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Go-to Natural Remedies Every Parent Should Know: How to Detox your Medicine Cabinet

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This is part 2 of a 3-part series on safe remedies for children and babies.

1. Are you and your Doctor gambling with your child’s health? The dangers of medications for children

2. Go-to natural remedies for common children’s illnesses (How to detox your medicine cabinet and replace OTC meds with corresponding effective natural remedies)

3. How to ensure safety when using natural remedies and essential oils for children

Many of these dangers, remedies and safety measures will be very much relevant for adults too. I will link to each article as I complete them over the next couple of days.


In part one of this series we talked about the majorly risky practice of giving babies and children over-the-counter or prescription medications. Despite the best intentions of parents and medical practitioners, medicating young ones is often a shot in the dark with unknown repercussions. Children are being given drugs more and more, despite the fact that they are rarely tested on children. Check out that article here.

In part 2 we’re going to get super optimistic and reformative, looking at how to detox your medicine cabinet! I’ve put together a pretty extensive list of go-to natural remedies for common children’s illnesses. Please feel free to contribute more remedies that you’ve found helpful or effective in the comments at the end of the article.

I’ll be matching up the typical conventional medications with natural alternatives.

A quick disclaimer before we get right into it:

This should pretty much go without saying, but please always do your own research and only use remedies you feel comfortable with. Consult a practitioner if ever in doubt. The information here is for education only, and you should never delay seeking in-person care from a professional if your child is seriously ill.

How to treat ADD/ADHD naturally

Conventional treatments: Adderall, Vyvance, Concerta

  • balance sleep patterns – helps balance hormones and neurotransmitters
  • improve nutrition with less sugar/more fat & protein – corrects insulin balance
  • correct neurotransmitter imbalances by supplementing with magnesium/B-vitamins/whey protein
  • reduce use of electronics especially at night (yellow/orange glasses are recommended)
  • introduce a little movement in the morning to boost serotonin
  • Vetiver essential oil, Cedarwood essential oil, InTune essential oil blend  ** ensure any oils you use on your family are pure therapeutic grade, not just made for good smell. ** Here’s where I shop. (a 2001 study using brain scans to evaluate essential oil effectiveness for common behavioral challenges in children showed improvements in 100% of subjects with Vetiver and 83% effectiveness with Cedarwood)

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How to treat allergies naturally

Conventional treatments: Diphenhydramine, Benadryl, ZzzQuil

  • local raw (un-pasteurized) honey – contains enzymes that are like a natural allergy shot with no downside. Local honey to where you live is said to help your body adapt to local allergens in your environment. Buy from a local shop or market, dose kids with 1/3 to 1/2 teaspoon (adults a full tsp) one or more times a day. Note that babies under 1 year of age should not ingest honey, as it can contain a species of bacteria that their undeveloped immune system may be unable to suppress.
  • nettle tea or capsules – nettle is a natural antihistamine. When the leaves are dried they don’t sting anymore!
  • raw apple cider vinegar – mix 1/2 to 1 teaspoon with water in a cup or bottle and drink
  • other probiotics such as raw capsules, unpasteurized kefir, kombucha, sauerkraut. Safe and beneficial in small amounts for babies and kids.
  • peppermint, lavender, lemon essential oils, doTERRA TriEase softgels (get pure, safe essential oils HERE). These oils bring down inflammation and calm an overactive immune response to allergens. For young children dilute the 3 oils in coconut oil and rub on the feet and along the spine.

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Natural remedies for autism

Conventional treatments: Abilify, Risperdal

  • heal leaky gut syndrome to prevent undigested peptides from damaging the brain (here is an article for reference, and this gut healing program is, in my opinion, the best out there)
  • improve sleep to help the body detoxify and heal
  • use essential oils to improve detoxification and calm anxiety and temper (Lavender, Serenity blend, Balance blend)

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Natural remedies for asthma and coughing

Conventional treatments: Prednisone, Dexamethasone

  • vitamin D supplement – a study found that 86% of children with asthma have low vitamin D levels (article)
  • asthma is considered an inflammatory condition, so soothe inflammation in the body by eating a whole real food diet (click the link for meal plans!) focusing on organic vegetables and animal protein, healthy traditional fats, fermented & cultured foods
  • if the asthma is triggered by emotion or stress, try the Balance blend essential oil
  • For prevention or during an attack, instead of an inhaler (if it’s safe) try doTERRA Breathe respiratory blend essential oil – a blend of laurel leaf, peppermint, eucalyptus, melaleuca, lemon, and ravensara. Helps to soothe inflamed tissues, support the elimination of bacteria and viruses, and opens airways. I’ve read many articles and testimonials saying people no longer need asthma medication after starting to keep the Breathe blend on hand. Only $26.67 retail, or get a 25% wholesale discount. Get some HERE.

