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Elderberry Syrup For Kids

Elderberry Syrup For Kids

Elderberry syrup is filled with lots of Vitamin C.  Known to reduce colds and flu, take this syrup daily during the winter months. 

Elderberry Syrup For Kids

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of dried black elderberries
  • 4 cups of water
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh or dried ginger root
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 1 cup raw honey or maple syrup for children under 1 year

Instructions

  1. Pour water into a medium saucepan and add elderberries, ginger, and cinnamon. Do not add honey.
  2. Bring to a boil and then cover and reduce to a simmer for about 45 minutes to an hour until the liquid has reduced by almost half.
  3. At that point, remove from heat and let cool enough to be handled. Mash the berries carefully using a spoon or other flat utensil.
  4. Pour through a strainer into a glass jar or bowl.
  5. Discard the elderberries (or compost them!) and let the liquid cool to lukewarm. When it is no longer hot, add 1 cup of honey and stir well.
  6. When honey is well mixed into the elderberry mixture, pour the syrup into a pint-sized mason jar or 16-ounce glass bottle of some kind.
  7. Store in the refrigerator.
  8. The standard dose is ½ tsp to 1 tsp for kids and ½ Tbsp to 1 Tbsp for adults. If the flu does strike, take the normal dose every 2-3 hours instead of once a day until symptoms disappear.
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**Please note: Do not use honey with children under one year of age.  You can substitute maple syrup.

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Colic Tea For Babies

Colic Tea For Babies

This soothing tea blend, can aid babies digestion and soothe the bloating and discomfort they are feeling due to colic.

It is also lovely for a new mom, to release nervous tension and ease any tummy troubles she is experiencing.

If you are worried about your breastmilk production, skip the lemon balm and sip on chamomile and fennel tea.

Chamomile

Matricaria recutita (German Chamomile) or Asteraceae Anthemis nobiles (Roman Chamomile)

Chamomile calms the spirit and is the number one botanical for both mom and baby.  As a nervine, it will soothe anxiety and restlessness.  It calms the digestion and soothes nervous stomachs.  It also can treat fevers, colds, flu, and headaches and relieve cramps from birth or menses.  This botanical is safe and calming and one of the best herbs for crying, restless babies.  Use it in baby’s bathwater to clear up diaper rash, heal wounds or cuts.

Fennel

Foeniculum vulgare

Fennel seeds are warming and a little spicy; aiding gas and bloating for both mom and baby.  Mom can eat them directly, if feeling bloated and make a cup of colic tea to feed to the baby by dropperful throughout the day.  This after-meal tea can ease gas, indigestion, abdominal pain and spasms.

Lemon Balm

Melissa officinalis

Known as the gladdening herb, Lemon balm lifts the spirits and as a carminative; it aids digestion and relieves gas.  The yummy lemony taste is well-loved by both women and children and when your little one is old; make a cup of Lemon balm tea with milk and honey.  It is also antiviral, so it is very effective for breaking fevers and treating colds and flu.

The slight minty taste may lower moms breastmilk, but will certainly do no harm to the baby.  And, as a combined tea blend, it may relieve moms’ anxiety and restlessness and lift her spirits.

Read herbs to avoid while breastfeeding: https://kellymom.com/bf/got-milk/herbs_to_avoid/

 

Colic Tea For Babies

Ingredients

  • Dried Chamomile Flowers
  • Dried Fennel Seed
  • Dried Lemon Balm {skip if breastfeeding}

Instructions

  1. Combine all three herbs in one container
  2. Take 1 tbs. of herbs to 1 cup of boiling water
  3. Cover and steep for 10 minutes
  4. Strain and add honey ONLY if mom is drinking the tea
  5. Drink the tea before breastfeeding
  6. If you are offering the tea to your baby, strain and cool the tea. Add the cool tea by dropperful to the baby while feeding or add to bottle if bottle fed.
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Gut Health Eczema Treatment: Prevent a lifetime of allergic disease

Gut Health Eczema Treatment: Prevent a lifetime of allergic disease

It’s frustrating when your little one has eczema.

