Monday, August 8, 2011

Natural Solutions for everyday problems

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Have you been looking around for some good old home remedies for some of today's most nagging ailments in our families?  Well, look no more, in this post are ten creative, tried and true solutions to common problems that moms everywhere have to deal with.

Please however, see your MD if your child is suffering from fever above 103, or if pain or expectorating blood occurs.

Readers are invited to write in and leave other suggestions or comment on their experience with some of the listed cures.

Bug Bites

For quick relief from those nagging bug bites, grate a potato or some leaves of plantain to create a poultice.   This should help relieve discomfort of swelling and itching.


Help reduce the temperature by giving lukewarm baths, cold cloths on the forehead and ice chips. Fluids are good, if they are not contraindicated, such as in vomiting or diarrhea.  Give a light diet consisting mainly of fluids and clear liquids.  Call the MD however, if the temperature goes above 103.

Herbs such as peppermint, ginger and elderflower in teas initiates perspiration and helps the body to cool down naturally.

Cough and Congestion

Apply an herbal vapor rub of menthol and tea tree oil to the bottom of the child's feet and put their socks on. The decongesting menthol vapor will help them to breathe and the antimicrobial properties of the tea tree oil will be absorbed through their skin.

For nasal congestion, try using a neti pot.

Diarrhea and Constipation

Probiotics are great for boosting weak digestion and for strengthening the immune system.  It is also good for diarrhea and constipation. Look for yogurt, powder or capsules containing 10 billion colony-forming units (CFU) of Lactobacillus GG.   Combine this with the BRAT diet (bananas, rice, applesauce and toast) to slow down diarrhea.

For constipation try apricots, peaches, pears, plums and vitamin C.


Place four drops of warm mullein garlic oil into the ear.  This will help calm down an inflamed ear drum.  The garlic's natural antibiotic will go to work on bacteria.


Deglycerrhizinated licorice, slippery elm and aloe all may be able to help soothe inflamed esophageal tissue.

Avoid chocolate,dairy products and tomatoes.

Seasonal allergies

Popular remedies include vitamin A, C and E.  Citrus fruits such as grapefruit and oranges are great sources of vitamins and antioxidants.  Stinging nettle also is good for relief of allergy as it is believed to  regulate the production of the histamine that  causes noses to run and eyes to water.

Sore throat

Gargling with salt water is great for clearing out mucus and pain relief.  Add honey as a cough suppressant and for its antimicrobial properties.

Teething Pain

Oil of clove contains a compound called eugenol that serves as a natural pain killer and antibacterial agent.

Mix with one drop of cloe oil with honey and rub it into the gums.  Do not use on children under 12 months.

Chamomile or wintergreen may also be used as a natural pain reliever.


Marshall, Lisa "Drug free kids Natural Alternatives  to common medications." Natural


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