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8 Tips to make homeopathic medicine work for you

8 Tips to make homeopathic medicine work for you

Did you know, that the majority of parents are using homeopathic medicine incorrectly?

There are 8 simple steps to make it work for you.

If you’ve tried using those little sugar tablets with no results, keep reading.

But, first…

What is homeopathy and how does it work?

  • “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!
  • They are safe enough for children and the elderly, yet potent enough that you could create adverse effects if you do not know the principles.

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Discover how to use homeopathic medicine with babies, toddlers & big kids.

How is homeopathy made?

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

  • One theory is that succession creates an electrochemical pattern that 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 electromagnetic imprinting which directly affects the electromagnetic field of the body.
  • It seems all sort of “woo woo” until you see the results.
What dosing should you purchase?
  • Ideally, you would need 1 dose, 1 time.
  • But often, we purchase blends of homeopathic medicine and it doesn’t “hit the spot” as it should
What is 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.
  • 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 it into your mouth without touching it.
  • Nothing will happen if you touch it, but you MAY absorb some of the “medicine”
    • 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.
    • For babies? Add it to their bottle or toddlers to their sippy cup. Then wash the bottle or sippy cup with hot water.
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    • Never put back any tablets that have fallen out
    • Try not to eat, drink or brush your 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 wait.
    • 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.

Homeopathy for babies & toddlers

  • For Babies; Crush the tablet between two spoons and tipped dry onto 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

7 Things that Interfere with homeopathy

  • #1 Camphor (used as an ingredient in many cosmetics and salves, such as Tiger Balm, Blistex, Vick’s Vapor rub, Noxzema, Chapstick, Carmex, Sea Breeze, some shaving creams, liniments, and many other products which have a similar odor is a universal antidote and should be avoided.
  • #2 Electric Blankets.
  • #3 Certain Holistic therapies, such as acupuncture, craniosacral manipulation, polarity therapy, e.t.c. should not be used simultaneously with homeopathy.
  • #4 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.
  • #5 Major dental work
  • #6 Excessive, and in some cases even moderate consumption of coffee and stimulants
  • #7 Street drugs, including marijuana

8 Tips to Make Homeopathic Medicine work for you

  1. Prescribe according to the urgency and unique symptoms
  2. Use one remedy at a time
  3. Avoid combined remedies
  4. Stop if you see an improvement
  5. Start again if the same symptom returns; repeat as needed
  6. If you have given 3-6 doses and have had no response, stop and reassess
  7. Change the remedy if the symptoms change and/or get worse
  8. Always seek professional help if your symptoms recur or do not improve
Use the Homeopathic Principles to guide you to ensure great results
      • Law Of Similars-
          • “Let like be cured with like”
          • Any substance that makes you ill can also cure you.
          • By symptoms, homeopathy means those changes that are felt by the patient or observer which may be associated with the disease.
      • The Single Remedy
          • 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?

A few questions I’ve been asked….

My favorite homeopathic kit

  • I love the Homeopathyworks.com : 50 remedy kit 30c
  • I found this one on amazon that is similar. You want one with 6 or 30c dosing.

My favorite Homeopathic Books

{click the links below to view them}

 

Conclusion

Homeopathic medicine works when you use it correctly. The symptoms may get worse at first AND then they should resolve. For example, your fever may spike— and then it should drop. This would be a good thing.

If the symptoms continue to get worse, stop the dosing.

It takes time and patience to learn how to use homeopathy and when you do learn the remedies, they will last you a lifetime.

Warmly~ Tara

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Astragalus Apple Juice

Astragalus Apple Juice

Are you wondering how you can begin to add herbs into your child’s diet?

One simple way is to start shifting them away from juice and adding herbal teas to their diet.

Astragalus apple juice was one way I did this when my son was very sick.

Astragalus Membranaceus apple juice is super mild and sweet so they may love the taste.

But, wait Chinese medicine suggests you only use Astragalus when you feel well.

What is Astragalus Membranaceus good for?

For kids and adults…

  • lowered immunity (add reishi tincture for more boost!)
  • weak lungs
  • low energy

For women..

