Our Winter Bug Medicine Chest

This holiday our family brought some unwanted visitors (sicky germs) and we have been down this week. So, I wanted to share some of the things I use to help us get over our bugs sooner.

Chicken Broth – Boxed, semi-homemade, or homemade, it doesn’t matter.

Elderberry Syrup  – Nature’s Way now makes Elderberry Gummies! Gummies are available at some health food stores, such as Natural Grocers, and pharmacies (CVS).

–  Herbs for Kids is a great brand that is safe for children 2+, including adults. It can be purchased at our local health food store or online at Amazon.com. Do not take if you have an autoimmune disorder or pregnant.

Temp Assure
– Temp Assure is an herbal formula that helps the body reduce fevers natural while supporting the body. Temp-Assure by Herbs for kids can be purchase at health Food stores like Natural Grocers or online at Amazon.

Children’s Composition Honey – This is a blend of honey, peppermint, yarrow, wild cherry bark, and echinacea. I have not been able to find this honey blend available in stores.

Zarbee’s Dark Honey Cough Syrup – Zarbee’s cough syrup contains grapefruit seed extract, zinc, vitamin C, and honey. The Zarbee’s brand is available almost everywhere (Safeway, Walmart, Walgreens, etc.).

Marshmallow Root Marshmallows – Consult a doctor before taking if you are on diabetic medication, as it may inhibit the absorption of some medications.

Vitamin C
Vitamin A 
Vitamin D

QBC or Aller-C – QBC and Aller-C is a blend of Vitamin C (900-1,200mg), Quercitin (a natural anti-histamine), and Bromelian (a natural anti-inflammatory). QBC can be purchased at your local health food store. Aller-C can be purchased online at Amazon.com, or at some Naturopathic Doctors offices.

N-A-C – N-Acetyl Cysteine is an amino acid that helps thin post nasal drip. It is safe for adults and can be purchased at any health food store. Consult your pediatrician before giving it to children under the age of 8. Do not take while pregnant or lactating.

Wild Cherry Honey Lollipops

Zand’s Zumka Lozenges – These lozenges contain a blend of herbs that aid in the relief of coughs and sore throats. They can be purchased at any health food store. They are not suitable for children under the age of 6. Do not take while pregnant or lactating.

ElderZinc –  These lozenges contain a blend of vitamin C, elderberry, and zinc. Do not take if you are allergic to Zinc.

Astragalus Tincture and Herb – Astragalus is an adaptogen that gently helps boost the immune system. While it is a Chinese herb, it is used in Western medicine to support the respiratory system.  Gaia Herb is a great brand for alcohol free tinctures. It is safe for pregnancy and lactation.  Do not take if you are on immune suppressant drugs, as it may  not be safe.

Milk Thistle Tincture – I use this herb after Tylenol to help heal the liver after use. Click here to read the study done by NCBI NIH (National Center for Biotechnology Information – National Institute of Health).

Honey Onions Syrup

Tazo Passion Tea
Sweetened with honey, maple syrup, or an organic simple syrup and a squeeze of lemon or lime juice. Tazo Passion Tea can be purchased at wherever Tazo tea is sold.

Lemons, Ginger, and Honey – Studies have shown that a simple Lemon-Ginger Honey tea is as effective as OTC Cold Remedies. To make this yourself steep a 1/4-1/2″ slice of ginger in warm-hot water for 5 minutes, covered. After 5 minutes, remove the ginger and squeeze in a lemon slice or two. Add honey to taste.  This tea can be give to children as young as 2, just give a 1/4 tsp at a time. This tea is also safe for pregnant women in their second trimester.

For adults, hot toddy’s have been shown to have its own place in herbal history! Check out my favorite recipe here.

I hope this peek into our medicine chest has helped! Be well!


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