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5 Home Remedies For The Flu

5 Home Remedies For The Flu

What if you could decrease your flu symptoms naturally? If you prefer to use natural remedies during the cold and flu season, read on.

Influenza, otherwise known as the flu, can be debilitating and cause great suffering for you and your family.  Botanicals and homepathic remedies can decrease your symptoms and ease the pain of the flu.

The first time I had the flu, I swore I had malaria.  I even drove myself to the ER, just for them to tell me it was the Flu. I called my mother at 5:00 am crying and begging her to help me.  Over the next three days, she helped me change the sheets four times and nursed me back to health.  I missed ten whole days of work and thought I was dying.  I took the medication that I knew at the time and slept the days away.  Little did I know there were an alternative way and natural remedies would ease my symptoms and decrease the pain the next time I had the flu.

In this post, you’ll discover the symptoms of the flu, when to call the doctor, the herbs, and homeopathy I use to shorten the duration of the flu and ease the achiness.

What Are The Symptoms Of The Flu

  • High fever of 102-104
  • Severe achiness-(in fact, it used to be called breakbone disease)
  • A sore throat
  • A cough
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Lack of appetite

When to call the doctor for the flu

  • Signs of dehydration
  • High fever persisting (103.5 and over)
  • A severe headache
  • Stiff neck or pain in the back of the neck
  • Persistent vomiting
  • Fever for more than 4 days
  • A severe cough with chest pain and shortness of breath (could be pneumonia)

The achiness is usually what gives away the symptoms of the flu. If you feel like it may be something else, see a doctor right away.

In the United States, the flu usually hits between December and February. Adults 65 and older and children under 5 are at the greatest risk of developing flu-related illnesses.  {read more here}

I realize the Flu is not to be taken lightly.  If you are generally a healthy adult these remedies may be right for you.

Home Remedies For The Flu

  • Tinctures for the flu
    • A tincture is a concentrated liquid herbal extract taken 2-3x day in a 1/4 cup of water. 
  • Choose these tinctures as a single or blend.
    • #1 Boneset Tincture/Extract {Eupatorium perfoliatum L.}-(herb pharm, moutainroseherbs.com)
      • The #1 recommended remedy for the flu. I’ve used both the tincture and homeopathy.  I prefer the homeopathic dose for quicker results. 
    • #2 Crampbark {Viburnum opulus}
      • As suggested, crampbark is used for cramps and aches in the body. 
    • #3 Jamaican dogwood {Piscidia piscipula}
      • As an analgesic, Jamaican dogwood can reduce pains in the body for cold and flu season and also works great for PMS.
    • #4 Elderberry Syrup-  In one study, Elderberry Syrup was used to treat 60 patients suffering from influenza.  “Symptoms were relieved on average 4 days earlier and use of rescue medication was significantly less in those receiving elderberry extract compared with placebo. Elderberry extract seems to offer an efficient, safe and cost-effective treatment for influenza.”

Curious about dosing for tinctures? Download your freebie here.

 

Homeopathy For The Flu

Homeopathy is my preferred way to shorten the duration of the flu.  Keep in mind, your symptoms may increase for a moment and then they should improve within 20 minutes. Homeopathy can be tricky to use: read my post Everything You Need To Know About Homeopathy Here. 

Homeopathy is based on the person symptoms.  It is best to seek out a homeopath for the best results.

Boneset 30C (Eupatorium perfoliatum)- Best Remedy For The Flu

  • How do you know if boneset is right for you?  Your symptoms would include:
    • Patient experiences a deep aching in the bones and even the eyeballs are sore. 
    • May feel totally wiped out and unable to exert the least effort. 
    • Is usually thirsty, especially as the chill begins to come on.
  • How do you take it?
    • Take Boneset 30c, wait 20 minutes take again and wait.. you should feel an improvement. 
    • You can use herbal remedies with homeopathy. 
    • Other homeopathic remedies are available as well if these symptoms do not match.

