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Kids fall, scrape their knees and get banged up every now and again. Being a natural mama I opt for natural first aid options when treating my families bumps, bruises and ailments.
Growing up, I was fortunate enough to have amazing grandparents in my life. I used to love listening to stories about how different times were when they were growing up. They didn’t have access to a Mrs. Green’s or CVS. They often used food as medicine.
In this blog post I share some of my favorite, “go-to” All Natural Remedies that I use to to treat my kids’ cuts, scrapes, bruises and burns.
As I stated above, I am not a doctor or medical expert. I am a mom of four who has experienced my fair share of bumps and bruises throughout my journey. I have built a “tool kit” of natural remedies that I am confident in using in treating my kids ailments and if you are a natural mama, I know you will too.
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7 All Natural First Aid Hacks
In addition to it’s sweet, yummy taste, honey has tons of healing benefits. It has anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties and has been used in medicine for thousands of years. A high quality Manuka Honey has the most healing properties.
Honey can treat burns and wounds. After cleaning the wound, apply a thick layer of honey over the entire area of the wound and cover with a breathable bandage.
In addition to being a Superfood, onions are multi-functional and serve as first aid remedies as well. You will always find onions in my kitchen . I use them in a lot of my cooking including Bone Broth and as natural remedies for treating common childhood symptoms. Onions have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antihistamine properties.
Here are some ways you can use onions as a first aid hack
Apply cut up onion to a cut. The onion cleanses the wound and prevents infection.
Onions can soothe burns. Chop up an onion and place it directly over the wound holding it in place for a few minutes. You will feel immediate relief.
Soothes bee and insect stings. If you are stung by a bee or wasp, you want to apply crushed or grated onions to the site of the sting. The antihistamine properties will prevent a reaction while the anti-inflamatory properties will reduce swelling. You can keep the onion in place by covering with a breathable bandage.
In addition to being sweet and delicious, bananas are a great first aid remedy as well.
Relieves rashes and itches from bug bites, mosquito bites and even poison ivy. Rub the inside of a banana peel on your skin and let it sit for 10-15 minutes then wipe off.
Remove splinters – rub the inside of the peel over a splinter and let it sit for 15-25 minutes or until the skin around the splinter softens. This will allow the splinter to come right out
Relieves pain from burns and scrapes
relieves headaches – rub the inside of peel on forehead and temple to relieve headache
I remember as a kid Witch Hazel always stocked the shelves of our medicine cabinet. Now Witch Hazel stocks the shelves of my medicine cabinet. This is the one that I use. Witch Hazel has lots of medicinal properties. It’s anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, sedative and astringent just to name a few.
Witch hazel can be used to:
Moisturize dry itchy skin including poison ivy , poison oak and Eczema
Reduce swelling from bruises
Clean and heal cuts
Relieves itching, burning and swelling from insect bites
Prevents swimmer’s ear
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender is my essential oil of choice when it comes to first aid. It has antihistamine and antimicrobial properties.
Apply to cuts and wounds to disinfect, helps heal faster and decreases the appearance of scarring.
Lavender can also be used for bug bites, bee stings, and burns, including sunburns.
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Calendula oil is a natural oil extracted from marigold flowers. It has anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial and antiseptic properties that help to heal wounds, soothe eczema, and relieve diaper rash.
Using a gauze pad or cotton, apply calendula oil to a scrapes, cuts, burns or other skin irritations.
Stops bleeding quickly and speeds up the healing process
Reduces pain and swelling
Bentonite Clay also referred to as “healing clay”, heals by pulling out toxins, heavy metals, impurities and chemicals . It has a high concentration of minerals including silica, magnesium, iron, sodium and potassium.
You can use bentonite clay to naturally treat a variety of ailments.
Make a paste by mixing it with water and apply to cuts, insect bites, skin rashes or burns. Leave it on until it dries, then wash off. For more severe cuts, wounds, etc., put a thick layer of the paste over the infected area and cover with a breathable bandage.
Bentonite clay has many other uses that mom’s would appreciate. Some ways I use bentonite clay are:
Whiten and remineralize teeth
What are your thoughts?
What natural remedies do you use? What natural remedies do you remember from your childhood? Which remedies hit home for you and you would like to add to your natural first aid tool kit? Leave me a comment below.
I am sending you good vibes to keep your family free of bumps and bruises. But when it does happen, I hope these first aid hacks help.
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People have been using enema’s for centuries to treat constipation, bowel issues and as an internal cleanse.
There are many benefits to performing regular enema’s:
It can help detoxify heavy metals
Reverse gut issues
Boost your immune system
Help with weight loss
What is an enema
An enema is a procedure where a liquid solution in inserted through a tube into the rectum to stimulate and expel stool from the colon. Typically an enema is performed using warm or room temperature water although there are a variety of different solutions that serve different purposes. These will be discussed in detail in this post.
What you need for an at home enema
The Enema kit comes with a 2 quart stainless steel bucket, silicone tubing, a silicone enema bulb, and a set of washable tips. I like the stainless steel bucket as opposed to the enema bags. You can see exactly what’s in the bucket and it’s easier to clean.
How to do an Enema
Use 2-4 cups filtered water. DO NOT use tap water. Tap water is filled with all sorts of chemicals and metals that you do not want in your body. The best water to use is filtered, distilled or purified. I use purified water from my Berkey water filtration system
Pour the water into the enema bucket, making sure the clamp is closed.
The bucket should be higher than your body so the water can flow.
Lay on a towel or mat. You can lie on your back, on your side or up on all fours.