  • blood loss
  • prolapsed organs
  • low back pain and incontinence

Astragalus Apple Juice Recipe
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Astragalus Apple Juice

Ingredients

  • 2 tbs. of cut and dried root or 2-3 slices of root
  • 4 cups of water
  • apple juice as needed

Instructions

  1. Take 2tbs. of cut root or 2-3 sliced root from @mountainroseherbs to 4 cups of boiling water.
  2. Cover and turn down the heat for 30min.
  3. .
  4. Strain and cool. Add juice or add this liquid to soups- the taste is very mild and sweet;)
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Where do I buy my herbs from?

I like Mountain rose herbs. Here is the root cut or sliced.

Is it safe to take every day?

This is a well-tolerated herb, I offer this to my son during the fall and winter season.

When should you avoid astragalus?

  • It’s considered likely safe but used with caution.- particularly if you have auto-immune disorders you may want to avoid astragalus
  • Caution if you have diabetes, or are on anticoagulant therapy due to the increased risk of bleeding
  • Traditionally it is NOT used during acute infections

Watch how I make the decoction on IG >>https://www.instagram.com/reel/CYofVXvpI_u/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

The best way to use astragalus is in your soup! But..because kids love juice, I started blending this in my son’s drink to boost his immunity.

I hope you like it!

xo

Tara

5 Home cough remedies for kids

5 Home cough remedies for kids

Finding an herbal remedy for my son’s cough has been one of the more challenging events we’ve endured.
Coughs can be dry, or wet. Coughs also can accommodate the flu, ear infections, or a sore throat.
And… coughs can be from poor gut health.
Yes, read that again. 👆

To address a cough, you’ll want to know why it is happening.
If it’s due to a cold, think of adding anti-viral botanicals plus, expectorants to support their immune system and release the mucus. ¹
So, what do we tackle first?
There are four ways I like to use natural remedies with children. I’ll give them teas, tinctures, decoctions, and homeopathy.
Plus, try your best to reduce their sugar intake and increase their fluids with chicken soups and pops, like our favorite herbal popsicle recipe here.

#1 Teas For Kids

  • Make a cup of tea with 1 tsp. of dried herbs to 1 cup of boiling water.
  • Cover and let steep for 5 minutes.
  • Strain and add honey for children over 1 year or you can add juice to their Sippy cup.
  • For babies, you can add cooled chamomile tea to their bottles, adding maple syrup to sweeten if needed.
  • Toddlers love Lemon Balm or Peppermint for kids 2+.

#2 Tinctures For Kids

Tinctures are an extract of a plant in alcohol. Because of the processing method, the amount of alcohol your child ingests is similar to a ripe banana.
If you’re concerned with the alcohol intake you can use a glycerine tincture. These tinctures are made with glycerine instead of alcohol and most moms feel more comfortable using them.
  • Studies show elderberry syrup can lower the duration of your flu and the need for medication.
Dose: When the adult dose is 2 dropperful (60 drops), the following is recommended for children:
Age — Dosage
  • Younger than 3 months — 2 drops
  • 3 to 6 months — 3 drops
  • 6 to 9 months — 4 drops
  • 9 to 12 months — 5 drops
  • 12 to 18 months — 7 drops
  • 18 to 24 months — 8 drops
  • 2 to 3 years — 10 drops
  • 3 to 4 years — 12 drops
  • 4 to 6 years — 15 drops
  • 6 to 9 years — 24 drops
  • 9 to 12 years — 30 drops
Other ways to determine dosage:
Young’s Rule – Add 12 to the child’s age. Divide the child’s age by this total.
Example: dosage for a 4-year-old: 4 divided by 16 (4+12) = .25, or 1/4 of the adult dosage.
Cowling’s Rule – Divide the number of the child’s next birthday by 24.
For example, the dosage for a child who is 3, turning 4 would be: 4 divided by 24 = .16, or 1/6 of the adult dosage.²
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#4 Decoctions For Kids

A Decoction is a method of extraction by boiling herbal or plant material to dissolve the chemicals of the material, which may include stems, roots, bark, and rhizomes.³

  • This works best when the herb doesn’t taste well or you want to make a syrup, like an elderberry syrup.

#5 Homeopathy For Kids

Homeopathy is wonderful for kids. Please read my article:

  • Everything you need to know about homeopathy HERE.