Did you know, eczema is linked to other respiratory illnesses like asthma later in life?  Even when they outgrow the dry, itchy skin.

Just imagine.. soothing your child naturally and preventing a lifetime of health struggles with herbal remedies.

The interesting part?

These Atopic conditions; colic, seasonal allergies, asthma, and food sensitivities can change by addressing our children’s gut health.

Isn’t that amazing?

**But don’t forget.  Read my precautions below for when to call the doctor and never stop any medical treatment without talking to your doctor first.

It all comes down to this.

We need to address our chid’s gut health to stop the Atopic triad: seasonal allergies, eczema, and asthma.

Are you ready?

Over 30 million Americans have eczema. ¹

Eczema: What causes it?

Children typically develop Eczema in their first year of life and it is triggered by top allergen foods like; milk, eggs, soy, and wheat.

In Chinese medicine, they suggest Eczema is due to the surface of toxic heat from the mother’s uterus.²

**When Eczema is triggered by consumption of peanuts, nuts, or shellfish this suggests a food allergy and you would want to get your child tested. You would NEVER reintroduce a true food allergy into your child’s diet.

There are two ways to address your child’s allergies:

#1 Have your child tested for allergies.

  • Even if it is a small food sensitivity, remove the food that is bothering your child.  Typically, it would be gluten or dairy.  If mom is breastfeeding, she can remove these foods from her diet as well.

#2 Try an elimination diet for 2-4 weeks.

  • Remove gluten and dairy and see if there is a change. {If there is no change, you’ll want to heal your child’s gut with the 4R approach} How do you heal your child’s gut? Read this.

Eczema Symptoms

Eczema is defined as dry or weeping skin; characterized by severe itchy and possibly burning, cracked, or red skin that can blister and ooze when scratched.  Known as Atopic dermatitis, conventional medicine does not see a “cure” for this but, functional medicine doctors and alternative medicine practitioners and are teaching us otherwise.

eczema

Symptoms to look for:

  • Dry, sensitive skin
  • Areas of swelling
  • Oozing
  • Dark-colored patches of skin
  • Rough, leathery or scaly patches of skin
  • Bad itching

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Eczema Home Remedies

External Remedies For Eczema

  • If breastfeeding; apply the hindmilk to your child’s itchy skin.  {The hindmilk is the milk at the end of the feeding}
  • Use unscented soaps OR eliminated soap altogether
  • Use 100% cotton clothing
  • Chlorinated water can worsen eczema as well, try a water filter on the shower
  • Keep fingernails cut and clean
  • Make an herb paste out of aloe vera gel alone or with chickweed and calendula
  • Apply an emollient salve made with calendula, comfrey root or plantain topically.  Not internally.
  • Honey and beeswax – Make this combination at home and caution with children under 1 year of age or make this healing salve at home by Wellness Mama
  • Try this Salt Bath for your child

Internal Remedies For Eczema

  • Add a probiotic with Lactobacillus Rhamanosus like Klair infant
  • After 2-4 weeks if you haven’t seen any improvement, follow the 4R approach to heal your child’s gut
  • With your doctor’s approval you can add these herbs:
    • For children over 5 years of age
      • Add 150mg Quercetine 1-2x day to heal the gut.  Klaire Labs is a great company.  Crack open the pill and add it to your child’s drink. 
      • Freeze-dried Stinging Nettles acts as a natural anti-histamine
        • Offer 1-2 capsules 2x day to reduce itching and inflammation, I like this company
        • Caution: watch for an allergic response, especially if mom or dad has allergies
  • Try a kitcharee fast for mom or child for 5-10 days
  • Be sure to include essential fatty acids in moms diet, if breastfeeding, and in babies diet if not

What is the 4R approach? Read this post: https://taragregorio.com/how-the-4r-approach-reduces-childrens-food-sensitivities/

 

Eczema Elimination Diet

The best way to reduce eczema is to practice an elimination diet AND heal your child’s gut – together.

Elimination diets will not work until you heal your child’s gut and address the underlying problem

How do you do an elimination diet?

