Have you ever had the heart-wrenching experience of a child who just can’t stop coughing and can’t sleep? Even mainstream medicine has finally said “no go” on the over-the-counter cough medicines for kids under six, and if you’ve already tried the natural cough suppressant remedies in your Mommy toolbox, that helpless feeling is one of the worst.
Second only to the feeling that you’re not going to get any sleep that night, either.
We’ve battled just about every winter illness at the Kimball house with our 4 kids over the years, and even had a round of conventional antibiotics (and a near miss with a second one), so believe me, I’ve had this feeling with many times.
The Incredible Cough Fix
Every mom wants to be able to say, “Honey, I’ll make you feel better.” I was so fortunate, God be praised, that I had some remedies on hand from TriLight Health when my 5-year-old had a really hacking, sleep-resistant cough.
I had only two of their products at the time, Lympha Rub and Scout Out (I have way more in my natural medicine cabinet now!) and I had been using them intermittently to try to fend off these colds, but not as regularly as I should have.
My husband now calls Lympha Rub “the magic drops”, because I had read and remembered (thank you, Guardian Angel!) a note on that page from Lyle, the owner that although intentioned for external application, a drop or two in the back of the throat could help constant coughing.
After my son’s third or fourth time out of bed in a few hours and countless cringe-inducing coughs, I was ready to try anything. I admit, my hand was shaking and my heart racing as I lined up the dropper with my son’s trustingly open mouth. Putting something that I had rubbed on the outside of his throat down his throat was no easy task to swallow.
The drop didn’t bother him at all, and that was the last I saw of him until morning.
I was amazed.
How I Found TriLight Health
Word of mouth really does work. Kimarie of The Cardamom’s Pod introduced me to TriLight several years ago, hoping they were a good fit for KS. TriLight was running a free shipping deal at the time, and I’m a sucker for a good deal. I was also really focusing on natural health remedies, so it happened to be a perfect fit. I ordered their Scout Out and Lympha Rub, both recommendations from Kimarie.
Here’s what Kimarie has to say about Trilight Health:
We have been purchasing herbal products from TriLight Health for over 6 years. Their herbal products are high quality, and very simple to use. Even bitter-tasting herbs like Echinacea and goldenseal are easy to give to our children in TriLight’s glycerite formulas – often straight off the spoon.
For our large family of 11, I especially enjoy the savings from being able to purchase glycerites in sizes up to 32 ounces – and they last for 3 years when properly stored! We also like Soothing Salve, a blend of essential oils in an olive oil base for external use. We apply it to mosquito bites to stop the itching immediately, and also use it on cuts and scratches. The one product we are never without is Lympha Rub – we use it externally for sore throats, stuffed sinuses, and congested chests with great success.
The TriLight website is also a great resource site – reading the testimonials is an education in itself!
How Do Their Other Formulas Work?
It’s awfully hard to really “test” most natural remedies, because who knows how long or how severe an illness would be with or without an herbal remedy? However, I can say that when his little sister is sick or he’s got a cough starting and my son regularly takes the Scout Out, a general immunity booster to be taken when colds are imminent, nothing seems to be able to take hold. His immune system may just be tougher than hers because he’s three years older, or else the product really makes a difference.
It does taste pretty terrible, and we joke, “Want your dirt now?” when it’s time to take it. I cover it with raw honey (use the code Katie15 for 15% off at that site!) and cinnamon (or just cod liver oil, which covers anything!) and it’s no problem. All the rest of their stuff tastes great, but even the folks over at TriLight admit that Scout Out tastes rather like dirt. How much more natural can you get, right?
I usually don’t jump on the bandwagon of natural health products, but in this case with the night time cough, my shock was instant and evident. I shared on Facebook the next day (are you following KS there? We have fascinating conversations!) how amazed I was at the Lympha Rub’s efficacy with the cough. The following night, the same result happened.
Perhaps, but after an hour and a half of coughing in a shared room with the 2-year-old on vacation one time, it was my husband who wasn’t sleeping. (How did she sleep through all that? I’ll never understand it.) We woke her up, tipped her flat and asked her to open her mouth.
The first miracle is that stubborn girl did it, and the second was that within about 5 minutes, the coughs subsided completely until morning. Thank goodness the Lympha Rub comes in a small enough container to pack on the plane! When one drop can do so much, this little 1/2-ounce bottle is going to last a long time!