Teas For The Flu

Tea can be nourishing and hydrating when you are suffering from the flu.  The following herbs can help reduce a fever and fill the body with vitamins and minerals during the cold and flu season.

Try these teas as a single cup or blend daily.  Enjoy 3-4 cups if you’re able to sip on it.

  • Lemon Balm
  • Yarrow
  • Linden Flower
  • Elderflower
  • Catnip
  • Peppermint.

Conclusion

I agree the flu is not to be taken lightly.  If your symptoms do not improve in 4 days or you feel uneasy, please contact your doctor. To be prepared, purchase Boneset 30c in preparation for when the flu hits your home this winter.

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xoxo

Tara

Everything you need to know about homeopathy.

Everything you need to know about homeopathy.

Have you ever wondered if homeopathy actually works?

Maybe you’ve tried those little sugar tablets with no relief.

Or you already believe, they will not work.

My first experience using homeopathy is when I had the flu for the second time in my life.  I had a liquid form of boneset from a herbal course I enrolled in with Peeka Trenkle.  I took one dose of the boneset and immediately felt relief and then.. I ran out! The bottle was empty.  I couldn’t believe it, I rushed to Nature’s Pantry to discover they didn’t have any boneset in stock.  The shift in symptoms was so dramatic, I knew it was from the homeopathic remedy.

What is homeopathy anyway?

  • “Homeopathy is a system of alternative medicine created in 1796 by Samuel Hahnemann, based on his doctrine of like cures like (similia similibus curentur), a claim that a substance that causes the symptoms of a disease in healthy people would cure similar symptoms in sick people.”
  • The remedies are so diluted that, based on chemistry, it is difficult to find any molecules of the original substance in the remedy YET, they are very mighty!
  • Safe enough for children and the elderly, yet potent enough you could create adverse effects if you do not know the principles.

What are homeopathic remedies made from?

  • Homeopathic medicine is made from minerals, plants, animals, poisons of animals, and bees and then diluted or successed {shaken.}

How is homeopathy made?

The first stage in preparing a homeopathic remedy is to create a tincture or “mother tincture” by diluting the material in vegetable alcohol. Then, the triturated mixture is repeatedly diluted and shaken or succussed for hours or days, depending on the potency or strength.  This process of diluting and succussing is called potentization. The potentized homeopathic medicine is then added to lactose tablets or pills.

How does homeopathy work?

The Infinitesimal Dose
  • The more a remedy is diluted and succussed (vigorously shaken), the stronger it becomes a cure. For example, 1M is stronger than 6c.  Always begin with 6 or 30c, unless working with a professional homeopath. 
  • One theory is the succession creates an electrochemical pattern which is stored in the dilutant and spreads like a liquid crystal through the body’s own water. 
  • A second thought is the dilution process triggers an electromagnetic imprinting which directly affects the electromagnetic field of the body.
  • You can purchase homeopathic tablets as 6, 9, 12, 24 or 30 c or x.  I feel comfortable with purchasing 6c or 30c tablets for acute remedies.

How do you take homeopathy?

  • Tip a tablet into the lid of the bottle and tip into your mouth without touching it
  • Or tip-in on the palm of the person taking the remedy; try not to touch the remedy if you are giving it to someone.
  • Never put back any tablets that have fallen out
    • Try not to eat, drink or brush teeth for 10-20 minutes before or after taking a remedy
    • You should feel a shift occur if it is negative in any way STOP and reassess. 
    • You may have an increase in symptoms and then it will resolve. If you are not seeing results don’t repeat. There should be a beginning, middle, and end to your symptoms.

Homeopathy medicine acts as a catalyst, the remedy stimulating the body’s own vital force to heal itself.

Do you use homeopathy with your family? Download my free cheat sheet to mark your symptoms BEFORE choosing a homeopathic remedy.  By marking your symptoms and choosing the right remedy, you will have more success.

How to give homeopathy to children?

