Since Hailey is fighting a mild cold, as am I, I thought I'd share a few natural remedies (in addition to prayer of course) I've discovered in the last couple of years.
I use this when I just feel a cold coming on. Sometimes it gives my system enough of a boost that I won't end up getting a cold at all. It is cheap and you can get it anywhere. It doesn't have any dyes or bad stuff in it (that I'm aware of). Pink lemonade is my favorite flavor.
Mullein Garlic Compound, brand name - Herb Pharm. It is in an olive oil extract. I know this sounds crazy, but I promise I've tried this out on myself before I did the kids and it works! I just wish I had known about it BEFORE I had tubes put in my son's ears (twice) and his adenoids taken out (not to mention all the antibiotics he was on). You just slightly warm up the bottle and drop a few drops into the ears and they usually start feeling better within four hours to six hours. This stuff is amazing. You need to replace it every year as it loses it's potency. I always keep it on hand.
I gargle and swallow a mouthful of Bragg's Raw Apple Cider Vinegar (three times a day). Do not do this on an empty stomach! If you can't stand to swallow it, than gargle and spit it out. You can also use straight lemon juice. If you can't handle acidic products, try gargling some natural sea salt dissolved in water. Either acids or something extremely alkaline (saline) will kill most bacteria that is causing a sore throat. Try not drinking or eating anything for 10 minutes after you gargle or swallow to give the acid or saline a chance to work on the bacteria. Garlic and cayenne are supposed to work as well, although I've never tried it because I can't stand hot stuff.
I use Osha Root Complex Syrup, brand-name: Herbs, Ect. Very nasty tasting stuff, but it does work. To get it down, I mix it with a little apple juice. Also give you or your kids a spoon full of honey, it helps sooth the tingling.
I'm really prone to sinus infections and I use to have to go on antibiotics until I learned that snorting a few droppers full of saline water (three times a day) works wonders. Also, gargling with vinegar, helps clear the sinuses as well. I've had some luck with steam tents, but it doesn't seem to be as effective as the saline in the sinuses treatment. I'd like to try a Netti-pot (spelling?) someday.
Avoid Nasty Bruises:
This is yet another wonderful Herb Pharm product. It is called Trauma Oil compound. Having two redheads, you can imagine how easily they bruise. Hailey has received this particular treatment many times as she is a climber and has a high pain tolerance. In other words, she doesn't seem to learn from her many falls! I just put this on the hurt area (try to do it soon after the incident) and you will be amazed whe next day you will see either nothing in an area that should have bruised, or just a very light bruise.
I know some of you will think I'm cruel, but I let my kids have a fever as long as it stays below 102 degrees F. If it goes above that, I will give them Tylenol or Motrin, but usually I don't have to. Low grade fevers raise the body temperature to naturally kill whatever bacteria or virus is present in the body. Usually my kids are 100% better in 12 hours or less if I let them have a fever. Some people think it is cruel to let them have a fever, but in my few it is harder on the child to prolong the illness. This is just my opinion and I don't judge others for giving their kids medicine as soon as they have a fever. This is just a parenting preference.
I have another product I keep on had from Herb Pharm called Children's Herbal compound. I honestly have never had the need to use it yet. If anyone has used this, please leave a comment and tell us if it worked for you or not.
Now it is your turn. I'm always up for new ideas when it comes to natural medicine. I've only just started exploring this in the last couple of years, so I know I have A LOT to learn. If you know of any home remedies that I haven't mentioned all ready, please leave a comment and share it with us.
I good resource link I've found is http://www.earthclinic.com/.