Tired of using Tylenol for a fever? Here are seven tried and true holistic remedies to reduce a fever fast

Tired of using Tylenol for a fever? Here are seven tried and true holistic remedies to reduce a fever fast

What if there was a better way to lower a fever? A safer way.

In this post, I’ll share my proven herbal and holistic methods for reducing a fever fast – naturally.

So, what is a fever?

  • Any temp over 100.4 is a fever to watch.
  • A moderate fever is 101-103.5 and is of concern.
  • A high fever is over 103.5.

But wait, always listen to your gut and call your child’s pediatrician with any fever of concern and especially with children under six months of age.

So, what is the secret to lowering a fever?

How to get rid of a fever fast at home

#1 Encourage your child to sleep

Encouraging your child to sleep may help them “burn” the fever off, and if you were up all night – this will give everyone a breath to relax.

Some well-known, safe botanicals for children to sleep are chamomile, and lemon balm, and you can even add a single drop of valerian root tincture to a cup of tea to encourage sleep for kids over two years of again.

  • Try a cup of chamomile tea with a drop of lemon balm tincture and/or valerian root tincture to encourage sleep.

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#2 Alternate anti-viral herbal tinctures every hour

The antivirals will help “break the fever” and reduce the need for antibiotics.

Choose one antiviral and offer the correct tincture dosing to your child every hour. Keep a close eye on them and don’t overdose.

Anti-viral herbs for kids

  • Lemon Balm tea or tincture
  • Echinacea tincture
  • Elderberry syrup or tincture
  • Ginger tincture or tea {Best for older kids, the tea may increase a fever, keep that in mind for young children}
  • Garlic tincture {you can eat raw garlic for older kids and adults}

Of course, there are other anti-viral herbs, but these are my favorite for kids!

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#3 Supplements

How to bring down a fever in a child naturally

Open the windows, change the sheets, make a pot of chicken soup and try the suggestions above.

You’ll also want to boost their immunity with vitamins. Consider adding in:

  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Zinc {always offer with food or they may vomit!}

#4 Essential oils for a fever

I also like to pat them down with a diluted water of peppermint essential oil.

This is suggested for kids over two years of age.

  • Try 1 drop of oil per 1 cup of water and place the washcloth in the bowl. Wipe down their back, feet, and chest if they’ll let you!

#5 Homeopathic medicine for high fever in a child

I usually don’t use homeopathy for fever, unless it came on quickly after the cold weather begins {Usually Aconite 30c will help}, because it may spike the fever and with little children, you want to be careful.

If you love homeopathic remedies and know how to choose the remedy, this is a good site to learn from: https://www.drhomeo.com/fever/flu-viral-fever-and-homeopathy-treatment/

#6 Tea to reduce a fever

You’ll also want to offer cooling teas to toddlers and big kids. My little girl loves peppermint tea, but only use it with kids two or older.

Make a cup of tea. Cover and steep for 5 min. Add honey for kids over one year of age. Then cool it down with ice and offer it to your child.

Some teas to consider are:

  • Spearmint
  • Lemon Balm
  • Elderflower
  • Chamomile

#7 Moxa to reduce a fever

If you love acupuncture, you can buy your own moxa sticks {I love these} and place on the point – BL2 Windgate – place the moxa on the left and right side of T2 of your child’s upper back. Make sure they don’t move, so they don’t get burned! Moxa is great for fast relief when you get the point correct.

Why am I picking on Tylenol?

Because just one dose of medication can affect your child’s gut health. Plus, Tylenol reduces glutathione, which is an antioxidant in your body and it helps you detoxify. With less glutathione, your body has a harder time detoxifying viruses and colds.

Conclusion

Herbs, homeopathy, moxa, and boosting immunity with diet and supplements can help lower your child’s fever fast and reduce secondary infections. Also, keep in mind a fever is a good thing when it’s not too high. Read that again 👈

Try to let it run its course and use herbal medicine to help soothe your child to sleep. Of course, if they are uncomfortable you can always offer conventional medication when needed.

So, do you think you’ll give these a try? Let me know in the comment area below.

xo

Tara

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Astragalus apple juice

Astragalus apple juice

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

A simple and easy way is to start offering herbal teas in their diet and stop offering juice and/or soda.