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Safe natural remedies for anxiety

Conventional treatments: therapy, Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor drugs (Prozac, Zoloft), tricyclic antidepressants (Amoxapine, Vivactil), benzodiazepines

  • avoid sugar, caffeine, chocolate, not only for their direct effect but also because they promote Candida Albicans yeast overgrowth in the gut, which can cause anxiety
  • magnesium drink/rub/bath, and other mineral-rich foods such as homemade organic chicken broth, green smoothies (blend up cucumber, romaine lettuce, spinach, lemon, banana, berries), organ meats (try organic chicken livers made into gluten-free “nuggets”)
  • calming essential oils, including Lavender and the “Better-than-Ambien” blend I outlined in this blog post
  • herbal teas such as chamomile, fennel, catnip (brew tea, steep with a cover on for 10 minutes, then let cool before putting in a safe bottle or cup for the child to drink from)
  • amber necklace – raw natural amber contains succinic acid, a natural analgesic and healing agent. Amber warms when worm against the body and the succinic acid is absorbed through the skin helping relieve anxiety, pain and other symptoms. I personally wear one 24-7!

Natural remedies for bacterial infections (alternatives to antibiotics)

Conventional treatment: Doctors frequently prescribe antibiotics just in case even if they don’t know that an illness is caused by bacteria, or which bacteria is causing it (source). This is leading to major damage to gut bacteria which regulates our digestion, immunity and much of our mood and mental wellbeing. It also leads to antibiotic-resistant bacteria which is a major threat to global health today. (source) I would highly recommend reading these articles for insight as to why your child probably doesn’t need antibiotics: Article 1, Article 2. As someone who has been a “victim” to likely unnecessary antibiotics MANY times in my life, and have struggled to re-balance my body in my adulthood, I would encourage you to seek alternatives and consult with a practitioner who treats antibiotics in a cautious and holistic manner.

  • oregano oil – please ensure you use a high quality pure oil from a brand that stands behind medicinal / internal use of their oils. This is the only place I buy therapeutic essential oils. Apply 1-2 drops diluted with coconut oil topically, in a bath, in a steaming bowl via inhalation, or by consuming in a vegetable capsule. You can also use a small amount in a neti pot with water.
  • garlic is a strong natural antibiotic which does not destroy beneficial gut bacteria. Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride (of the GAPS protocol) recommends consuming an entire head of garlic daily as an effective internal antibiotic. I would recommend doing this by eating finely chopped raw garlic in something tasty like pesto, hummus, real-food ranch dressing with veggies (recipe ideas HERE). Freshly chopped garlic is best, let it sit for 10 minutes before using/consuming as the allicin content will increase.
  • turmeric extract in doses of 400-600 mg 3 times daily, or as directed on the package (source)
  • support the immune system with rest, fluids (with pink salt and raw honey for electrolytes), fresh lemon, fresh herbs such as parsley and rosemary, and homemade organic broth

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Natural first aid for blisters

Conventional treatment: iodine, hydrogen peroxide, petroleum-based ointments like Polysporin, Plastibase, Bactroban, Bioderm, Ozonol

How to treat a burn naturally

Conventional treatment: ointments, hydrocortisone cream, pain relief medications (Tylenol, Advil, Motrin, Aleve, Naprosyn, Aspirin)

  • use a cool cloth and pure aloe vera gel to cool the skin
  • make a compress with a mix of cool water and a little white vinegar to lift the heat
  • lavender essential oil takes the sting out of a burn and has been shown to help skin heal much faster without scarring or scabbing. Use generously straight onto a burn without using a carrier oil, as carrier oils can hold the heat inside of the burn. You must purchase a pure high quality lavender essential oil to get good results. Many cheaper lavender oils contain fillers that smell like lavender but don’t have the medicinal effect. Here is where I buy top-shelf essential oils.
  • use raw honey as an antiseptic cream to speed healing

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Natural remedies for a cold

Conventional treatment: Nasal spray, Tylenol Cold, Mucinex, Robitussin, Nyquil, Vicks

