that this gets me through the flowering trees season without having to resort to over the counter allergy meds. I have used them in the past and they usually work fine but I don’t want to dry up my milk in any way since I worked so hard to get baby to nurse! An added benefit of the alfalfa and nettles is that they encourage milk production too–win win!