Ginger

Ginger, in all forms, is a welcome addition in the winter months. Not only does it help warm the body, it also aids in thinking thick mucus, soothing upset stomachs, and aiding in digestion. 

While fresh ginger is more potent, ground, candied and dried ginger works just as well. To aid upset stomachs, add a pinch of ginger in 7-up or Sprite. Sprinkle it in your favorite teas or add it into your coffee with ground cinnamon, or sautee it in your favorite dish or soup. 

You don’t need a lot of this wonderful herb to reap its benefits! 

These benefits can be passed through mother’s milk for nursing mom’s and can be given in cookie form to young children. Reserve candied ginger for older children, and introduce it in small amounts, as too much may cause an upset stomach.

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Cold vs Flu: How do you know?

How do you know if you have a cold or a flu? Here are some tips to help you out:

Cold Symptoms:
Mild-moderate Cough
Mild Aches and Pains
Sore Throat
Stuffy and/or Runny Nose
Sneezing
Fatigue
Watery Eyes
Sometimes you can experience a fever* and a headache
* Fevers may be present in children.

A cold builds slowly, usually over 2-3 days and starts with a sore throat or runny nose, and lasts up to 7-9 days. It spreads through the air, in stool, coughs and sneezes, and on items touched.

Flu Symptoms:
Severe Cough
Mild-High Fever that can last up to 4 days
Severe Body Aches and Pains
Headache
Sometimes you can experience sneezing and watering eyes
Children may experience watery eyes or sneezing.

The flu comes on quickly, with a tickle in the throat in the morning and then feeling like mud by afternoon. It is also more intense than a cold, and last up to 12-14 days. It spreads through coughs and sneeze.

Remember the cold and flu are viruses, so antibiotics won’t help. Stay warm, drink lots of fluids, and rest when you can. If you feel that the cold or flu has developed into something else, please visit your doctor immediately.

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.

 

How do I stop an illness from spreading?

When one person gets sick, we all get sick! This adage  is true in my family, and many others. While prevention isn’t always a 100% guarantee that you won’t get it, it definitely reduces the chances and the duration. Outside of making sure our children don’t share cups or food, and remembers to cover their mouths, or wash their hands, we try to clean the “hot spots” in our house every night and turn things over when their fever breaks.

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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”

Fevers

It doesn’t matter if you are a first time parent or a seasoned grandparent, fevers are scary! Believe it or not, fevers are actually there to help the body. It a sign that something is going on with the body. Hopefully this post will help alleviate some of the fear and empower you with some alternative ways to treat a fever. Continue reading “Fevers”