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Making my poor sick little boy all better works for me!!
I’m sure all the mommies out there will agree with me – I hate it when my kids are sick! They come out of the bedroom in the morning with that green look on their face, walking so slowly because if they make one wrong move they might lose last night’s dinner, saying “Momma, I don’t feel good.”
If hugs and kisses made it all better, my kids would only be sick for a few minutes because I can’t help but to scoop them up and sit on the couch with them for a while.
But, I do know something that DOES make it all better! Herbs!!
Yes, I am one of those freaky natural health people. We use coconut oil for sunscreen, aloe for mosquito bites and garlic for everything else!
Honestly, I can’t say that everything we do would around here would meet the strictest of natural guidelines (we have sugar sometimes!) but I do feel so much better about giving my kids medicines from the bountiful medicine cabinet God gave us in our gardens. I have watched garlic enemas take a fever down in minutes, homemade salve make a diaper rash go away and a poultice take away a huge snowboarding bruise.
This morning, my sweet little boy ran out of his bedroom into the bathroom while frantically calling for me. He was sick – on the second day of homeschool! So much for sticking to the schedule.
He was either “using” the bucket or sleeping most of the morning, so I couldn’t get my herbal syrup in him as soon as I would have liked.
But, once the dose was taken, it was only a matter of an hour or less before he stopped vomiting. Shortly before lunch, he actually emerged from his room to sit on the couch with some books. By the time my girls and I were eating lunch, he actually wanted some, too. By the time lunch was over, he was playing with his cars and acting like nothing had happened.
The Secret Is In The Sauce
So, what exactly is IN that syrup?
Glad you asked!
Here is the recipe:
3 parts Immune Booster Combination (echinacea purpurea tops and root, nettle, peppermint)
2 parts cut Red Clover
2 parts cut Yarrow Flowers
2 parts Elderberries
1 part Restful Sleep Tincture (alfalfa, catnip, chamomile, hops, oatstraw, passionflower, peppermint)
Simmer the herbs in a combination of water and food-grade vegetable glycerin. The amount of liquid you use will depend on what measurement you used for a “part” when combining your herbs. Following the advice in the book, “ABC Herbal” by Steven Horne, I use about two teaspoons of dry herbs to one cup of liquid. For this recipe, I used 2 and 1/2 cups of filtered water and the same amount of glycerin.
Simmer for at least three hours. Then, strain out the herbs and store in the refrigerator in a glass jar with a lid.
I have always purchased my herbs from The BulkHerb Store– they have the best prices, the best shipping, and the best customer service! This is where I bought the two pre-mixed ingredients for this recipe. But, after looking at the website to link those products here for you, I saw that both of them have changed in name and ingredients. The new names are Double-E Immune Booster and Sleep Tight Tea or Snooze Tincture.
I purchase my food-grade vegetable glycerin from Azure Standard. Usually, I buy two gallons at a time and, while the shipping is expensive for something so heavy, they really do have the best shipping prices anywhere.
When I first started using herbs instead of over-the-counter medicines, I only used the Immune Booster mixture. Since then, I have done lots more reading and experimenting and this combination does wonders. Because of the echinecea in the Immune Booster, you cannot give this as an everyday preventative measure. Echinecea has been shown to make the immune system lazy if used for too long consecutively.
Every year, my kids get sick right before Youth Night at the church. They practice plays and skits and memorize Scripture for weeks and it all culminates on this one night. I have never been able to bring all of my children to participate because at least one is always sick! This year, I plan to start giving them this syrup about a month before the big night. We’ll do one week on and one week off, making sure that the last “on” week is the week of Youth Night.
Using herbs to make my kids better (or prevent them from getting sick) Works For Me!
(Additional Note: I originally wrote this post two weeks ago and kept forgetting to post it! Since then, we’ve had two additional “saves” with this remedy. The first was my daughter who started feeling ill early in the day. She was better before dinner after taking two doses. And, the most surprising one for me, was my husband! He HATES taking my herbal concoctions and I, of course, do not force the issue. One day last week, he was coming down with a cold and asked what he should do. When I suggested this remedy, he made “the face” but actually took two doses. By the next day, he felt much better!)