Lubricate the tip of the nozzle using coconut oil and gently insert it 2 inches into the rectum.
Unlock the clamp and allow the water to flow.
Lay like this for as long as you can handle. You can start slow and then work your way up.
Finally sit on the toilet and release.
How often to do an enema
There is no concrete answer to when and how often to perform enema’s. If you speak with anyone in the alternative field about how often to do enema’s they will tell you something different. Some will say daily enema’s are beneficial, while others recommend performing enema’s a few times a week. You determine how often you want to perform enema’s based on what works for you and how you feel.
There are a variety of different solutions you can add to your enema’s that each serve different purposes.
I’m going to share with you three common Enema solutions:
Epsom salt enema
Coffee enema’s have been used for thousands of years for overall health and welleness.
Benefits of a coffee enema:
Detoxes the liver
Eliminates parasite and yeast
Preparing the coffee enema solution
Cook 2 tablespoons of organic coffee on the stove top with 4 cups filtered water
Place cooked and cooled coffee in enema bucket
Add filtered water if needed
Perform enema as stated above
Probiotic enema’s have been gaining popularity in the enema world for it’s many health benefits. A probiotic enema eliminates harmful bacteria in your system and increases the good bacteria.
Probiotic enemas are very effective because they are placed directly into the colon. This avoids the possibility of probiotics being killed off by stomach acids that they come in contact with. It’s especially popular for people who suffer from IBS or colitis.
Benefits of probiotic enema’s are
Aides in weight loss
Immune system support
Preparing the probiotic enema solution
Add 1 teaspoon of powdered probiotic to 2 quarts warm, filtered water
Mix the powder until it dissolves and do the enema as stated above.
Perform this enema occasionally to boost your good gut bacteria.
Epsom Salt Enema
The high levels of magnesium in Epsom salt help relax the intestinal muscles and increase the flow of water to the intestines making this solution great for relieving constipation.
Benefits of epsom salt enema
Detoxes the liver
Preparing the Epsom Salt Enema Solution
Add 2 tablespoons of Epsom Salt per 2 quarts filtered water.
Perform enema as stated above.
Epsom salt enema’s should not be done too frequently because it could cause dehydration. Be sure to drink lots of fluids before and after performing an epsom salt enema.
If you have a serious health condition, consult your physician before performing an enema
Make sure you stay hydrated. Dehydration and loss of minerals can be a side effect.
Be sure the liquid is not too hot (or too cold) before doing the enema. You want the solution to be warm or room temperature.
Do not force yourself to hold in the enema solution. You should hold the solution for as long as it’s comfortable for you. Evacuate when you can no longer hold it.
Where to go from here
The use of enema’s is no longer a common practice as it once was and it has a certain stigma attached to it. Don’t let that deter you. There are many quality (some not so quality) enema groups you can find on Facebook. I highly suggest you do a search and check out the groups to see if they are a right fit for you. It’s a great way to connect with other like minded people and learn valuable information that could potentially be a game changer for you.
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There are so many joys of motherhood that put smiles on our faces just at the very thought. Head lice is most definitely not one of them!! I get chills even saying the word lice.
The first time we experienced head lice my oldest was in kindergarten. I got the “dreaded” call from the school nurse that they found little bugs on her head and I needed to get to school to pick her up. Up to that point I always thought the worst call you can get from the school nurse is the “your kid vomited in the classroom” call. The vomit call definitely comes in second to the “your kid has lice” call.
What kind of Mother am I?
When I got to school I actually saw the bugs crawling around in my daughter’s head. The nurse showed me how to kill them by snapping them between my fingers. How did I miss this? I did her hair that morning in pigtails and I didn’t see a thing! I wanted to crawl into a hole as fast as I could… a hole that was free of bugs.
It turned out that my other daughter who was pre school aged also had lice also and my baby boy who was only 6 months old had it. This poor, innocent, little boy was already being tortured by his two big sisters.
And to top it off and make matters more interesting, I had lice!
This was a total disaster that was quickly spinning out of control. How did I let this happen? What kind of mother was I? Here I thought I was doing right by my kids, now our heads are infested with little bugs. This was a big ol MAMA FAIL!!!.
We went to a local lice lady whose phone number quickly embedded itself in my brain after calling her all day, every day with questions for the next month or six. She did treatments and comb outs on me and my daughters. I paid careful attention to what she was doing so I can go home and treat my son and hubby, whom I assumed had it also. My hubby didn’t end up getting it, thankfully.
I Plead Temporary Insanity
For the next 10 days I was a raging lice, LUNATIC. I scrubbed my house from top to bottom, vacuumed anything and everything, changed bedding, bagged stuffed animals, and froze hair brushes. I asked my husband if it was at all possible to get an additional set of washers and dryers. He gave me the I’m scared to say anything, and don’t know how to respond smile. I did this EVERYDAY for 10 days, in addition to treating and combing out myself and my kids which took hours. It was exhausting.
Did I need to go this extreme? No. Was I temporarily insane? Absolutely. I was having nightmares that bugs were crawling all over me and my kids in our sleep and I’d wake up in a sweat. Lice dominated every conversation I had when I did have conversations with the outside world. My sister recommended I seek professional counseling because this lice thing had me in a complete tizzy.
From that moment on I decided to learn as much as I possibly can about these creepy, little critters. I wanted to know who they are, who their mothers were, where they came from, what they want, and how to destroy them so we would never have to deal with this nightmare again.
Needless to say my kids got lice two more times after that, but I was nowhere near as crazy as I was the first time around. I was like a professional by the third time.
Your child has lice, now what?
