Facial Massages

Ear pressure and facial pain seem to go hand in hand with any respiratory infection. Facial massages can aid in relieving the pressure and draining the lymph nodes and glands, helping relieve some of the discomfort associated with being sick.

To see my how-to videos follow me on Instagram at naturalpreggomomma.

Please note that while these massages can be done on newborns, they require very little pressure! Please be gentle.

To learn more about facial massages and how they can help, check out Dr. Mary Ann Block’s book No More Amoxicillin.

 

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. Continue reading “Our Winter Bug Medicine Chest”

Honey Onion Syrup

When I began my herbal adventures I stumbled across a book by Rosemary Gladstar. In the book Rosemary spoke of a syrup she made one winter of just onions and honey and how she swore it kept her family from getting sick that winter. So I had to try it. While we still got sick that winter, it wasn’t nearly as bad. Since then, this had become a staple in my home!

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Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a wonderful vitamin to keep in the medicine chest. Not only is this vitamin renown for helping treat and prevent scurvy, it is helps boost the immune system. It is also water soluble, which means that whatever your body doesn’t absorb will pass through your urine. Although, too much can cause diarrhea; just think of this as your bodies way of telling you it has had enough.

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Elderberry Syrup

Elderberries have been clinically shown to prevent and reduce flu symptoms. It has also been shown to help reduce the duration of colds, respiratory illnesses (head colds, bronchitis, sinus infections), and boost the immune system. Sambucol is a great brand and can be purchased at local grocery stores (Walmart, Walgreens, etc.) and natural stores. Sambucol for Kids is also available for children 2-10. For those with dietary restrictions, Sambucol Sugar-Free is available. Herbs for Kids has an amazing blend for children called Sweet Elderberry. Herbs for Kids can be found at most natural stores such as Natural Grocers, or online at Amazon.

Below is a recipe for DIY Elderberry Syrup and a link to Elderberry Gumdrops. Make sure to check out our Q & A page to get answers to some of my frequent elderberry questions!

***Elderberry syrup should not be used with those by those with an active autoimmune disorder as it can stimulate the immune system. Ask your doctor if you are unsure if you should use it. Elderberry syrup is safe for lactating and pregnant mothers. When ingested the benefits will pass on to the child. DO NOT give to children under the age of 2.   ***  Continue reading “Elderberry Syrup”

Gummy Bears for Coughs

My most favorite winter go to recipe for coughs is wild cherry and astragalus lollipops. I recently took the recipe and turned it into gummy bear lozenges. My daughters love the lozenges because they feel like they are getting more, when really they are getting the same amount as a lollipop. Sneaky, right! The lozenges are fun because it lets you give them to a younger child without worrying about them choking.

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