I, unsurprisingly, go the holistic route. Most allergy meds I can't take while pregnant. I completely agree that taking medicine to cure something is a great thing, but there is not cure for allergies. We can only attempt to alleviate and manage our symptoms.
Enter essential oils! Y'all know I've gotten into Young Living essential oils and have been completely blown away at some of the benefits of using them, even in just a few short months. I talked about Panaway for aches and pains, and continue to use that oil several times a week on my poor aching pregnant back. Now that it's fall, I've become impressed with three oils that can be blended together to alleviate allergy symptoms (among many other great uses): Lemon, lavender and peppermint.
These three oils are likely some of the most versatile oils out there, and are great staples for every newbie-oil-lover. They have far, far more uses than just for allergies, but since I'd have to write a novel for the benefits of each oil, I'll stick to how to use them to alleviate seasonal allergies.
Fill your home diffuser with cool water and shake in one to two drops of lemon and lavender oils. Then add one drop of peppermint. The peppermint is strong and will overpower the other oils if you use equal amounts of all three, so I lower the peppermint amount by half! Then turn on your diffuser, Make sure it's in the room that you're spending the most time in so that you breathe in the pleasant scents all day! I like to get my diffuser cranked up in the morning, right after getting up so that this blend is already being pumped into my air by the time the sun is up and new pollen start to circulate.
How do these oils work together to help with allergies? Here's the short answer: Lemon has natural disinfectant and other general "cleaning" and wellness properties. Lavender is the queen of all things calming. And the peppermint has such a crisp, strong scent, it helps to instantly clear sinuses. All of these three power house oils function together to naturally help open sinuses and airways, alleviating the most common symptoms of fall allergies!
If you'd like to check these oils out for yourself, I'm a Young Living independent distributor! There are two ways you can get your hands on some holistic allergy relief: Become a Young Living wholesale member (24% discount on oils and $50 annual minimum for membership - a STEAL!) or via a retail account. You can email me if you'd like help setting up a retail account, and I'd be so happy to help you! When I did my post about Panaway, it was the ONE oil that wasn't registering in their retail accounts and I had to help a few folks with their orders. I'm here to help!
One of the best parts of these essential oils is that they have so many additional uses! Trust me, you'll see them pop up a lot in my monthly essential oils series - they're great beyond alleviating fall allergies! Also a major bonus? They're AFFORDABLE. Prices vary, but range from $11-$30 each. One bottle is less than a month of allergy meds, and this bottle will last you far longer than that!