  • Astragalus {astragalus membranaceus} 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.

Astragalus Membranaceus Benefits

  • the herb is sweet, slightly warming, and moist making it great for a dry cough
  • it’s a mild adaptogen, antibacterial, antioxidant, and immune tonic
  • that relieves weakness and is good for hundreds of diseases in children {David Winston}
  • prevents colds, flu, bronchitis, mononucleosis, pneumonia, and Coxsackie B virus

Dosing

  • tincture based on weight 2-3x day
  • or as a decoction added to soup and/or juice

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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 30 min.
  3. Strain and cool. Add juice or add this liquid to soups- the taste is very mild and sweet;)
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Where to buy Astragalus?

I like Mountain rose herbs. Buy it as root cut or sliced.

Is it safe to take every day?

This is a well-tolerated herb and works best when you take it daily during the fall and winter seasons.

It has been said… if you take astragalus daily in the fall and winter, you will not get sick!

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 as the taste is very mild.

But..because kids love juice, I started blending this in my son’s apple juice to start, boosting his immunity.

I hope you like it!

xo

Tara

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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.

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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
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 up 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.

Click here to subscribeYou 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.

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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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Lemon Balm Popsicles

Lemon Balm Popsicles

It’s getting hot out there.

Do you have little kids at home that love popsicles?

This recipe is great for the hot summer months, but also if your little one gets sick this fall or winter because it’s made with Lemon Balm or Melissa Officinalis.

Lemon Balm Benefits

  • antiviral – known to reduce viral illnesses
  • calms the mind and promotes sleep
  • improves digestion
  • fights the herpes virus
  • soothes kids with ADD and ADHD
  • reduces PMS for mom!

Other benefits to the Lemon Balm pop. It’s great for …

  • teething
  • fever
  • hot summer day
  • and it soothes anxiety

The main ingredient Lemon Balm is safe for kids and is known as the “gladdening herb”. You may notice after these pops that your kiddos are very happy:)

Echinacea Benefits

It’s optional to add a tincture of Echinacea. I would do this in the winter months or for kids aged 2-6, as they are most prone to catching viral infections.

Echinacea Benefits:

  • reduce cold & flu symptoms
  • controls blood sugar
  • increases the number of white blood cells that fight infection

Homemade Popsicle Recipe

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)

Instructions

  1. Make 2 cups 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!!!
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DIY Popsicle Molds

Here are some popsicle molds we love!

I purchase lemon balm from mountainroseherbs.com

xoxo

Tara

 

Certified women’s herbal educator, Tara Gregorio is helping moms all around the world build an apothecary of remedies to reduce medications all year. See her online courses: https://taragregorio.com/online-courses/

Astragalus apple juice

4 Medications that could affect your child’s gut health

Be honest. You’re wondering why everyone is gluten and/or dairy-free.

Why do some people have trouble digesting these foods and others have no problem?

What if your child was able to eat these foods again, without digestive pain?

And should this be a concern of yours?

Think about this for a moment. Your child is exposed to more chemicals and antibiotics than you ever were.

Do you ever wonder if it is affecting their health?

Here’s the thing, there are medications affecting your child’s gut health.

4 Medications that lead to Leaky Gut Syndrome In Kids:

  • #1 Antibiotics
  • #2 Steroids
  • #3 NSAIDs
  • #4 Acid-reducing medication

What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?

“Leaky gut, also known as increased intestinal permeability, is a digestive condition in which bacteria and toxins are able to “leak” through the intestinal wall.”

But hang on, why is this a concern for us?

When you have a Leaky Gut, you are at an increased risk for food sensitivity and food allergies.

What exactly is food sensitivity?

A food sensitivity:

  • typically causes a less severe reaction
  • they may have an ongoing/undiagnosed cough
  • usually causes digestive problems
  • your child’s skin may break out after they eat
  • dairy and gluten may be the top sensitive foods for them

A true food allergy causes:

  • an immune system reaction that affects numerous organs in the body
  • it can cause a range of symptoms
  • in some cases, an allergic food reaction can be severe or life-threatening
  • you would NEVER re-introduce this food into your child’s diet!!!
  • The 4R approach may reduce your child’s reaction to their allergy but you would never re-introduce the food to them again unless under a doctor’s supervision

But don’t forget, you can heal your child’s gut with the 4R approach below.

