I'm no homeopathic gung ho hippie mama. I do believe in the power of natural healing. I think modern medicine is great too, for certain ailments, just as homeopathy is great for certain ailments. I try to take a logical, integrated approach when healing my family.
I'm motivated on the natural side because I truly fucking HATE side effects. I've had them all: heart palpitations from Sudafed (even some sinus medicines too)...like I felt like I was having a fuuuucccckkkkinnggg heart attack. Not cool. I've had steroids for Shingles - which make you feel bat-shit crazy. I experienced, "Roid Rage" if you will. Along with a whole host of other side effects from antibiotics/antivirals: diarrhea, constipation, nausea, dehydration, weird lookin' poop, weird smelling poop, etc. I could go on forever, but I feel like I've grossed you out enough.
The other motivation is ever since I started more natural approaches to my diet and embracing supplements, my body seems happier for it. AGAIN, I AM NOT SOME NATURAL FREAK. I drink organic red wine, while chain-smoking menthol cigarettes (ahem, social smoker). Hardly a picture of perfect health. But in the area where I have changed my life the most - MY DIET - I've seen incredible results. I quit coffee, and somehow have more energy. I switched to a mostly plant-based diet (fruit, veggies, beans), and let's just say, things are a moooovviinn', that never moved that way before. Let me break it down for you. I used to dread going to the bathroom, now I love it. And lastly, I lost 12 pounds (and counting), just by changing my diet. My exercise stayed the same (which is at most on a good week, 3 times).
So enough about me and my praises for natural diets and healing (seriously if you want tips, email me, I'd be happy to share my non-starving diet to you), here's what you're really waiting for - a list to help you in your pseudo-homeopathic desires. A list to possibly save you from an extra boogery winter.
( I have no affiliations with the below companies, nor do I get paid by any of them. This list is based off of my own experiences, and research. This is NOT medical advice. I have to say this or some idiot will try to sue me. Call your damn doctor.)
1. My favorite cough syrup of all time: HONEY. Ask any doctor and they'll tell you that honey is the best cough syrup you could give your kid. REAL ORGANIC HONEY, no fake shit from Wal-Mart folks. If you for some reason can't get your hands on some good honey, or don't know what to look for, there's a pre-bottled alternative. The best product on the market that I've used is ZARBEE'S.
It is dark honey, mixed with Vitamin C and Zinc (all child dosages of the supplements). You can give it to your child every 4 hours. My kids beg for this stuff before bed, and I think it helps tremendously with the cough. Zarbee's has other products to help sick kids sleep (with melatonin in it), and some natural tummy remedies. It's easy to use, great taste, and no side effects.
*NOTE - don't let your kid sniff it before they drink it - they may be put off by the honey smell. One of my kids likes the taste, but hates the smell.
2. Oscillococcinum is a certified homeopathic product that claims to shorten the duration of flu like symptoms. Wait til you hear what's in it. I shit you not - this is going to sound like a witches brew.
According to literature, Oscillo (French), contains natural bacterium, anas barbariae, aka, a dilution of wild duck heart and liver extract. Let me explain how this remedy supposedly works. According to homeopathic "law", "LIKE CURES LIKE." Because waterfowl tend to harbour the flu virus (especially their livers), the theory is that extracts of wild duck liver will have the flu virus in it. And therefore, if the flu is in the extract - that form of the flu, will cure your flu. Weird I know. But, the results I've had with this product are miraculous.
The scientific proof isn't exactly there for Oscillo. What I'm telling you is all based on homeopathy.
Many skeptics say that the dosages provided, are too diluted to do anything beneficial for you, in terms of fighting off a virus. Others say, not enough rigorous testing has been done.
Here's my experience. My 4-year old daughter was showing signs of the flu one morning. I brought her to my chiropractor - thinking I could talk her into an adjustment. (If you don't know - spinal adjustments can be done at any age, even infancy, and can help shorten the duration of viruses in the body. Healthy spine = healthy body). Well, my 4-year old refused, so my chiropractor suggest Oscillococcinum. I was like, Ooooa -ssseeee---lllloooo- caccaaa, whatta?
He's like, you can buy it at the CVS across the street. Sure as shit, it was there, so I gave it a whirl. I swear, within 30 minutes, my daughter went from crying, sunk in eyes, slouched over in my bed, to a perky, slightly energized girl (for a sick girl) with a suddenly found appetite.
Twenty-four hours later, no fever, and no signs of the flu.
Coincidence? Random? Who knows, but I saw it, so I believe it works.
3. Emergen-C Kids: Aaaammaaazziinngg. If you've ever used the adult version of this stuff, you probably swear by it. Emergen-C, is packed with vitamins and minerals to help you fight off whatever virus is attacking you - notably a shit load of Vitamin C and Zinc.
I give my kids this stuff at the first sign of illness, and so far, up until our little flu episode recently, they haven't got a full blown cold. The preliminary signs and symptoms show up, then BAM I hit them with Emergen-C, and I swear the symptoms go away. I think it truly gives their immune systems a boost. The fruit punch flavor is yummy, and it fizzes, so it's fun for the kids to drink.
I'll admit, there's a lot of added shit to the ingredient list - that doesn't make it that healthy, -mainly sugar and fake sugar, but I like everything else about the product.
4. ChildLife Echinacea: this product is specially formulated for children, is alcohol free, organically grown, no soy, no nuts, gluten-free and flavored with natural sweet orange essential oil. I don't give a fuck if you've heard you need to be careful with Echinacea. Don't let it stop you from using it! Yes, you should be careful with it, just as you would any manufactured over-the-counter drug. But, I bet you'd need to be way more careful with an over-the-counter drug.
The point is Echinacea is great for helping boost immune systems.
**Important, if your child has asthma, be cautious. It says so on the label. I'm particularly sensitive to this asthma issue- because one of my kids has respiratory issues.
5. MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU CAN DO BESIDES WASHING YOUR HANDS. Eat. Fucking. Right.
Eating vegetables is not a trend. Eating all organic isn't a fad. It's fact. When you fill your body (and your children's bodies), with the right food, their immune systems automatically get a boost from all of the minerals and nutrients. Believe me, I know the prep work to eat healthy can be a lengthy task. Washing all of the fruits and vegetables. Cutting them up. Kale is one dirty motherfuckin' plant. I get it. But it's worth it. Food that doesn't come from the ground will not provide your body with the macro-nutrients it needs to fight off germs and keep diseases at bay.
I beg of you, for your children's sake, watch a documentary or something on this shit. You got Netflix? There's a bunch on there. School yourself. Change the way your whole family eats. We're all used to buying the same stuff at the grocery store, because it's easy, it's routine. I challenge you to add one more hour for two weeks to your grocery routine, looking at labels and trying new things. You will be amazed and appalled at how many fake ingredients these food companies put in our foods. Again, if you're overwhelmed, see a nutritionist, they're very knowledgeable, or I can get you started in the right direction, email me. None of the above cold and flu remedies will work without a healthy foundation. And you're kids will keep getting sick. Who the hell wants to keep tending to sick kids in the middle of the night? Not this mom.