I’m going to share with you my step by step plan I use on how to treat head lice naturally.
Get yourself your favorite adult beverage, download a “kick lice’s ass” playlist of your favorite jams and muscle up. The more positive your approach is the better off you’ll be and the better off your kids will be. Throw in some extra meditation sessions and an extra yoga class and get your head on straight. Mindset is everything. Click here for more on how to be a happy mom and lead a meaningful life.
Tip 1 – Don’t panic
You don’t need to become the crazy lice lady like I did. It’s a minor bump in the road that you will get through. I promise you will prevail. Think of it as extra special time to bond with your kids. It’s a good opportunity to spark up valuable conversations. Plus I’m sure your house can use a good top to bottom cleanse, right?
Tip 2 – Don’t internalize it
Your child getting lice is not a reflection of who you are as a mother. It’s not your fault and it doesn’t mean you’re dirty. Lice actually like clean hair so if anything you might be too clean. #momproblems.
Tip 3 – Don’t keep it a secret
Lice isn’t anything to be ashamed of. Do NOT keep it a secret. Pick up your phone and send a text message to the top 5 people that your child was with over the last couple of weeks. Early treatment and prevention is key and will avoid lice spreading any further than it needs to. It is your duty and responsibility to inform other parents so they can take the proper steps.
Step by step action plan on how to treat head lice naturally
Make a conditioner and baking soda paste using 2 tablespoons of conditioner to 1 tablespoon baking soda and 2 drops of Tea Tree essential oil (Use code SPM10 for 10% off your order)
Mix them together until it looks like a pudding. The paste acts like an abrasive to strip out the eggs and bugs easier.
If you’re doing the comb out right after the targeted shampoo in step 1, then your child’s hair may already be wet and have conditioner in it. If so give it a good spray with a spray bottle and comb out any knots. In my targeted lice spray bottle, I add 1 tablespoon of white distilled vinegar and 2 drop tea tree oil.
Start combing from the bottom of the hair fist, clipping the remaining hair up with a clip. Then keep letting more hair down making a straight line and combing each section until you see no more eggs.
When you reach the top section, start combing down near the center part line and near the ears and sides while constantly sectioning the hair in different directions.
Comb forward, and sideways in one front to back motion while keeping the lice comb close to the scalp.
You want to take a lot of hair into the comp in order for it to pull out the eggs. Examine the comb and see if there are any lice or eggs.
Sometimes they get stuck in the comb and must be removed.
For every 1-3 combs, wipe the comb off on a paper towel. Analyze the paper towel for louse bugs or nits. If you see brown oval specks or larger sesame seeds with 3 legs on each side that is a lice bug or egg. This is where spectacles come in handy. #crazylicelady
Be sure and comb that same spot numerous times, alternating directions, until you don’t see any more egg activity in that area.
Do this over the entire scalp, covering every area.
Spray the hair with water and add more conditioner, baking soda or both as needed. Thinner hair may need more baking soda.
Combing removes the eggs, the nits that hatch and then removes any baby bugs aka nymphs before they can reproduce.
You want to continue the lice comb outs every other day for the next 1-2 weeks. This is the only way to break the lice life cycle.
You must have two free comb-outs with no egg activity to be considered lice free. If you shorten the time, your child could become re-infested.
Step 3 – Rinse out
Rinse hair out with warm water in the shower or bath. Comb out any knots or tangles
Step 4 – Sterilize lice comb
Boil lice comb for 3 minutes or clean it with rubbing alcohol and let it sit for 5 minutes. You can clean the comb with a toothbrush, nail brush or toothpick. You want to do this after each use and in between uses.
Step 5 – Delouse your house
The fun just doesn’t end when you have lice in the house. Now it’s time to delouse your house. In other words clean like a crazy person to make sure these creepy critters don’t spread throughout your house.
The good news is lice bugs need a host to survive so they can’t live longer than 24-36 hours after they have left a head.
But you do need to take the proper steps to clean your house and get rid of any nits.
Vacuum – Hairs with eggs/nits fall off people and vacuuming picks them up. Vacuum floors, furniture, couches, chairs and rugs for the first 24 hours.
Put bedding, blankets, comforters, stuffed animals, coats, hats and backpacks in the dryer on high heat for 20-30 minutes. The high heat kills them off.
Bag stuffed animals for 48 hours.
Clean hair brushes and accessories.
Clean brushes, combs and all hair accessories with soap and water and then pour boiling water over them.
You can also put hair brushes in the freezer overnight.
Put hair accessories – hair ties, bows and headbands in a zip lock bag for 48 hours.
Step 6 – Recheck within 5 to 7 days to be sure lice is completely gone
Do a visual check to be sure the lice is completely gone. I like to err on the side of caution and do another comb out to play it safe.
Congratulations you made it through lice. Now for the rest of your mom life your eye is going to twitch when you see one of your kids, or any kid, scratching their head
As a cruel joke by kids will all scratch their heads at the same time and stare at me waiting for my reaction. Then they all laugh hysterically. I don’t find it too funny.
As long as you take preventative measures, you can avoid your child contracting head lice. I have a lice prevention system that I have put in place that’s all natural, safe and simple.
Preventative measures to avoid lice
Essential Oil Diy blend
I spray my kids with an essential oil blend everyday before they leave the house. I spray their hair and back of their necks as well as their backpacks.
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Put backpacks in dryer on high heat
Lice can spread on clothing, especially winter gear – hats, gloves and scarves, and backpacks. Putting these items in the dryer on high heat for 30 minutes will kill off lice.