  • homemade organic crock pot chicken broth with finely chopped garlic, onion, celery (instructions in this post)
  • warm lemon water – make it with fresh squeezed lemon, and let it cool a bit before adding some raw honey to leave the enzymes intact
  • cinnamon – mix 1 tablespoon with 1 teaspoon of raw honey and stir into hot water to make a spicy and very effective tea that helps relieve cough and congestion and lower fever. Another option is to use capsules.
  • chewable vitamin C – up to 2,000 mg a day for kids
  • facial steam – a bowl of hot water with 3 drops each of oregano, thyme and rosemary essential oils (here is where to get essential oils good enough to use medicinally: link) Place the steaming bowl under the face and drape a towel over the head to make a “tent”. Inhale for several minutes, but be sure to supervise a child to make sure they don’t get too hot.
  • 1 drop of oregano oil diluted with a little coconut oil and rubbed under the feet a few times a day

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How to treat colic naturally

Conventional treatment: Dicyclomine hydrochloride, simethicone, Anaspaz, Bentyl, Donnatol, Buscopan, Zantac, leaving your infant with other caregivers for respite. Not many treatments recommended other than suffering through it as it usually rectifies after a few months.

  • removing allergens from the mother’s diet (if breast-feeding) – these could include things like wheat and grains, pasteurized dairy, corn, soy, eggs
  • removing excessive stimulation and stressors from the environment, since this could stress the baby and hinder a healthy digestive process (ie noises, lights, screens, etc)
  • massage and movement to help release gas
  • cooled ginger or peppermint tea in a bottle – these assist digestion
  • belly and back massage with a digestive blend essential oil (DigestZen is  the one I use and love) – dilute 5 drops of oil in 1 tsp of coconut oil, warm the oil until the coconut oil is melted (24 degrees C) and place a couple of drops in the belly button, then work outward in gentle circular motions
  • apply a warm compress like a cloth from the dryer over the essential-oil covered belly to help the oils penetrate and to help the belly feel comfy
  • infant-specific probiotics which can be warmed and mixed into water or breastmilk in a bottle

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Natural remedies for cradle cap

Conventional treatment: medicated shampoo, ketoconazole, anti-dandruff shampoo containing tar, selenium sulfide, hydrocortisone cream, petroleum-based mineral oil or jelly

  • According to this article, cradle cap is associated with overgrowth of yeast, so probiotics for both mum and baby will be helpful. For mum I use and recommend the doTERRA brand PB-Assist product since it’s double coated to make it past the stomach, and also contains prebiotics with the probiotics feed on; this encourages them to colonize the gut rather then just pass through. If you would like to buy doTERRA products, here is my page with simple instructions.
  • dietary adjustments in the mother – increase good fats and omega 3’s (avocados, fish, walnuts etc), increase alkalizing foods (vegetables, greens, lemon etc)
  • coconut oil with essential oils applied to the scalp – coconut oil is naturally anti-fungal so will help bring balance to the skin. Add a maximum of 5 drops of lavender or melaleuca essential oil to 1 tsp of coconut oil.
  • add 1/4 tsp slippery elm to a bottle, this encourages a healthy gut lining to prevent further yeast overgrowth

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How to treat croup (wet cough) naturally

Conventional treatment: inhaled medications such as racemic epinephrine, oral corticosteroids (prednisolone, dexamethasone)

  • Use a cool mist machine or steam up the bathroom and crack a window to create cool, damp mist. Going outside at night also often helps if the air is damp. 10-15 minutes minimum. You can also fill a bowl with ice and make a tent with a towel, and inhale the cool, wet air.
  • Therapeutic essential oils – With 6 – 12 drops of coconut oil apply 2 drops each Respiratory Blend, Frankincense and Peppermint to the child’s chest area (dilute more for infants). The blend of oils may also be applied to the bottoms of the feet and back as well. Repeat every 1 to 3 hours until the coughing stops. Protect small children from transferring the oils from their chest, etc. to their eyes. Get essential oils good enough to be used medicinally HERE.
  • castor oil chest compress – apply castor oil to a cloth, place on the chest, and put a hot water bottle on top to help the castor oil penetrate. Castor oil is an expectorant which means it helps loosen phlegm, so the child will cough it up and get rid of, being able to sleep peacefully again. Check out this awesome testimonial. Get castor oil HERE.

