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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.  We’ve stopped croup many times with this easy, fast, safe 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’s wakes with a dry, barking, ringing cough.  When this ringing, barking cough subsides, I would then give natural remedies for the common cold.
  • Croup usually strikes children between the ages of two and four and startles your deep sleep between 12-2 am.

Croup Sound

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

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

Homeopathic Remedies for a Croup Cough

Aconite (Aconitum Napellus)-30C

Take Aconite 30c at the onset of croup.

  • 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 aboard, and there is dryness of all air passages.
  • Also, the child is warm and is worse for 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.
    • Rarely do we need more than Aconite in treating croup. When a cough has ceased, continue with tinctures for the common cold as an Echinacea tincture.  I’ve added Echinacea tincture to water and given it to small children with a needless syringe or a hallow-handled teaspoon for measuring medication.  For the toddler years, I’ve added the tinctures to water and apple juice in their cup for them to sip on.

 

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.”  You are watching the child for any unusual symptoms, writing down anything you see or hear.  You only give the treatment when you symptoms match the remedy.  STOP giving doses when the child’s energy shifts, they look better, sound better or maybe they begin to drink water or eat something.

Please note I am not a doctor and none of the information replaces the suggestions from your doctor.

If you have any questions, please note below.

Warmly

~ Tara Gregorio

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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.

But hang on…

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 ear.

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.

Personally, I find homeopathy is the best remedy for ear infections.  Download your freebie training to learn how to use those little sugar tablets.⬇️

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8 Ear Infection Remedies

I teach these steps within my course: Home Remedies For Children.

#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 needs.

What’s stopping you from trying this out? Comment below.


References:

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

 

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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/

Everything you need to know about homeopathy

Everything you need to know about homeopathy

Have you ever wondered if homeopathy actually works?

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

My first experience using homeopathy is when I had the flu for the second time in my life.  I had a liquid form of boneset from a herbal course I enrolled in with Peeka Trenkle.

I took one dose of the boneset and immediately felt relief and then.. I ran out!

The bottle was empty.  I couldn’t believe it, I rushed to Nature’s Pantry to discover they didn’t have any boneset in stock.

The shift in symptoms was so dramatic, I knew it was from the homeopathic remedy.


What is homeopathy 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!
  • Safe enough for children and the elderly, yet potent enough you could create adverse effects if you do not know the principles.

Homeopathy Meaning

How is homeopathy made?

  • Homeopathic medicine is made from minerals, plants, animals, poisons of animals, and bees and then diluted or successed {shaken.}what is homeopathy and how does it work

How is homeopathy made?

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

How does homeopathy work?

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

How do you take homeopathy?

  • Tip a tablet into the lid of the bottle and tip into your mouth without touching it
  • Or tip-in on the palm of the person taking the remedy; try not to touch the remedy if you are giving it to someone.
  • Never put back any tablets that have fallen out
    • Try not to eat, drink or brush teeth for 10-20 minutes before or after taking a remedy
    • You should feel a shift occur if it is negative in any way STOP and 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.

Do you use homeopathy with your family? Download my free cheat sheet to learn the mistakes we make when using homeopathy.

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Homeopathy for babies & toddlers

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

Things that interfere with homeopathy

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

Tips for Homeopathic Dosing

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

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

Warmly~

Tara

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5 Baby Teething Remedies

5 Baby Teething Remedies

It’s frustrating and exhausting when your little one is teething.

Late nights. Crying. Screaming.  Wanting to be held.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could support your child during the teething years, without all the Tylenol?

Imagine what it would be like if you knew the exact remedies to help your child go back faster without wasting money on products that don’t work.

Let me show you how.

But hang on.

The fastest remedies are homeopathic you’ll want to read this post and learn how to use homeopathy properly, so you don’t waste time and money on products you don’t need.

Want to get started? In this post, I’m going to share herbal and homeopathic remedies to keep your little one from overusing Tylonal and antibiotics during the teething years.

First…


How do you know when a baby is teething?

Look for these symptoms in your little one…

  • Green diarrhea
  • Screaming, crying
  • Drooling (which can cause a facial rash)
  • Swollen, sensitive gums
  • A tooth visible below the gum
  • Chewing everything.. nothing is off limits!
  • Irritability or fussiness, wanting to be held
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Refusing to eat
  • Rubbing face and ears
  • You either feel bad for them or want to kill them! (These are two key homeopathic remedies to watch for)

Homeopathic teething remedies

The two most popular remedies for teething are Chamomilla 30c and Pulsatilla 30c. 

Keep in mind.  These are sugar tablets, you would place in their mouth to suck on or put in their bottle.

Let’s explore both of these.

