Lies, Drugs, and Chemotherapy

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  In my search for natural healing for Papa, then more recently, my Daddy. I came across so many websites that said, FDA shut us down, email for more info.    How can we allow a 2% natural bottle of essential … Continue reading

XES: Why Church Girls Tend To Get It Backwards

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   You all I am SOOO excited to share this with you today.  I have been very bold in talking about Sex God’s Way on this blog, and my blogger friend, Joy, over at Simply Bloom has a similar passion for … Continue reading

Going Green With Shaklee WINNERS!

Congrats to the 25 of you that were selected as winners of the Basic H2 samples from Katie!  If you missed last weeks review post about these amazing “green” products for your home and kitchen, Going Green with Shaklee, then click the title and get caught up!

The rest of you can head on over to Katie’s blog to see if you won.  Katie-Shaklee.jpg

Eeek! So exciting! 

Hugs, T

Going Green With Shaklee: Give Away!

  I have been using Shaklee products my whole life, and I adore their products and what they stand for!  When I first got married, I tried some of the store cleaning products, and about fell over and the HORRIBLE strong cleaning smell!  NOW I understood why my mom used Shaklee for everything!  It IS possible to get your home sparkling clean without all those poisonous chemicals and strong smells!
  My favorite Shaklee product is Basic H, now called Basic H2.  Let me tell you something. I have been married nearly 12 years, and I have purchased this product TWICE even though I use it everyday, multiple times a day.

  How is this possible?

  Because you use so little of the concentrate, filling the rest of the bottle with water!  One 16 oz. bottle of Basic H2 diluted per label directions makes 214 bottles (28 oz.) of ready-to-use all-purpose cleaner.

 What do I use it for?

Everything!

  You can clean windows with it, get those nasty sticky stickers off the back of your new plates, cut grease from working with butter, bacon pans, remove wallpaper, get crayon off your paint, and my favorite use, wash my veggies and fruits in it.  Just one squirt of very diluted Basic H2 in my small sink of water, goes a long way. 

 

  NOW, this is NOT Shaklee Scientist approved, so use this at your own risk.  But just know, that ever since I was a little girl, we have washed our veggies in very diluted Basic H in a sinkful of water, rinsing well afterwards.  You know how grapes are always white and yucky even after a good rinse?

  After a Basic H wash and rinse, they will stay shiny and pure in color!  

  In the photo below, I washed the left in Basic H water and the right in regular: grapes

  When our bag of Baby Carrots began to turn white and dry, I simply fill the bag with cold water and a squirt of diluted Basic H2 and let them soak, then rinse well before eating.  They are back to bright orange in no time! That is because Basic H is wetter than water and helps hydrate.

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I soak lettuce leaves, celery stalks, and broccoli heads in my small sink full of cold water.  Basic H helps them maintain their crisp and color for a week longer than unwashed, after a good soak and drain. 

  *Disclaimer:  Again, I will tell you, Shaklee does not sell Basic H for this purpose, but at our house, its my go to for fruit and veggie cleaners, just use the diluted in a sink full of water, rinse and know your veggies will be crisp and clean.  My mom did this when we were growing up, still does today, 32 years later with no ill effects.  Use your discretion, ok?  And be nice to Shaklee, we love them! :)

 I haven’t ever told you about Shaklee on this blog, so I jumped at the opportunity when it arose.  My friend, Katie Marcum, is just starting out her Shaklee business.  She found out about the products while searching for a safe disinfectant for her breast pump.  Basic G, my second favorite product, was the answer.

This photo from the Shaklee site, since I don’t have a big bottle to show you.

  Basic G kills bacteria, fungus and viruses.  Used as directed, Basic G tackles over 40 of these pesky microbes, including animal viruses!!! This makes it an excellent choice for kitchen, bathroom and pet areas of your home.

  This bottle will last you FOREVER, as 1 quart makes up to 64 gallons of spray!  Put one under every sink!!!! 

   I use it anytime I work with raw meat, used to wash down highchair trays with it daily and anytime Sophie Tinkles the dog lives up to her name, we use it on the carpet.  It’s also great for toilets and potty training whoopsies, so I keep a spray bottle in the laundry room, kitchen and every bathroom.

  Even though I grew up with my mom using these products, I have never purchased a kit before.  Thanks to Katie, I was able to try out Shaklee’s Get Clean Kit, and am excited to tell you about my findings!

From Shaklee’s site The Get Clean Kitchen Mini Kit contains:

  • Hand Dish Wash Liquid Concentrate (16 fl. oz)
  • Dish Washer Automatic Concentrate (32 oz)
  • Dish Washer Automatic Dispenser (empty)
  • Hand Wash Concentrate (32 fl. oz)
  • Hand Wash Dispenser

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Dish Wash Concentrate Size: 16 oz.

  If we hesitate to mention that fresh-scented Dish Wash is soft on hands and the earth, it’s only because you might think it’s soft on grease. But trust us. You need only a few drops to tackle a pile of greasy dinner aftermath. Really. Just a few. This is an exercise in restraint.

  • Helps loosen baked-on foods so you can use less elbow grease.
  • Mild on your hands – special formula won’t remove natural oils in your skin, giving you soft hands as well as sparkling dishes.
  • Maximum long-lasting suds.
  • Leaves your dishes sparkling clean.
  • Great camping choice – biodegradable surfactants and safe for use outdoors in warm or cold water.

HAND WASH CONCENTRATE  Size: 32 oz.

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“Go wash your hands.”  This super mild, sudsy wash makes it so nice to do as you’ve always been told. It has wheat germ oil and algae extract to moisturize; soy protein to condition; aloe, marshmallow and linden flower extracts to soothe; and rosemary and arnica extracts to energize. So now it’s more like, “Go take your hands to the spa.”

DISH WASHER AUTOMATIC CONCENTRATE Size: 2 lb.

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With Dish Wash Automatic Concentrate you’ll never have to wash a dish before you put it in the dishwasher or use earth-adverse chemicals to get your dishes clean. This patented, super-concentrated formula lets you use just a little for a whole load of sparkling dishes.

