The 12 Best Natural Remedies for Common Illnesses

When you or your kids fall sick it’s absolutely miserable.

And when your husband falls sick it’s even worse (just ask him)! Haha!

Unfortunately most medicines out there just mask the symptoms until the illness runs its course. They do nothing to promote healing.

What they offer instead are drowsiness, grogginess, and a spacey feeling that is anything but fun.

Natural remedies on the other hand work WITH your body to heal you faster. And they don’t have those yucky side effects either.

Let’s take a look at some ways you can treat  illness naturally….

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Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple Cider Vinegar has tons of health benefits, including being a natural expectorant. Be sure to buy the unfiltered kind (also labeled as ‘with the mother’) to get these benefits.

Honey: Honey soothes throats and calms coughs. Mix with some apple cider vinegar, and take a ‘shot’ of the mixture a few times a day to heal your body faster.

Elderberry: Elderberry can relieve sinus and nasal congestion. It is available in capsule, syrup, and even gummy form.

Garlic: Garlic strengthens your immune system to help you fight off a virus. Raw minced works best. Bonus: You will also be immune to unexpected vampire attacks. 😉

Ginger: Ginger is good for fighting both colds and tummy issues. Mix with some lemon and honey in a cup of herbal tea for a great cold remedy, or chew on candied ginger to calm an upset tummy.

Vitamin C and Echinacea: This is my ‘magic potion’ when I feel a cold coming on. Before bed I take (3) 1000mg Vitamin C tablets, and 3 Echinacea tablets. I have knocked out MANY a cold overnight with this remedy.

Cinnamon: Cinnamon has both anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. Mix 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon with a teaspoon of honey and take 3 times daily to battle a cold.

Cool Mist Humidifier: This can help immensely if you have a little one who is couging. Cool mist humidifiers moisten the air to soothe dry throats and calm coughing.

Menthol Rub: This one may make you shake your head in disbelief. I did too until I found that it WORKS!! To calm coughs, put some menthol rub on the soles of your little ones (or your) feet, and sleep in socks. I don’t know how or why it works, but it does every time

Peppermint: Peppermint is great for fighting an upset stomach. Either sniff some peppermint oil or suck on a peppermint candy. It takes the edge off of nausea.

Essential Oils: Diffusing essential oils into the air can ease congestion. Eucalyptus, Peppermint, and Oregano are the best to clear sinuses and aid in healing.

Homeopathic Remedies: There are several great brands of homeopathic cold and flu remedies. They really do work well and definitely shorten the length of the common cold. The brands I recommend are Boiron, Zarbee’s, and Hyland’s. The trick with these remedies is to take them at the first sign of cold or flu, so it’s probably a good idea to pick some up on your next trip to the store. That way you’ll have it on hand the next time illness strikes.

***Please note: Always consult your physician before starting a new supplement. I am not a health care professional. All content on Well Fed Families is meant for informational/entertainment purposes only and is based on my own personal experiences and opinions. None of the information on this site is meant to replace the advice of a medical professional. Always seek the counsel of your physician first and foremost. Please don’t ever disregard medical advice, or put off medical care because of something you have read here. 

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I’m the mother of three, ages 28, 21, and 6, and Gima (grandmom) to a five-year-old grandson.

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