7 Natural Cold Remedies For The Whole Family.

November 20, 2013 in All, Breastfeeding by wildandwisdom

Colorful Baby Toy SetBeing pregnant or breastfeeding continuously, for over two years, I have had to defeat more than a couple of seasonal sniffles the natural way.  Having a cold isn’t the end of the world, but it’s unpleasant, sleeping, breathing, coughing and spluttering.

I wouldn’t take a cold or flu remedy while breastfeeding, and I definitely wouldn’t choose to give the little guy anything either.

So when I saw the little guy with a runny nose, and a total aversion to having it wiped with a Kleenex,  I had to employ underhand tactics to help him out!

Here are a few tips, a round up of some natural remedies for the whole family as an alternative to those over the counter remedies which contain a cocktail of expectorants (to bring up phlegm), decongestants (to unblock your nose) and pain relief…eek!.

Fluids

Plenty of water.  Occasionally add some honey, manuka is my favourite, to soothe a sore throat.  Don’t add lemon, it is too harsh on a sore throat, and no brandy for the little ones!!  Honey is Ok after 12 months old, it has soothing and antibacterial properties for a sore and tickly throat,

Chicken soup

It’s not just an old wives tale.  The American Journal of Therapeutics showed that a compound found in chicken soup – carnosine – can help the body’s immune system to fight the early stages of flu.  Chicken soup contains a whole host of other goodies, organosulfides found in onions and garlic, and carotenoids found in carrots are just a few other nutrients that are great for boosting the immune system.

Steam

Steam is the most natural way to ease congestion, you could buy a humidifier, but there are many other ways to get that steam circulating.  A pan of water simmering on the stove (stay in attendance with this one!), a wet flannel or face cloth on a warm radiator, running a hot shower or bath and relaxing in the steamy environment.

Rest

Slow down and give you body the chance to use its strength on recovery, keep warm and get plenty of rest or sleep to let your immune system put up a good fight.

Natural oils

Try a few drops of a menthol oil, eucalyptus and clove oil is a good mix.   We use Olbas for children, a few drops on a damp cloth in the bedroom at nigh, it contais a mix of cajuput oil, clove oil, eucalyptus oil, juniper Oil, levomenthol, methyl salicylate  and mint oil at a concentration suitable from 3 months old.

Raise your head at night

For adults, an extra pillow under your head, for kids, a couple of books under the legs of the cot or bed to raise the head a little higher will help the nose clear effectively instead of blocking the nasal passages.

Remove irritants

A last resort, remove any perfumes, air fresheners, scented candles or anything that might be adding to nasal irritation.

Your remedies…

So theses are some of the things we practise at home. I have read about saline nasal sprays or irrigation for adults and kids, but its not my thing!!  I also can’t bring myself to use one of those nasal aspirators on the little guy, I can’t imagine the little guy cooperating with either!!

What are your favourite home remedies to help with colds and runny noses that work for the whole family..please comment and let me know?