Does my child need to heal their gut? Do they have these symptoms?

Leaky Gut Syndrome Symptoms

  1. Chronic diarrhea, constipation, gas or bloating
  2. Nutritional deficiencies
  3. Poor immune system
  4. Headaches, brain fog, memory loss
  5. Excessive fatigue
  6. Skin rashes and problems such as acne, eczema or rosacea
  7. Cravings for sugar or carbs
  8. Joint pain
  9. Depression, anxiety, ADD, ADHD, bad behavior at school
  10. Autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, celiac
  11. Chronic cough
  12. Allergies, Asthma, & Eczema
  13. Cheeks get red easily
If your child has some of these symptoms, they may have Leaky Gut Syndrome and may need the 4R approach. Take this questionnaire to see if your child needs to heal their gut. 👇

Leaky Gut Syndrome Test

How? Let me explain.

How to improve digestion in toddlers & big kids?

It’s a method that addresses the underlying causes of gut imbalances and restores harmony, helping to alleviate symptoms and maybe even disease for our children. The program suggests you: Remove> Reinoculate> Repair> Reintroduce

Healing leaky gut in child

How do you heal your child’s gut?

  • Promote healthy evacuation daily with fiber, fruit, vegetables, and water
  • Try an elimination diet for 2-3 weeks if symptoms persist, you may want to try the 4R approach
  • Remove all triggers: i.e. all allergens and cross reactors like gluten and dairy
  • Get off medications (with Dr.’s approval and replace with natural remedies )
  • Reduce your child’s stress with reading, being outside, and adding herbal teas
  • Heal their gut lining with the 4R approach below
  • NEVER re-introduce foods that cause a true allergic reaction

Keep in mind.

This program is most successful when the whole family agrees to participate. So, what are the steps?

Leaky Gut Supplements

The 4R approach for children

1. Remove

Take out what ails them

  • Remove your child’s top allergens, including wheat, corn, eggs, dairy, peanuts, and soybeans.
  • Add in whole grains (like quinoa and rice), organic vegetables, fruit, and healthy fats.
  • Remove all allergens for 4-6 weeks or it may take up to a year to heal their gut with an auto-immune disease.
  • Encourage whole, organic foods if able.
  • This is the hardest part to do with small kids. It helps if the whole house works together.
  • Plan ahead. Print recipes, go grocery shopping, be prepared for meltdowns:)

2. Replace

  • Add in a digestive enzyme like Vital Chews or Kids Digest to help your child digest protein, dairy, and meat
  • If digestive enzymes produce bloating, your child may have SIBO. Ask for help.
  • Teenagers can have 350 HCL at the beginning of a meal to aid digestion or offer bitters to them.

3. Reinoculate

  • Add in a high-quality children’s probiotic like Klaire
    • this is safe for infants and up to age 7
  • Wait 2 weeks for the elimination diet or up to 6 weeks. Adding in a probiotic can give you gas and bloating if you do not remove the allergens first and start with digestive enzymes.
  • Look for probiotics with Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria species.
  • Older kids, they can incorporate fermented foods such as miso, sauerkraut, and kimchee 3-4x week.
  • Although very delicious, kombucha can be high in sugar so consider using it sparingly.

4. Repair

Include the following supplements for 6-weeks or more to repair your child’s gut. Dosing depends on your child’s age. The following supplements can be taken for up to 6 months to help to heal the intestinal lining:

  • Tumeric
  • Curcumin
  • Ginger
  • Chamomile Tea
  • Marshmallow root powder
  • DGL licorice (aloe and licorice are not for internal use during pregnancy; these are fine for children) are some of the most effective herbs for healing the gut lining.

Zinc dosing

  • Age 4-7 years old 5-10 mg/day
  • Age 12 10-20 mg/day

Fish oil:

Conclusion

In short, if your child is struggling with food sensitivities and you find you’re avoiding foods, there is hope. The 4R approach is more than an elimination diet. The 4R approach can heal your child’s digestive tract, reduce bloating, gas, diarrhea, and constipation for years to come, and reduce their risk of autoimmune disease as well.

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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/