We moms want the best for our kids and don’t want them suffering longer than needed.
As such, we need to be ready for the bumps, bruises, and runny noses our kids bring to us daily. When these minor problems pop up, they look to us to make them feel better. So from tummy aches to minor scrapes, we’ll look at five ingredients every mom should know about to make five home remedies to put in your bag of “all better” tricks.
1. Coconut Oil
This is my top all purpose home DIY product! My family uses coconut oil as our after bath/shower moisturizer, for oil pulling, as a base for essential oil use, and in homemade eczema creams and deodorants. Coconut oil can be used for so many things it’s ridiculous!
I make my kids a daily lice prevention spray using coconut oil. Since using this spray we have yet to have a head lice problem.
Fill a spray bottle halfway with water. Add 12 drops each of the following essential oils: anise seed, lavender, and ylang ylang.
Add 2 teaspoons of melted coconut oil to the bottle. Shake to combine ingredients and fill the bottle the rest of the way with water.
Spray your kids hair with this before sending them off to school! If you’re extra paranoid about head lice you can also rub a small amount of coconut oil in your kid’s hair.
I don’t know how I would live without honey!
From sweetening food to relieving upset tummies it truly is a miracle! Specifically, we use manuka honey to treat cuts/scrapes and to help with any digestive issues. I’ve also used it to sooth our sore throats when they are sick and to speed up the healing of sunburns.
For wounds: apply the honey to the wound and cover with an adhesive bandage or gauze. Re-apply 3-5 times a day for 1-2 days or until wound looks better. (The bandage is important as I’ve caught my kids licking themselves!)
For tummy issues: Give 1 heaping teaspoon to child as needed until the problem goes away. I’ve only had to give my kids 2 doses of this in one day at the most. Be warned that this treatment may cause your kids to “cry wolf”.
Ginger is amazing for digestive issues. When meal planning goes out the window and we start eating at local restaurants, chewing on small pieces of fresh ginger before or after the meal helps to relieve some of the gas and bloating that often follows these meals.
I also give my kids ginger tea as an after meal or in-between meal drink for overall gut health. For the tea, add fresh shavings to hot water and let it sit for about 3 minutes. Remove the shavings and add honey to taste.
My kids look forward to drinking this after school every day!
4. Baking Soda
I remember my grandma would make “white paste” and put it on my bug bites to stop them from itching. Now my kids are making this for themselves and it’s so easy!
Combine baking soda with water and mix until a thick paste forms. Apply paste to bug bites and kiss the itchies goodbye.
My kids seem to always have stuffy or runny noses, so saline is a key to help bring relief.
You can opt for the saline drops in the store but making the solution at home is quick and easy. We use fine Himalayan salt but I’ve read that kosher and pickling salt are also good options.
Boil water and let it cool to the touch. Pour 1 cup of the cooled water into a clean bottle and add ¼ teaspoon of salt and ¼ teaspoon of baking powder. Shake well and use. Solution will keep for 3 days at room temperature. When I make this for my husband and myself, I double the amount of salt and baking soda.
There you have it!
Five easy home remedies for some of the more common complaints by our kids using common kitchen staples. Try them out and let me know how they work for your family.
Have some of your own home remedies? Please share by leaving a comment below.