It is that time of year again. All the kids go back to their germ spreading ways, bringing them home and infecting everyone else. Just when we recover, we seem to get hit again! Sound familiar?
I use to dread the cold and flu season. Then, when I started implementing natural immune defenses into my morning and night routine for my whole family, I found we could get through many illnesses more quickly and sometimes skip the nasty.
I do believe that getting sick is a normal process of life and that it is effective at keeping us healthy. It is also a key player in keeping us protected from superbugs.
Did you know in 2010, Scientists studying the deadly E. coli strain that struck Europe said it contained a rare “glue” that helps it bind to people’s intestines. That, combined with especially poisonous bacteria, may make it the most deadly strain to ever hit humans.
This is the kind of stuff we want our body to be able to handle alongside natural remedies that will promote natural healing.
The Natural Approach
You may wonder why I mention superbugs? We are suppose to be diving into colds and coughs!
Many times, when I work alongside other mamas they express turning to antibiotics and other pharmaceuticals for a simple ailment like a cough because that is all they know. They want to help their children feel better.
The other side to using these harsh treatments is that they do not address to root cause and are only treating the symptoms.
For example, when a child runs a fever, many are quick to give a fever reducing medicine. When really, we want to assist the body in the fever and let it do what it was naturally and instinctively made to do. How do we assist it? With herbs, doTERRA essential oils and homeopathic remedies.
What if I told you that using pure essential oils will make them feel better even faster AND have zero side effects – would you use them instead?
What if I told you homeopathic remedies (in the form of diluted pellets – easy to take) can treat the root cause and the symptoms? Would you use them?
We will help build their immune system to become a powerhouse of immunity when sickness strikes. We will be helping them prepare for an attack of a superbug.
Coughs & Colds
As soon as cold symptoms begin with a runny nose, you can start a program to encourage the body’s healing response.
With holistic care, colds will go away quickly and occur infrequently. A stuffy nose may be present. Not all stuffy or runny noses will turn into a cold if you start using pulsatilla. I use the 30c. This is the most diluted, 6c being the strongest and least diluted.
I also make it a priority to start diffusing oils in my home. I go to a blend by doTERRA called Breathe. This is a beautiful blend of oils that include eucalyptus and peppermint alongside a few others. I also dilute it with coconut oil and apply it to the feet and chest every 2-4 hours.
Two western herbs that have been proven effective time and time again are echinacea and black elderberry. I include this in our bedtime routine during cold season to give them an extra boost every night. I turn to a tincture of echinacea and goldenseal that you can get online or at any health food store. I always get alcohol free for kids. I give this to my kids every 2 hours when they are sick or at the onset of illness.
Homeopathic remedies are gentle and simple to use. For the first stage of a cold, including a runny nose with clear mucus, begin with Allium Cepa. If the cold progresses to thicker mucus, then switch to Pulsatilla. If a fever accompanies the cold symptoms, you may want to consider Belladonna for the first stage of a respiratory infection.
Even newborn babies can take homeopathic remedies! Just grind the pellets and dissolve in water or breastmilk.