  • The deep, enzyme-activated cleaning power gently removes tough stains, leaving dishes and glasses sparkling clean.
  • Super concentrated – cleans 48 loads – just 2 teaspoons in each dispenser cup.
  • No pre-rinsing needed – Removes dried on food and tough stains, so they don’t get stuck on.
  • Dissolves quickly and completely, getting to work straight away.
  • Absolutely no chlorine and no fragrances, which can pollute the air that you breathe.
  • Comes in a handy resealable pouch with measuring scoop and a bottle for easy pouring if you’d prefer that route

And Katie was also sweet enough to bring me:

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SCOUR OFF™ HEAVY DUTY PASTE  Size: 9 oz.
Here’s an exclusive scouring cleanser that sets a new standard. It’s a paste, so it doesn’t form dust clouds. It cleans stuck-on messes. It even cleans burnt-on food in your oven. And it doesn’t burn off your nose hairs in the process.

  • Natural ingredients remove the toughest dried-on splatters and spills, burned-on grease, baked-on food, and sticky messes without hazardous chemicals or toxic fumes.
  • Scour Off is made from natural mineral abrasives and biodegradable cleaning agents. It does not contain chlorine, bleach, or dye.
  • Scour Off gently removes stains other cleansers can’t and is great for cleaning tubs, ovens, sinks, and tiles.
  • It will even remove rust, and is great for cleaning these surfaces: copper, grout, cement, ceramic, and imitation marble.
  • Wide-mouth jar makes it easy to use.

  Here is Katie to tell you more about the Shaklee Company:

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Hi I’m Katie!

  I first want to thank Tonya for sharing these Shaklee products with you. Tonya is a dear friend of mine and truly an inspiration to many.

  I was actually first introduced to Shaklee through Tonya. She told me that there is an all natural cleaner and sanitizer that she uses. The thought of all natural anything intrigued me. Since having my second child a year and a half ago, I have developed a passion to live a life that is as natural and chemical free as possible.

  After using Basic H2 and Basic G (the same bottles, mind you) for over a year, I started doing a little more research on Shaklee as a company. I was completely blown away that this company has been around for almost 60 years and I’m just now hearing about them! Shaklee is completely debt free, but what’s more important is they have a 0 carbon footprint. That means that not only am I making my home healthier, I am also leaving behind a healthier planet for my children. With every Get Clean Kit that is sold, Shaklee plants 5 trees. WOW!

Tonya showed you just a few things from the Get Clean line of household cleaners. Not only are there products that you can use to clean your kitchen, you can also use Shaklee to clean your bathrooms and do your laundry with very concentrated amounts of a very safe product for your family!

  Shaklee was founded on the household cleaners, but that is not all that Shaklee has to offer. Nutrition is very important in our society. Its takes more than just a clean home to develop a clean planet. Our country is over fed and under nourished. Shaklee knows that, so they have developed a nutrition line that is completely astonishing.

  It is also common knowledge that our country is overweight. Aside from the Healthy Nutrition line, Shaklee also has a weight loss program called Shaklee 180. When you team 180 with the supplements available in the Healthy Nutrition line, you’ll learn how to turn your life around and stop dieting!

Oh and the Pomegranate Energizing Tea is TO DIE FOR!

Ok, now we have your house clean, and your body is getting healthier with the supplements and the 180. There is one thing left to tackle:

Your skin!

Shaklee also offers a full skin care line, including toothpaste, deodorant and shampoo!

With Shaklee I am able to still work full-time (because I want to), be a mom to my boys, and a wife to my husband, all while making long-term residual income as I share my passion of living a cleaner life with other families.

Are you looking to stay home or supplement your income?  Would you consider joining me on this adventure?

Maybe you are just ready to Go Green and loose the household chemicals.

If you would like to purchase a Get Clean Kit for your home, please click on any of the above links to be taken to my Shaklee site.  OR, leave your email address in the comments section and I would be glad to answer any questions you have about these wonderful products!
I also have a new blog, come on over!

~Katie Marcum

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  Thank you, Katie for sharing with us today about Going Green with Shaklee!  I bet you guys can’t wait to get your hands on some product.    

  That is why Katie so sweetly offered to send TWENTY FIVE of you, Basic H2 samples ! 

{Squeeeeeeeeeeee!}

  Contest is closed.

We will have a blog post Monday the 16th, announcing 25 winners. 

  Shaklee was a “green company” before it was cool to “Be Green”…and I am proud to be sharing their products with you today!!!!

  Go Green & Go Home, with Shaklee!  :)

Now, head on over to Katie’s blog to enter to WIN!!!!!  {Contest is closed, but head on over and Katie would love to share more with you about Shaklee’s great products…..}

Hugs, T

All commercial images in this post come from Shaklee’s official website, and are not affiliated with Tonya, Katie, or the 4 little Ferguson website.

 

Home Remedy: Sweet & Spicy Magic Syrup

I like to re-post my FAVORITE Home Remedies every year…this year is no different, except that I am linking them instead:

Natural Remedies from A Naturally Minded Mom

and

Sniffles & Coughs & Pukes, Oh My!

   Please read and pin those articles, I’d love to get the word out, that there are more options than an Over the Counter Drug-filled medicine cabinet!

  However, I have a NEW amazing home remedy to add to the list.

  I was coming down with a double ear infection and strep throat. I could feel it.  I used to get Strep once a year when I was a teenager and I know the signs. Ultimately it ends up with me making myself swallow my own saliva, because it hurt SOOO badly.  I was rapidly approaching this point when I ran out of my favorite Sore Throat Remedy, a liquid herb called Ultimate Echinacea.  It soothes and numbs the throat and boost the immune.  It was Saturday night and I knew the herbal store I got it at was long closed and wouldn’t open up again until Monday.  That was WAY too long to wait!

  So, I did what all grown ups do in this situation….

  I whined on facebook.

  Sweet 4 little Ferguson facebook friend, Missy, pipes up that she has an amazing cough syrup that is great for sore throats too.  It had worked for her recently and she was kind enough to share the recipe.  Dale and I headed to the kitchen and whipped up a batch.

Oh my amazingness.

  Right away the honey coated and soothed my throat, next the prickles when I swallowed went away, and the pain lessened by a ton.  Within 20 minutes, I started to feel better.  By the next day I was operating at 80% and by the end of that same day, I was better! No more sore throat or full ears.