Don’t wash hair every day
Lice like to set up shop in clean hair so if you can get away with it, don’t wash your kids hair every night.
Incorporate an all natural targeted lice shampoo as part of your hair washing routine. Once a week my kid’s wash their hair with Lice Logic Shampoo
Use hair products
Lice do not like products. Use (non-toxic) hair gel, conditioning spray and hair spray in your kids hair.
Blow dry hair
Chopsticks are a great tool for visual lice checks.
Routine lice checks and comb outs should be part of your lice prevention plan. I do monthly comb outs on on my kids and I treat them as if they actually have lice. Once a month each kid will sit in the “lice chair” for a comb out. They get to go on a technology device and they get a special snack or candy of their choice. Using my head lamp and spectacles, i do what i do best, turn into the crazy lice lady.
head lamp, magnifying glass and hobby lobby magnifying glasses are great tools for detecting tiny little nits.
Pin hair up
Putting your kids hair up in a ponytail, pigtails or buns is another way to prevent your kids from getting lice.
The more proactive you are at lice prevention, the better off you will be. Make it your life long mission to prevent your kids from ever getting lice again. In addition to all of your other mom missions. #warriormom
Me and my girl being silly during a lice comb out.
May the only call you get from the school nurse be the vomit call. Just kidding, that one sucks too.
I hope you found this post valuable. Please share it with other naturally minded mama’s who’s kids are of “lice age” and can benefit from learning how to treat head lice naturally on their own children.
What are your thoughts?
What was your biggest takeaway? Are there any strategies that you learned for the first time? Any lice strategies that you are currently using with your children? Leave me a comment below.
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Pain relief, cold and flu symptoms, reduced stress, up all night cough, household cleaners, skin care, anxiety, oral health, better sleep, sore muscles, low energy, the list of essential oil uses and benefits goes on and on.
Essential oils are a safe and effective alternative to chemicals that can heal, cure, soothe, treat and clean.
Besides their versatility, they are easy to use making them very popular for health conscious moms. There are a ton of uses for essential oils and the possibilities can be quite overwhelming. My purpose for this blog post is to break it all down and share with you simple ways I use essential oils in my home and with my family.
Before I do that I just want to say that I am not a doctor or medical expert. The information in this post is for educational purposes only. The content is based on my own opinion and from my own research and experience with my family. Everyone responds differently to essential oils so use caution when handling essential oils with your family. Read my full disclosure here.
Essential Oil Safety
Prior to using a new essential oil on yourself or on your kids, I recommend you do a patch test. Test a small amount of diluted essential oil on a small patch of your forearm watching for any kind of reaction.
Essential oils should always be diluted with a carrier oil. Some of my favorite carrier oils are Jojoba oil, fractionated coconut oil, avocado oil, or you can use olive oil. If you use olive oil it’s best if it’s unrefined, extra virgin olive oil. The amount of essential oils to the amount of carrier oil varies but typically I use a 1% dilution for essential oil blends for my kids and a 2% dilution for myself and my husband.
100% Pure Essential Oils
You want to be sure you’re using high quality, 100% pure essential oils. If you have a friend or family member who has an essential oil side hustle, I’m sure they would be more than happy to educate you on their brand’s essential oil quality and they would appreciate you supporting their small biz. I personally have a side hustle with Arbonne and I use and love their essential oils. I trust their clean ingredient policy and I know the oils are pure, safe and beneficial. Unfortunately Arbonne currently only has a handful of essential oils but I am hoping they continue to make more down the line. Other essential oils I have used and like are Aura Cacia which I buy in a pinch from a local health food store and I recently received a set of Pursonic essential oils as a Christmas present and I am really enjoying them.
Now let’s talk about essential oil uses. Over time I have learned different ways essential oils can be used for almost every ailment or illness my family has and it has been a total game changer.
Essential oil uses and hacks for moms that will change your mom game.
Lavender is one of my favorite essential oils because of it versatility and effectiveness. Lavender is soothing and relaxing, making it the go to for many stressed out mama’s. Here are some ways I use Lavender essential oil to promote peace and tranquility.
Diffuse – Apply to a diffuser to create a calm, relaxing environment. Follow your diffuser manual for proper use. Diffuse lavender essential oil in your child’s room to promote sleep.
Add it to your bath – Add Lavender to a hot bath for a soothing spa like experience. It relaxes muscles, improves mood, lifts spirits, relieves headaches, improves sleep and promotes healthy skin. It soothes your soul leaving you feeling refreshed and relaxed.
How to add essential oils to your bath
Essential oils are not water-soluble which means they will float to the top of the water and you won’t get the full benefits of the oil.
The Organic Goat Lady suggests two ways to add essential oils to your bath. The first way is to add it to bath salts. I personally like Epsom salt. You can add 5 drops per 1 cup or Epsom salt, or the second way is to add it to your favorite carrier oil then add it to your bath. If you do it this way, you would add 5 drops to 1/2 ounce of carrier oil. Add it to running water to get full benefits and soak for 20-30 minutes.
Body Lotion – Add to your favorite body lotion to relax and alleviate sore muscles. This is especially beneficial to calm kids down and promote sleep. You can make your own body cream.
6 drops of lavender essential oil (1 drop for kids)
Mix together and rub on chest, neck and bottom of feet
Calming Spray – I make a diluted lavender essential oil calming spray to alleviate stress and create calm. We use it before a stressful event like going to the dentist or before a big test. A couple spritzes of calming spray helps reduce stress and calm your mind.
You can get the same results using a roll on bottle the only difference is you would apply it to your pressure points – temples, third eye, behind year ears, tip of your nose and wrists as opposed to spraying it.
