All natural cough and cold medicine even KIDS love



Tired of antibiotics making your kids more sick that whatever originally necessitated them taking it to begin with? I was. Antibiotics made my 2 littlest, sick, sick, sick. Causing C-diff, and diarrhea for weeks on end. Six weeks later, after 3 or 4 different rounds of $80 [a pop] antibiotics, to fix what the first kind caused, our pockets were $400 lighter after medicine costs and each subsequent office visit charge. We went through that twice in one season, once with each of our two youngest. Ack!
       So when they came down with a juicy, nasty sounding cough after some holiday get together, I panicked. I wasn't ABOUT to take them in to the doctor, just so they could prescribe an antibiotic and start us on the whole horror journey again.

I've found that liquid echinacea drops to be wonderful and effective for my little ones, - for coughs, colds, earaches, etc.,-- if you can find them in a tasty base
[i.e. http://www.allstarhealth.com/f/herbs_for_kids-sweet_echinacea.htm], but I had run out of mine and couldn't find any more that wasn't going to run $15 for a 2 oz bottle. So I found this NOW kind :

that looked quite promising and potent. But when it arrived, it was very pungent and gross tasting and no one in this house was going to be taking it willingly as is. So, to the internet I went in search of a natural antibiotic/ expectorant kid friendly medicine. 
And here is what I came up from the information I found and using things I had on hand. Did it work? Yes. It DID. Beautifully.

Added bonus, ALL all of my kids LOVE it! They actually ask me for it at the first sign of a couch or sore throat. My 4 year old even goes so far as to get it out of the fridge, along with a serving cup, and brings it TO me. "Mommy I've got a juicy cough."

**For a funky cold, accompanied with a gross juicy cough and fever, I gave my kids 4 servings a day, and ALL 3 were completely better within 5 days, without any need for a dr. visit or prescription antibiotics.

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Honey Lemon Cough Medicine in Fennel Tea base.

1 TBSP fennel seeds [ simmered in one of those metal strainer tea balls found at walmart for about $2]
4 cups water
1 or 2 tsp chinese 5 spice, [ this stuff is potent tasting, so start with 1 tsp and add according to taste preference]
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon40 capsules worth [ removed from capsules] of Enchaneea powder, or 2 tsp Echinacea/Goldenseal tincture
**contents of 8 Dong Quai capsules [best price I found is at www.allstarhealth.com],*this ingredient is optional, I had some, so I used it. *helps with lung congestion**

Bring to boil,  simmer together on low, covered, 30 minutes to 1 hour

Remove from heatadd 1 cup honey 
1/3 cup lemon juice3 green tea bags [ seep for 5-10 minutes, then remove]

pour into mayonnaise sized mason jar or similar sized container with lid, that will hold at least 4 cups liquid

Store in refrigerator for up to 4 months. Shake before serving.

**You can, of course, use fresh lemon juice, organic /raw honey, etc, but I just use exactly what is pictured and have gotten excellent, consistent results for the last 4 years I've been using this.

 SERVING SIZE: 3 times a day [or up to 5, without any risk of harm.] My kids actually go in and help themselves when they start coughing!

1 tsp to little folks over 6 months old- but under 2 Yrs
1 Tablespoon for 2 or 3 year olds
2 TBSP 4-5 yrs old
1/4 cup for kids ages 6-and older

I get the bottle Spring Valley 250 Capsule bottle of Echinacea from Walmart for $8. Otherwise, I get most of my herbs from allstarhealth.com, it's where I've found the best prices and whatever I order is always to me within 5 days.
The Echinacea/Golden seal, I hunted for by name on Google and just ordered it from where ever had the best price. 1 bottle is good for about 4 batches of this stuff.

**Here's the science:
HONEY:
Honey has been used intuitively for hundreds of years as a wonderful natural antibiotic by many different cultures. Today, research undertaken by Dr. Shona Blair at Sydney University's School of Molecular and Microbial Biosciences, has now shown the unusual antibacterial activity of honey, leading to a greater understanding of the ability of honey to kill pathogenic bacteria through several different mechanisms. In studies, honey was effective against many different drug resistant bacteria.
In one scientific test, Dr. Shona Blair used honey to treat E. coli. Dr. Shona Blair saw that honey "attacks" bacteria from several different angles; that the bacteria were overwhelmed and unable to develop resistance, and the bacteria died. In today's world where many antibiotics have become ineffective, honey was able to kill not only the E. coli, but many other types of bacteria.
Honey not only possesses significant antibacterial activity, it has also been shown to actively promote healing by directly stimulating human cells that are important in the immune response to help disease and wounds healing.
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LEMON:
Lemon helps promote health by quickly alkalinizing the body and like honey will kill any bacteria. This is a perfect choice for a quick cough remedy.

Fennel and Anise
The Greeks used teas made from fennel and anise for asthma and other respiratory ailments. Both of these herbs contain creosol and alpha-pinene, which help to loosen bronchial secretions. Fennel also has a calming, antispasmodic effect on coughs and bronchitis.*Nature's Mucinex.*

Dong Quoi "Angelica Root"
Angelica /DONG QUOI is a good herb to add to treatments for colds , congestion and fevers. Angelica root is warming and stimulating to the lungs, helping to ease chest congestion—It is generally used as a stimulating expectorant - and a useful agent in feverish conditions. Angelica is a good remedy for colds, coughs, pleurisy.
one of the best old fashioned remedies for colds and coughs.
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Fennel
*Nature's Mucinex*

For: Coughs
Fennel helps clear mucus from the lungs

Fennel has more in common with anise than just the licorice like aroma. Both fennel and anise seeds contain creosol and alpha-pinene, chemical constituents that help to loosen congestion and make coughs more productive,and fennel contains much more. Fennel also calms the dry, hacking cough of bronchitis.


CHINESE 5 SPICE: [Anise, ginger, cinnamon, fennel, cloves, licorice root] 

*Anise: For: Expectorant, coughs
Anise enjoys considerable reputation as a medicine in coughs and pectoral affections. In hard, dry coughs where expectoration is difficult, it is of much value. It is greatly used in the form of lozenges and the seeds have also been used for smoking, to promote expectoration. The volatile oil, mixed with spirits of wine forms the liqueur Anisette, which has a beneficial action on the bronchial tubes.
*Licorice has soothing and anti-inflammatory properties, and is an expectorant.

*ginger:

In Chinese medicine Sheng-jiang (fresh ginger) is used for colds due to wind and cold, coughs, vomiting. Ginger raises metabolism, induces sweating, and helps to dispel pathogens from the body.



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