Since my little Katie is sick, I thought I would share my witch doctor remedies for eradicating those bad bugs that knock us down from time to time.
There are many wonderful remedies out there involving garlic, onions, raw honey, lemon, raw apple cider vinegar, mustard, cayenne pepper, chamomile, echinacea, fermented cod liver oil, etc. that we can’t use with Katie’s plethora of allergies.
Then there’s the standard home treatment that I grew up with – popsicles, canned fruit cocktail, canned chicken noodle soup, Jell-O, oranges and/or ascorbic acid chewables (a component of vitamin C), and bottled juice. When it was available, watermelon, cantaloupe and strawberries were always on the menu too.
I washed those down with cough syrup, Tylenol, or other pharmacy medication liberally supplemented with antibiotics as “needed” depending on how ill I was. With allergies and those foods on the menu, it’s no wonder I was sick so often.
Here are the tried and true remedies that keep us all out of the MD’s office and support our bodies as they heal. I also use the other natural remedies for hubby and I as needed.
Mix about 1/8 teaspoon of unrefined salt with 8 ounces filtered water. Stir until salt is dissolved.
It’s good for replenishing fluids and replaces the need for chemical-laden Gatorade or Pedialyte drinks
- 1/4 cup raw shea butter
- 60 drops eucalyptus EO (essential oil)
- 15 drops peppermint EO
- 15 drops sage essential EO
- 15 drops rosemary essential EO
- 1 drop tea tree oil
- 1 drop red thyme EO
*be sure to use a food-grade quality EO and check for contraindications
I mix and store with the date and recipe written directly on the glass jar with a permanent marker.
Rub a thin layer on the soles of the feet, chest, and/or back depending on the severity of congestion. Apply two to three times a day. I generally do it every twelve hours.
It smells fantastic. A little like vanilla. If it doesn’t smell pleasant, your nose is telling you that’s not the right combination of oils and to keep trying. I know it’s the right mix for us, because it smells good. There’s a little more to it, but I’m often scientific like that.
Healing Foods: a great resource for the healing benefits of many fruits and vegetables
Chicken stock and boiled chicken
- the importance of whole food Vitamin C
- good sources of C: Goji Berries, rose hips, raw organic acerola cherry powder
Right now, we use dried elderberries. I’ll be searching for local sources of fresh organically grown elderberries this summer to freeze for the year.
- Use about ½-1 inch of fresh ginger per cup of water. I use about 3 ½ inches in 7 cups of water.
- Peel ginger and grate or slice into paper-thin slices and add to pot of water.
- Bring to boil and simmer for 15-20 minutes.
- Strain ginger from tea and drink. You may add freshly squeezed lemon and honey to taste.
Use a cool mist humidifier to avoid mildew and mold issues that may come with the warm air ones. Keep a humidifier running consistently while sleeping. Dry sinuses and throat will encourage microbes instead of fighting them.
Since we can’t do a steam tent with a 3 year old (for the obvious wiggling, impatient, can’t sit still, don’t want to burn her reasons), I take her in our smallest bathroom, shove a towel against the bottom of the door to create a better seal, and turn on the shower and sink to full hot while we sit in there and play.
We stay until the water starts to cool and the steam begins to dissipate. Plastic blocks like Mega or Duplo are great to take in, since they’re easy to dry.
Used to counteract the bad bug invaders and to boost the soldiers of the immune system. We use Custom Probiotics 11-strain.
This post is part of GAPS Friendly Fridays.
Photo Credit: original photo by spcbrass