I discovered lemon essential oils a little late in my essential oil journey and it has been a total game changer ever since. Lemon essential oil is antibacterial making it a safe alternative to toxic household cleaners. It also has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce inflammation, fight bacteria and fungi, ease stress and insomnia, boost energy levels and stimulate the immune system.
Here are some ways you can use lemon essential oil.
Relieves nausea – Diffuse lemon essential oil when you or anyone in your home has the stomach bug. It will relieve nausea and decrease vomiting as well as purify germy air. You can also apply diluted lemon essential oil to your pressure points and tip of your nose. It’s invigorating and refreshing scent will ease nausea.
Household cleaner – Because of its antibacterial properties, lemon essential oil makes for a great cleaner as an alternative to toxic household cleaners. It disinfects and kill germs and bacteria throughout your home.
Lice Prevention spray The only way to avoid lice when you have small kids to take proactive measures. I spray this essential oil blend on my kids every day before they go to school. I spray their backpacks, jackets, hats, etc. I also keep an extra lice prevention spray in my bag and spray the seats of movie theatre’s or anywhere else we go that has fabric seats.
Mix using a plastic or wood spin. Avoid metal spoons
Apply on face and let dry for 15-20 minutes
Rinse off with warm water
Repeat twice a week
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Frankincense has anti-inflammatory properties and supports overall health and immunity. When my kids are sick, especially with an up all night croupy cough, Frankincense is one of the first essential oils I go to. It opens airway passages, reduces phlegm and soothes a cough. It’s good for asthma sufferers as well.
For illness and coughs – Diffuse it or add 1-2 drops onto a warm wash-cloth and place it over chest for extra lung support.
Stress relief – Frankincense is known to promote relaxation, reduce stress and lift spirits. Diffuse it or add it into your bath to get stress relieving benefits.
Promotes healthy, youthful skin – It reduces the appearance of wrinkles, age spots, scars ad stretch marks. Add a couple of drops into your favorite moisturizer or add it to your Bentonite clay face mask (recipe above) in place of tea tree.
Peppermint essential oil has tons of medicinal properties. It’s antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic and relieves pain.
Some believe that peppermint essential oil isn’t safe for kids younger than six years old because it contains menthol which kids can react negatively to. But according to Dr. Z, there are no consistent claims supporting this argument. He recommends that if you do use peppermint essential oil with your kids, use it at your own discretion.
I use peppermint essential oil with my kids, (sparingly with the younger ones), and I have not seen any negative reactions. I suggest doing your own research and make a decision that you feel comfortable with.
Here are some ways I use Peppermint essential oil
To treat cold and flu – Peppermint is a natural decongestant and Is great for treating congestion, sinus infection and bronchitis.
Make a steam tent – Add 8-10 drops of peppermint essential oil to a bowl of boiling water, place a towel over your head and inhale the vapors for 5-10 minutes. The hot steam helps to thin and drain mucus in the airways and the decongestant properties of peppermint help to relieve cold and congestion symptoms. Use caution with children. Not recommended for young children.
Body Rub – Apply 2-3 drops to carrier oil and rub on chest, neck and bottoms of feet to relieve aches, pains and sore muscles.
Treat headaches – Peppermint relieves pain and relaxes muscles making it a go to for quick headache relief. Add 1-2 drops of peppermint essential oil to your favorite carrier oil and rub onto temples.
Treat burns – Add 2 drops of peppermint oil to to a tablespoon of carrier oil and apply to infected area for immediate relief.
For focus, energy and relaxation – Wake up your senses after a stressful day with a little peppermint aromatherapy.
Diffuse it – Diffuse and sit back and enjoy the relaxing scent.
Add it to your bath – Add 5 drops to 1 cup of Epsom salt or 5 drops to 1/2 ounce of carrier oil and add to running water. Soak for 20-30 minutes.
Massage Oil – Add 6 drops of peppermint to 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, mix and rub on your body, focusing particularly on back of neck and bottoms of feet.
Bug spray – We recently moved to a very woodsy area that has a lot of creepy crawlers, including ticks. I make a DIY bug spray that I spray on my whole family to avoid bug and especially tick bites.
Insect control – When we first moved to our new home we got lots of little black ants and large wolf spiders. We started spraying the perimeter of our house with peppermint essential oil and thankfully we haven’t seen many insects.
My top essential oils that I use in my home and with my family are lavender, lemon, tea tree, frankincense and peppermint. Essential oils are a healthy and safe alternative that can treat, heal, cure, soothe and clean. Safety and proper handling should take priority. Always dilute essential oils with a carrier oil and a good rule of thumb is 2% dilution for adults and 1% dilution for kids. Always use 100% pure essential oils.
If you’re new to the essential oil game, start small by taking small steps. I promise it will change your life.
What are your favorite essential oil brands and how do you use them in your home and with your family? Leave me a comment below.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or medical expert. The content I share in this post is from my own research and what I do for me and my family. You should consult your physician before trying new supplements.
Kids are exposed to new viruses every day especially during the cold, winter months when everyone spends more time indoors breathing the same re-circulated air. Children build up a defense against these viruses each time they are exposed, but it’s a process that develops over time. We can assist their little developing immune systems by giving them a super boost to fight off viruses and infections and to lessen the duration and symptoms when they do get sick.
How to Boost Immune System When Sick! Here are some of my favorite all natural immunity boosting, cold and flu supplements that you can give to your kids. They are all natural, safe and effective. You should give these supplements to your kids at the start of sickness to reduce symptoms and duration.
