The winter time coughs and colds made its way into our home last week and I had two under-the-weather toddlers. Wanting to avoid going to the doctor, and dosing with medicine, I searched for natural alternatives to treat my twins before it developed into anything serious. While it might sound a bit like potions and spells, these remedies worked liked a charm.
1. Eucalyptus and coconut oil rub for the feet and chest
I use this rub helps to ease breathing when my littles have a blocked nose. It works like Vicks rub to but without any of the bad stuff. I rub it on my twins’ feet and chests after bath before we put on their pyjamas.
2 spoons of coconut oil + 20-30 drops eucalyptus oil
Mix the eucalyptus drops into the coconut oil. Use your discretion with the amounts, the coconut oil just acts as the carrier so the eucalyptus must be the dominant smell. Apply using cottonwool ball (if the mixture is liquid), or just your fingers (if the mixture is more solid).
2. Onion and honey mixture for coughs
This mixture works like a charm in clearing up coughs. It actually doesn’t taste as bad as it sounds!
2 chopped onions + 2 tablespoons of honey
Chop the onions into a jar and add the honey. Place the lid on and leave for a few hours and a liquid forms in the jar. I give my babes a teaspoon of this liquid throughout the day (4-5 times a day) using a dropper (I find it easier to administer than using a teaspoon. I keep the mixture in the jar for about three days (sometimes adding more onion and honey if there is not much liquid left) and then I make a whole new batch.
3. Chopped onions for general blocked noses and chests
Half an onion
Chop half an onion and place on a side plate near the cot. I do this just after my babies are asleep so the chopped onion is as fresh as possible. Just as onions make you cry when chopping them, the fumes from the onions help clear passageways. Warning: the nursery does tend to smell of onion!
Disclaimer: The remedies mentioned in this post are just a mother sharing some tips and are by no means intended to be medical advice.