When researching the simple ingredient list, I can see why it helped:

The Ingredients as listed at Nourishing Joy

   Cayenne pepper has capsaicin, which acts as a pain reliever. Even though it’s also what makes hot peppers spicy, capsaicin interrupts the pain message between the nerves and the brain, thus alleviating the pain sensation. It is warming and stimulating to the nerves, increasing blood flow and promoting healing.

  Ginger is a natural antihistamine, an anti-inflammatory, as well as anti-nausea agent. It likewise is warming and stimulating to the nervous system and is helpful in relieving chest congestion. {Fresh ginger because it is more potent and the juice is especially helpful in this recipe, but ground ginger is certainly a worthy substitute. I get mine at our local bulk food store and it is a high quality spice}

   Honey is soothing, tasty, and coats the throat. Beware of which honey you purchase, some of the store varieties are not even real honey, but a mixture of junk ingredients and sugar. Read labels, buy local if you can, and if you buy at the store, make sure your source is a good one!

  Raw honey is packed with nutrients and enzymes and is a powerful antiviral and antibacterial substance, due to the propolis, which is what the bees themselves use to seal the hive from bacteria and infection. *As with all products that contain honey, this should not be given to infants under 1 year because of the risk of botulism.

  Apple Cider Vinegar {get raw, organic like Bragg’s for best nutrients} has a plethora of beneficial uses and in this case provides antiseptic, antiviral, and antibacterial properties. It also provides a large number of minerals, vitamins, enzymes, and amino acids, which boost the immune system and promote healing in the body. 

  This recipe is all over the internet, some with added garlic and cinnamon, some not.  My original source is called Maggie’s Cough Syrup and it is found at this website called: Good Food Matters.

We are calling it Sweet & Spicy Magic Syrup at our house, cause it really works, like magic!

  Don’t worry about the spice in this, it merely adds a nice heat that quiets the pain of your throat. My kids tolerate it, and we have used it this past week to manage some yucky coughs/sore throats coming from the weather change.

And speaking of spice, did you all see that I made a heart out of cayenne pepper for you in the photo?
THAT is love in action folks, y
ou are welcome.  :)  

 Sweet & Spicy Magic Syrup
(For Coughs and Sore Throats)

sweet & spicy magic syrup for coughs & sore throats

1/4 teaspoon Cayenne
1/4 teaspoon Ginger
1 Tablespoon Raw, Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
2 Tablespoon Warm Water
2-3 Tablespoon Local, Raw Honey

  In a small, clean 4 oz. jar, dissolve cayenne and ginger in apple cider vinegar and water. Add honey and shake well.

  Take 1-2 Tablespoons, as needed, for cough or sore throat. Shake well each time.  Does not need to be refrigerated if using in a few days time.

  For children 2 and up, adjust dosaging per weight.  My 10-year-old will take 2 teaspoons, one down each side of her throat, but my 3-year-old would do say 1/2 tsp down each side.

  Do NOT give to a child under a year because of the honey. 

  As with anything, you as the mother, have to make decisions for your child based on your knowledge of their weight, health and normal behavior.

  As for me, this will be used at our home over and over, for both coughs and sore throats.  I have given you lots of other ideas too, in those first posts I linked.  It never hurts to mix things  up and try different combos until you find what works best for your family!

Get well soon,

Tonya

That 3 Letter Word…..

Today we are talking about a 3 letter word.

It begins a series on the “S” word………

SEX.

{Eeeeek!}

I know, I know, it makes people squirm and blush, but you all, as the Body of Christ, we have got to stop hiding and start talking about this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I have so much I want to talk to you about in this area, and I have even contacted a friend to guest post about this important topic.

We have already discussed talking to your kids about sex.  Honest and simple terms with no squirming or shaming them for asking.  If you missed it, you are in luck, your assignment for today, is to go read it here: The Birds & The Bees Post.

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  I have been working on this series for 2 months now, and I have to tell you, either I have “new car syndrome” {Where you see the new-to-you-car you now drive, EVERYWHERE!} or the Lord is prompting a lot of Christian writers to write about Sex lately.  It is EVERYWHERE!

So, here are the areas we will cover over the next few weeks:

Day 1:

Sex Before of Marriage {Part 1} : Everyone is Doing It, RIGHT!? 

Sex Before Marriage {Part 2}: The Chemical Side 

Day 2:

Saving Sex for Marriage: From Forbidden Fruit to Free Rein

Day 3:

Sex Within Marriage: Desire Not Duty

Day 4:

Being Intentional In The Bedroom: The 72 Hour Challenge

Day 5:

No More Excuses {Part 1}: Overcoming Inhibitions In The Bedroom

No More Excuses {Part 2} :  23 Ways To Turn Up The Heat

Day 6:

{Part 1} Returning to Intimacy After Betrayal 

{Part 2} Sex After Infidelity: 8 Steps To Success

Day 7:

Sexual Addiction: Roadblock to Intimacy

Resources For Sex Gods Way

This series is going to knock your socks, er…pants off?!

~T

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Natural Remedies from A Naturally Minded Momma

From the 4 little Ferguson’s blog archives:  All opinions and advice given in this blog are STRICTLY the opinion of Mommy of 4, Tonya Ferguson. Obviously you need to do what you feel is best and safest for your child based on your intimate knowledge of their “normal” behavior.

  Before I start, let me just say, I had a snarky comment yesterday that got me to thinking.  I want you to know, I share these things with you, because its something that I am passionate about.  It’s part of the way we chose to live.  

  I am not saying its perfect for everyone, I am not saying its the ONLY way to do it, and I sure am not saying it’s a way to GUARANTEE your child’s health through cold and flu season.  This is my blog.  Can’t I share what I am passionate about without judgement or rude comments?

Ok, off my soap box and on to your previously scheduled post:

Don’t you just love cold and flu season? Ugh.

Poor sick snotty coughing babies need extra TLC, but where do your turn? Rush to your nearest dr. at the first sniffle?

Go scan the shelves at Wal-Mart for SOMETHING safe for younger children to take?

Or turn to some natural remedies?

I am into Natural Remedies, BIG TIME! Over the 9 years of being a naturally minded Mommy, I have come to acquire an arsenal of favorites for each and every bug that ails us.  I will go through those today and show you my favorite ways to fight or treat these childhood illnesses.