I’ve Started a Collection
At this point I’ve been ordering from TriLight Health for so long that I have quite a selection of remedies on hand, from general immune boosters to symptom-specific goodies for flu, tummy troubles, respiratory issues, congestion and more. And although health products, specifically those that boost immunities, are notoriously difficult to review, we have a couple success stories that are black and white.
Here are some of our most-used items from TriLight Health:
- Lympha Rub – For coughs and colds – rub on neck, chest, temples or for a hacking cough, one drop on the back of the throat (for kids older than 6). as I mentioned, since that first success with that nighttime cough, we’ve called it “magic drops.” This little bottle has ceased nighttime coughing on the kids and even ME with one drop at the back of the throat. Every time, without fail. It smells good as a rub (its first intended purpose, like Vick’s) but it is bulletproof as a magic drop.
- Scout Out – A general antibacterial/immune booster/infection fighter – we take this at the first sign of a cold, and it really makes an impact. It may also relieve pressure on ears during an ear infection.
- Sinus Minus – for those icky drainage days
- Tummy Plus – A pleasant-tasting remedy for general tummy aches. Who knows if it works; only my kids have taken it and the tummy aches might have been in their head…but it’s not a bad thing to have on hand even if it’s just for the placebo effect!
- Propolis – bee jelly. I tried it because it seemed to do LOTS of things and only uses a few drops at a time instead of the typical 1/4 teaspoon per 25 pounds that many formulas require. My kids have taken it a few times as colds were coming on (they never got the cold) and like it off the spoon. I applied it to a wart that kept trying to grow, and it was also foiled. So far, even if they only thing it does is avoid a $35 dermatology appointment, I’m a fan!
We’ve been using a combination of Scout Out and NR Glow to boost immunities all winter and have been extremely healthy as a family, but I’ll be the first to tell you that there could be a zillion causes for that.
Reviews from Other Moms
Friends don’t let friends do drugs.
They give them herbs instead. 😉
I’m truly the kind of friend who walks over to the neighbor’s toting a bottle of herbal tincture when I hear that someone has a fever or a sore throat. If you want to be weird and helpful like me (ha!) you might appreciate having a few items stocked up in your medicine cabinet.
TriLight shared some product samples with five KS readers, and they’ve all experimented with the goodies they got and reported back. Here’s what they had to say:
Viramune to Build Immunity
Review from Jill Winger of The Prairie Homestead
This product couldn’t have arrived at a better time. My husband had just come down with a rather severe flu bug and I was doing everything I could to avoid getting it. I began taking several doses
of Viramune each day.
Unfortunately, I ended up coming down with the illness. However, while the virus made my husband sick for nearly a week, I was only “down” for around a day and a half.
So, while I can’t say for absolute certain that it was the Viramune that shortened the duration of the flu, I am optimistic that it at least helped. I was also pleased with the taste. It has a sweet, licorice-like flavor, which is very palatable when mixed with a small amount of water. I am excited to keep experimenting with this product in the future!
Al-R-G for Allergies
Review from Megan D, a KS reader
I am so thankful that I got to try TriLight’s Al-R-G remedy. I’ve been looking for something to replace my good old standby Sudafed since I got pregnant last year. I’m still nursing so I can’t take it. But even when we stop I’ve decided that I shouldn’t take anything that I can’t take while I’m pregnant or nursing because they just aren’t good for me!
TriLight was really awesome. I asked to make sure that I could take Al-R-G while nursing and they were really helpful. The product was shipped quickly and I couldn’t have asked for more from the company!
BUT… I really hated their Al-R-G. I’m really sad to say it. Honestly, I’m not sure how well it works because I only took it a few times and never the 3-4 times in a day that they recommend.
This is because it tastes really bad. Like so bad that I almost gagged each time that I took it. And I don’t usually have that weak of a stomach. Then it made me feel really nauseous for the next few hours. I tried it with food and without, stirred into a glass of water and straight up.
Nothing worked… And I’m really sad about it. I really really wanted to like it. Hopefully soon I’ll be able to try another of their products because I think it is a great company!
Review from Nina C, a KS reader
I was thrilled to try out the Al-R-G product from TriLight Health. The ingredients from their website:
Ingredients: Rehmannia (Chinese Foxglove), Astragalus Root, Xanthium, Centipede Herb, Siler Root, Baiacal Skullcap Root, Capillaris, Angelica, Jujube, Licorice Root, and Spirodela Leaves. **Ma Huang and Ephedra free. (the bottle also adds in a base of Kosher vegetable glycerin and purified water).
My son and I both have seasonal allergies, I about 3/4 of the year and he about half. Since he’s young (3 years old) his pediatrician and the allergist recommended just trying out meds without an actual allergy test to determine the exact allergy since it can be quite traumatic.
