This is my must have tried and true list of natural remedies that have worked for MY family. I am no doctor, never claimed to be and so I am not intending on diagnosing, treating, or curing anything in this post. I am just a mom of 11 that has learned a lot over the years on ways to treat sickness so we are not running to the doctor and picking up other stuff every time we get sick.
1.Activated Charcoal- This is a must to have on hand for any parent in case of accidental poisoning. BUT it also has tons of other benefits. One being it can stop a stomach virus like no mans business. I buy the capsules for convenience. Adults can take recommended dosage and you can open capsules to add in kids applesauce or what have you to get it in them. It works so very well!! Another little secret-believe it or not it is great for whitening teeth.
2. DiGize-This is a oil blend from Young Living and we LOVE it in this house because it works so well for tummy issues. It is so easy to just rub it on if one of the kids starts throwing up. It usually knocks it right out!! DiGize is also great for constipation, diarrhea, tummy bugs, and so much more.
3.Grape Juice- Who would of thought!! But really if a stomach bug is going around drink some grape juice!! It is a great way to KEEP FROM getting a tummy virus. I will be keeping it on hand from now on. It does work great.
4.Thieves oil- This is also a blend from Young Living and has went through many test for it's uses for germs! And we have sure tried it out in a family of 13. I will not be without this one either. I just got over being sick for the first time in years because I totally slacked with our oils and supplements. I have not had to take the kids to the doctor for sickness since I started using Thieves(except for my daughter's gall bladder issues). It really has been a blessing for a family who used to be sick all the time.
5. Pineapple Juice- Just found this little gem! It is great for coughing. It taste good and actually works. I just learned this one and will be making sure to have this on hand.
6.A wonderful ear drop for children is by Herbs for Kids.It is a Willow/Garlic ear oil and works magic. I am being totally serious. You warm this stuff up and drop a few drops in and it is almost instant relief. Very thankful for this.
7. Since we are talking about ear aches/infections along with the ear oil we use is a mix of oils. We use Copiaba,Purification, and Thieves mixed with carrier oil and rub behind the ear. I have a little tool I bought from Amazon to look in the ear and I saw this really does work. Last year two of my kids had really bad ear infections and with this mix and the ear oil the ear infection healed up within a few days and it was a bad one! **Never put Essential Oils in the ear**
8.Of course when you are sick you want something warm to the throat. This time I really wished I would of had some homemade chicken broth in the freezer. So making some of that and having that on hand is a great thing. I had to settle for Campbell's Chicken Noodle soup. The health benefits are totally different but hey it did serve it's purpose. Hoping to make some chicken broth soon to keep in the freezer.
9.Throat Coat Tea by Traditional Medicinals is a great thing to keep on hand. It doesn't taste bad and really works! When your throat is hurting you will be thankful for this one.
10.My diffuser is a must have in this house when we are sick and really when we are not. We diffuse Thieves a lot around here. And when you are sick diffusing various different oils REALLY helps. I would never want to be without my diffuser.
11.R.C. oil - Another blend from Young Living is great for respiratory and colds. It really offers huge relief .
12. Well Child by Planetary Herbals -This is something else that my house is never without!!! This is a echinacea-elderberry herbal syrup for kids. Can be used on ages 1 and up. My kids actually ask for this because they like the taste. Since using this many years ago they have been much healthier!! I get mine off Amazon and when I get low I order the refill. Isn't really expensive either.
There are a few more things my family uses on a regular basis but I will leave you with these top 12 things. Please feel free to leave a comment with your must have list. :) This is how we keep our large family in the best health we can possible. We do live in a fallen world full of sickness and sin. It is almost certain you WILL get sick sometime so being prepared is key.