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How to treat cuts, scrapes, grazes, bug bites, rashes with natural remedies

Conventional treatment: Neosporin, Bactine, Polysporin, rubbing alcohol, Dettol, AfterBite

  • plantain herb – a common backyard “weed” with many medicinal properties – read more here. Make a poultice of fresh or dried plantain leaf and bentonite clay with water to form a paste. Or you can buy a ready-made plantain salve. Also a good remedy for bites and stings, rashes, poison ivy.
  • witch hazel – apply a small amount of soothing witch hazel distillate directly to a wound. More info here or get some witch hazel for your non-toxic medicine cabinet HERE.
  • coconut oil is naturally antiseptic, antibacterial, antiviral and very soothing & protective to the skin. Apply this completely non-toxic remedy with confidence. Get some good coconut oil HERE.
  • homemade neosporin – check out this recipe from Wellness Mama

How to treat diaper rash naturally

Conventional treatment: Zincofax, Desitin, Penaten, zinc oxide, Clotrimazole, Myconazole, Nystatin

  • Diaper rash may be “common” but that does not make it “normal”. It’s caused simply by prolonged skin contact with urine and feces, with too much dampness and not enough ventilation. The skin gets very sore and can become infected. The simplest remedy is to allow baby to be diaperless for at least 20 minutes 3 times a day between diaper changes to allow the skin to breathe
  • Use non-plastic diapers that breathe better, such as these (imagine your butt wrapped in plastic all day, you wouldn’t be very happy either! Plus there is evidence plastic diapers can cause hormonal & fertility problems. If you need disposal diapers, Nature Baby Care is the best option)
  • Use less toxic wipes and ointments, or just use a warm cloth followed by some coconut oil each time. You can keep all the baby-bum-cloths in a separate odorless storage bucket with a few drops of tea tree oil in it, then wash them in their own hot water load (with unscented laundry soap)
  • Make natural ointment with coconut oil, lavender and melaleuca essential oils. Frankincense and Grounding Blend (Balance) also work well on some babies if they don’t tolerate lavender or melaleuca. (more info here) You only want to use the most safe, pure, effective essential oils on your baby’s sensitive young skin, so I strongly recommend investing in good essential oils. See mine HERE.

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Natural remedies for an ear infection

Conventional treatment: Though the majority of ear infections are viral, most doctors treat ear infections as if bacteria were present just in case, and will prescribe antibiotics (amoxicillin, cephalosporins, clavulanate, sulfamethoxazole, trimethoprim, azithromycin). Other common treatments include Tylenol and other OTC medications, puncturing the eardrum to drain fluid from the middle ear, tube insertion surgery, adenoidectomy

  • Fill a cotton or wool sock with oatmeal, rice or sea salt/pink salt (antimicrobial properties) and bake until it’s very warm but not burning. Use as a heat pack under the affected ear.
  • Cut an onion in half and bake until you can just start to smell it. Let it cool until it’s a tolerable temperature to touch, then apply to the ears (lying down) and hold it on gently by tying with a natural fabric like wool or cotton (ie a scarf or old t-shirt). The antiviral properties of the warm onion enter the ears. Leaving a chopped onion in the child’s bedroom overnight is also a great cold remedy.
  • Drop 1-2 drops of slightly warmed garlic and mullein oil into each ear (one at a time, let it rest a few minutes then let that ear drain onto a cloth while you do the other ear, then drain again)
  • Dip a cotton ball in some of the ill person’s urine, add a couple drops of rosemary or basil essential oil, and put the cotton ball gently resting in the ear. You may use a bandaid or masking tape to hold it in the ear overnight. (Think this sounds WHACK? Read more about the awesome medicinal properties of urine HERE)

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Natural remedies for eczema

Conventional treatment: methylprednisolone, Medrol, dexamethasone, Bactroban, Protopic

  • the skin is the mirror of the gut, therefore healing the digestive system will heal the skin. Increase bone broth and organic veggies, decrease and eliminate processed/coloured/flavoured foods, wheat/grains, commercial pasteurized dairy, soy, non-organic corn.
  • use coconut oil as a soothing moisturizer, and add 10-20 drops of essential oils such as lavender, melaleuca, geranium or a topical blend. HERE is where I get essential oils good enough to use medicinally.
  • magnesium lotion or bath
  • probiotics (if you buy capsules, they must be high quality like these ones, otherwise it’s not worth the money) and fermented foods (here’s how to make your own sauerkraut in 3 easy steps)

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How to treat a fever holistically

Conventional treatment: Tylenol, Advil, Motrin. Tylenol can cause altererd liver function in children and can even spur Febrile seizures. (source)

