All moms know the anguish of having a sick child and feeling helpless in treating whatever is wrong. But if moms keep the following natural or homeopathic remedies on hand, they will be able to combat common childhood complaints with these nine ingredients from the pantry. Dr. Mandy Corwin, ND, of Richmond Natural Medicine in Virginia, said these items commonly found in most kitchens can work wonders.
Dr. Corwin said, “Turmeric works great for a lot of things; it's anti-inflammatory and its properties are enhanced when heated with a source so fat like milk fat.”
“I think it’s one of the best and most classic remedies for children, moms and pregnant women,” Dr. Corwin said.
Baking soda for bug stings: Use baking soda mixed into a paste with water to relieve itching resulting from bug stings. “Most people have baking soda around, but another option is bentonite clay, but the clay might be harder to find, but it has drawing properties,” Dr. Corwin said.
Raw Honey and lemon for cough and sore throat: What can taste better than a spoon full of honey with a dash of lemon juice? The lemon acts to dry congestion while the thick sweetness of the honey coats a sore throat – and adds calories for energy as well. If mom will mix equal amounts of each ingredient and heat it to warm, just a teaspoon at a time will help.
CAUTION: Do not give honey to children under 1 year old.
“I think honey is a fantastic remedy for coughs and sore throat, it usually works real well and is easy to come by,” Dr. Corwin said.
Mullein drops or garlic for ear infections: Have a sore ear? Try boosting the immune system with vitamin C, use Mullein drops (you can buy the oil), or use hot compresses. The use of fresh garlic cloves boiled in ½ cup of water, cooled and then placed on the outside of the ear canal, covered in gauze and taped into place, also is a natural remedy to this common childhood problem.
While Dr. Corwin said she usually doesn’t use garlic, it would be an option.
“Garlic has anti-microbial properties, which will make it really great for an ear infection. You can also use a potato poultice. Shred raw potato and wrap a handful in gauze and apply to the ear with a hot wash cloth over the opening.
“Mullen drops are great for pain; they are very soothing,” she said.
Dr. Corwin said cayenne is “… a great styptic to stop bleeding. You also could use cinnamon as an alternative, in the same way.”
“I don’t use cucumber for that personally, but when you think about cucumbers in puffy eyes and how it can help with swelling, this might make sense,” Dr. Corwin said.