ok stuffy mamas and those in fear of pending colds(hey, tis the season!)
Spoke with the herbalist and my midwife yesterday. And I feel so much better today!!!!
First trimester rule: when in doubt, leave it out. First tri is when all the forming and important intricate development stuff is going on, so being a mininalist is good, however there are a few safe remedies....
of course, homeopathics are safe and gentle. I use them with my son, but I like the herbs better.
It IS safe to take elderberry(try Sambucol). This is a great antiviral, and most colds are viral.
Echinacea in small doses, like a cup of tea here and there(with some local raw honey!)
Emergen-C once a day, sipped throughout the day.
So yesterday afternoon I took an emergen-C(made by Alacer, you can get @ health food store), and a bit of the Sambucol. Then I made a miso soup with LOTS of garlic(like six big cloves minced), a hunk of minced fresh ginger, carrots, onion, and lots of kale. Ate that for dinner and after putting ds to bed, I got into a very warm shower, stopped up the drain and put in some immune enhancing essential oils. After I got out I used my NETTI POT, which I added some Varcho Veda Aromatic zinc-free Netti wash plus to the saline water. I was still feeling stuffy afterwards, but a little better at least. I went to bed a little disappointed that I didn't clear up my sinuses more. BUT!....a miracle happened around 1am....my sinuses cleared and I could breathe! It was wierd, I woke up coughing insanely, and when I put my head back on the pillow, I felt my head totally clear up! I actually slept! It felt euphoric!
I am still a bit stuffy this am, but feeling sooo much better. My advice, get a netti pot if you don't have one. What was I thinking not using it??!! My midwife reminded me of it, and that you actually help physically move all that stuff through. I am going to netti again this morning. It was a bit difficult to get the solution through at first, b/c I was so stuffed, but I just tried to breathe and relax myself and it got easier. Anyone let me know if you need help with netti pot use. I am way better at physically showing people, but I will do my best to describe in words.And if you are going to go buy one, I reccomend the caramic one, not the plastic one. And be sure to use NON-iodized salt!