When my children come down with common cold or flu then instead of giving them the conventional medicine I first try to fight off the disease with some natural remedies instead. So over the years, practice has shown that these 3 remedies work the best to fight off a disease:
#1 – Garlic – Yes, simple as that, garlic does wonders to fight off viruses and bacteria and the good news is that there’s no need to feed it to your children but what I do is take about 2 garlic cloves, peel them and then cut them in half and place them somewhere near the child’s head during sleeping. When the cloves dry up then just peel and cut new ones.
#2 – Vodka and water mixture – This is a really old remedy that even my mother and grandmothers have used. Works well to take down the fever a few degrees. So what you need to do is mix together half a cup of vodka and half a cup of water and apply it to your child’s skin (all over the body if needed) with a cotton pad. The water and vodka mixture helps to cool down the body a bit when the fever gets too high. I usually start doing this when the fever hits 39,5 degrees.
#3 – Eucalyptus essential oil – Works like garlic by killing the bacteria and viruses and is especially good for stuffed nose. Either put a few drops into an oil lamp or humidifier or drop up to 2 drops straight onto your child’s pillow. Another trick you can try is rubbing a few drops of pure eucalyptus essential oil on the soles of your child’s feet, works well for coughs, stuffed nose and fever.
Essential oils shouldn’t be used on very small babies, it should be ok to start using them for babies 6 months and older. The other 2 remedies can be used on smaller babies as well.