Natural Remedies for Common Cold, Flu, Sinus Congestion or Allergies during Pregnancy

Natural Remedies that will help you feel better, and heal sooner!

Pregnant women are very susceptible to colds and some other infections, this is because the effects of hormones throughout the body.

First, lets identify the difference between a common cold and the flu.

Common cold or flu (Influenza)?

Both are viral infections and have similar symptoms but are caused by different viruses

Sometimes, it can be difficult to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. There are some special test that can be done to identify which virus can be if wanted.


  • Symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, fever and runny nose, are your body’s way of fighting the infection and ultimately lead to self-recovery.
  • Do not lower fever rapidly, fever is the first line of defense. Its your body fighting the infection. Bring down fever if it is approaching 101°F or 38.333°C
  • Cough the phlegm out of your chest and blow your stuffed nose regularly.
  • Wash your hands with soap regularly to avoid propagation.

Natural Remedies

1. Rest

Get plenty of rest to allow your body to heal. Try to go to bed early, sleeping later and taking naps to get that extra sleep you need.

Combine with fresh air and regular moderate exercise.

2. Drink lots of fluids

Drink fluids throughout the day.

  • Water, water and more water.
    It is recommended to take 8-10 glasses of water per day.
  • Herbal tea
  • Chicken soup broth

3. Inhaling steam

For relief of nasal and sinus congestion: steam is a great way to open up airways.

– Bring a pot of water to boil, turn off the flame. Stand over it, cover your head and the pot with a towel, breath in through your nose slowly and deeply, if your nose is too stuffed, breathe through your mouth with pursed lips as if sucking through a straw.

– Stand in a closed bathroom with the hot steamy shower running for 10-20 minutes.

4. Saline nose drops

Relieves runny, stuffy, dry, or crusty noses. Helps breathe easy by flushing and removing mucus from nose and restoring moisture to dry nasal passages and sinuses.

DIY Recipe:

  • 1 quart of purified, distilled water
  • 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt

Mix well and use 2 to 6 drops into each nostril as often as needed.

5. Sinus Rinse

For allergy/sinus problems:

Rinse and flush sinuses.

  • Tilt your head back and pour the saline solution through one nostril while closing the other with your index finger, then repeat with the other nostril.
  • Repeat 2 to 3 times daily.

6. Gargle

If you start to feel sore throat, gargle for a few minutes.

DIY Recipe #1

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt
  • Mix and gargle

DIY Recipe #2

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 drops each of tea tree, eucalyptus, and peppermint oil
  • Mix and gargle

DIY Recipe #3

  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide
  • Mix and gargle

7. Echinacea tincture

This is an excellent herb tincture that strengthens the immune system’s ability to fight infection, if its taken earlier it will work better.

Take 1/2 dropperful 4 times daily

8. Elderberry syrup

Excellent remedy for the flu, and common cold reducing its length and severity.

According to some studies, it can prevent eight types of influenza.

The berries complex sugars activate immune-activity, disarming harmful enzymes and preventing viruses from penetrating healthy cells specially in the lining of the nose and throat.

Take 2 teaspoons up to 4 times daily.

Print here: Elderberry Syrup Recipe

9. Manuka Honey

Studies have revealed that Manuka Honey has antibacterial and antiviral properties which make it effective in treating cold and flu symptoms.

Add honey to your herbal tea or take alone.

It is an incredible immune support.  Most people who ingest Manuka Honey on a regular basis find that they almost never get sick and also have more energy.

10. Garlic

Have some Garlic, right away when you feel unwell or down!

You can have it fresh, cooked or as a supplement.

11. Vitamin C

May reduce flu and common colds length and severity.

Take 500–1000 mg doses 3 to 5 times per day. Do not exceed 2000mg a day or 500mg past 36th week of pregnancy.

12. Essential Oils

If you have cough, stuffy nose, and a hoarse scratchy or sore throat.

Essential oils #1


  • Add 3 to 4 drops to diffuser or
  • Add 1 to 2 drops to herbal tea
  • Mix with coconut or almond oil and massage onto your aching body, rub onto your chest, throat, sinuses or under your nose, and head.

Essential oils #2

Tea Tree

  • Use as spray around your home, to naturally disinfect and refresh the air.

13. Homeopathic remedies

  • Belladonna
    30C within the first 24 hours of the onset of your symptoms
  • Aconite
  • Tincture of Mullein

14. Over the counter medications

Remember to try to use more natural remedies before using over the counter medication as these offer temporary relief by suppressing sneezing, cough, fever and runny nose, which are our natural self-defense against infection.

  • Dextromethorphan
  • Guaifenesin
  • Tylenol (acetaminophen)
    To reduce fever or feeling or uncomfortable to sleep.

During pregnancy avoid: Aspirin and Motrin or Advil (ibuprofen)

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