Home remedies for a cough and throat pain

When a cough is dry with throat pain, you’ll want soothing herbs like licorice, slippery elm, and marshmallow root.
    • Your toddler can suck on slippery elm throat lozenges.
    • I’d also give an immune tincture like herb pharm to boost their immunity.
    • To learn my favorite herbal recipes for cough. See my Youtube videos.

Home remedies for cough and mucous

When it is mucous, you’ll want herbs that act as an expectorant, look for products with elecampane, hyssop, mullein, thyme, yerba santa, and ginger for warming.

Home remedies for infants

  • Using botanicals with infants requires more caution. The tincture doses are much less due to their body weight. Please see the dosing above.
  • To administer a tincture to an infant, you can add tinctures to a bottle or place them in 1/3 cup of water. Use a syringe or straw to make sure your child gets the full amount.
  • I wouldn’t use essential oils with children until they are 3 months of age. If you choose to, please use caution.
  • Make sure you only use 1 drop per 1 tbs. of oil. They should be very diluted and avoid the eyes, ears, and any openings in the body. Never ingest essential oils with infants. (Unless advised by a professional as they are very estrogenic.)

Home remedies for a cough with toddlers

Toddlers are a little easier, as they love anything new and fun. I would add tinctures to their Sippy cup, use a syringe, or sip out of a fun cup with a straw.

5 Home Cough Remedies

  1. Slippery elm lozenges – soothing and yummy to suck on
  2. Licorice & peppermint tea – so sweet you don’t need any honey
  3. Herb Pharm Lung expectorant – combine this tincture with a glycerine tincture for your medicine
  4. Andrographis- to prevent pneumonia
  5. Echinacea tincture
Conclusion
When using botanicals and homeopathy with children it is very important you’re choosing the right herb (or homeopathic treatment) and the correct dosing for their symptoms. With a combined effort of diet, teas, and rest your child will be able to become resilient through the years.

References

¹ https://chriskresser.com/rhr-treating-viral-pneumonia-and-other-infections/

²Reference used: “Herbal Remedies for Children’s Health” by Rosemary Gladstar

³ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decoction
7 Supplements your child needs to reduce seasonal allergies

7 Supplements your child needs to reduce seasonal allergies

Let me guess.. your little one has allergies.

  • Have you ever noticed the dark circles under their eyes?
  • Skin flare-ups?
  • Constipation or headaches?

It’s worrisome, I know.

Imagine if you could clear up these symptoms with diet and supplements.

I know, I’m not a fan of supplements either, and sometimes they feel like too much! But the truth is – these supplements fill the nutrient gaps.

Read that again 👆

If our diet, digestion, and gut health were “ideal”, we wouldn’t need so many supplements. This means, including herbs into our diet every single day.

But don’t forget, we can reverse these allergic symptoms and even “asthma-like” breathing – when we address their gut health. ¹

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My son began his life with milk intolerance and as he grew, I noticed he had a gluten intolerance as well. When we addressed his gut health – his symptoms changed.

  • his energy increased
  • his skin cleared up
  • stomach pains went away
  • the nagging cough stopped

So what can you do about it?

>>Download the gut health questionnaire to see if your child needs to heal their gut

Here’s my promise to you. By the end of this post, you’ll understand how to reduce your child’s allergic response – naturally.

But wait! Always check with your doctor before adding any supplements to your child’s diet.

What is an allergy anyway?

When your child’s immune system reacts to a foreign substance – like an insect bite, pets dander, or cockroaches, their immune system produces a substance called Immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies. These antibodies travel to cells that release chemicals, causing an allergic reaction or inflammation.

This inflammation can be as little as red, rosy cheeks, or as severe as anaphylaxis – a potentially life-threatening emergency.

Why allergies are bad right now

*While most food allergies cannot be cured, you will see an enormous change in your child’s health and symptoms when you address these 7 things:

  1. Your child’s gut health – heal their gut with the 4R approach
  2. Reducing inflammation naturally with herbs, diet & supplements
  3. Boosting their immunity with herbs & supplements
  4. Removing any food sensitivities to reduce inflammation*
  5. Promoting healthy digestion and elimination {no more constipation}
  6. Avoid medications and antibiotics – this affects their gut health
  7. Reducing toxins in their environment and food

What are the 6 types of allergies?