#1: The dreaded cough. You know the one that keeps everyone up allll night long. After they pulled cough syrups off the shelf, we mom’s had to find another method of treatment. Here are our favorites:

~Vicks Vaporub on the feet (Put on socks) and chest.

Here is an article about it, it really works!

VICKS VAPORUB…

When we had a lecture on Essential Oils, they told us how the foot soles can absorb oils. Their example: Put garlic on your feet and within 20 minutes you can ‘taste’ it. Some of us have used Vicks Vaporub for years for everything from chapped lips to sore toes and many body parts in between. But I’ve never heard of this. And don’t laugh, it works 100% of the time although the scientists at the Canada Research council (who discovered it) aren’t sure why. To stop night-time coughing in a child (or adult as we found out personally), put Vicks Vaporub generously on the bottom of the feet at bedtime, then cover with socks. Even persistent, heavy, deep coughing will stop in about 5 minutes and stay stopped for many, many hours of relief. Works 100% of the time and is more effective in children than even very strong prescription cough medicines. In addition it is extremely soothing and comforting and they will sleep soundly. I heard the head of the Canada Research Council describe these findings on the part of their scientists when they were investigating the effectiveness and usage of prescription cough medicines in children as compared to alternative therapies like acupressure. Just happened to tune in A.M.Radio and picked up this guy talking about why cough medicines in kids often do more harm than good due to the chemical makeup of these strong drugs so, I listened. It was a surprise finding and found to be more effective than prescribed medicines for children at bedtime, in addition to have a soothing and calming effect on sick children who then went on to sleep soundly. Polly tried it on herself when she had a very deep constant and persistent cough a few weeks ago and it worked 100%! She said that it felt like a warm blanket had enveloped her, coughing stopped in a few minutes and believe me, this was a deep, (incredibly annoying!) every few seconds uncontrollable cough, and she slept cough-free for hours every night that she used it.”

We choose to use Baby Vicks for our youngest children. Its my understanding that they can get too much menthol, so we are cautious. It works great too!

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In addition to Vicks, we….

~Do a Humidifier in the coughing child’s room. Sunbeam Humidifier is our favorite filter-less brand so far!

~Prop the head of their bed or crib up with 2 books under the legs.  This promotes drainage and can help eliminate the tickly cough.

~ Give them Buckwheat Honey.

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Buckwheat honey, is a robust, dark honey made from the nectar of blossoming buckwheat grain. It made the pediatrician “handbook” and was recommended to us by our doctor one winter for 9 month old Avery when she got whooping-cough from big brother, who caught it from a little boy at school, despite vaccines.
Worked like a charm and we have used it for any kind of cough since.  It is thicker than regular honey and quiets for hours naturally!!!!  

Here is a great article all about it.

# 2  For very Severe Coughs, like the year our kids passed our whooping-cough, there is a home remedy that dates back to my Great Grandmothers day.  It involves a white onion.

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Take your WHITE onion with skin on and bake in a 350* oven for an hour or until soft.  Cut a wedge out of the onion and carefully peel off petals. Careful, it will be very hot.  When you can handle them, test them on your inner wrist.  You want them warm, not hot, but not cold.  It will lose effectiveness if it is cold.

Lay baby on an ace bandage or sock and work quickly to apply the still warm onion petals across babies chest.  Secure snugly with sock or ace bandage and pin, dress child for bed as usual.

You will not BELIEVE how well this works to quiet a serious cough.  Plus, the onion naturally boosts the immune system, win-win!  No, warm onions do not stink, they smell sweet.  Yes, you may use the onion again the next night. NOT the ones on baby’s chest, toss those. Just put remaining onion in Tupperware to store.  Each evening, reheat the onion in the oven again until it is all used up.

We LOVE this method and swear by it!  We went from up all night with a different coughing child, to total peaceful slumber. AMAZING!

~Hyland’s Cough Syrup
For ages 2 and up.

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You can buy the Night Time one Here and Day Time Here.
You can also find this at Wal-Mart. Alternate this with Buckwheat honey for a cough free day!

Speaking of Hyland’s, they offer a variety of homeopathics, which we LOVE!

We have a homeopathic for just about anything that could come up and love them.  It makes me happy that when I got to my medicine cabinet, these safe, natural remedies line the shelf.

My favorites are Bronchial Cough, Cough Tablets , SinusSore Throat and Calms Forte 4 Kids when the children have trouble sleeping. And Bumps-N-Bruises with Arnica for falling down or night terrors.  {some of these not pictured}

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#3  Ear Infections  We have kicked 9 out of 10 ear infections with this box of goodness.

Hylands Homeopathic, Earache Tablets {click name to purchase this product}

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If the infection is bacterial, 3 days of this will usually kick it.  If it’s a chronic infection, then this will not work.  Most infections are bacterial, unless of course your child struggles with this due to other circumstances.

I can tell by the 3rd dose of these Earache homeopathics, that it cuts the pain, because my happy smiling baby comes back. I finish out the box as directed, because I want to for sure kick the infection, but there is NO QUESTION when it starts to work!

We once went to a Well-baby check up, just as we finished day 3 of this homeopathic.  The dr. looked in her ears and said he could tell she was just getting over an ear infection by what he saw.  No intervention was necessary, no strong prescription, because it was clearing up “on its own”.  This was proof to me that it does work and works well!  A 3 day natural treatment rather than a 10 day SUPER strong antibiotic??? Sign me up!

If you DO need to fill the prescription and do these STRONG antibiotics for ear infections, I highly recommend you follow-up with a month or more of Bifidophilus.  Or stronger and better YET, Probiotic Eleven! Get a high quality brand like Nature Sunshine, and keep it in your fridge.  This will help rebuild the immune system, which will have been knocked by the antibiotic, it will replace healthy bacteria inside the intestines, which is crucial, it will help prevent secondary infections.  Plus, it’s just an over all great immune booster!!!!

  #4  Sore throat  We go straight for our bottle of Ultimate Echinacea.  (Again my favorite brand is Nature Sunshine) It naturally numbs the throat.  Just tip your head back and drip down both sides of throat, hold then swallow.  I do this at the first sign of a sore throat and can kick it by the next morning.  You won’t believe how it takes the sharp pain away from your sore throat!!!!

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We also like ALJ Liquid  for allergies or drying up snotLobelia Essence, which is used on the OUTSIDE of a sore throat, or dripped into the ears to treat fullness or pain.  I also keep VS-C on hand for anything viral or a cold.