Step #1 Remove the top allergens your child has.

The foods to remove are:

  • milk
    • If you are breastfeeding, mom can remove these allergens
    • If bottle-feeding try goats milk or hydrolyzed formula
  • eggs
  • soy
  • wheat

Step #2 Add in a Probiotic with Lactobacillus Rhamanosus like Klair infant

Step #3 Follow the 4R approach outlined in this blog post

Step #4 Reduce medications and integrate natural remedies

Step #5 Reduce toxins in your environment

 

 

When to call the doctor

  • Always air on the side of caution and trust your momma instincts when your child does not feel well
  • If something doesn’t feel right, go to the ER right away
  • Always use your child’s inhaler; as directed by your doctor
  • TRUE food allergies; need medical care ALWAYS
  • Warning signs for allergic reactions:
    • blue lips
    • difficulty breathing or speaking
    • change in voice
    • swelling of lips and tongue
    • exposure to true food allergy
    • fainting, weakness, severe abdominal pain
    • as well as.. high fevers and screaming sore throats {sign of Strep}

Conclusion

Eczema in children is a result of poor gut health caused during pregnancy {moms gut health}, by birth {higher in C-section babies} and if your child has had medications in the first few months of their lives.  Addressing your child’s gut health will get to the root cause of itchy, dry skin.

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References

  • https://www.amymyersmd.com/2016/04/treat-eczema-inside/
  • ¹https://nationaleczema.org/eczema/
  • ² Tierra, Lesley; Healing with the herbs of life. Pg. 291
3 Homeopathic Remedies For Croup

3 Homeopathic Remedies For Croup

What if you had a fast remedy for the croup cough?

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

The classic ringing, barking cough created fear throughout the house at midnight each time.

Try my tried and true homeopathic remedies to stop a croup cough fast.

Croup Symptoms

  • Croup usually strikes children between the ages of two and four and startles your deep sleep between 12-2 am.
  • 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 – treat your child’s cold symptoms with natural remedies.

Morning Croup Cough Sound

But wait, make sure you know how to use those little sugar tablets called homeopathy.

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Homeopathic Remedies for Croup.

 

#1 Aconite For A Croup Cough

 

 

                        • 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.

                       

                       

                   

                   

               

               

           

           

       

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#2 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 of all air passages.

               

                • Also, the child is warm and is worse for swallowing

               

               

           

           

       

       

 

 

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#3 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.

               

               

           

           

       

       

 

 

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             Rarely do we need more than Aconite in treating croup.

To Summarize:

 

Homeopathy For Croup

 

                        • Take one dose of Aconite 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.

                       

                       

                   

                   

               

               

           

           

       

       

 

 

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Tricks for croup

  • Watch this video to learn the fastest remedy for the croup cough when your child wakes between 12-2:00 am
  • You are watching the child for any unusual symptoms, writing down anything you see or hear.
  • Whenever using homeopathic medicine follow the rules of “like cures like.”
  • You only give the treatment when your 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 
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When your child wakes after a night of the croup cough:

 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.

 

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  •   If your child awakes with a croup cough, watch this video for the remedy       Do you think this could work for you? Have questions of homeopathy? Head over to my YouTube Channel to learn more.  xoxox Tara       To find all my homeopathic remedies go here: https://kit.co/tarajgregorio/homeopathic-remedies Click here to subscribe
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Why natural remedies are perfect for kids

Why natural remedies are perfect for kids

Did you know by the age of 19, your child may have had between 10-20 rounds of antibiotics?

Do you know what this is doing to your child’s gut health?

I know, I know, it’s frustrating when your little one gets sick.  All you want is for them to feel better – fast.

And.. you’re a busy momma and don’t have time to research botanicals.

I get it.

But, now is the time to integrate botanicals.

Why?

Our children’s health is suffering.  Have you noticed how many kids are gluten and dairy-free? Yup.  This is why.

Imagine knowing exactly what remedies to use when your kids get sick.

Imagine fewer medications.

Imagine your child knowing what remedies to use when they are sick.

