Many of my friends know that I hardly take western medicine for myself or give them to my brood. This started when I began nursing Princess. Though there are meds which are breastfeeding-safe, I was never comfortable taking in ‘drug’. Cos thats what modern medicines essential are- good drugs. I then dabbled with aromatherapy with great success. Now I am more into simple herbs and ingredients in the kitchen to combat common ailments. Lately daddy has taken to calling me the ‘witch doctor’ ;p
-(Learnt this from another mother) Boil young papaya pieces- white flesh is better but brood and i prefer the pale orange. I add dried winter melon or honey/ rock sugar to sweeten this. Its very effective.
– Onion: Boil onion with sweeteners mentioned above. Another proven method. I actually first learnt of onion’s healing properties when I was looking up for natural expectorants and decongestants.
– My perennial favourite: boil water with rock sugar/ maltose ($1 for 250g bottle from Bee’s Brand medical shops and around $2 for bigger tub in Sheng Siong :)). Add thyme leaves and leave them to steep for a couple of hours. Thyme is filled wit anti-oxidants and taking this regularly is a great health booster!
– I have also been making this so shiok garlic soup, which is sadly not well appreciated by the brood ;O They are currently anti-soup.
More natural flu/ cough remedies- Little Green Blog : This site also has plenty other home remedies.
Lastly but not the least, our ultimate cure all- is the Manuka honey that I get from Hock Hua Tonic shop. We usually take UFM 10 for daily boost and UFM15/ 20 during illness. They usually have a year-end promotion where there is 20% discount. I stock up my bottles then.
Using these natural remedies has really given me a peace of mind!