  • For Babies; Crush the tablet between two spoons and tipped dry on to the tongue. Or alternatively, dilute the small sugar pill in water and/or bottle. {clean any item with hot water so the next person doesn’t get the remedy}
    • Dilute in water and use a syringe to insert into their mouth
    • Dilute in milk, water or juice in a sippy cup
    • Place on a spoon to eat
    • Toddlers can put in their mouth with a spoon

Things that interfere with homeopathy?

  • Camphor (used as an ingredient in many cosmetics and salves, such as Tiger Balm, Blistex, Vick’s Vapor rub, Noxzema, Chapstick, Karmex, Sea Breeze, some shaving creams, liniments, and many other products which have a similar odor is a universal antidote and should be avoided.
  • Electric Blankets.
  • Certain Holistic therapies, such as acupuncture, craniosacral manipulation, polarity therapy, e.t.c. should not be used simultaneously with homeopathy.
  • Strong odors in the mouth or the environment at the time of taking the remedy can inactivate the homeopathic medicine. That’s why we recommend taking the remedy at least 30 minutes before or 1 hour after eating, drinking (water is allowed), chewing gum, brushing your teeth, and smoking.
  • Major dental work
  • Excessive, and in some cases even moderate consumption of coffee and stimulants
  • Street drugs, including marijuana

Tips for Homeopathic Dosing

  • Prescribe according to the urgency and unique symptoms- download your free cheat sheet
  • Use one remedy at a time
  • Avoid combined remedies
  • Stop if you see improvement
  • Start again if the same symptom returns; repeat as needed
  • If you have given 3-6 doses and have had no response, stop and reassess
  • Change the remedy if the symptoms change and/or get worse
  • Always seek professional help if your symptoms recur or do not improve
Homeopathy is really complex; use the Homeopathic Principles to guide you.
  • Law Of Similars-
      • “Let like be cured with like”
      • Any substance that makes you ill can also cure you.
      • By symptoms, the homeopathy means those changes that are felt by the patient or observer which may be associated with the disease.
  • The Single Remedy
      • The classical homeopathy gives one remedy at a time to gauge its effect more precisely than would be possible if two or more remedies were given together.
  • The Law of Cure
    • As someone becomes well, symptoms move from the innermost organs of the body to the outer organs
    • Cure moves from within to without
    • Cure takes place from above to below
  • Minimal Dose
    • Less is more, wait and see. 
    • How little can I use and still produce a result?

Have you used homeopathy? Did it work for you? Tell us your story in the comments below!

xoxo

Tara

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Books I love

  • Kruzel; The homeopathic emergency guide
  • Castro, Amanda: Homeopathy for pregnancy, birth, and your baby’s first year
  • Panos: Homeopathic medicine at home
Herbal Popsicles

Herbal Popsicles

Do you have little kids at home that love those sugary pops?

Would you love to incorporate more nutrition into their diet?

Introducing Herbal Popsicles. I’ve used this recipe for over five years now and my twins LOVE helping me make them!

Herbal Popsicles

Ingredients

  • 2 tbs. of Dried Lemon Balm
  • 1 cup of Fruit- we like strawberries and banana or frozen mango
  • Small Can of Pineapple juice or raw honey if you prefer
  • 2 tbs. Echinacea (optional)

Here’s a simple recipe:

  1. Make 1 pint of lemon balm tea (a handful of fresh or dried lemon balm leaves steep in 2 cups of water.) 
  2. Strain.
  3. Add 1 cup of chopped fruit & the pineapple juice to a blender and blend. 
  4. Mix in 2 TBS echinacea tincture  (optional)
  5. Mix all the ingredients super well and distribute evenly into a popsicle mold.
  6. Freeze, serve. Make sure to try one yourself! Yum!!!

Here are some popsicle molds we love!