I have tried several children’s allergy medicines, including Hyland’s complete allergy 4 kids, without any real result that I could notice. I thought this would be a great alternative. I sent my address (I received this product free for an unbiased review) on Friday and got it in the mail on Monday – super fast! I ran right down to my son and said “let’s try this.” I tasted a little bit to see if it was palatable.
It tastes kinda green, a bit of black licorice and super sweet. The directions say take 1/2 teaspoon per 65 lb 3-4 times a day. I poured about 1/4 teaspoon in a tiny cup for my son. He took the tiniest of sips and shuddered and refused to swallow any more.
No amount of cajoling or trying to hide it in a drink would work. So I honestly don’t know if it would work for him. However, fighting every 3-4 hours for months on end to get him to take something is not my idea of a good thing so I’m not willing to even force the issue.
For myself, I downed my dose and saw some relief. My allergies mostly manifest with sneezing and severe itching in my ears, along my face, in my nose. Weirdly enough, with this, while itching was relieved somewhat (not entirely at any point) my nose ran more than it usually does with or without allergy medicine being used. By the end of 3 hours my face and ears would start itching again so there was no need for me to time how often to take it, I knew.
After several days of taking it, and hoping I would somehow get more resistance to the pollen in the air, I gave up and just took my tiny little pill, once a day, that works completely for me. I’ve offered it to several family members who have been complaining of allergies but none were willing to even try it.
For me, its a bust.
1. I wish it had a brochure or something with it to explain each ingredient and tell me what it was doing.
2. I wish it lasted longer than three – four hours because honestly, I don’t want to take something everyday, several times a day for up to 9 months a year.
3. I wish it worked completely, I still had some itching throughout the three hour time period when I could tell it was most effective.
4. I’m also concerned about the ingredient glycerin. I’ve moved to not having toothpaste with this in it as it coats your teeth and makes it so your saliva doesn’t do its job as well as it should, so I worry about it being inside of me.
Lympha Rub for Sore Throat, Cold, Flu, Cough, and Sinuses
Review from Kathleen K, a KS reader
When I requested the Lympha Rub, I was hopeful someone would get sick so I could try it out.
In the month we’ve had it, 3 family members caught a cold. One used Lympha Rub at the first sign and within a day, was back to normal.
One refused to let me put the smelly stuff on him. (And this stuff smells great). He now appears to have a sinus infection, and is begrudgingly permitting me to apply it. The third began using it midway also, and seems to be recovering normally.
My verdict: use it at the first sign of infection. It seems to help, smells good, and contains ingredients that will cause no harm.
Scout Out to Fight Off Colds, Flu, Other Infections
Review from Michelle, a KS reader
I received the Scout Out rather quickly, and the timing was perfect. My son (3 years old) was in the beginning stages of another bout of congestion, which is a chronic problem for him due to seasonal allergies, milk allergy, and who knows what else.
I was a bit hesitant to give it to him – I am wary of medicines in general, disliking many side effects, but also because of the dark color. He is a very picky eater, and inspects anything I try to give him.
But to my surprise, he swallowed it without so much as a grimace, so I am assuming the taste is not bad. He gladly continued to take it on schedule and I was watching for results. The product did not clear his congestion, however, the congestion did not turn into the typical sinus infection/ear infection that has us routinely running to the doctor.
I would safely say that it lessened the duration of this episode, although I don’t know that it was a cure. His congestion returned once I stopped the Scout Out.
I am neutral on this product, as it did seem to help some but the price point is not something I could comfortably fit in an already tight budget. Not sure it is worth the money… however, I am glad I had the opportunity to try the product.
Thank you, ladies, for honestly reviewing the products! As I said, I’d be right there with them in the uncertainty (does it work?) if I hadn’t had such clear-cut experiences. Over time, you definitely get more chances to try a product out and get a more definite feel for its efficacy and fit for your family. (That’s one reason I’m able to update the natural sunscreen review each summer with over 80 different natural sunblocks.)
If you’re interested in TriLight Health, I encourage you to visit them to read customer testimonials. Be sure to check out TriLight’s Health Concerns page to see what might be recommended for any issues your family faces (there are tons listed!).
Want to hear more about specific health concerns that Trilight has formulas for?