  1. Insect sting
  2. Pet dander
  3. Drug
  4. Mold
  5. Cockroach droppings- This is the #1 cause of breathing trouble with children in the city
  6. Hay fever

What are the top food allergies in children?

A food allergy produces an increase in IgE and possible anaphylactic shock. **You would NEVER re-introduce these foods into your child’s diet if they have a true food allergy to them.

Food Sensitivity is when your child’s digestive system is triggered. An elimination diet is the gold standard way to discover which foods bother your child and may even be causing behavioral problems. But, it will not “fix” the symptoms.

>>A good way to test your child’s food sensitivities is with EverlyWell:https://www.everlywell.com/products/food-sensitivity/

By integrating the 4R approach to reduce inflammation, you may notice fewer allergic responses and asthma attacks. If your child has a food sensitivity (not a food allergy!), you could re-introduce the food into their diet again or may keep it out for good. == I teach this method within my course: Allergy-Free Kids

What are the top food allergens & food sensitivities?

  1. Wheat
  2. Dairy
  3. Eggs
  4. Soy
  5. Crustaceans
  6. Fish
  7. Tree Nuts
  8. Peanuts

Food Allergy Symptoms

  • Tingling in the mouth
  • Swelling of the lips, tongue, face, or throat
  • Hives
  • Anaphylaxis²

Food Sensitivity Symptoms

  • behavioral problems (dairy, wheat)
  • chronic belly aches, gas, bloating
  • dark circles under their eyes (dairy)
  • acne on the back of their arms (gluten)
  • bed-wetting
  • chronic sinus and ear infections (dairy)
  • hearing problems (occasionally accidentally diagnosed as ADHD)
  • headaches
  • sniffles
  • swollen lymph nodes & more
  • colic
  • chronic cough (gluten)

Hay fever, also called allergic rhinitis, can cause:

  • Sneezing
  • Itching of the nose, eyes, or roof of the mouth
  • Runny, stuffy nose
  • Watery, red, or swollen eyes (conjunctivitis)

The top 9 foods to add to your child’s diet to reduce inflammation include:

  • green leafy vegetables
  • organic purple fruits
  • fiber
  • probiotics
  • Tumeric
  • B vitamins: eggs, poultry, and lentils
  • Chlorella: sea vegetables
  • Culinary herbs to support detox: garlic and onion
  • Quercetin: Cherries, strawberries, and broccoli

7 Supplements To Reduce The Allergic Response

  • >>Pro tip: Keep in mind, that when kids are young and cannot swallow pills – you’ll want to open the capsules and pour the powder into a juice or smoothie and stir well.
  • You’re making a sort of “concoction” for them. Try one herb at a time, to see if there are any adverse reactions, then add a second botanical.
  • Little DaVinci products and Herb Pharm for kids are great choices for young children.

#1 Freeze-Dried Stinging Nettles

  • Better than Claritin!
  • Stinging nettles, are a prickly green herb you’ll find outside on the outskirts of your yard in the summertime.
  • They have a mean bite, but this bite, these hairs are known as a natural antihistamine – helping to reduce allergies naturally.
  • And the sting? That goes away when the greens are cooked or dried.
  • IMPORTANT: When you purchase nettles, it has to be the “freeze-dried” version because this is where the antihistamine is located – with the sting!
  • For children 4 or older: you can break open one of the freeze-dried stinging nettle capsules and add it to a shake or drink.
  • We like Planetary herbals freeze-dried stinging nettles: https://amzn.to/31T5xiF

 

  • Pro tip: Open the capsule for young children who cannot swallow the pills

#2 Quercetin

  • Quercetin is a plant pigment (flavonoid). It is found in many plants and foods, such as red wine, onions, green tea, apples, berries, Ginkgo biloba, St. John’s wort, American elder, and others.
  • Quercetin has been shown to reduce inflammation and inhibit histamine release; reducing allergic response. ³
  • Add quercetin foods or supplements to your diet to reduce inflammation.
  • We like pure encapsulation: https://amzn.to/2HIl65V
  • Pro tip: Look for liquid quercetin supplements if your child cannot swallow pills.