I purchase lemon balm from mountainroseherbs.com 

xoxo

Tara

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DIY Bug Spray

DIY Bug Spray

Making your own bug spray can be easy.  All you need is a few items and blend!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 3-8 oz dark spray bottle.  I like to order from SKS or Specialty bottle, but you can also get just one bottle at your local health food store.
  • High-quality Essential oils- I order from mountainroseherbs.com but there are many other companies.
    • Cypress
    • Geranium
    • Bergamot
    • Rosemary
    • Cedarwood
    • Peppermint
  • 40-50% vodka.  It doesn’t have to be high quality.  You can also use witch hazel as an alternative

Directions for DIY Bug Spray

  • Mix 1 cup of 50% Vodka
  • Essential oils:
    Cypress E.O. (10 Drops)
    Geranium E.O. (10 Drops)
    Bergamot E.o. (10 Drops)
    Rosemary E.O, (10 Drops)
    Cedarwood E.O. (10 Drops)
    Peppermint Essential Oil (3 Drops)

Mix well and place in a dark bottle. Shake before use.

Other ways to use this blend

  • for bug bites
  • room spray
  • perfume

Please do not drink essential oils:)

xoxo

Tara

3 Natural Remedies For Croup

3 Natural Remedies For Croup

What if you were completely prepared for a croup cough? You felt confident about the remedy and were able to get back to sleep faster.

As a new mom of twins, waking to the sound of croup was so terrifying. The classic ringing, barking cough creates fear throughout the home.  It usually strikes children between the ages of two and four and startles your deep sleep between 12-2 am.

Homeopathy has stopped the croup cough more than a handful of times for us.

Croup is an inflammation of the larynx (voice box), trachea (windpipe), and sometimes the bronchi (the air passages between the throat and the lung). It usually accompanies a mild upper respiratory infection and the child’s wakes with a dry, barking, ringing cough.

The fear of not being able to breathe startles the child awake in the middle of the night.

Homeopathy works quickly and efficiently when you have the correct remedy.

5 Quick Ways To Resolve The Croup Cough

Step #1 – Give one dose of Aconite 30C when you first hear a croup cough. {30C is a safe potency for children.  Please do not purchase anything higher unless suggested by a professional.}

Step #2 – Wait 20 minutes and notice any changes.

Step #3- If the child is not asleep, give a second dose. At this point, the child should be sleeping.

Step #4 – If they are not sleeping, see the remedy for Spongia Tosta.

Step #5 – When they awake the next morning, you may need another dose of homeopathy if they still present with symptoms. If they just have a cold, treat them with your home cold and flu remedies.

Whenever using homeopathic medicine follow the rules of “like cures like.”

You are watching the child for any unusual symptoms, writing down anything you see or hear.  You only give the treatment when you symptoms match the remedy.

STOP giving doses when the child’s energy shifts, they look better, sound better or maybe they begin to drink water or eat something.

Homeopathic Remedies for Croup.

8 Ways To Treat Ear Infections Naturally

8 Ways To Treat Ear Infections Naturally

Bracing his ear, my son was screaming and crying, I knew it was his first ear infection.  I quickly observed his body and took note of his qualities. He was red on one cheek, getting warm and the symptoms came on fast after the cold wind blew in October. His remedy was aconite.  I gave him one dose, waited and the pain diminished. I gave him a second dose and he quieted down. I followed up with tinctures to reduce inflammation and speed recovery. Once again, he didn’t need antibiotics.

Otitis media, or middle ear infection, is the number-one childhood health problem in America. 1

One of the first changes you may notice with a middle ear problem is a change in behavior or sleep habits. A child may pull or tug at the ear or poke their finger inside.  They may want to be held or just lay still. Older children may tell you it feels blocked, plugged, buzzing or ringing sounds in their ear.

Why do ear infections occur?

