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Mom's Health Remedies

Updated on October 3, 2014
Oranges are great source of Vitamin C.
Oranges are great source of Vitamin C.

Tips for your Home Health Arsenal

Let's face it. Mom's are on the front line. We are the ones called upon when the noses begin to sniffle, that knee hits the pavement, or the ear begins to ache. Doctors are tremendous allies, but we don't want to live at their offices. So most of us learn through life what works and what doesn't work, at least some or most of the time.

In this Hubpage, I share practical tips for to help restore or maintain your health. We'll look at dealing with ear infections, preventing ear infections, battling colds and flu and avoiding stretch marks, for starters.

Oranges and all types of citrus are a good means of preserving your health, or shaking off a cold or flu. Making them a regular part of your diet will supply you with Vitamin C. So we'll start with that one.

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Meyer's lemon
Meyer's lemon

Juice it!

We live in Florida and have citrus trees in our yard, so this tip is a natural for us. But you can benefit from citrus, even if you live farther north. As a preventative, you may want to sip water with lemon or lime juice. Or you may want to add lots of lemon or lime to your tea. I have a sour orange tree and I love to add the juice to my decaffeinated green tea. I love it with fresh ginger for an extra kick!

Of course adding sugar cancels some of the benefits, so it's good if you can do without it. I use stevia drops.

Here are more ideas:

* An old-fashioned remedy from my grandmother involves making a tea from the sour orange leaves. I pick and clean the leaves, boil them, and then add some juice. Sweetened with honey, it also adds some anti-biotic action, a real plus if you have a sore throat. Tip: the leaves are a good source of vitamin C.

* Squeeze lemon or lime on your chicken soup, meat or fish for some extra Vitamin C.

I believe freshly squeezed juice is the best, but even frozen is bound to help.

P.S. The picture shows a Meyer's lemon, which actually is a cross between a lemon and orange. I grow these extra-large size lemons in my yard. I love to juice them with my Breville juicer.

Breville juicer

Breville 800CPXL Die-Cast Stainless-Steel Motorized Citrus Press
Breville 800CPXL Die-Cast Stainless-Steel Motorized Citrus Press

This juicer makes it a snap to make juice for yourself or your family! I love making fresh-squeeze orange and grapefruit juice, plus lemonade sweetened with stevia, honey or sugar. I rinse and then wash the parts in my dishwasher, making cleanup easy.

 

Sinus Aids from Amazon

Breathe easier with a vaporizer. You can place medication into the device which will will combine with the steam to help open clogged nasal passages. You may need to add a little salt or baking soda to increase the amount of steam expelled. Be sure to check your manufacture's directions.

The vaporizer will run for several hours, then you'll need to rinse out and add fresh medication.

These vaporizers are very reasonably priced.

Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier with Auto Shut-Off, 1 Gallon, Model V745A
Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier with Auto Shut-Off, 1 Gallon, Model V745A

Dry air may be exacerbating sinus symptoms. If that's the problem in your house, a humidifier will help reduce dry cough, dry eyes and other problems.

 

Treating Ear Infections Naturally

Make Garlic Oil

There are lots of benefits from using garlic in our diets, but not all of them have to include actually ingesting the garlic. One use is as an ear infection remedy.

Because garlic is a natural antibiotic, it can be used as an ear infection remedy. But hearing is precious, so do so at your own risk. If you are planning to use this remedy, use it early and apply it diligently. Failure to get medical treatment for an ear infection can cause hearing loss.

Here is what you do at the first sign of an infection:

Mash several cloves of garlic and add olive oil. Using a dropper, apply several drops into each infected ear. You may want to use cotton in the outer ear to avoid spills. Reapply twice a day for several days or a week. Do not discontinue after two or three applications; you need to be sure the contagion is defeated.

If the infection is well progressed and/or you do not get relief after one or two applications, you should see a doctor as soon as possible.

Avoiding Swimmer's Ear

When you your young child is taking swimming lessons, or whenever your youngster is in the pool several days a week, you may discover he or she is vulnerable to ear infections. After my daughter ended up on antibiotics a couple of times, I learned about this home remedy. It not only is cheap, but you probaby already have the ingredients: Vinegar and rubbing alcohol.

Mix white vinegar and rubbing alcohol in a 50-50 blend. Apply several drops into the ear after swimming to dry out the excess water. This should reduce your need for the garlic oil remedy also on this website.

You may prefer to prevent swimmer ear with ear plugs. This remedy also works very well. You may want to use both remedies, saving the vinegar/alcohol mix for those time when you forget to use the plugs or run out of fresh ones.

Learning on the Go

Moms usually have to learn on the job, sometimes after a few attempts. So it's a good idea to have good reference book or two or three on your bookshelf for those times of need.