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15 All Natural, Immunity Boosting Cold and Flu Remedies for Kids
Did you know that 80% of your immune system lives in your gut? (Source). Giving your kids a daily probiotic is one of the most powerful things you can do for their developing immune systems. Probiotics help boost the good bacteria thus boosting their immune systems which is super important especially during cold and flu season.
You especially want to give your kids extra probiotics while they are on antibiotics. While the antibiotics are killing off the bacterial infection in their bodies, it’s also killing the good gut bacteria that makes up a healthy immune system. You want to give probiotics either 2 hours before or 2 hours after giving antibiotics so the antibiotics have a chance to do it’s job and kill off the bad bacteria that is causing the infection.
According to Dr. Mercola, probiotics and a healthy gut flora have many health benefits for kids:
Influences your child’s metabolism and weight
May help reduce potential adverse side effects from childhood vaccinations
Supports brain health during growth and development
Helps digest food and produce certain nutrients
Helps support urinary tract health
I like to give my kids Flora Toddler Probiotic. It comes in powder form and it’s good for babies up to age 5. It has 3 billion cells and 6 infant/toddler specific strains. You can mix 1/4 teaspoon in any liquid. I mix it into my kid’s smoothies, oatmeal or sippy cups.
For the older kids, I use Flora Children’s Probiotic. This is designed for children ages 5-15. It contains 5 billion cells and 7 strains of friendly bacteria. This product comes in pill form, but you can empty the capsule into a liquid if your child can’t swallow pills yet.
All Flora products are Non-GMO Verified, certified organic, gluten free and Kosher.
Cod Liver Oil
It doesn’t sound too appetizing, but Cod Liver Oil has tons of health benefits. The greatest benefit of Cod Liver Oil is it has high levels of fat soluble vitamin’s A, D and K which aides in immune support and overall vitality. Fat soluble vitamins help our bodies absorb minerals from the foods we eat. Cod Liver Oil is high in Omega 3’s and fatty acids like EPA and DHA which are essential for brain development, intelligence and vision.
Weston A. Price , a dentist in the 1900’s that traveled the world to study nutrition, found that cultures with the highest longevity rates consumed 10 times the amount of vitamin A and D compared to modern diets. Their diets consisted of foods that many don’t have access to today such as intestines, brain, lungs, thymus, fish liver, fish heads, fish eggs and fat from various game animals. Unless your kid’s diet consists of animal organs and fish heads, Cod Liver Oil is the next best thing to supplying them with the abundance of nutrients these foods provide.
So what kind of Cod Liver Oil should you give your kids? You want to be certain that you purchase the highest quality of cod Liver Oil. Many brand’s use chemical solvents and tamper with the vitamin content. To give your kids a low quality Cod Liver Oil, you’d be wasting your time and money.
The brands that I like for my family are Green Pasture Blue Ice Fermented Cod Liver Oil and Nordic Naturals Arctic Cod Liver Oil It isn’t the greatest tasting supplement but it’s tolerable. These brands make different flavors you can choose from. I usually mix it in their favorite juice and give it to them in a syringe or you can give it to them straight out of a medicine cup. You’re giving just a small amount so it’s doable.
Every fall the sun sets further and further into the south and the days get shorter. The sun’s rays diminish in duration and intensity. This is when D3, ”the sunshine vitamin” comes in handy.
According to Dr. Randall Neustaedter, a pediatric doctor specializing in homeopathic and Oriental medicine, vitamin D is one of the most important supplements you can give your kids during the fall/winter months.
Some benefits of adequate vitamin D are
Reduction in Asthma
Reduction in allergies
Reduction of tooth decay
Reduction of Diabetes
I give my kids Carlson Super Daily D3 if I order it through Amazon, or ChildLife Vitamin D3 if I need an emergency bottle and buy it in a health food store. I only give it during the fall and winter months when the “sunshine vitamin” has diminished. During summer and spring, I make sure my kids get plenty of sun exposure.
Toddlers and elementary school age kids – 2,000 mg
Teens – 4,000 mg
Echinacea is an herb that naturally boosts immunities. It has been proven to decrease the frequency, duration and symptoms of common childhood illnesses. I use Echinacea for my kids as a preventative measure and to treat when they are sick. According to Dr. Sears, there are a few different ways to use Echinacea to prevent illnesses.
8 weeks on, 2 weeks off
2 weeks on, 2 weeks off
continuous use – research shows that it is safe and effective to continuously use echinacea (source)
For my kids I opt for the 2 weeks on, 2 weeks off unless someone has symptoms of an illness, were exposed to someone who was sick, or we’re in an enclosed, germy area. Then I will keep them on longer. I keep them all on the same schedule as it’s just easier to keep track of.
Elderberry is a natural plant with tons of medicinal properties. It’s a potent antiviral that dates back to prehistoric times. It has been shown to decrease the duration of colds and flu if taken at the first sign of illness.
Elderberry has antiviral properties and can prevent and treat flu. It has been proven to shorten the duration of flu symptoms after 2 days of taking it. (Source).
I like to give my kids added vitamins and minerals during the fall and winter months. I give my kids ChildLife Multi Vitamin & Minerals. It contains 16 essential vitamins and the primary minerals to assist little bodies as they are developing. For the younger kids I administer the liquid through a syringe while the older ones drink it straight out of a medicine cup. It mixes well if you need to mix it in a liquid but it tastes good.
I was introduced to Guna fluthis year as a natural flu prevention. Guna flu is a homeopathic, low dose medicine that contains natural ingredients to help prevent the flu. It also lessens cold and flu symptoms and duration if your kids do get sick.
