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  • Genevieve Short

Treating Kids' Colds and Other Ailments Holistically

Updated: Jan 22, 2019

From the time they were babies, I avoided using any OTC or prescription drugs for my kids. When they were growing up, we had a medical doctor that was well versed in holistic and alternative medicine. Whenever they got sick where I thought they needed attention from a doctor I would take them for an office visit. After diagnosing them, if there was nothing serious going on, he would advise me to treat them holistically. Fortunately, I have the advantage of being trained in Holistic Nutrition.

When my kids’ sinuses were stuffed up, at night I would put a couple of drops of eucalyptus essential oil on their pillow. I would also put some drops in a vaporizer in the room. Most times they would wake up the next morning breathing freely.

For an upset stomach I would give them ginger tea.

For cuts or scrapes I would apply tea tree oil or fresh aloe vera. For sunburns a piece of fresh aloe from our plant, that we always kept in a pot in our yard, rubbed on the burn would do the trick. Aloe can also be put in the blender with a little water and drink for helping with stomachaches or upset.

​For headaches, which rarely happened, lavender oil on the temples and resting in a quiet room until the headache subsided was our remedy.

Other times when my kids were suffering from various ailments such as flus, colds or just feeling generally under the weather I would make sure that they had lots of liquids, rest and wholesome food to heal their little bodies.

Most times our bodies will heal naturally without the intervention of any kind of prescription drugs or even over the counter drugs, if we give it the opportunity by providing rest, proper nutrition and lots of fluids. Remember that most OTC’s only temporarily relieve the symptoms of an illness and does very little to heal. Also, they can end up compromising the healing process, taking the body longer to heal. As mentioned above, you can help by using things like ginger, essential oils and the juice from fresh plants such as aloe vera. Aloe can also be blended with a little water for helping with stomach aches or upset.

*Medical Disclaimer: All content on Holistic Gen website is created and published online for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice and should not be relied on as health or personal advice.

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