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#1 Chamomilla 30c Symptoms

  • One cheek may be red with one spot
  • Likes cold drinks
  • Wants to be held and stops crying when held*
  • Mom is annoyed or wants to scream at the child*
  • Pain unbearable- cries out in sleep
  • Green diarrhea with stools
  • May have a cough
  • Dosing: Give one dose of Chamomilla 30c wait and repeat if necessary.  Stop if you don’t see a positive result or the child’s behavior gets worse.

#2 Pulsatilla 30c Symptoms

  • mouth dry, thirstless
  • Mom feels sorry for her little one*
  • the child is anxious at night
  • wants to be carried
  • sensitive & whiny
  • better for fresh air

Another favorite for children who will not sleep while teething…

#3 Coffea Cruda 30c Symptoms

  • sensitive to pain
  • worse at night
  • will not sleep – even if they’ve had 2 doses of Tylenol!
  • shooting pain feels better when holding ice water in the mouth

You can also combine Coffea Cruda with Chamomilla for relief.

#4 Camilia teething relief

Camilia teething relief is a popular teething product for children combining three homeopathic remedies for pain and inflammation.  It would also help reduce recurring ear infections.  Served in a liquid pouch,  it’s easy for administrating.

Chamomile for teething

Alternatively, you can make a cup of chamomile tea or use a chamomile tincture to reduce the teething pain.

  • To make a cup of tea: Take 1 tsp. of dried Chamomile tea to 1 cup of boiling water.  Cover and let steep 5-7 minutes. Sweeten with maple syrup for children under 1 year of age or raw honey for children over one year.  Cool it down with an ice cube and add to their bottle or place a facecloth in the tea and put in the refrigerator for the baby to suck on.
  • #5 Herb Pharm Chamomile tincture can be used in a pinch to soothe inflammation and ease tension

How to get a teething baby to sleep

Momma’s sleep deprivation usually begins when your little one starts teething. The homeopathic remedies should work to help your baby get to sleep faster.  If they do not, you can try a glycerine tincture to help them relax.

  • Herb Pharm fast asleep works well with homeopathy to encourage a good night’s sleep.  Double-check the dosing based on your child’s age and weight.
Also, read….

Using homeopathy is safe and easier than you think.  Just remember, to stop if you don’t see any improvements such as the child going to sleep, they began drinking, or the crying stopped.

These remedies will also reduce fevers and ear infections often associated with the teething years.

Could this work for you? Have questions? Comment below.

5 Home Remedies For The Flu

5 Home Remedies For The Flu

What if you could decrease your flu symptoms naturally? 

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

The first time I had the flu, I swore I had malaria.  I even drove myself to the ER, just for them to tell me it was the Flu. I called my mother at 5:00 am crying and begging her to help me.

Over the next three days, she helped me change the sheets four times and nursed me back to health.  I missed ten whole days of work and thought I was dying.

I took the medication that I knew at the time and slept the days away.  Little did I know there were an alternative way and natural remedies would ease my symptoms and decrease the pain the next time I had the flu.


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

What Are The Symptoms Of The Flu

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

When to call the doctor for the flu

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

 

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

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

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

Home Remedies For The Flu

  • Tinctures for the flu: A tincture is a concentrated liquid herbal extract taken 2-3x day in a 1/4 cup of water. 
  • Choose these tinctures as a single or blend.

#1 Boneset Tincture/Extract {Eupatorium perfoliatum L.}-(herb pharm, moutainroseherbs.com)

    • The #1 recommended remedy for the flu. I’ve used both the tincture and homeopathy.  I prefer the homeopathic dose for quicker results. flu remedies

#2 Crampbark {Viburnum opulus}

    • Great for body aches, PMS cramps, and aches associated with the flu. Crampbark is used for cramps and aches in the body. 
    • I like this one.

#3 Jamaican dogwood {Piscidia piscipula}

    • As an analgesic, Jamaican dogwood can reduce pains in the body for cold and flu season and also works great for PMS.
    • Use with caution with kids.  I use a blended formula and reduce the dosing amount with children.
    • I like this one

#4 Elderberry Syrup

 In one study, Elderberry Syrup was used to treat 60 patients suffering from influenza.  “Symptoms were relieved on average 4 days earlier and the use of rescue medication was significantly less in those receiving elderberry extract compared with placebo. Elderberry extract seems to offer an efficient, safe and cost-effective treatment for influenza.”

 

Homeopathy For The Flu

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

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

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

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

Teas For The Flu

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

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

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

Conclusion

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

Learn how to stop the Flu fast with my online course: Home Remedies For Children

Have you tried Eupatorium before for the flu? Let me know below.

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