There have been many recalls on Children’s Tylenol and Motrin over the years due to inadequate (or non-existent) testing procedures. This should be a major concern for parents when their children fall ill. Homeopathic medicine has shown to have an 82.6 percent success rate versus conventional medicine at 67.3 percent response in regards to respiratory tract infections. This article will share some natural alternatives to over the counter medicines.
Medicine cabinet must-haves
These homeopathic medicines can be found at most health food store in quick dissolving tablet form and can be used for children as well as adults.
Belladonna— 6C: Helpful for fevers that come on suddenly, as well as a clear runny nose. Belladonna is also helpful in relieving headaches and inflamed red sore throats.
Pulsatilla-6C: This is to be used when nasal discharge is thicker and children are acting clingy and weepy. It is also helpful for earaches that are less intense.
Chamomilla— 6C: This homeopathic remedy is good to have on hand for irritability and digestive issues. It is also great to help with severe pain associated with teething, earaches and gas pains.
Vapor Rub is easy to make and doesn’t contain petroleum based products such as many of the commercial alternatives. Mix eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils with your favorite oil (coconut, olive, apricot, etc.) and rub the mixture on feet and chest.
Onion and honey cough medicine is a wonderful homemade alternative without alcohol and other additives. Make sure to use good honey; local, organic, raw honey is the best as it will help to prevent allergies as well. Honey and onion both have anti-bacterial properties and onions contain a compound that reduces bronchial constriction. Simply chop onions (any color will do) and place in a jar and cover onion bits with honey. Let it sit overnight and strain the next day, saving the liquid and discarding the onion pieces.
Honey and cinnamon has been used to promote health for centuries. This mixture can be taken at the first sign of cold and has shown to boost the immune system both separately as well as together. Simply mix one teaspoon of honey with a teaspoon of cinnamon. Give a spoonful every couple of hours and it can knock out a cold in a couple of days.
Healing power of touch
This can be in the form of hugs, kisses, cuddles or even light placement of the hands on areas where there is pain and discomfort. Studies have shown healing touch to reduce pain, boost the immune system, lower stress levels and promote relaxation and healing.
Natural cold and flu remedies not only have a much higher success rate, but they are also much more cost effective and easy to prepare. Homeopathic medicines work to heal the imbalances that lead to sickness and can be used to prevent the illness altogether. They provide much better alternatives than the commercial, over the counter medicines that simply mask the symptoms, or antibiotics that are shown to lower the immune system and decrease resistance.