I cannot believe it is a new year already!! Our family got hit with what I call the creeping crud … sneezing, sore throat, headache, congestion, hacking cough
It is almost epidemic in our area!
Natural remedies are my first line of defense when my family gets sick.
**Note: I am not a medical professional, just a momma who wants to keep her kiddos out of the doctor’s office. You are responsible for doing the research to determine if these remedies will be healthy & effective for your family. 🙂
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~Prevent it: I usually start preparing my family in late Fall by making sure we are taking our vitamins, eating healthy foods, and drinking lots of water. Everyone also gets a daily chewable acidophilus if the stomach bug is going around. Sinupret is a good immune booster to counteract upper respiratory illnesses. Because of the unusually warm weather and our busy schedule, I did not stay on top if it this year. Won’t be making that mistake again!!
~Catch it early: I have yet to read anything about homeopathic medicine that doesn’t sound slightly crazy, but I don’t care because it WORKS!! My medicine cabinet contains several Boiron products that I use as soon as symptoms appear, to lessen the effects of illness.
- Oscillococcinum at first sign of the flu – achiness & fever
- Coldcalm for congestion & runny nose (I gave myself & the girls this and we ended up with mild colds. The boys, who got sick first & didn’t take Coldcalm, were terribly ill & in bed for days.)
- Sinusalia works quickly to open up sinus passages and get rid of that over-the-eye sinus headache
- Chestal Honey Cough Syrup
~Burn it off: I do not give my kiddos medicine for a low-grade fever (under 102) unless they are in pain or uncomfortable. Fever is your body’s way of fighting infection.
~Honey & Cinnamon: both are antiviral and antibacterial – Mix 1 tsp raw honey with 1/4 tsp good-quality cinnamon and eat it by the spoonful, use it as a fruit dip, or stir it into hot tea. You can do this several times a day to head off a cold. (Local raw honey will also lessen the effects of seasonal allergies.)
~Ease nighttime coughing: To stop heavy coughing, spread a layer of Vicks VapoRub on the bottom of each foot and put on clean socks. Don’t laugh – it really works!!
~Soothe an earache: Massage a few drops of garlic oil into your ear for almost-instant relief of an earache. Garlic is a natural antibiotic.
~Keep the air moist: I prefer a vaporizer, but a humidifier is a safer choice if it is going to be within reach of little ones. Our vaporizer has a little well on top that I fill with peppermint oil to help open sinus passages.
~Ease sore throat pain: My dad dropped off a bottle of Echinacea Goldenseal Propolis Throat Spray for Hubby to use. I haven’t tried it, but he had good results. Goldenseal is a natural antiseptic.
~Stay hydrated: Coconut water is a healthy alternative to sports drinks. It contains potassium, minerals, and electrolytes.
These can all be found at any health food store. My Walmart even carries Oscillo and local raw honey. Since not everyone lives near these stores, I linked to Vitacost. They have a great selection & low prices. New to Vitacost?
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These are a few of the methods that we use to naturally fight off cold & the flu, but there are many more great remedies.
What are your tried & true tips?