  • a fever in itself is not a bad sign – it shows that the body is fighting off bacteria or viruses, and the increase in temperature is one of the body’s main weapons. It heats up to make the body less hospitable to these invaders. It’s more important to keep the child hydrated and comfortable, using natural approaches to support the immune system, and not worrying about the number of the fever too much. As long as the child is still drinking, urinating and responding well, the fever can be monitored at home (read more HERE and HERE)
  • Don’t wake a child to give medication, sleep is more important.
  • Keep the kid hydrated and comfortable using remedies such as natural popsicles (recipe), homemade chicken broth (instructions), room-temperature water with lemon/pink salt/raw honey for healthy electrolytes
  • Apply cloths soaked in apple cider vinegar, lemon juice or egg whites to the feet (and put socks on top). People still swear by these age-old remedies; if they bother to still do them then they must work!
  • supplements such as calcium lactate (gives the body raw materials to make white blood cells, which it normally has to withdraw from bones, so by supplementing you get less of that achey feeling), a cup of raw apple cider vinegar added to a warm bath
  • Consider taking further action / visiting the hospital if an infant under 8 weeks old has a fever higher than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, or if any fever has no known source or symptoms, or lasts longer than 5 days (source)

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Natural remedies for the flu

Conventional treatment: the flu shot, antihistamines, nasal sprays, decongestants, pain relievers

  • See remedies listed above for colds and fevers – in general, keep the ill person hydrated and comfortable, support the immune system, use smart herbal remedies listed above

How to support and heal food intolerance & digestive problems

Conventional treatment: adrenaline, epinephrine, avoiding foods (fear & emergency-based approach)

  • probiotics will help balance the gut
  • a diet and lifestyle protocol to help remove bothersome foods without feeling overwhelmed or deprived, and healing the gut (I highly recommend this gut healing program)
  • DigestZen essential oil – a safe and very effective blend that you can get HERE

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Natural remedies for food poisoning

Conventional treatment: Most people just ride this out until they vomit or poop so much that they need to go to the hospital and get an IV to get re-hydrated. Over-the-counter medication to treat vomiting and diarrhea (which may be counter-productive because this is the body’s only way to rid the poisoning)

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Natural remedies for headaches

Conventional treatment: Tylenol, Advil, Motrin, Aleve, Nurofen, Panadol, escalating to more serious interventions such as prescription drugs and injections for migraines

  • food intolerances are a common source of headaches, see the tips above for resolving this
  • ensure the diet is low in sugar and processed foods
  • essential oils such as Peppermint, Deep Blue and PastTense are totally awesome for headaches. Be sure to keep minty or wintergreen ones away from the eyes. Here is where I personally buy these high quality medicinal oils.
  • ensure enough movement and hydration, and don’t use screens too much
  • if a headache is due to jaw tension, PastTense oil (above) and an amber necklace can help calm the tension
  • mineral imbalances can cause headaches, try using pink salt instead of regular salt, and adding a magnesium drink/rub/bath
  • accupressure – squeezing and rubbing the fleshy part between the first finger and thumb quite firmly/aggressively for 5-10 minutes

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Remedies for Hyperactivity & Temper Tantrums

Conventional treatment: as referenced in the first article in this series, children are frequently prescribed behaviour and mood-altering medications these days. Ritalin, Adderall, Wellbutrin etc.

  • balance sleep patterns with these excellent tips, trust me you need these!! – helps balance hormones and neurotransmitters for normal behaviour
  • improve nutrition with less carbs & sugar/more fat & protein – corrects insulin balance for less “hangry” times. Try these paleo-friendly kids snack ideas.
  • correct neurotransmitter imbalances by supplementing with magnesium/B-vitamins/whey protein
  • reduce use of electronics especially at night (yellow/orange glasses are recommended)
  • introduce a little movement in the morning to boost serotonin
  • Vetiver essential oil, Cedarwood essential oil, InTune essential oil blend  ** ensure any oils you use on your family are pure therapeutic grade, not just made for good smell. ** Here’s where I shop. (a 2001 study using brain scans to evaluate essential oil effectiveness for common behavioral challenges in children showed improvements in 100% of subjects with Vetiver and 83% effectiveness with Cedarwood)

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Natural remedies for Pink Eye

  • Soaking a chamomile tea bag in warm water and placing over an eye for 15 minutes every 2 hours will relieve pink eye in less than 24 hours. (source)

How to Treat a Seizure Naturally

Natural remedies for Teething / Tooth pain

  • amber necklace – raw natural amber contains succinic acid, a natural analgesic and healing agent. Amber warms when worm against the body and the succinic acid is absorbed through the skin helping relieve anxiety, pain and other symptoms. I personally wear one 24-7!
  • clove essential oil is said to work wonders for teething and tooth pain, but some babies might be sensitive. If you don’t feel comfortable using clove, go for German Chamomile instead. Frankincense is also great for tooth pain. These essential oils are pure and safe enough for use on babies and kids.