Pull up a chair, and let me introduce you to some friends of mine for a little chat about taking herbs for the first time…
I tried out the NRG, which is a dietary supplement to help with energy. The first time I took it, I took just half a dose. It made me flush and hot in the face. So I took just half doses for a couple more times and really didn’t notice anything. I ventured to take almost a whole dose. I ended up with a headache that lasted all day and I didn’t notice having any extra energy. I normally don’t get headaches and I don’t do well with them, so I did not try it again after that. I am always looking for more energy. I often feel tired, so thought maybe this herbal supplement might help. I think maybe something in there doesn’t agree with me. It is just not for me.
Important note from TriIight: We have a Worry Free Guarantee on all of our products. A full refund would be granted for anything like this.
The TriLight Health product I tried is the Joint Care. I’m 54 and have had severe anemia issues due to fibroids and blood loss for the last 4-5 years. “Severe” includes 6 blood transfusions. The overall impact on my health has been dramatic and now that we have things in that department under control, I found that the residual effect has been a constant joint discomfort, which is why I requested the Joint Health supplement. On a scale of 1-10 I would rate my worst days at about an 8, meaning my ankles, knees, and hips hurt so much I couldn’t walk without difficulty. Overall I think I was a good test subject for this product.
My goal was to achieve better overall joint function and lessen the pain …and to restore my normal activity levels. I am not a pill taker and am hesitant to take even over-the-counter pain meds on a constant basis so the idea of a natural supplement was very appealing to me.
I found that by the third to fourth day I was noticing a lessening of the discomfort in my joints and slowly, almost without me really noticing it, I was experiencing milder levels of discomfort. I am doing more (and my berry bushes and tomato plants are happy). I’m not back to my old self yet but after a few weeks of near-daily use of the Joint Care I am noticing positive results. The taste is pleasant and I just drink a bit right out of the bottle two to three times a day.
I would recommend TriLight’s Joint Care to anyone interested in a more organic and natural method of treating the aches and pains of aging or the discomfort from high activity levels.
I tried the Soothing Salve. My goal was to get relief from my canker sores. I am absolutely in love with this product! I used to have a whole nightstand full of other products that just numbed the canker sore, but did nothing to get rid of it. The Soothing Salve not only makes the sore feel better immediately, but by the next day, it is gone! Completely gone! I was amazed!
I am so impressed with the Soothing Salve, that I have placed 2 orders for other TriLight products. Thank you for such wonderful products and for the opportunity to try the Soothing Salve, introducing me to your company! You have a customer for life!
Note: Soothing Salve is also for cuts, rashes, ringworm, diaper rash, sunburn and more – and it’s only $7.95!
Sinus Allergy Problems
I got the Sinus Minus because I have sinus problems this time of year due to allergies. However, I have yet to use it because my sinuses have been fine. Kinda disappointed in a way. But really excited to have something on hand that is natural!!
We were sent the B-Dry formula. After consulting with Dr. Google about the ingredients, I had the piece of mind I needed that the ingredients would not harm my six year old son and we began testing.
My son started staying dry overnight when he was four years old. He would have occasional accidents, but nothing major. Within the past year or so, he started having accidents with much greater frequency- so much so that we went back to pull ups to save my laundry sanity.
I have read that nighttime wetting is related to an immature endocrine system, so it was my hope that the herbs in the formula would help to balance out the hormones that can help one stay dry at night. We have been using the B-Dry for almost six weeks now. My son does not mind the taste at all- in fact, he says it tastes like water. Since beginning to use the B-Dry, he still has accidents about 50% of the time, but that is an improvement from just a few months ago.
After the bottle runs out, I intend to see how he does without it- perhaps his body is simply maturing- but I would consider purchasing the B-Dry again if the number of accidents increase without it.
Later: We’re allllmost done with the bottle, but it doesn’t look like he’ll have been off of it long enough prior to your deadline to evaluate how he does then. So, at least I guess I can add that the bottle does last for a good long time, which is something! I’ve asked S. to email when the bottle is out, so hopefully I’ll be able to update this post with more results. There is a positive customer testimonial at the B-Dry page as well.
I got the 8 oz. Echinacea and Thyme. (It’s a really good size for my family of 7)
The taste is quite good. You can definitely taste the thyme, but it is very sweet, so my kids had no problem taking it.
As for effectiveness, I’m really not sure yet. I ordered it to use at the first signs of a cold. Since then we haven’t had the opportunity to use it (thankfully). So until cold season comes around again we don’t really need to use it.
I have some other Trilight products and love the company.
I won the product N.R. Glow. And I was thrilled!