To use as a flu prevention, take 1 tube every week for 6 weeks. Babies take half a tube every week for 6 weeks.
Oscillococcinum is another homeopathic remedy that relieves symptoms and lessens duration of flu symptoms. It’s effectiveness is greater if taken at the onset of symptoms.
Homeopathic medicine is a safe alternative method to treating illness. It uses natural plant, animal or mineral sources, in a very dilute form, to stimulate the natural healing process. It helps your body recognize what’s going on and do what it needs to do to heal. They are tiny little pellets that dissolve in the mouth. They are super easy and convenient to give. Homeopathic medicine is very individualized but if you get the right medicine that matches your child’s symptoms, the results can be amazing.
Here are some common homeopathic medicines I give to my kids
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Foods have been traditionally used as medicine across many cultures all around the globe since the beginning of time. Many of the foods we eat have super food characteristics and tons of health benefits.
12 Superfoods that will boost your immune system for overall health and wellness.
Garlic has been used for thousands of years all around the world as a food ingredient as well as a medicine. It is a natural immunity booster and can protect against cold and flu. One study conducted gave 146 healthy volunteers either garlic supplements or a placebo for three months. The garlic group had a 63% lower risk of getting a cold, and their colds were also 70% shorter. (source)
Ways you can use garlic
Eat it raw – The best way to get all the health benefits that garlic has to offer is to eat it raw. If you can handle it’s intensity, then chow down.
Cook with it – Adding garlic in your cooking is the next best way to get all of the health benefits. Peel and either crush or mince the garlic and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. This helps to maximize all the medicinal properties. Add it into sauces, soups, sautés and rubs. The more cloves you use, the more health benefits you get.
Make a garlic tea – Add 2-3 cloves of garlic (cut in half) to water and boil. Cover and let seep for 10 minutes. Add some honey and lemon for a super immunity booster. Sip and enjoy. This is especially good for when you are feeling under the weather.
Treat ear infections – Many ear infections are caused by viruses which are unaffected by antibiotics. Thousands of children unnecessarily take antibiotics each year to treat ear infections. Most children can fight an ear infection on their own within 24-72 hours. But in the meantime, you can make a garlic and oil solution to alleviate symptoms.
How to make Garlic and Oil Ear Solution
Heat 3 tablespoons of high quality olive oil and a fresh garlic clove minced in a sauce pan on low heat for about 20 minutes
Strain the garlic and let the oil cool to body temperature
Add 2 drops to the infected ear
You can accomplish the same thing by mincing raw garlic and letting it sit in the olive oil for 2-3 hours.
If you don’t want to make a homemade version, Herb Pharm makes an Ear Oil to relieve pain from an ear infection.
Onions are loaded with numerous health benefits and scientists are still discovering how healthy onions really are. They contain vitamin C, B6, iron, folate and potassium. Onions are an anti inflammatory and anti-bacterial have been proven to relieve cold and flu symptoms. The good thing about onions is they don’t lose health benefits when they are cooked. It transfers over to the foods so go ahead and add it in all your recipes. Majority of the healing properties are in the outer layers of the onion so discard as minimal as possible.
How to use onions to treat illnesses
Ear infection – Heat the onion in the oven for about 15 minutes on 300. Wrap it in a towel and place it over the infected ear. You will feel immediate relief.
Onions on the bottom of your feet – When you come down with a cold or flu, slice an onion into rings, place them at the bottom of your feet and put on your socks. Sleep like this overnight. The onions purify the blood, remove toxins and heal your body.
Onion air purifier – Folklore believed that cut up onions remove toxins, viruses and bacteria from the air. If you place a cut up onion in a bowl and place around your house during cold and flu season, the antibacterial properties in the onion will suck the germs out of the air.
Honey has anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties that can help boost your immune system and fight illnesses. I give my kids honey when they have a cough or a sore throat. You can put a teaspoon of honey in a hot cup of tea or give it by the teaspoon. Caution – honey shouldn’t be given to children under 1 year old.
You want to avoid those cute commercial honey bears you see lining supermarket shelves. They are nothing more than honey flavored corn syrup that have ZERO healing properties.
The healthiest types of honey are
Raw honey – It’s unpasteurized and unfiltered and has the most healing properties. I get this raw honey for my family.
Local honey – It contains nectar of local flora and particles from pollen from the area. When you take local honey your body naturally desensitizes itself to dust, mold and pollen in the air. Local honey is great if you suffer from seasonal allergies.
Manuka honey – Manuka Honey is produced in New Zealand by bees that pollinate the Manuka bush and it has tons of medicinal properties. It is anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory and has been proven to defend against infections, colds and flu. I buy this Manuka honey at the beginning of every school year.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar has a unique blend of vitamins, minerals and enzymes. It also has antimicrobial and antiseptic properties. Drinking just a small amount of this liquid gold can have a ton of health benefits. It’s good for gut health, it aides in digestion and it’s good for your skin, helps you lose weight and lowers blood sugar.
How to incorporate ACV into your diet
Drink a daily super cocktail of lemon water with 2 tablespoons (or whatever you can take) of ACV
Add it to your salad dressings, marinades and home made bone broths.
What is the best ACV to buy?
You don’t want to buy any old ACV you see on store shelves. You want to buy a high quality ACV that has the most health benefits. I buy Bragg Organic, Raw, Apple Cider Vinegar. You will see remnants of the apples floating around the bootle. It doesn’t sound, or look too appealing but that’s the liquid gold that contains all the health benefits.
