Fighting Allergies


Spring & Allergies 


This week has been miserable for me. I'm fighting a terrible reaction to all of the pollen in the air. I've recently been tracking the conditions and have been trying to stay in during "high" pollen days. I use this tracker HERE.  I spent most of my day on the couch with cold compresses on my eyes. I reached out for advice around fighting allergies through instagram stories and received such great feedback around successful solutions others have actually tried. After doing some of my own research it seems the instagram universe is in tune with what works! I wanted to share, please find the results below. 

Natural remedies 

Essential oils: You can use peppermint oil if you are not nursing but if you are nursing it will affect your milk supply.

A blend of lemon, lavender, and peppermint or cedar wood oil (if you are breastfeeding) is supposed to work wonders! You can apply the oil right onto your pressure points as needed. You can use everyday as a prevention method. 

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A blend of lemon, lavender, & peppermint mixed with a carrier oil (grapeseed, avocado, olive oil) To apply just swipe it across your sinuses and down your nose. 

Sabadil: A homeopathic medicine that temporarily relieves one or more of the symptoms of hay fever or other upper respiratory allergies: itchy and watery eyes, sneezing, runny nose, and itchy throat and nose. You can find it, HERE. 

Neti Pot: Neti pots are a great, natural way to relieve nasal congestion and allergies, as long as you use sterile water and don’t use it too frequently. They have been a part of Ayurvedic medicine for hundreds of years.  

Local honey: Ingest 1 tsp of LOCAL honey in the AM and PM. When a person eats local honey, they are thought to be ingesting local pollen. Over time, a person may become less sensitive to this pollen. As a result, they may experience fewer seasonal allergy symptoms.

MEDICATIONS 

If you are breastfeeding like I am you can also use Claritin which falls under category L1. There are 4 Lactation Risk Categories L1-L4, L1 being the safest. 

Claritin and Breastfeeding

Claritin – L1: Claritin is considered safe for breastfeeding. Only 0.3-1.2% of the medication will be transferred through the breast milk to the baby. It is important to note that this is for plain Claritin only. Claritin D is not recommended for breastfeeding because of the decongestant that has been added to the allergy medication. If buying the generic brand, look for the active ingredient Loratidine.

Other Allergy Medications and Breastfeeding

Zyrtec – L2: This has a higher risk level than Claritin because there hasn’t been enough research. However, studies done on dogs suggest that 3% is transferred through breast milk. If buying the generic brand, look for the active ingredient Cetirizine.

Allegra – L2: It is believed that 0.5-0.7% is transferred through breast milk. If buying the generic brand, look for the active ingredient Fexofenadine.

Benadryl, Aller Clore, & Dimatapp – These allergy medications are not recommended for breastfeeding mothers. They can make you sleepy, which means they are sedating. That sedation can be passed on to the infant and may cause breathing problems.


 

 

SOME OF MY NON-TOXIC FAVORITES


BEAUTY & NON-TOXIC PICS


Isn't it crazy that I am doing a post on non-toxic maintenance products. Hopefully there will come a time when all products will be non-toxic, but for now I rounded up my top non-toxic maintenance picks below:

DEODORANT: I'm slightly obsessed with Piperwai activated charcol deodorant. I've been using it for two years and it's the only product I have on automatic delivery and still run out of! You can find it, HERE. Just make sure you get the jar NOT the stick. 

NAIL POLISH: My go-to is, Londontown! They are a "9-free" nail polish and nail care line, which claim to be free of formaldehyde, camphor, toluene, DBP (dibutyl pthalate and phthalates), formaldehyde resin, xylene, ethyl tosylamide, parabens, and lead. I'll take it! Most nail polish at the salons are "watered down" anyways so why not play it safe and bring your own for a longer lasting manicure. You can find some of my favorite colors, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE. Nail hardener & base coat HERE. Protective top coat, HERE. Cuticle oil, HERE

TOOTHPASTE: I've tried a bunch of fluride free toothpastes and have had trouble finding a brand that actually made my teeth feel clean. I love Natures Gate, it's the only toothpaste that did the job. You can find it, HERE. That price is for 6 tubes. I promise you will love it! The toothpaste is all natural and crafted with pure essential oils and botanical extracts, the holistic toothpaste is free of GMOs, gluten, fluoride, parabens and artificial flavors.

SCRUB: My go to body scrub is Coco Rose Body Polish, you can find it HERE. It's not only all natural but each ingredient is included for a therapeutic reason. You can't go wrong with a product made from virgin coconut oil, moroccan rose, shea butter, pink clay and sugar. 

HANDSOAP: Not only am I a huge fan of pretty details, like the way Beekman wraps their bars of soap, but I'm also a huge fan of their brand and products. Their soaps and skin care products are all made using natural ingredients, without chemicals or preservatives. Most use fresh goat milk from Beekman 1802 Farm, and can be used on the most sensitive of skin. You can shop the soap, HERE. 

FROWNIES FOR FIGHTING WRINKLES THE NATURAL WAY


WRINKLES & SKIN CARE 


These work the old school way. I used these patches a few years ago and loved them as a good alternative to botox or anything with chemicals. Recently, I've been noticing terrible lines between my eyes, so I decided to start using them again. They work best for forehead lines though. They are very straight forward. They stop you from making the repetitive motions, like scrunching or squeezing facial muscles that cause wrinkles. The patch basically tightens up the area that it's applied to.