So, what do I mean by natural remedies? I mean…

  • botanicals/herbs
  • homeopathy
  • food
  • and maybe some essential oils:)

The truth?

If we don’t learn how to use them now, I’ll children’s health will suffer for years to come.  We are already seeing it happen.

In this post, I’m going to share the 5 reasons our children need to start using natural remedies.

1. Antibiotic Resistance

One of the biggest threats to our global health today is antibiotic resistance, the World Health Organization suggests.

“Bacteria, not humans or animals, become antibiotic-resistant. These bacteria may infect humans and animals, and the infections they cause are harder to treat than those caused by non-resistant bacteria.” ¹

Bacterial infections need antibiotics and if you overuse them, they may not work when you need them most. According to the CDC, “Each year in the U.S., at least 2 million people get an antibiotic-resistant infection, and at least 23,000 people die.” Source

We have to consider reducing antibiotics and integrating natural remedies.

2. Food Intolerances (gluten/dairy)

If you haven’t heard the word microbiome yet, get ready to learn more. These communities of gut flora run from our mouth to our anus and affect our weight, mood, mental health, and even our immunity. One of the ways we damage this flora is through yup, you guessed it, antibiotics.

And, children born via c-section are already compromised due to the one dose of antibiotics mom gets before surgery.

If you’re planning a C-section, consider Vaginal seeding to protect your child’s gut flora and take a probiotic in your third trimester.

When your child’s microbiome is affected, they may have difficulty digesting gluten and dairy – some of the top inflammatory foods we consume.

3. Leaky Gut Syndrome In Children

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 causing headaches, food intolerances, allergies and joint pain in our child’s health.

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Medications that lead to Leaky Gut Syndrome In Kids:

  • Antibiotics
  • Steroids
  • NSAIDs
  • Acid reducing medication

If your child is taking these medications regularly, you may want to consider the 4R approach.  Read more about Leaky Gut Syndrom in kids Here.

4. Clostridium Difficile In Children – C. diff

The leading cause of deaths in the hospital, Clostridium difficile or C. diff. is a bacterium that is normally present in the body in small numbers. When they are out of balance with the rest of your gut bacteria – due to antibiotic use or a compromised immune system, they may cause an infection and result in diarrhea.

This bacteria produces a toxin that causes inflammation of the colon and results in varying degrees of diarrhea, sometimes a bloody stool, and could potentially lead to death. Often, children with a compromised immune system have the greatest risk of getting C. Diff. If your child has bloody stool, please have it checked immediately for C. Diff.

C. diff can go hand in hand with Celiac disease and Inflammatory Bowel Disease; please have your child checked if you suspect they have C. Diff.

Depending on the severity of your symptoms, your doctor may suggest an antibiotic or to take the probiotic Saccharomyces Boulardi daily to replenish your gut flora. Read more here.

5. Eczema

An inflammatory skin condition, Eczema, affects 1 in 5 children and is increasing each year.  Known as ‘the itch that rashes’ typically begins with the itch and ends with red, scaly skin.  You may also have rough bumps, thick patches or bumps that leak fluid and crust over.

Those with Atopic dermatitis typically have a food allergy to wheat, dairy, peanuts or nuts. And, when they use antibiotics, this affects their gut health leading to allergies and “asthma-like” symptoms as they get older.

Why should our children use natural remedies?

  1. They are generally safe and easy to use
  2. We are teaching our children how to take care of themselves
  3. Botanicals aid with digestion
  4. They soothe the nervous system
  5. They reduce antibiotic use
  6. They are more affordable

Conclusion

Integrating botanicals into your child’s diet can reduce the number of medications they need for years to come. Saving you time in the doctor’s office and money on medications and ER visits.

 

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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…

What causes ear infections in kids?

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 Ear Infection
# 3 Mechanical obstruction
#4 Nutrient Insufficiency

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 here to learn how to use those little sugar tablets.

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Here Are 8 Steps You Can Try For Natural Ear Infection Treatment

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

#1 Encourage the 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

#7 Use Homeopathy

  • 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 Reduce pain naturally

  • 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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