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#5  Snotty nose; green or clear:  1/4 tsp SEA salt {not iodized}, in 1/2 cup warm as you can stand water, sniffed up the nose.

I have my big kids do “1-2-3 sniff” as I squeeze a little eye dropper, probably 5 times in each side.  For the babies, I just lay them down and carefully put a 2 or 3 droppers full in each nose hole. I do this at the first sniffle or first green booger and can kick it in no time!!!

Snotty kids get this about 3 times a day, sometimes more depending on the severity of the sniffling.

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Day 1, I hear less sniffing, by day 2, it is no longer green, by day 3, it is almost always gone, or at very least, back to clear in color.

Salt is a natural pain-killer and will dry up the snot.  It will also help with sinus pressure and pain.  DO NOT USE IODIZED SALT, it will burn like when you jump in the pool without your nose plugged!  GET SEA SALT, it’s better for you anyways!

#6  The Runs:  We choose to treat this with the BRAT diet.  Bananas, Rice (brown is healthiest), Applesauce, Toast. (we do whole wheat)  The child with the runs gets this breakfast, lunch, snack and supper for a day or two, or until symptoms subside.  Also during this time, we eliminate all dairy, which really makes things worse in this particular case, as well as any and all sugars.  We do no soda, no juice, just water!

#7  Infection of any kind: we have our pill swallowers swallow a single Garlic Oil pill several times a day until they kick the infection.  I just have my kids open wide and stick out their tounges flat, I toss it down their throats and hand them a drink. Easy Smeasy and cheap too, only $5!
For babies, simply puncture the capsule and squeeze a teeny bit of oil on the arch of each foot. {save the remaining capsule for the next day or treatment} Cover with socks you never plan to use for anything but this purpose.  In no time you will smell the garlic on their breath and know its being absorbed and used in their little bodies.  Garlic is an AMAZING immune booster!

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#8  Influenza:  No, we do not do flu shots for a VARIETY of reasons.  I do my research at www.mercola.com and it told me all I needed to know about this subject.  Last year, when everyone passed around Influenza, even the people that got the shot, we heard about this product from my BESTEST BEST Friend:

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The Homeopathic: Oscillococcinum!

Oscillococcinum has been shown in clinical trials to help reduce the severity and shorten the duration of flu-like symptoms. Temporarily relieves flu-like symptoms such as feeling run down, headache, body aches, chills and fever.
Click on name to purchase.

 It works rapidly, with 63 percent of patients showing “complete resolution” or “clear improvement” at 48 hours. In a double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial, the recovery rate within 48 hours of treatment was significantly greater in the group that received the active drug than in the placebo group.

Unlike other flu medicines, Oscillococcinum has no known side effects such as drowsiness, and has no known or reported drug interactions. Oscillococcinum can be purchased at pharmacies, natural food stores and supermarkets.

Oscillo works best when taken early, so it’s helpful to keep it on hand. Take Oscillo at the first signs of flu-like symptoms.

Worked like a CHARM!  I plan to always have this in my medicine cabinet.  Every mom I talked to last winter could not believe the difference in how their children acted after taking this homeopathic!

#9 Fever:  Mommy’s seem to fear fever, but you don’t have to, because it’s a GOOD THING! I means their little immune systems are working to fight the bug!  If a fever is under 102* we do not give Tylenol or Ibuprofen. (there are obviously exceptions to this, like if they seem to be restless or in extreme pain)

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We chose this based on what our doctor explained to us about not hindering what the body is trying to do by suppressing the fever.  Of course if it gets over 102* or they seem to have trouble sleeping because of it, we will give a fever reducer, but it is a LAST resort, not something I hand out at every head bump, sleepless night, or low-grade fever.

If you are concerned your child is getting dehydrated remember this, the pores of your child’s skin will “drink” water too.  A cool damp cloth on the forehead, or soaking in a warm bath will usually produce a potty diaper in no time.

Another thing we like to do in their warm bath, is open up ginger pills or dump in some white vinegar, both will naturally start the detox process and the vinegar naturally cools a fever.  (Never put a fevered child into a cold bath, always do a regular warm one.)  Our baby or child leave the tub hydrated and with a fever 2 degrees less than they entered it, and usually within the hour, have a potty diaper, or use the restroom.

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Obviously if their fever is dangerously high, you need to seek medical help, but for normal low-grade and regular fevers, this has worked wonders for our poor hot babies.

Again, your judgment of your own child’s need for medical treatment always rules. These are simply my opinion and favorites for our kids.

Tired of waiting in a waiting room with a shivering fevered kid????  Then this winter, try some of these natural remedies!  They really work!

Hugs, hot tea & Sickie Soup,

~ T

Sniffles & Coughs & Pukes, Oh My!

It’s that time of year again, the kids are passing around all kinds of yuck at school and bringing it home to your non-school kiddos.  Today I’d like to dig into the archives and share 7 Healthy Habits for Healthy Kids.

Tomorrow,  I’ll share some of our favorite natural remedies.  We haven’t been to the doctor since Paxton was a baby, and that was for his well baby check up.  When we get sick, I have an arsenal of natural favorites!

Healthy Habit #7:  Staying Hydrated!  Have Water out and available for your kids at all times.  We have each child’s glass of water on the table and within reach all day long.  We also allow them to have a water bottle in their rooms.  We do not offer juice except on special occasions, as it turns into sugar in the body.

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Now, after school, they can have an Emergen-C if they choose.  It has 78 minerals, 24 vitamins and a TON of Vitamin C.  It tastes like juice and is fizzy at first.  They love it!  You can get this at Wal-Mart in the pharmacy section in a variety of flavors.

* A reader was kind enough to inform me that they DO have a childrens version of this with only 250 mg of Vitamin C. {the adult version has 1000 mg} Too much of  a good thing is still TOO MUCH, so do only 1/2 or 1/4 of a regular packet for your children in less water. Or, check for the children’s version!!!!!!  Thank you,  Katy! :)

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#6 Humidifier: we have this going non stop.  Dry air makes for tickly throats and irritated nasal cavities.  It also can dehydrate little ones and make it hard to go to the bathroom.  This in itself can cause them to be more apt to get sick because they are not releasing toxins as they should by using the restroom.