I've used The Doctor's Book of Home Remedies from Prevention Magazine Health Books. When you're in a pinch, it's great to have it on hand.

Avoid Stretch Marks with Lanolin - Mom was Right

When I became pregnant with our first child, my mom told me about the marvelous benefits of pure lanolin. I used it faithfully through two pregancies and did not get any stretch marks. I highly recommend pure lanolin applied daily as a preventative for stretch marks. But do be diligent! It can't work for you if you do not use it!

Giving our bodies healthy nutrients

Our bodies need lots of fruits and vegetables to function. When they don't get them, we are likely to become sick, or sickly. One way to boost the nutrition level of your families' diet is to serve fresh-squeeze fruit and vegetable juicing.

As a busy mom, you may find it gives you the energy to keep going all day long -- and help the others.

I prefer fruit and vegetable combinations. The fruit gives the vegetable juice some sweetness, while the vegetable juice will tone down the overall sweetness of pure fruit juice blends. That way you're less likely to have a spike in blood sugar levels.

I did my homework and chose a single auger juicers to make my homemade juice. Single auger juicers masticate or grind the vegetables rather than grind them like blenders and food processors do. The blenders and food processors can actually produce heat as they spin your produce.

The single auger produces fresh juice without a lot of heat that can damage the precious nutrients. It does strip out fiber, so let's talk about that.

At first, I was reluctant to remove the fiber. But there is a plus side to this. It makes the juice easier to digest and less filling, meaning you can pack more nutrients in. This fresh juice is often used in juice fasting for spiritual purposes, health purposes, or to lose weight. It is also more like juice, than blenderized fruit.

In the case of picky eaters, you may be able to pack extra vitamins and minerals into their diets. If they like apples, you can try a healthy juice with apples and a few carrots. Or maybe apples and beets.

You can always use the fiber in other ways. For example, you can use tomato fiber for tomato soups and sauces. Or use that cantaloupe fiber for a cantaloupe sherbet or sorbet. Add water to celery and carrot fiber, boil it and make a soup base.

The bottom line: If a juicer will pack more fruits and vegetables into your diet, you're ahead.


Cheryl Rogers
Cheryl Rogers

About the Author

I'm a stay-at-home mom from Tampa, Florida. The mother of two, I have learned in the trenches what I am sharing with you. These ideas have all been used by me, but I am not a doctor and so you can use them at your own risk.

You should know I am not one to call the doctor at the first sign of trouble. As a new parent, I was much more prone to that. But now I have learned to pray first and trust in the direction God leads. Often the prayer is followed by the home remedy of choice for the occasion.

A writer, I have authored Just Like Jonah Wail Tales is a collection of exaggerated tales of woe featuring modern day characters who learn -- just like Jonah in the Bible, that there is a price to pay when you disobey. When they turn to God, they learn he is faithful to change their circumstances. I've also written Making Choices: Life is Like Acorns, a Bible study aimed at 5 to 10 year olds which teaches that things are not always what they appear to be. In the story, a baby squirrel named Peepsy learns how to hunt for acorns. His mother teaches him some acorns are empty, some are rotten, and some are cracked and damaged. The children learn God doesn't judge by appearances, but looks at the heart.

You can learn about my books at my website, where you can also read about new Christian books from other authors.

I also like designing products with my nature photographs. You'll find some of my cutting board here.


Finding God: Biblical Answers to Questions about Our Maker
Finding God: Biblical Answers to Questions about Our Maker

The Spiritual Approach

The best way to stay healthy is to approach health from a holistic viewpoint. I learned that when I was extremely sick. So finding God, who knows why we are sick and who can heal us, is the most important thing we can do to get well or stay well.

Because I know from firsthand experience how important it is to have a relationship with our maker, I have written an ebook called Finding God: Biblical Answers to Questions about Our Maker. The book includes answers to questions like who is God, who is Jesus, what God expects of us, how to find God, and how to accept his gift of salvation.

We can easily be deceived if we don't have a relationship with God, so I have written this book to help folks find God and begin building the most important relationship of their lives.

I also have written Fast Track to Victory, A Christian Guidebook, to help folks grow in their faith. Fast Track includes 40 lessons and devotions teaching the truths we need to truly love and forgive others, defeat fear, deal with tragedy and death and more.

You can learn more at my website.

Help Coping with Toddlers

Toddler ABC Guide to Discipline: Quick Secrets to Loving Guidance by Michelle Smith. $2.99 from Smashwords.com

Great balls of fire! Are you tired? Tired of yelling. Tired of being yelled AT. Tired of tantrums, hitting, kicking, whining, biting, refusing to sleep...When do they stop smacking siblings or running from us in the mall? When do WE get to start enjoying how cute and sweet they are? When do we get to SLEEP?! Honey, I hear you. Good news – this is your quick reference on loving discipline.

© 2014 Cheryl Rogers

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