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11th February 2012 11:35 AM #1
Natural Remedies for Cold and Cough
We have had a cold/cough going through our family and I saw a post on the forums of another mum who has a child with a cough, so I thought I'd post some suggestions for natural remedies you can give your child to speed recovery and quiet a cough.
You could try making a mixture of honey and ginger juice and giving that to your child twice a day to help quiet a cough and boost his immune system. I haven't tried this, as I only now learned about it, but it's worth a try and the ginger and honey are really good for the immune system.
Here's a video showing you how to make this natural cough syrup which can be done in a matter of minutes.
Here's a Homemade Cough and Cold Syrup recipe that is mostly honey and onions. I've used something like this in the past and it worked for me.
I have a wonderful Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner who makes up a wonderful herbal blend for my children, depending on what kind of cough they have (not all coughs are the same - some are dry, some are productive, etc.). I used this herbal blend with one of my children this month, and it really helped to speed her cough recovery.
I know it's important to reduce/eliminate sugar and white flour products simply because those things will suppress the immune system and you want your child's immune system to be as strong as possible when healing.
Does anyone have any natural remedies they use for a cold?
Last edited by 5Homebirths4Kate; 22nd October 2012 at 02:21 PM.
13th February 2012 03:53 AM #2
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We get through the cold season with steam from the shower, the neti pot, and peppermints. However, I am very interested in trying this homemade cough syrup recipe. Great post!
15th February 2012 12:36 AM #3
Hope your family are feeling better now Kate. This information is great for us breastfeeding mums too, who need natural remedies.
-We use a couple of drops of Tea Tree Oil put into very hot water and stood in a beaker somewhere in the room (out of the reach of children!) to help with nasal congestion.
-Chicken soup has natural healing (and feel good!) properties: there's a good recipe for Organic Chicken Soup here.
-Vapour rubs (made from essential oils or even beeswax) can be used on babies over 3 month old: rub it into your baby's chest. You can even make your own vapour rub.
-From 6 months old, extra fluids also help baby's and children to get through a cold/ cough quicker.
-Try to get as much rest as you can!
21st February 2012 07:35 AM #4
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I know an easy remedy: Rub some Vaporub on the base of your feet and wear socks over them before going to bed. This is an easy and non-invasive way to get rid of the congestion and cold.
21st February 2012 02:12 PM #5
Anukriti - I had forgotten about that one. Thanks for posting it!
27th February 2012 08:37 AM #6
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Thanks for sharing that wonderful video Kate. Indeed ginger really helps in boosting the immune system. It is even a cure for other ailments also like inflammation. When my father's gums are swelling, he uses ginger to soothe it. And it works!