Even when the kids get sick, there are plenty of options apart from pharmaceutical medication which are natural, effective and perfectly safe, unlike drug alternatives. Tis now the season for snot and coughs and you likely have a handful of remedies ready to go in your home or garden, “Garden Medicine” as I like to call it. Below are some of my favourites and it doesn’t get much easier.
Of course nutrition is central to health and during an acute event focusing on the healing foods and removing grains and sugar is ideal. Chronic conditions may find some benefit from the suggestions below but I would recommend further investigation with a qualified professional.
Thyme – if you have some thyme growing in the garden you have a cough remedy. Steep 2 heaped tsp fresh thyme leaves in a cup of boiling water for 10 minutes with a strip of lemon peel, strain and add honey at drinking temperature, let your child sip this before bed for a restful night’s sleep and of course throughout the day.
Chicken Broth – Jewish penicillin really is medicinal and having batches ready to go in the freezer or fridge is ideal all year round but especially winter. Research has shown that the elements in chicken broth are very supportive of lung function and act as an expectorant, so get a pot of stock on today. There are many great broth ideas on this site.
Local Raw Honey – a teaspoon of honey straight off the spoon or as it was done in years gone by, with a little whiskey (not advisable for kids), or you can mix it with a little coconut oil and lemon juice for added health benefits. Honey is also anti-microbial and consuming this quantity of sugar in the short term is not something to freak out about.
Steam – get your child into the hottest bath they can tolerate, add some essential oils for congestion such as Eucalyptus or get a steam inhalation happening and of course oils in the burner.
Chest Rub – so easy to make at home without all the added nasties of bought ones and the benefits of real essential oils rather than extracts. Simply add 12 drops of Eucalyptus, 5 drops of Peppermint and 5 drops of Thyme to 25ml of coconut oil which is perfect because it will be the right consistency for rubbing.
Hot Buttered (or Coconut) Lemonade – this is soothing and satisfying and easy to whip up to soothe a cough or sore throat, all you need to do is simmer 4 cinnamon sticks, 2 lemons juiced with 3 thick strips of peel with 3 cups of water for 5 minutes then strain and add 1 heaped tablespoon of real butter or coconut oil and 1tsp-1tbsp of honey at drinking temperature per serve. It is really great blended with a hand blender or in the TM for a creamier texture.
Citrus Tonic – An exclusive recipe from my “Managing Your Child’s Health Naturally” workshop: Limonene is the essential oil contained in the peel of citrus fruit and has long been recognised for its immune boosting powers, particularly for coughs and colds. It is also used to energise and to promote healthy digestion. The limonene is easily extracted through heating and steeping and so can be added to any hot beverage and sweetened with honey to make a child friendly drink. Alternately you can source organic orange or lemon oil and add this to just about anything to add some immune boosting power to your child’s diet. Try this orange peel tonic to boost immune health: peel removed from 1 whole orange and diced, 2 cloves and 1 tsp raw local honey. Add ingredients to a sealable jar and top with 1 cup of boiled water. Stir well then tightly cover and steep for 12 hours. Stir again then cover and steep for a further 12 hours or overnight. A tablespoon of liquid whey can be added before the second steeping to add probiotic goodness and amplify the nutrient profile of the end product. Strain and consume at room temperature, for children this can be steeped and it can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Herbal Syrup – Now for a slightly more advanced version but well worth the effort, this herbal remedy is fantastic, the ingredients can all be sourced online (organic versions are also available), check out Austral Herbs and make your own home-made cough medicine/syrup for the kids. Even if you can’t source all of these ingredients, you can make it with the basics of Marshmallow or Slippery Elm, Licorice or Ginger, Cinnamon, ctirus and honey, or any combination if desperate, it will still have a beneficial impact.
- 4 cups of filtered water
- ¼ cup Ginger Root (fresh grated or dried)
- 1/4 cup Slippery Elm bark
- 1/4 cup Licorice Root
- ¼ cup Chamomile Flowers
- ¼ cup Marshmallow Root
- 4 sticks of cinnamon
- 1 tsp Fennel seeds
- 4 strips orange peel
- 1 cup honey
- Optional – 1/4 cup pure whey liquid
Simmer herbs, peel and water until reduced by half then strain and add honey when the mixture is cool enough. If using whey add this when the mixture is completely cooled. This will keep refrigerated for 2-3 months. Use 1 tsp 3-4 times daily for children.
There are also some fantastic ready made remedies you can easily source including: Oralmat, Herbal Tinctures, Homotoxicology products, immune boosting probiotics and more.
Managing acute health issues might seem a scary thing to do but the fact is conventional pharmaceutical measures can damage our kids health now and set them up for health issues long term. You can easily learn all you need to know to create a picture of lasting health and happiness for your children, join the next Managing Your Child’s Health Naturally workshop, see the workshop page, or download the manual from the shop today.