I would highly recommend getting a nice humidifier with no filter.  No filter means no extra place for bacteria to grow, and no more cost to run it other than the water to fill it!

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See that red pan on top of the fire-box? IMG_8486 It is filled with water and a few drops of essential oils.

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These oils should kill bacteria in the air and help promote good health in our home. Even with the humidifier going in the living room, this pan of water gets filled every day because of how fast the water evaporates.

This should give you an idea of how dry your home is when the heater runs!!  Remember, a dehydrated body is more susceptible to illness.

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Thieves and Thyme from Young Living.

Thyme Oil is a medicinal herb with anti fungal and anti bacterial properties.

Natural antibiotic
Thyme oil could work as an antibiotic. It could be used for treating infections of the respiratory tract, intestines and urinary tract.

Cures coughs and colds
Coughs and colds could be healed with thyme oil. This natural antibiotic could kill bacteria associated with infections of the respiratory tract. Moreover, thyme oil could be used as an expectorant.

More here.

Thieves Oil is a blend of five essential oils that are scientifically documented to be highly anti-infectious, antiviral, antibacterial, and antiseptic. Thieves’ essential oil is a safe and natural way to care for your family’s health. With the concern over swine flu-H1N1 and other infectious disease, this potent oil blend is a powerful way to support your family’s health and wellness.  Research shows that Young Livings Thieves Oil effectively interrupts the life cycle of bacteria and also interferes with the ability of viruses to replicate. Studies also confirmed that most viruses and bacteria cannot live in the presence of many essential oils.

More info here.

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#5 Bifidophilus and Probiotic: these pills are great for boosting the immune and helping fight infection by putting healthy bacteria back into the intestines.

  I was just reading in Parenting magazine, that recent studies suggest that taking a probiotic supplement can dramatically reduce the odds of kids getting a fever, cough or runny nose during cold and flu season. And if they DO get sick, kids taking the probiotics tend to get better two or three days faster!!!!

We keep these on hand and in the fridge at all times.  It’s great because you can open these capsules and put them directly in your child’s mouth, or we have put it on a spoonful of food before too. It tastes sweet and they don’t mind a bit!  We do a whole capsule for the big kids, half of a capsule for the little kids.  These can be used weekly like a multi-vitamin, or anytime they spike a fever or seem to be coming down with something, we start giving one of these for the next few days till it passes!

Antibiotics are being OVER-prescribed, and DO NOT work on viruses like colds and the flu bug.  Just keep your kids home and help their bodies fight the virus.   Antibiotics are for bacterial infections like strep and pneumonia.   If you end up having to do an antibiotic, due to another illness, here is what you do:

 Keep in mind, that Antibiotics kill both good AND bad in the body, which means your child’s immune is now down, making them susceptible to the next bug going around.    As soon as they are done with their antibiotic, get them on Probiotics for the next 3 weeks.  Take 1-3 capsules, depending on your child’s age, and divide them out during the day.  This will put healthy bacteria and antibodies back into the body to combat the antibiotic.

Healthy Habit #4: Getting plenty of Sleep!

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We tell our kiddos that your fighters fight hardest when you are asleep.  We want those fighters to beat up those bad germs, so its important to get plenty of sleep.  We work hard to stick with afternoon rest/nap time, as well as shooting for their 7:30 bedtime each evening.

#3 Silver Shield Spray: This stuff is AMAAAZING!  I first understood the benefits of this on our annual trip to Florida.  I heard Silver Shield from Nature Sunshine could be sprayed in the mouth, on hands and up the nose and it would help prevent bacteria and germs from entering the body for 4-5 hours.  Every time we flew on the airplane and breathed in that nasty recycled air, SOMEONE got sick.  Every single time.  It is no fun to have a sick kid on vacation.  So I tried it, spraying all of us: nose, mouth, hands every 4 hours and guess what? For the first time we got to Florida 100% healthy. Praise the Lord!

Silver needs to live in a dark, cool place.  It’d be best if I could’ve bought a dark glass spray bottle for it. (on the To Buy list)

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Silver Aqua sol technology, the basis of Nature Sunshine’s NEW Silver Shield TM, kills bacteria, viruses, mold, and other pathogens on contact! It usually takes 2-6 minutes for silver to destroy 99.9% of these pathogens. Tasteless, it is safe to take Nature’s Sunshine colloidal silver, Silver Shield TM, every day, either for prevention or to treat an infection of some sort.

  • Preventative dose drink 1 teaspoon per day and allow its broad spectrum activity to kill bacteria, viruses, and yeast in your body.
  • If you are getting sick or going to be exposed to illness, are traveling, or under stress take 1 teaspoon 2 times/day
  • For serious illness take 3-4 teaspoons daily
  • A first of daily defense, providing prevention before you need a cure!
  • Helps wounds heal in half the time, with half the scar, half the cost, and ten times the benefit!
  • Kills bacteria in the body but protects probiotics!
  • Kills candida without harming the good flora!
  • Changes the way we treat pneumonia, tuberculosis, staph and strep infections!
  • Completely non-toxic and safe at recommended levels!

1) Fine mist spray bottle: use for mouth, skin or most any other body surface. The silver is most effective when it is in direct contact with the pathogen for 2-6 minutes. Most adults have had success using the following amounts:

  • Mouth 4 pumps
  • Throat (for gargling) 6 pumps, or swish 1 teaspoon of colloidal silver in mouth for 2-6 minutes before swallowing
  • Voice Spray 1-4 pumps, 1-10 times per day
  • Skin as needed to moisten (for acne, ulcers, wounds, burns, etc.)
  • Replacement for antibacterial hand gel. Kills both bad and good bacteria. Spritz both hands and have protection for the next 4 hours.
  • Diaper Rash —improvement seen in 3 hours when the silver is sprayed directly on the rash.
  • Disinfect – spritz on door knobs, faucet handles, sink knobs, hotel rooms, airplane seats/trays, etc.
  • Purse Bottoms are the second most germ-laden location! Spritz and wipe off the bottom regularly.

Healthy Habit #2: Limiting sugar intake.  This means, NO CANDY! My kids rarely get dessert, and if they do it’s an inch by inch teeny-tiny square, but for sure not in the form of Candy if I have any say in it! 

