As per Nathalie’s request, I am putting my own two-cents into her latest blog post about how to comfort the small ailments that affect us all at one point or another. As Nathalie said, it is ultimately our body that does all the work to heal whatever scratch, cough, irritation etc. that we are suffering from and often having someone acknowledge that you aren’t feeling well is helpful enough to the healing process. But being a mother, I also have a few remedies up my sleeve for dealing with some of the common ailments that affect us all from time to time.
Coughs and Colds
My favourite remedy for a cough or cold symptoms is honey and tea. Any type of tea will do, although I prefer a mild green tea or a camomile with a spoonful of honey to ease the pain. After the tea, I put a few drops of essence of Eucalyptus in a warm bath and the pleasing smell as well as the heat and moisture help clean sinuses for at least a short period of time.
Sore Stomach or Mild Digestive Issues
I find ginger especially helpful for relieving a sore tummy. Ginger root in warm water or an organic ginger tea is just as good. My kids are not particularly fond of the taste, so adding a little bit of sweetness can also help.
Skin Irritations, Burns or Blemishes
A friend of mine introduced me to the healing properties of calendula. Calendula is a lovely orange flower that grows easily in our climate. I love using calendula for any type of skin irritation including acne, pimples, cuts, burns etc. It has a rich and oily texture and smells really good as well. I buy the Weleda brand but there are more and more options on the market. If you are really into it, you can make your own calendula cream using the calendula petals and the following:
- 1 cup of a high quality carrier oil like olive oil, jojoba oil or grapeseed oil.
- A bunch of dried calendula flowers.
- 1 ounce of beeswax.
- 1 cup of room temperature water.
- 10 to 20 drops of essential oils of your choice
- A clean blender.
- Clean mason jars or tins.
I also love to use coconut oil for dry skin or lips. It tastes and smells good but I advise using only in the dry winter months because it is very rich and a little too oily for my taste.
Insect Repellant and Sleeping Difficulties
My latest love is lavender. I use it as an insect repellant when the mosquitoes are swarming and I spray it on my sheets and pillow case just before I go to bed. It has a calming effect and since bugs do not like the smell of it, I can rest assured that no critter will end up under the covers with me while I am sleeping. Mix 40 drops of pure essence of lavender per 20 ml of water and add about a tablespoon of vodka to help emulsify the ingredients. Place into a spray bottle and use as needed.
In light of the fact that we just adopted a new dog, no remedy-list would be complete without mentioning those that affect the family pet. When we met Tanner for the first time, his smell was the first thing that I noticed, besides his cute face. His foster mom used a mixture of essence of lemongrass and almond oil to help prevent flea, tick and mosquito bites and the smell is just heavenly. Another friend of mine uses coconut oil on any small abrasions on her dog from over-scratching due to bites or light skin allergies.
What about you guys? Yes our readers out there! Tell us what ails you and what remedies work. Always happy to hear from you 🙂