we have been fending off colds and such lately, so i thought i'd pass on some herbal remedies for the yucks.
***disclaimer: i DO use doctors! they are necessary and i would never avoid seeing one if i felt like my children were REALLY sick.***
pink eye: we had pink eye go around. but it was awesome because we kicked it really fast! i caught buddy's the moment it came on and applied a warm compress with eyebright and water. i then gave him eyebright orally for 2 doses. he then went to bed and woke up clear eyed. i repeated the doses just to be safe. his never came back. moonpie and i woke up with eyes sealed shut. so i wasn't able to catch it as quickly. after a day of eyebright, we were still bleary eyed. so i gave us a dose of olive leaf tincture and rubbed it all over moonpie. it was gone the next day. mine came back because i accidentally used some infected mascara ( am i in jr. high?). but it was gone by the end of the day.
ear infections: the pink eye led to a cold and double ear infections for both kids. i don't think the infections ever got full blown, but they looked pretty nasty. really red inside. i gave them 3 doses of garlic/willow/calendula ear oil for 2 days. by day 3 they were gone. ears back to normal.
cough: for the deep chesty kind i give marshmallow and mullein tinctures in some juice. and rub it on their bodies- chest, armpits and feet. at night i like to use cherry bark. and we humidify!!!
we are back to a nasty cold for buddy. poor little guy!
so the treatment begins again.