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Too Much Sugar

Every 7 Tablespoons of sugar consumed has the potential to knock your bodies germ killing capabilities by up to 40%!!!!!!!!!!!!  Sugar sweetened foods can knock the immune system down for hours.

That means after ingestion, the noticeable immune-suppressing effect of sugar starts to decrease the immunity function in as short as 30 minutes and its effects can last up to 5 hours.” Source.

So, every time our kids eat sugar within 30 minutes it knocks their immune for up to 5 hours????  Ummmmm, no thanks!!!!!!

And my #1 favorite Healthy Habit for Healthy Kids is……

HAND WASHING!

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  I am super OCD about Hand Washing, but I think it’s the number one tool in a Mommy Tool belt for prevention!  For adults too!!!!!

As SOON as we walk in the door from church, the grocery store, a friend’s house or even just playing outside…..we ALL stop in the laundry room, hang up our coats, then line up at the sink to wash.

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The kiddos must use warm water and make lots of bubbles on their hands, and they MUST sing Happy Birthday TWICE while washing so they know how long to scrub.   I like to avoid Anti-bacterial Soap whenever possible.  You don’t want to strip the skin of some of its natural healthy bacteria, necessary to live!

  We are actually doing way more harm than good by coating our lives with antibacterial sprays, lotions, soaps and gels. In doing this so much, we are creating superbugs that will adapt and become immune to our products…which in turn could make us all very, very sick. Also, all these antibacterial products end up in septic tanks and sewage treatment plants, where they kill off the good microbes needed to digest our waste. We need germs in order to survive as a species! So next time you reach for the antibacterial stuff at the store, think twice – and realize that regular old soap cleans just as well without doing anything harmful to our germs or our environment.

More here.

Hope this helps! Come back tomorrow for some favorite natural remedies!

~T

Natural Remedies

  All opinions and advice given in this blog are STRICTLY the opinion of Mommy of 4, Tonya Ferguson. 

Obviously you need to do what you feel is best and safest for your child based on your intimate knowledge of their “normal” behavior.

  Don’t you just love cold season? Ugh.

  Poor sick snotty coughing babies need extra TLC, but where do your turn? Rush to your nearest dr. at the first sniffle? Go scan the shelves at Wal-Mart for SOMETHING safe for younger children to take? Or turn to some natural remedies?

  I am into Natural Remedies, BIG TIME! Over the 9 years of being a naturally minded Mommy, I have come to acquire an arsenal of favorites for each and every bug that ails us.  I will go through those today and show you my favorite ways to fight or treat these childhood illnesses.

#1: The dreaded cough. You know the one that keeps everyone up allll night long. After they pulled cough syrups off the shelf, we mom’s had to find another method of treatment. Here are our favorites:

~Vicks on the feet (Put on socks) and chest.

Here is an article about it, it really works!

VICKS VAPORUB…

When we had a lecture on Essential Oils, they told us how the foot soles can absorb oils. Their example: Put garlic on your feet and within 20 minutes you can ‘taste’ it. Some of us have used Vicks Vaporub for years for everything from chapped lips to sore toes and many body parts in between. But I’ve never heard of this. And don’t laugh, it works 100% of the time although the scientists at the Canada Research council (who discovered it) aren’t sure why. To stop night-time coughing in a child (or adult as we found out personally), put Vicks Vaporub generously on the bottom of the feet at bedtime, then cover with socks. Even persistent, heavy, deep coughing will stop in about 5 minutes and stay stopped for many, many hours of relief. Works 100% of the time and is more effective in children than even very strong prescription cough medicines. In addition it is extremely soothing and comforting and they will sleep soundly. I heard the head of the Canada Research Council describe these findings on the part of their scientists when they were investigating the effectiveness and usage of prescription cough medicines in children as compared to alternative therapies like acupressure. Just happened to tune in A.M.Radio and picked up this guy talking about why cough medicines in kids often do more harm than good due to the chemical makeup of these strong drugs so, I listened. It was a surprise finding and found to be more effective than prescribed medicines for children at bedtime, in addition to have a soothing and calming effect on sick children who then went on to sleep soundly. Polly tried it on herself when she had a very deep constant and persistent cough a few weeks ago and it worked 100%! She said that it felt like a warm blanket had enveloped her, coughing stopped in a few minutes and believe me, this was a deep, (incredibly annoying!) every few seconds uncontrollable cough, and she slept cough-free for hours every night that she used it.”

  We choose to use Baby Vicks for our youngest children. Its my understanding that they can get too much menthol, so we are cautious. It works great too!

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In addition to Vicks, we….

~Do a Humidifier in the coughing child’s room.

~Prop the head of their bed or crib up with 2 books under the legs.  This promotes drainage and can help eliminate the tickly cough.

~ Give them Buckwheat Honey.

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  Buckwheat honey, is a robust, dark honey made from the nectar of blossoming buckwheat grain. It made the pediatrician “handbook” and was recommended to us by our doctor one winter for 9 month old Avery when she had whooping-cough.  Worked like a charm and we have used it for coughs ever since.  It is thicker than regular honey and quiets for hours naturally!!!!

Here is a great article all about it: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/90536.php

# 2  For very Severe Coughs, like the year our kids passed our whooping-cough, there is a home remedy that dates back to my Great Grandmothers day.  It involves a white onion.

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  Take your WHITE onion with skin on and bake in a 350* oven for an hour or until soft.  Cut a wedge out of the onion and carefully peel off petals. Careful, it will be very hot.  When you can handle them, test them on your inner wrist.  You want them warm, not hot, but not cold.  It will lose effectiveness if it is cold.

  Lay baby on an ace bandage or sock and work quickly to apply the still warm onion petals across babies chest.  Secure snuggly with sock or ace bandage and pin, dress child for bed as usual. 

  You will not BELIEVE how well this works to quiet a serious cough.  Plus, the onion naturally boosts the immune system, win-win!  No, warm onions do not stink, they smell sweet.  Yes, you may use the onion again the next night. NOT the ones on baby’s chest, toss those. Just put remaining onion in Tupperware and put back in the oven on a cookie sheet to reheat each evening until the onion is all used up. 

We LOVE this method and swear by it!  We went from up all night with a different coughing child, to total peaceful slumber. AMAZING!

~Hyland’s Natural Cough Syrup, for ages 2 and up. 