#3 Curcumin

  • Curcumin was reported to have an anti-allergic property with an inhibitory effect on histamine release from the mast cells. Naturally found in Turmeric, you can add this orange spice to your little one’s hot chocolate or orange juice or add a supplement.
  • Gaia is a great company: https://amzn.to/35WVH0D

So there is a gut-allergy connection when you struggle with seasonal allergies. By “healing your gut”, you can reduce these symptoms.

#4 Digestive Enzyme

  • Digestive enzymes help break down protease, amylase, and lipase – aiding digestion and breaking down proteins, a common irritant.
  • In this post, Enzymedica explains how digestive enzymes can help reduce the allergic response.
  • My son loves kids digest by Enzymedica: https://amzn.to/34B8dDr

#5 Probiotics

  • Probiotics can help heal the gut, which can be the source of many inflammatory diseases – including allergies.
  • Look for ones with Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium species for healthy immunity.
  • Download the FREE gut health questionnaire to see if your child is experiencing the symptoms associated with Leaky Gut Syndrome – in order to know if they need to heal their gut.
  • My clients and I have noticed quality matters when purchasing a probiotic. Klaire probiotics is a company I love.

#6 Butterbur

  • Butterbur is known to reduce migraines and seasonal allergies.
  • When purchasing Butterbur, choose one that is PA-free.
  • Here is the one we used with my son.

# 7 Grapefruit Seed Extract- Xlear

  • Nasal rinses have been used for years to clean out the pollen in your nasal passages.
  • As the neti pot is challenging for little kids, Xlear has worked well for us.
  • This is a great alternative to any nasal sprays your doctor has suggested.
  • This blend uses grapefruit seed extract, which is also known as a natural antibacterial to treat and prevent infections.

Conclusion:

When your child is struggling with allergies, you’ll want to address their gut health. Often, they’re not eating enough vitamins and minerals, or they’re consuming a food that they are sensitive to; causing an inflammatory response. Typically, gluten and dairy – are the top two foods kids love!

By reducing inflammation and the inflammatory response, you can reduce the seasonal allergy symptoms your child is experiencing and boost their health for years to come.

Have any of these worked for you? Let me know 👇

*Remember, you would never re-introduce a true food allergy to your child’s diet.


References:

  • ¹https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6056614/
  • ²https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/allergies/symptoms-causes/syc-20351497
  • ³https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27187333
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18398870
  • https://enzymedica.com/blogs/get-better/natural-remedies-for-spring-allergies
  • https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/323276.php
  • Probiotics & Allergic Rhinitis https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25899251
3 Homeopathic remedies for croup

3 Homeopathic remedies for croup

What if you could stop a croup cough – fast?

As a new mom of twins, waking to the sound of croup was so terrifying.

The classic ringing, barking cough created fear throughout the home and always at midnight!

You can stop the croup fast, with these homeopathic remedies.

Croup Symptoms

What is croup?

  • 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 wakes with a dry, barking, ringing cough. When this ringing, barking cough subsides, the common cold usually follows.
  • Croup typically strikes children between the ages of two and four and startles your deep sleep between 12-2 am.

Croup Sound

I’ve found, that homeopathy is the fastest way to stop a croup cough in the middle of the night.

You should only need the first remedy, Aconite, to stop the croup, but you may want to have the other remedies on hand in case the cough continues into the morning.

>>Swipe my favorite remedies for babies, toddlers & big kids here:

 

Then, watch this FREE training to understand how to use homeopathy correctly.

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Aconite (Aconitum Napellus)-30C

Take Aconite 30c at the onset of croup if your child has these symptoms.

  • Here the cough is dry, loud, and barking and the child is exceedingly restless and anxious- usually, awakes in the middle of the night between 12-2 am.
  • They are better off open-air and often, thirsty.
    These symptoms are the very picture of Aconite.
    If, after an hour, symptoms persist, give a second dose of Aconite. This is usually all that is needed. The child should be sleeping by now.

Spongia (Spongia Tosta)- 30C

  • If, however, after another hour, your child’s breathing is harsh and hard and the barking, ringing cough continues, give Spongia 30c.
  • The throat is sensitive to touch; a cough sounds like a saw driven through a board, and there is dryness in all air passages.
  • Also, the child is warm and is worse at swallowing.