So, to start with a bit of our back-story: This winter, we were all (all 6 of us) sick for over a month with cold after flu after various bug… just like the winter before that, and the one before that. This seems excessive to me and I have been looking for ways to boost our immune system, since we are not big fans of doctors visits and prescription drugs.
I saw on your website the giveaway offered through Tri-light health. I was very excited to enter and hoped that I would win something that would make a difference in our family’s health.
When the product arrived at our house (very quickly, it came several days before I expected it!) I was excited to give it a try. I read all the ingredients to make sure allergies wouldn’t be a problem. (My son and I both have several allergies to uncommon ingredients that often work their ways into health products)
We all took some that first night. The next day I had broken out in eczema on my face! 🙁 needless to say, I wasn’t too excited about taking it again (hate eczema, not to mention that it is ugly!) Took a week to get rid of it. Kept the kids taking it, no negative reactions for them at all.
Then I got to thinking- eczema is often a sign of detox or die-off, especially since I wasn’t allergic to any of the ingredients, it may have been that it was helping my body clear itself of some toxins. So I took it again, and ever since have taken it with no adverse reactions.
On the contrary, we have ALL of us been cold-free since we started! The kids like the sweet/spicy taste (I like it, too) and even my 12 month old will take it from a spoon.
I am very happy with the Tri-Light product N.R. Glow, and the customer service. A good experience all around.
Thanks for the opportunity to try out a great new product!
Note from Katie: NR Glow is my kids’ favorite for immunity-boosting, too. My son would take two spoonfuls every time if I’d let him.
Wasn’t it fun to hear so many stories from different families? I really enjoy pulling a team of readers together to help me test out products. Thanks, ladies, for sharing your experiences with Trilight Health‘s products!
There’s a Formula For That
From cuts and scrapes to multivitamins, from allergies to menopause, TriLight Health “has a formula for that.” There’s a formula for just about anything that ails you. I’ve written often about Trilight Health products here at Kitchen Stewardship:
- Parasite cleanse
- How to get rid of warts naturally
- Natural antibiotic options
- Real food “BRATY” diet for tummy distress
Peruse the Health Concerns page and see what products your family might like most. Many formulas note directly on the page whether it’s safe for kids or pregnant women; if not, click on that category directly in the left sidebar to check. There are specific herbs for pregnancy issues like nausea and iron drops, and also things like the multivitamins and minerals that are safe for pregnancy, for example.
If you’re intrigued by TriLight’s traditional herbal remedies and 3-step process for cold extraction, you’ll want to scan their products page to see what might fit your family’s needs.
As you read about each product, you’ll often find helpful testimonial product reviews from customers, and I often rely on Lyle’s notes (the founder of the company) for alternate methods of use.
A few other FAQs I thought were pretty interesting about Trilight’s products include:
Q: What is the difference in Natural and Synthetic Vitamins and Minerals?
A: To the FDA “Natural” means a LOT of things but to us here at TriLight it means coming from a PLANT SOURCE like herbs. Synthetic vitamins and minerals are NOT derived from foods but from scientists in a laboratory and are much less expensive because they are mass-produced without harvesting from real food. So when you read the ingredients in Sports drinks and they list potassium, you can be sure it’s synthetic. They are isolated copies of the molecular structure of what is found in food.
The body knows how to break down and utilize plant based minerals but synthetic? The assimilation rate is only about 6% for synthetic and about 98% for plant based minerals. Yes, they are more expensive but your body can absorb and use them!
Q: Why glycerine vs. alcohol? (for extraction)
A: If done correctly glycerine pulls out more water soluble constituents than grain alcohol and more than just water and allows for a very stable shelf life. We do not add flavors or sweetners to our extracts like found in many other brands. We use Kosher vegetable glycerine from palm kernel oils and/or coconuts. Unlike alcohol it doesn’t have ill effects on diabetics, alcoholics and the liver, making it a great product for adults and children.
Phew! Katie has a lot to learn, but I’m working on it! I’m now turning to the task of figuring out what to order next. Since we’re almost out of Scout Out, I was thinking of replacing the bottle, but now maybe I should get a variety and switch them up, since it sounds like that’s part of the magic. Hmmm…
Be sure to use the code KITCHEN10 for 10% off your Trilight order, and if you want some DIY herbal remedies, Frugal Granola’s eBooks, including Herbal Nurturing, are on sale for 25% off with the code THANKS25.
If you appreciated the balance and depth of the review you just read, you will love my resources page, with REAL products that have passed my rigorous testing enough to be “regulars” in the Kimball household, plus some other comprehensive reviews. Updated at least once a year to boot the losers and add new gems!