How to treat an Upset Stomach / Constipation / Diarrhea Naturally

  • probiotics will help balance the gut
  • a diet and lifestyle protocol to help remove bothersome foods without feeling overwhelmed or deprived, and healing the gut (I highly recommend this gut healing program)
  • DigestZen essential oil – a safe and very effective blend that you can get HERE
  • mineral imbalances can cause digestive issues, try keeping the person hydrated using electrolytes like pink salt instead of regular salt, and adding a magnesium drink/rub/bath
  • drinking a teaspoon of lemon juice or raw apple cider vinegar in a glass of water a few times a day can help stimulate better digestion

How to get rid of Plantar Warts and Skin tags Naturally

Conventional treatment: Salicylic Acid, Compound W, liquid nitrogen – scary chemicals that eat the skin away

  • oregano oil! Get a good one here. Apply 1-2 drops directly to the spot at least once a day for a month. If the oil is too “hot” on the skin, dilute with coconut oil. You can cover the spot with a cotton ball and/or bandaid to keep the oil on. I’ve had success with this personally on a recent wart! I didn’t even remember to use it every day and it went away in about a month, without having to endure any discomfort or cutting or burning or anything.

What do you have in your natural medicine cabinet?

What are your go-to natural remedies? Do you find they work as well as conventional treatments? Have you or your loved ones been able to stop using medications thanks to natural remedies? Share your experiences below, you could change someone’s life!!

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7 thoughts on “Go-to Natural Remedies Every Parent Should Know: How to Detox your Medicine Cabinet

  1. You offering some dangerous advice on essential oils. Digestzen should not be used on children younger than 6. It contains peppermint oil which should not be used on children younger than six. It also contains Anise and fennel oils which should not be used on children younger than 5. Doterra really needs to educate their reps better.

  2. The deep blue has wintergreen and other dangerous oils that should not be used on children. Your advice is vry dangerous and could injure many children. Both wintergreen and Camphor are considered hazardous essential oils. Here are some great links to support what I am saying. Most aromatherapist don’t even recommend using essential oils until children are 2 and older. I have not read the whole article, but I hope you go through and research each blend and EO you recommend to make sure it is safe to use on children. https://www.facebook.com/notes/bubble-bee-organic/doterra-product-warning/474733465932806 http://www.aromaweb.com/essentialoils/ http://www.learningabouteos.com/index.php/2014/02/07/essential-oils-and-children/ http://www.aromaweb.com/essentialoils/hazardous.asp http://herbalacademyofne.com/2014/08/using-essential-oils-for-children/

  3. Thanks Karen for those details, I agree for sure, as I said above: “This should pretty much go without saying, but please always do your own research and only use remedies you feel comfortable with. Consult a practitioner if ever in doubt.” I don’t claim to be an aromatherapy professional or in fact a medical professional of any kind – every parent should do their own research and take their own child’s age and personal situation into account. These remedies are still valuable to offer since they are safe for children of certain ages. An article about the specific safety of each oil for children of particular ages is out of the scope of this general round-up list of natural alternatives.

    • Hi Dee, sorry about the late reply. Because hand foot and mouth disease is a virus, you need to treat the whole family to prevent it’s spread. And because its a virus, antibiotics won’t do a thing to help your problem! Your best bet is to brew up a range of anti-viral teas, such as lemon balm, peppermint, and rooibos – they’re all super easy to get at the supermarket, but allow them to steep for at least 20 minutes before drinking to ensure they’re nice and strong. Otherwise, getting you and your family to drink plenty of bone broth is a good way to boost the immune system, and adding in lots of fresh garlic, onion and turmeric will make it that much more effective. Next, grab a bottle of tea tree essential oil and mix it with coconut oil to make an antiviral balm or hand rub – use this to disinfect your hands before eating or after using the bathroom. Finally, be sure to clean all the surfaces of your house regularly with white vinegar to prevent spread of the virus. Hope this helps!

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