The last potential solution you may need would be:

Hepar Sulph. (Hepar Sulphuris Calcareum)-30C

If toward morning, the coughing continues and breathing is still not smooth and easy, give Hepar Sulphuris 30C.

  • Here the cough is loose and rattling and deeper toned, and they have a dry, hoarse cough.
  • The child is irritable and chilly.
  • They feel like the wind is blowing on some part of their body and may want to wrap their head up or put on a hat.
  • Watch this video for the morning croup cough.

When the cough has ceased, continue with tinctures for the common cold

Homeopathy is safe and gentle when following these guidelines.

Here are some tips:

  • Take one dose of 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.
  • Wait 20 minutes and notice any changes.
  • If the child is not asleep, give a second dose
  • At this point, the child should be sleeping
  • If they are not sleeping, see the remedy for Spongia Tosta.
  • Whenever using homeopathic medicine follow the rules of “like cures like.”
    #1 You are watching the child for any unusual symptoms
    #2 Your write down anything you see or hear
    #3 You only give the treatment when your symptoms match the remedy.
    #4 STOP giving doses when the child’s energy shifts, they look better, sound better or maybe they begin to drink water or eat something.

Conclusion

Homeopathy is the fastest, safest way to stop a croup cough in 20-minutes. I know it may be scary at first, but with practice, you’ll discover homeopathic medicine is the safest medicine for our children. Along with herbs to soothe their cold, your child will be better in no time. As always, consult your doctor if the remedies do not work or your child has a high fever.

Warmly~ Tara

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8 Ways to treat ear infections naturally

8 Ways to treat ear infections naturally

I know what you’re thinking.

How can you treat an ear infection naturally?

And will it actually work?

  • What if your child didn’t need antibiotics every time their ear was red and inflamed?
  • What if changing their diet would result in fewer ear infections?

👉Think about this for a moment. Your child could be prescribed antibiotics six times in a season due to ear pain.

Here’s the thing. Ear pain or Otitis media (i.e. middle ear infection), is the number-one childhood health problem in America.¹

And, overuse of antibiotics can lead to disruption in gut health, increase their risk of allergies, eczema, and asthma.

Ear Infection Causes

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 Mechanical obstruction
  • #3 Nutrient Insufficiency

Symptoms of an ear infection

  • 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 ears.

5 Ear Infection Symptoms For Children

    1. tugging on the ear
    2. crying/screaming
    3. wanting to be held
    4. one cheek red
    5. warm to touch

The truth is, you may have to change your child’s diet if they are always getting ear infections. The first thing I would do is try goat’s milk formula or take dairy out of your diet if you’re breastfeeding or out of your child’s diet.

It’s hard, I know. But, it is worth it.

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8 Ear Infection Remedies

#1 Encourage your 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 honey or apple juice to sweeten.

#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!}
  • Caution: Only use this with children over 1 year of age.

#3 Place Garlic Mullein oil inside of the ear

  • Mullein is an analgesic, receiving the pain associated with earaches. Only use this if there is no perforation or leaking from the ear to reduce inflammation.
  • Herb Pharm has a great ear oil here.
  • Heat the oil up a bit with a spoon and match to soothe their inflamed ear. Caution: Make sure it’s not too hot!

#4 Add herbs to their 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)

#6 Keep the diet lite

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

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#7 Homeopathy for ear pain

  • 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 may do well with Chamomilla 30 c or Pulsatilla 30c.
    • If it is the Left Ear, the remedy may be Kali-b, Lach., Sul.
    • The Right Ear may be Belladonna 30c.{Book a health consultation for the best results}

#8 Herbal Medicine for Ear Pain

  • For pain relief try tinctures of Willow bark, Feverfew, and St. Johns Wort.
    • 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)

Conclusion:

It is possible to reduce the amount of antibiotic use for ear infections with diet, homeopathy, and botanicals. Often, taking out dairy may be able the only change your child’s needs.

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References:

¹ Schmidt, Dr. Michael A., Healing Childhood Ear Infections. Prevention, Home Care, and Alternative Treatment

 

Obsessed with natural remedies, Tara Gregorio is a Certified Women’s Herbal Educator located in Cold Spring, NY. She loves helping women reduce their medications with botanicals. Her favorite herbal recipes can be found on Pinterest and Instagram. https://taragregorio.com/
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