We’ve been talking natural remedies this week, and you may want to revisit the Monday Mission HERE to read the good ideas for fighting the sick bugs that readers shared in the comments section.
One thing that always stops all my progress with fighting germs naturally is the massive amount of ingredients I don’t have that most natural remedies require. I do have a health food store trip planned for Monday, and I’ll be taking my list from the Herbal Nurturing eBook (win it HERE), but if you aren’t comfortable with essential oils because you’ve never seen one in your life and wouldn’t have the faintest idea of where to find them in your community…I assure you, I understand.
That’s why I’m always happy to hear time and again that plain old garlic is great for fighting germs. It’s antiviral and antibacterial, and there are a great many ways you can use it.
Ways to Get Garlic in Your System
- Eat it
- Rub it on your feet/put crushed garlic in your socks
- Pour garlic-infused olive oil into your ear
- Rub mixture onto chest
- Can you inhale garlic essential oil? I wonder…
Using Garlic to Fight Germs
The best of these posts are not mine, because I’m still learning a lot about these natural remedies and I would rather send you to those who are more well-versed than I!
- Put Garlic to Work for You (including recipe for GOOT (Garlic Oil Ointment Treatment) that you rub on your chest
- Using Garlic Medicinally (history of garlic, how to use it, what diseases it tackles – a super comprehensive post!)
- Fighting Ear Infections Without Antibiotics (how we managed it at our house)
Eating Garlic: Favorite Recipes
- Garlic Soup (Cheaper Than a Visit to the Doctor’s)
- How to Eat More Garlic
- Creamy Garlic Salad Dressing
- Sweet Potato Garlic Dip
- Butternut Squash with 12 Cloves of Garlic
- Health Benefits of Garlic and How to Prepare and Store
- Bonus Anecdote: I’m a Garlic Virgin
Other Natural Remedy Resources
I feel like I need a course in how to do this stuff, complete with a package of ingredients on the way out. Garlic is in my fruit bowl (isn’t that where everyone keeps theirs?), so I can handle that. I use it and cook with it often.
But when it comes to fixing my daughter’s cough in the middle of the night, I know how to steam her out with hot running water (tent yourselves over the sink with two towels and breathe deeply), but I relied on a homeopathic cough medicine from RiteAid for the rest. I’m not even sure if the ingredients are safe, but I was desperate. The guilt!
I’m taking some time to read the following posts and try my hardest to be prepared for the next Kimball family illness. (Michele’s book Herbal Nurturing does include “quick fixes” for when you’re not ready, thank goodness for that!)
- Stephanie has been sharing natural home remedies for tons of stuff all month! Check out her Natural Home Remedies and Illness Prevention Month series (and a Natural Remedies Carnival, too!)
- Tracey of Anarres Natural Health, a certified natural health practitioner who sponsored one of the natural sunscreen giveaways this summer, commented at the Monday Mission and shared some great thoughts and this link to Natural Flu Prevention. She also gave some important advice essential oils, calling using oregano internally “like using a tank to move a chair.” Thank you, Tracey!
- How to Make Elderberry Syrup – I’ve had this post tagged since last year, but I didn’t get around to buying dried elderberries. Because, you know, they’re stocked practically in the checkout aisle at the grocery store (i.e. the only store I find myself in). This year, I’m doing it!
- Preventing Colds and Flu This Winter – another comprehensive post with practical advice and a well-stocked natural medicine cabinet.
- Stocking your Natural Herbal Medicine Cabinet – one of the most popular posts at Passionate Homemaking
- People’s Paste for cuts and owies
- Homemade Vaporizer Solution
- Getting Over Sickness Naturally
Phew! No wonder I get overwhelmed when I try to make headway in this category. My recommendation for you? Bookmark all these post tagged “natural remedies” and wish you had done more until next flu season.
Just kidding. That wasn’t a very good plan, it’s just what I ended up doing.
Choose one area you most wish to improve, one recipe you will try, either for overall health (like elderberry syrup) or to fix what’s broken (like the vaporizer solution). Find some essential oils (my sponsor Provident Essentials sells them, along with many others out there!) and get started. Buy Michele’s eBook if you’re really serious (25% off with code kitchen25 HERE).
Most importantly of all, question any prescription for antibiotics, not because you mistrust your practitioner or think you know better, but to be informed. Is it 100% necessary or are there other options? Is it possible this issue will go away on its own in time? Is the antibiotic for comfort or the only way to beat the germ? Our family has avoided antibiotics twice in the past year by asking lots of questions, waiting a few hours, and doing some Google searches.
I would never do anything to put my kids at risk or keep them in pain, but I always question to make sure a medication is truly in their best interests.
Wish You Knew All the Answers to Keep Your Family Healthy?
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I’d love to send you a 7-day “Quick Start Guide” email mini-course to give you Health Agency! When something goes wrong in your family, YOU can be the agent of healing and not allllllways have to call a doctor for every little thing.
Imagine this email series as a virtual chat over the backyard fence with your own neighbor, a wise older mom who’s raising 4 kids with intention, trying to avoid unnecessary medication and being kind to the earth.
Looking forward to connecting to help you learn EXACTLY what you need to know to stock your natural remedies “medicine cabinet,” deal with normal childhood ailments, and even the dreaded, “What’s that on my skin?” issue! 🙂
How about you? Natural remedies or Meds all the way?