You should wear them when you sleep or just hanging around the house for a few hours. The consistency almost feels like construction paper. You just wet the patch and stick them over the area you want to stop from moving and they smooth the appearance of expression lines. You can use the Frownies Rose Water Spray to apply them, but water works just as well. I can't believe they have been around since 1886! They are paraban, polysorbate, disodium edta, sodium laureth, lauryl sulfate, phthalates, and fragrance free. 



Non- Toxic Skin Care & Clean Beauty


Skin care & Pregnancy 


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If you saw my makeup post then you know I'm all about all natural skincare. I always check for parabens and phthalates among other things. Though this started during my first pregnancy, it's now something I stick to, pregnant or not. My go-to skincare one stop shop is, Follain. It's the equivalent to Sephora minus all of the chemicals. Follain is somewhere you can shop with 100% confidence that you are getting products that will help, not hurt you. I suffer from slight redness and the occasional breakout but other than those two issues, I have normal skin. Check out my skincare routine below. 

MAKE UP REMOVER

I've tried so many makeup removers but they all seem to strip my skin. I stopped using wipes and now only use cleansing oil. You can find it HERE    

CLEANSERS

I use different cleansers each day depending on how my skin is acting. I have four I alternate among. 

1) To get a squeaky clean feel, I use this awesome charcoal bar; you can find it HERE . If you workout everyday this is a great post workout cleanser and this is for YOU! 

2) When my skin is acting sensitive, this is my cleanser. This cleanser is gentle enough for babies. Its ingredients include natural grain-based witch hazel combined with healing lavender and geranium to deliver squeaky clean skin without stripping or irritation. You can find it HERE. If you have sensitive skin, this cleanser is for YOU!

3) There are days where that "pregnancy glow" is a distant memory, when your skin is so dull that you need an instant pick me up. You need a brightening cleanser. If that's you, then you can find it HERE . If you have dull skin then this is for YOU!

4) This Osea mud cleanser does wonders for oily or acne prone skin. This potion includes organic algae masquerading as mud and delivers immediate relief. The result is clean, tingling skin, ready to work its way back to balance. If oil or acne is your problem you can find it, HERE If you have acne prone or oily skin then this is for YOU!

REDDNESS

If you suffer from redness or skin that gets irritated easily this Organic soothing Gel soothes & calms skin. It works wonders. You can find it, HERE

TONER

Out of all the products, the Hannes Dottir Mineral Mist is a favorite. All I know is when I spray this baby on,  I'm left with smooth and glowing skin. I was never a person that used toners until I found this product. It is a MUST have. You can find it HERE. 

FACE SERUM

I love this serum. Its very versatile and works for any skin type. While it reduces lines and redness, it's even gentle enough for fine lines in the sensitive undereye area. The nutrients in this product leave your skin radiating. You can find it HERE  

UNDER EYE SERUM

If you choose to use an under eye specific repair serum I like La Bella Figura. It's a little $$$ but check it out. You can find it, HERE

MOISTURIZER

 I like a very lightweight moisturizer. When I'm breaking out, I use Osea Blemish Balm Moisturizer. You can find it HERE

For all other days, I use  the Osea Atmosphere Protection cream which is also lightweight. It shields skin from youth-robbing free radicals. You can find it HERE 

OR 

The indie Lee facial cream. You can find it HERE

CHOOSING A SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER WHILE PREGNANT


PREGNANCY & HAIR CARE


 

 

MRS.NIPPLE MAMA TIPS

When purchasing a shampoo and conditioner make sure the product is free of:

  1. Sodium lauryl sulfate, a popular surfactant found in shampoos, has been linked to birth defects in animal studies.  

  2. Parabens

  3. Synthetic fragrances which may contain phthalates (Phthalates may alter hormone levels)

  4. The preservative, methylisothiazolinone (MIT) In scientific studies, MIT inhibited the growth of rats’ nerve cells

Pregnant or not, choosing a safe shampoo and conditioned is important because your hair follicles provide entry points into your skin, so these chemicals could easily enter your body. Keep in mind it's even more important you are confident in your hair care products because these are products you will be using on a weekly basis throughout your pregnancy. That being said, navigating the lists of ingredients on beauty products seems to be more of an art, something many of us do not want to spend time doing. Follain is the Sephora of chemical and toxin free beauty products. It takes the guess work out of questions like, "Is this product safe for my unborn baby" I buy most of my beauty products here because I have 100% confidence in their products. If you are local Organachs Farm to Skin in Westport CT is another great place to purchase chemical and toxic free beauty products. 

 

MY ROUTINE

1. Less is more when it comes to daily hair care 

2. I keep it as natural as possible with chemical free products

3. I also try and go as long as possible between washes. If I don't do an intense workout, with my thick coarse hair I can get by for about five days after a good blowout.

4. I try to let my hair air dry as much as possible. I blow out my hair around once or once every other week. 

5. If I let my hair air dry but I have a meeting or event I just run a Drybar curling iron through it, SHOP HERE.  

SHOP

Shop more of my recommendations for shampoo, conditioner, hair dye, and dry shampoo  HERE