A couple weeks back one of my clients responded to an email I sent out about Vitamin D and other natural remedies to prevent and treat viral infections (Elderberry Extract, Vitamin C, Green Tea) with some of her own recipes for combating colds in her children. These work, over and over, and I suspect that they will work for you and your children as well.
So with her permission here are her tips from the field.
If your children have a cold…
Avoid dairy (milk and cheese) because that will produce mucus.
To dry up the mucus take Zinc – (5mg for younger kids and up to 15 mg for most kids 6 and older, 2x/day), and always on a full stomach, to prevent nausea and upset stomach.
Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar – It loosens mucus and helps turn the body alkaline when it is acidic. Just put 1/2 – 1 tsp tsp honey in an ounce or two of hot water and add 1 tsp – 1 1/2 TBSP of the vinegar, depending on age and size of child. Once a day as prevention (lower dose of vinegar as prevention, and higher when sick). This is a life saver. It helps prevent sinus infections too.
And a warm bath with 2 -3 cups of Epsom salt and 64 oz hydrogen peroxide (they must stay in for 20 min and drink lots of water because they will sweat) can knock out a cold at the beginning.
Put a few drops of hydrogen peroxide in each ear at the start of a cold can knock it out. Let is sit for 3 min in each ear.
Of course, prevention is the best medicine, but when you do all you can and still end up with that pesky cold, you can knock it out more quickly with natural remedies like these.
Got your own favorite home remedy for colds, let me know.