‘Tis the season…for getting sick.
Between going back to school, the change in the weather in general and the increased “inside time” most climates experience in the fall and winter, the germs just seem to spread faster, don’t they?
Of course when you feel off (or awful) you know more sleep, more liquids (but not sugary ones), and homemade chicken stock in your soup is the first line of defense…but what else can you do without relying on over-the-counter medications, doctor’s visits, and even prescriptions?
Your mission, if you choose to accept, is to make a commitment to at least explore natural options when your family gets sick this winter…and having resources at your fingertips is definitely the first step.
I’ve covered quite a wealth of natural remedies for illnesses and other general “feel icky” situations here at KS – which means we’ve experienced them in the past five years, to your benefit! I thought it might be a helpful start to the sick season to compile all my “get well” resources in one place for you. You can pin it, bookmark it, or put it right on your desktop to refer to when the sick bugs hit your family…
This post is sponsored by TriLight Health, where their goal, like mine, is to keep you well and get you better when you’re not. Thanks for making this information free and easy to find, TLH!
When the Sick Bugs Hit
Stock your Natural Remedies Medicine Cabinet: A little of everything, from natural antibiotics for fighting infection to cough and congestion remedies to preventative methods for avoiding the sick bugs or fighting them before they get the best of you.
More specific remedies for what ails you below…
Ginger helps with tummyaches, nausea in pregnancy, sore throats and cold symptoms and even immunity boosting before you’re sick! This great roundup of ginger home remedies has the answer for all your “sick season” needs.
For you amateur herbalists, I had some help on this Top 5 Herbs for Cold and Flu Season post…
One of my earliest forays into natural health was just trying garlic…it does amazing things and is probably right in your kitchen!
Throwing up? Diarrhea? If you don’t want to buy white bread and crackers, try this real food solution to the popular “BRATY” diet
Yep, whooping cough. All three kids had it, and it started with our one fully vaccinated child, ironically. Read part one of the whooping cough story HERE and follow to the other two from there…
Bet you won’t guess two really off-the-wall symptoms of pneumonia in toddlers that we got to experience firsthand…you’re welcome for my taking the hit so you can just read about it!
Ever heard of salmonella? Read my friend’s terrifying story and it will convince you to crack down on handwashing with your children immediately.
I Just Don’t Feel Well
The best prevention for everything that I know of! Time for me to get back into this habit as my nose runs from the cold my kids brought home…
Sometimes your owies are something you can’t take care of in a few days:
Annoying Skin Thingys That Pop Up
This category doesn’t really address viruses and bacteria, but I notice that people often experience more “weird skin ailments” in the dry winter air than other times of year. These buggers tend to be things that docs have trouble identifying or treating – but I’ve got some ideas for you to help yourself:
Our experiences just this summer: Naturally Soothing Your Itchy Eczema
A wonderful guest post success story: Curing Baby Eczema via an Elimination Diet
Warts are super annoying, and even doctors say they’re notoriously hard to get rid of. We’re two for two in my family in getting them to FALL OFF without a doctor’s appointment, plus this post includes a plethora of other methods from the whole KS community.
Phew! That should be plenty to keep you busy troubleshooting your seasonal, viral, bacterial and chronic difficulties.
Thanks again to our sponsor, TriLight Health, where good health is so important to them, they paid for this post without even a mention of their products so you could have the resources you need!
(Ok, I feel badly about that. Did you know their Lympha Rub is literally my favorite cold and flu season product, and it’s the least expensive item on their site? It’s a must-have for sure to battle coughs and congestion. Plus we often rely on Scout Out at the first whiff of a sniffle, sore throat or cough – the natural antibacterial properties of the herbs in that blend make me feel like I’m bringing out the big guns, and I love having it around.)
There. I feel better now. I hope you’ll give TLH a visit and say “hello” from a KS reader!
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Here at Kitchen Stewardship, we’ve always been all about the baby steps. But if you’re just starting your real food and natural living journey, sifting through all that we’ve shared here over the years can be totally overwhelming.
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