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horehound April 12, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — keeralynn @ 12:21 pm

Have you heard of horehound? It’s awesome. It’s really great, and soothing for sore throats. The flavor taste somewhere  between licorice and root beer. There’s a company that makes horehound candies, which are perfect for sucking on all day long when you have a sore throat, I believe that company is Clasy’s.

Next time you have a sore throat, give horehound a try!

 

Eucalyptus Oil November 8, 2010

Filed under: essesntial oil — keeralynn @ 2:21 pm
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 Eucalyptus Oil has a Great Many Uses.  But what I’m focusing on today is treating some of the symptoms of a cold. 

  •      Putting 15-20 drops into a bowl of steaming hot water and leaning over the bowl and covering your head with a towel and breathing deeply will help clear up those nasal passages.
  • so will sprinkling a few drops of oil onto a hankerchief and inhaling deeply
  • Mix equal parts eucalyptus oil and baby oil (sometimes I use olive oil) and rub in the upper chest to help alleviate chest congestion.
  • You can also use the same concoction and put a small smear of it under your nose to clear up a stuffy nose.
  • Got a sore throat? gargle with warm salt water mixed with one or two drops of eucalyptus to help ease the pain.

My family has tried these and they really work! I hope you will consider trying them for your family next time you have a cold. And if you do, let us know. We would love to hear from you!

 

Calms Forte vs. Melatonin November 3, 2010

Filed under: experiment — keeralynn @ 7:01 pm
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My 3.5 year old daughter has a really hard time winding down for bedtime. We’d thought we’d try somethings to see if they helped.

First we tried Hyland’s Calms Forte. The directions say to give the kids 2 tablets every fifteen minutes for up to 8 doses, then every 4 hours. We did that. And then we waited. And waited. And waited. After 4 hours- no effect whatsoever. My daughter LOVES the taste of them, and will ask for them. But it doesn’t make her sleepy.

Then we tried Melatonin. I bought the bottle of 3mg pills. If She’s restless, and really can’t settle down, I give her half a pill (1.5 mg). It takes about an hour to kick in, but it works 95% of the time. Melatonin is safe because it is a chemical naturally produced by our bodies to help regulate our sleep/wake cycle.

*As a note, I’m not advocating buying a certain namebrand. Only sharing my experiences. =)