As we enter flu season, I want to share five really practical and easy natural remedies that I always keep on hand for illnesses or health problems at our house. I’m not a doctor and don’t play one on the internet, so always check with a qualified health practitioner before using any remedy, especially if you are pregnant, nursing or are giving them to children.
My Favorite (and Easy) Natural Remedies
There are hundreds of natural remedies available (and more seem to pop up everyday!), but these are some of my personal favorites and that have worked well for our family, and are super easy to use:
1. Activated Charcoal
2. Elderberry Syrup
How we use it: avoiding colds/flu in the winter or beating it faster if we catch something. Kids love the taste and I love the benefits. Here is my recipe.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
How we use it: Upset stomach relief, indigestion, detox baths, hair washing/conditioning, and bouncing back from illness. I just add a teaspoon to a glass of water and take as needed for illness or stomach upset.
How we use it: I make a homemade chamomile tincture that I use often with the kids, I use it to color my hair, in homemade cough syrup, in a tincture to help with sleep, and in baby care recipes. Chamomile is definitely one of my favorite herbs.
How we use it: For everything. To elaborate, I take magnesium as a supplement daily and give it to my kids, I make a homemade magnesium oil that I rub on my kids feet each night to help with sleep, use homemade magnesium body butter for softer skin, and magnesium was instrumental in avoiding morning sickness in my last pregnancy.
Here is an article with a full list of natural remedies that I keep in my herbal medicine cabinet.
What natural remedies do you always have on hand? Share below!