The Four leading causes suggested by Dr. Michael Schmidt of “Healing Childhood Ear Infections”:

  1. Allergy and Environmental sensitivity: Cow’s milk, wheat, egg white, peanut and soy being the top allergens. Sugar, chocolate, corn, and yeast follow. Environmental sensitivities include Cigarette smoke, house dust, pollen, mold, volatile organic compounds, fungi, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, animal dander and bacterial infection.
  2.  Infection
  3. Mechanical obstruction
  4. Nutrient Insufficiency

    Both mom and child tend to be low in essential fatty acids. EFA reduce swelling, prevent inflammation, and enhances immune function.  Add Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Flaxseeds and Walnuts to mom and child’s diet if appropriate.

How to treat an Ear Infection in Children, Naturally?

  1. Encourage the child to drink caffeine free tea

Botanicals can reduce inflammation and “pull out” excessive mucous.  Make a cup of tea with Lemon Balm, Catnip, Elderflower and maybe ginger.  Add this to apple juice if you need to and encourage your child to drink it.

2.  Apply Lavender Essential Oil topically for pain

Apply  DILUTED Lavender essential oil under the ear and at the cheeks.  Dilute one drop of Essential oil in 1tsp. Of carrier oil like olive oil or almond oil.  {Just 1 drop, no more!}

3.  Place Garlic Mullein oil inside of ear (only if there is no perforation) to reduce inflammation. Mullein is an analgesic, receiving the pain associated with earaches.

4.   Bath

  • Add chamomile, lavender or thyme infusion to their bath. To make an infusion; Place 2tbs. of herb, or 4tbs. of fresh herb in a pint jar.  Fill with boiling water and put on the lid. Let it sit for 1/2 hour to 8 hours. Strain and add to a warm tub. Alternatively, you can use Essential oils BUT be very careful.  Use only 1 drop of E.O. DILUTED in milk before adding to the tub. Use only with children 3+ months. (Caution you always have to dilute essential oils.  I like to dilute them in milk, so the E.O. does not aggravate the child)

5.  Add probiotics to their diet!

Children with low numbers of intestinal Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria are more likely to succumb to infection than children who harbor optimum levels of these microbes in their intestinal tracts. Pg. 80

Try Klaire Labs Ther-Biotic Infant Formula or Children’s chewable.

6.  Keep the diet lite

Encourage soups and greens.     Remove all dairy, sugar, juice, and all kinds milk from the diet

7.  Use Homeopathy

Homeopathy is based on the unusual and peculiar symptoms of the child. Take notes, write down what you see and then contact your local homeopath for the perfect remedy.  If you choose to try it on your own; know that your child’s symptoms may get worse at first, BUT THEN they should improve by the second or third dose. The first thing to change with homeopathy is their mental state.  Instead of being carried, your child may want to go play. Instead of screaming, they may calm down and drink and eat. Each person is unique.

Teething children do well with Chamomilla, & Pulsatilla.  

If it is the Left Ear, the remedy may be Kali-b,  Lach., Sul. The Right Ear may be Belladonna 30c.{Consult a homeopath for the best treatment.}  

8.  Reduce pain naturally. For pain relief try tinctures of: Willow bark, Feverfew and St. Johns Wort.

Tinctures

Willow Minor Pain Response (Herb Pharm) -Jamaica Dogwood tree bark (Piscidia erythrina) St. John’s Wort flower & bud (Hypericum perforatum) meadowsweet leaf & flower (Filipendula ulmaria) Willow bark (Salix lucida)

Feverfew Jamaican Dogwood Supreme (Gaia Herbs)- Proprietary Blend Extracts From: Feverfew herb, Jamaican Dogwood bark, Cramp Bark, St. Johns Wort Flower buds and tops, Blue Vervain herb, Valerian root, Ginger root, 57-67% Pure Grain Alcohol USP, and Water

It is possible to reduce the amount of antibiotic use for ear infections.  My five-year-old twins have not needed antibiotics for ear infections and only my son has needed them once for bronchitis.

xoxo

Tara
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References:

Schmidt, Dr. Michael A., Healing Childhood Ear Infections.  Prevention, Home Care, and Alternative Treatment

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