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This works well too!  They offer day and night-time formula’s.  We get this at Wal-Mart, and alternate this with Buckwheat honey.

  Speaking of Hylands, they offer a variety of homeopathics, which we LOVE!

We have a homeopathic for just about anything that could come up and love them.  It makes me happy that when I got to my medicine cabinet, these safe, natural remedies line the shelf.

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#3  Ear Infections  We have kicked 9 out of 10 ear infections with this box of goodness.

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  If the infection is bacterial, 3 days of this will usually kick it.  If it’s a chronic infection, then this will not work.  Most infections are bacterial, unless of course your child struggles with this due to other circumstances.

   I can tell by the 3rd dose of these Earache homeopathics, that it cuts the pain, because my happy smiling baby comes back. I finish out the box as directed, because I want to for sure kick the infection, but there is NO QUESTION when it starts to work! 

  We once went to a Well-baby check up, just as we finished day 3 of this homeopathic.  The dr. looked in her ears and said he could tell she was just getting over an ear infection by what he saw.  No intervention was necessary, no strong prescription, because it was clearing up “on its own”.  This was proof to me that it does work and works well!  A 3 day natural treatment rather than a 10 day SUPER strong antibiotic??? Sign me up! 

  If you DO need to fill the prescription and do these STRONG antibiotics for ear infections, I highly recommend you follow-up with a month of Bifidophilus.  My favorite brand is Nature Sunshine.  This will help rebuild the immune system, which will have been knocked by the antibiotic, it will replace healthy bacteria inside the intestines, which is crucial, it will help prevent secondary infections.  Plus, it’s just an over all great immune booster!!!! (more on this tomorrow)

  #4  Sore throat  We go straight for our bottle of Echinacea.  (Again my favorite brand is Nature Sunshine) It naturally numbs the throat.  Just tip your head back and drip down both sides of throat, hold then swallow.  I do this at the first sign of a sore throat and can kick it by the next morning.  You won’t believe how it takes the sharp pain away from your sore throat!!!!

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#5  Snotty nose; green or clear:  1/4 tsp SEA salt, in 1/2 cup warm as you can stand water, sniffed up the nose.  I have my big kids do “1-2-3 sniff” as I squeeze a little medicine dropper, probably 5 times in each side.  For the babies, I just lay them down and carefully put a 2 or 3 droppers full in each nose hole. I do this at the first sniffle or first green booger and can kick it in no time!!! Snotty kids get this about 3 times a day, sometimes more depending on the severity of the sniffling.

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  Day 1, I hear less sniffing, by day 2, it is no longer green, by day 3, it is almost always gone.  Salt is a natural pain-killer and will dry up the snot.  It will also help with sinus pressure and pain.  DO NOT USE IODIZED SALT, it will burn like when you jump in the pool without your nose plugged!  GET SEA SALT, it’s better for you anyways!

#6  The Runs:  We choose to treat this with the BRAT diet.  Bananas, Rice (brown is healthiest), Applesauce, Toast. (we do whole wheat)  The child with the runs gets this breakfast, lunch, snack and supper for a day or two, or until symptoms subside.  Also during this time, we eliminate all dairy, which really makes things worse in this particular case, as well as any and all sugars.  We do no soda, no juice, just water!

#7  Infection of any kind: we have our pill swallowers swallow a single garlic oil pill several times a day until they kick the infection.  For babies, simply puncture the capsule and squeeze a teeny bit of oil on the arch of each foot. Cover with socks you never plan to use for anything but this purpose.  In no time you will smell the garlic on their breath and know its being absorbed and used in their little bodies.  Garlic is an AMAZING immune booster!

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#8  Influenza:  No, we do not do flu shots for a VARIETY of reasons.  I do my research at www.mercola.com and it told me all I needed to know about this subject.  Last year, when everyone passed around Influenza, even the people that got the shot, we heard about this product from my BESTEST BEST Friend:

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Homeopathic. Oscillococcinum has been shown in clinical trials to help reduce the severity and shorten the duration of flu-like symptoms. Temporarily relieves flu-like symptoms such as feeling run down, headache, body aches, chills and fever.

Oscillococcinum works rapidly, with 63 percent of patients showing “complete resolution” or “clear improvement” at 48 hours. In a double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial, the recovery rate within 48 hours of treatment was significantly greater in the group that received the active drug than in the placebo group.

Unlike other flu medicines, Oscillococcinum has no known side effects such as drowsiness, and has no known or reported drug interactions. Oscillococcinum can be purchased at pharmacies, natural food stores and supermarkets.

Oscillo works best when taken early, so it’s helpful to keep it on hand. Take Oscillo at the first signs of flu-like symptoms.

Worked like a CHARM!  I plan to always have this in my medicine cabinet!  Every mom I talked to last winter could not believe the difference in how their children acted after taking this homeopathic!

#9 Fever:  Mommy’s seem to fear fever, but you don’t have to, because it’s a GOOD THING! I means their little immune systems are working to fight the bug!  If a fever is under 102* we usually do not  give Tylenol or Ibuprofen. (there are obviously exceptions to this) We chose this based on what our doctor explained to us about not hindering what the body is trying to do by suppressing the fever.  Of course if it gets over 102* or they seem to have trouble sleeping because of it, we will give a fever reducer, but it is a LAST resort, not something I hand out at every head bump, or low-grade fever. 

  If you are concerned your child is getting dehydrated remember this, the pores of your child’s skin will “drink” water too.  A cool damp cloth on the forehead, or soaking in a warm bath will usually produce a potty diaper in no time.

  Another thing we like to do in their warm bath, is open up ginger pills or dump in some white vinegar, both will naturally start the detox process and the vinegar naturally cools a fever.  (Never put a fevered child into a cold bath, always do a regular warm one.)  Our children leave the tub hydrated and with a fever 2 degrees less than they entered it, and usually within the hour, have a potty diaper.

  Obviously if their fever is dangerously high, you need to seek medical help, but for normal low-grade and regular fevers, this has worked wonders for our poor hot babies. Again, your judgement of your own child’s need for medical treatment always rules. These are simply my opinion and favorites for our kids.

  Tomorrow, I will give you some tips for STAYING healthy in the first place!  We won’t let our kids go down without a fight, right?!

~T