Turmeric has been a part of the Indian culture for nearly 4000 years as a culinary spice, healing property and it held some religious significance. It is a potent anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-fungal and antioxidant and should be a part of your immunity boosting regimen.
You want to make sure you buy a high quality, organic ground Turmeric or fresh Turmeric root. I like Simply Organic Turmeric.
How you can add turmeric to your life
Cook with it – You can add it to most of your recipes from omelets, stews and vegetables.
Add it to your smoothies – Add a pinch to your smoothies. It doesn’t alter the taste just the color.
Turmeric Tea – Dr. Weil recommends drinking a Turmeric tea. Bring 1 cup of water to a boil and then stir in ¼ teaspoon of ground turmeric or fresh grated turmeric. Allow it to simmer for 10 minutes and strain before drinking. You can stir in honey or fresh lemon juice for added flavor.
Ginger has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries to treat colds and stomach issues including nausea. It is an anti-bacterial, antimicrobial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Two natural antibiotics have been found in ginger and it has been proven to inhibit the growth of many different types of bacteria including the RSV virus, the cause of respiratory infections.
How you can incorporate ginger in your life
Ginger can be used fresh, dried, powdered, as an oil or juice.
Fresh – My favorite way is to buy fresh ginger. You can find it in the produce section of your local supermarket. Scrape off the skin and cut the ends off. Cut if up and use in stir fry’s, smoothies and tea. I like Traditional Medicinals Organic Ginger Tea or I make my own.
Ground Ginger – Buy a high quality, organic ground ginger and add it to all your favorite soups and stir fry’s to add a delicious flavor to your meals as well as immunity boosting health benefits.
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These green superfoods contain high levels of vitamin C which is a powerful antioxidant and help fight off infections. They also contain iron, folate and fiber which have tons of immunity boosting properties.
How you can add greens to your life
Sautee in garlic, high quality olive oil with a dash of sea salt add it to your favorite dish or use as a side dish.
Add it into your smoothies, salads and omelets.
You may not think of mushrooms as an immunity boosting super food, but they are loaded with immunity boosting properties. Medicinal mushrooms have been used in eastern medicine for thousands of years. They are a good source of vitamin B, iron and selenium. Mushrooms are an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory and cooking them releases their healing properties.
How you can incorporate mushrooms in your life
It is best to buy fresh or dried mushrooms. Be wary of canned mushrooms as they may have a lot of sodium.
Sautee them, add to stir fries, soups and broths or as a pizza topping.
Bone broth is a superfood and has become a staple in my kitchen especially during the winter months. It aides in digestion, reduces joint pain and inflammation, it has high amounts of calcium and magnesium, improves immune system and protects against cold and flu. I cook with it, or drink it hot like a cup of tea.
Bone Broth Recipe
Place bones in a sauce pot. You can use any bones from chicken, beef, pork, even fish just be sure the bones are from organic, grass fed or pastured animals. (I mostly use chicken bones that I save from previous meals. You can collect and freeze bones.)
Fill the pot with 2/3 filtered water and about 1/2 cup of Apple cider vinegar – let it sit like this at room temperature for 30 – 60 minutes, as this pulls the nutrients out of the bones.
Add vegetables – onions, carrots, celery and bring to a boil.
Reduce to a simmer and let cook for about 10-24 hours.
Let the broth cool, then strain, add some sea salt for added flavor, and jar in mason jars
These can be kept refrigerated 5-7 days, or freezer for up to 6 months.
Green tea is loaded with nutrients and naturally occurring antioxidants that help prevent cell damage. It can improve brain function, burn fat, maintain a healthy cardiovascular system and lowers your risk of cancer. It can interfere with iron absorption so it’s best to consume green tea between meals not with meals.
Berries are loaded with nutrients and antioxidants, they have vitamins A, C and E which prevent cell damage and reduce risk of diseases. Resveratrol is found in grapes, particularly grapes that are used to make red wine. It’s known to reduce inflammation, prevent clogged arteries and protect against cancer. So go ahead and enjoy a nice glass of red wine. It’s good for your health.
Goji berries are loaded with tons of health benefits, such as iron, fiber, vitamins A and C, zinc and antioxidants. Whole Foods Market has Goji berries in their bulk section or these are a nice sweet snack.
Sweet Potatoes are high in an antioxidants, vitamins, iron, calcium and selenium. They are known to boost immune system, treat inflammation, control diabetes and are particularly effective in treating bronchitis.
Here are some ways I make Sweet Potatoe’s for my family
Sweet Potato fries – Cut evenly, spread on baking sheet (don’t overcrowd), drizzle with olive oil, bake on high heat, flip half way through, add sea salt when done, let cool
Baked Sweet Potato – Puncture fork holes around potato, bake on high heat until tender, let cool, cut open and add your favorite toppings.
Mashed Sweet Potato – Boil in a large pot of salted water until tender, mash while adding milk until desired consistency, add butter and brown sugar.
Air fryer Sweet Potatoes – Dice into cubes, drizzle with olive oil, add sea salt, place in air fryer. I cooked mine on 400 for 15 minutes, turning occasionally. but cook time depends on the size of your potato’s and size of your air fryer.
Potato Tip – Soak your potatoes in cold water for at least 1 hour, to remove some of the starch from inside the potato. Rinse and pat dry.
I hope that you found the content in this post valuable and hopefully you learned some steps you can take to add some superfoods into your cooking. Being on purpose about the foods you are feeding your family can be a game changer for your family’s overall health and wellness.
What are some superfoods you incorporate in your family’s diet? Leave me a comment below.
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