Sunday, May 25, 2008

Homemade Remedies

Kitchen tip Tuesday is hosted by Tammy at Tammy's Recipes. My kitchen tip this week is a few "recipes" for homemade remedies using ingredients from your kitchen. I have five kids and this past week they were all sick with either the stomach flu or a bad cold (or Both). Here are some cheap and safe remedies that work for us. My children hate the taste of pedialyte but will tolerate the homemade version. Why pay $5.00 for a bottle that's loaded with chemicals when you can make it for next to nothing?

You can make your own remedies with just a few ingredients.

~Homemade Pedialyte Type Drink

1 cup apple juice (I use grape juice or punch that's 100% juice to hide the salty taste better)
2 cups water
1/2 to 1 tsp. salt (I use light salt or fine sea salt; and only 1/2 tsp. for kids)
Juice from one lemon or lime

Combine all the ingredients in a pitcher and store in the refrigerator. Tastes best very cold. Please see the comments section for more info on using the lite salt.

~Stomach Soothing Tea (also good for morning sickness)

1 cup boiling water
1 tsp. dried peppermint
1 tsp. dried camomile
1/2 tsp. minced fresh ginger * optional*

In a small pan, pour boiling water over all the ingredients. Cover and steep for 10 minutes. Then strain into a teacup.

~Mustard Plaster (for chest congestion)

1 T. mustard powder
2 T. flour

In a small bowl, mix the powder with the flour. Add enough water to make a paste.
Spread the paste over half of a dish towel. Fold the towel in half over the paste then apply to the chest. Don't apply directly to skin without a towel. Check often to make sure there is no irritation to the skin.

~Fever Spray

1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
1/4 cup witch hazel
3 drops peppermint essential oil
2-3 drops lavender essential oil

In a clean spray bottle, combine all the ingredients in the order listed. Shake to mix and then chill in the refrigerator.
Spray onto pulse points to reduce fever, avoid eyes and mouth.
This feels cool and soothing when you have a fever. It smells nice too.

~Chest Rub

12 drops eucalyptus essential oil
8 drops hyssop essential oil
4 drops peppermint essential oil
2 T. almond or olive oil

Mix essential oils into carrier oil in a small bowl. Rub onto chest. Cover chest with a cotton towel and place hot water bottle on top.

You should be able to find all of the ingredients at the grocery store and a health food store. If you cannot find some ingredients you can purchase online here, here and here.

As with all home remedies; please use caution and common sense while using them. If you or your child has health problems, you should check with your doctor first before trying them.


Anonymous said...

Thank you Kelly. Great ideas.

lindsay edmonds said...

Wow! That is a great list of natural home remedies. I will definitely be trying these as my baby gets older. Thanks for sharing!

Kim said...

A word of caution - many lite salts contain potassium - regular salt does not - you need to be careful giving children too much potassium. Please check with your doctor - the recipe calls for regular salt, maybe there is a reason.

Kelly said...

Thanks,good point Kim. But pedialyte contains sodium and 20 meq of potassium citrate to replace what's lost. A lot of recipes actually call for lite salt for that reason. I would suggest that children with renal failure and other health problems should not use the drink. Also I noticed on the pedialyte directions they say to drink quite a bit of it- much more than I would use. Please use caution and common sense with all home remedies.

Rosalyn said...

Hi, I was excited to see that you are from MI. I live in Canton, where are you? I found my way over from Keeper of the home. Great tips for Tuesday by the way. Blessings. Rosie

Kelly said...

Hi Rosalyn, I'm between Holland and Grand Rapids. Email me if you want to chat. Thanks for stopping by. Kelly
P.S I have links for MI but they are for the GR area mostly....

Michele said...

I'm bookmarking this right now. Thank you so much! :) I really wish I'd had that homemade pedialyte recipe this winter when DD had rotavirus!

Thanks for stopping by my blog!
Michele :)

Debra said...

Oh I am so happy to find this homemade electrolyte solution that my kids will actually drink!! They love this stuff and I actually have all the stuff on hand so you saved me a trip out with sick kids!!

Do you have a nutrition break down per 8oz and how it compares to pedialite?

Kelly said...

Thanks Debra,I'm glad your kids like it. I don't know the exact breakdown of the drink, but I would suggest you limit the drink to 8oz. at one time and then see how your child does before you give more.