Home Remedies

home remediesOur approach to health is first and foremost prevention through nutrition and lifestyle.  I’ve found that we usually end up with sickness in our household when someone is run-down, tired, teething or when we’ve had a run of not eating so well.

When sickness comes in, we try natural-based remedies and vegetables juices first.

Here are the things from my top shelf cupboard where I keep all my home remedies (along with our First Aid Kit).


Garden of Life Vitamin Code Multi for Kids This is the current multi-vitamin that my girls are taking.  At some stage when they’re doing better with raw juices and eating a broader range of healthy foods, I’d like to think we can stop taking them altogether.

We have been a bit inconsistent with fish or krill oil as of late, but it’s another good daily supplement to take for children and adults alike.  The brands we’ve used are Nordic Naturals Fish Oil and Clinician’s krill oil.

[Edit Mar 2013: The kids are now taking ‘Green Pastures Fermented Cod Liver Oil’].

Colds and Sniffles

Vitamin C (with Bioflavenoids) in powdered form.  The powder is assimilated into your body faster, without the tableting aids.  And always buy one that has the three ascorbates and bioflavenoids – calcium ascorbate, sodium ascorbate, ascorbate acid, rutin, hesperidin and quercetin.  We use the Health House one called Complete C.

Malcolm Harker Remedies:

  • Eutherol – contains eucalyptus, pine, peppermint and thyme
  • Sniffle Juice (children’s formula) – blackberry, peppermint, and liquorice
  • Verm Xpel – use as a de-wormer in the Spring or as a gentle detox after sickness; contains green walnut, wormwood and clove

KiwiHerbs, Organic NZ De-Stuff for Kids – ear, nose and sinus support.  KiwiHerbs has a range of other products I’d like to try at some stage.

KalobaHelps soothe throat, nose and sinuses for children (under 1 year old also).  This has been clinically proven to be effective and is a natural plant-based product with herbal extracts.  Read more about it here.

Weleda Organic cough elixir  – Helps stop coughing and soothes the throat.


Activated Charcoal PowderFrom what I have researched, charcoal is perfectly safe for children and I have used it a couple of times as a precaution when my tot decided to ingest things that she shouldn’t have.  It’s been used for many years as a remedy for poisoning, amongst many other things.  I have this under ‘digestive’ here, but there are many other uses for it.  I’ll blog on it sometime in the future, but in the meantime if you’d like more info, see www.charcoalremedies.com.

Ginger is of course the best remedy for stomach upsets that I know.  Have a go at getting ginger tea in your little one by diluting it with extra water and adding a little raw honey.  You could also add a very small amount of fresh ginger to a fresh veggie juice – but careful, as it can really overpower the juice (we learned the hard way!).

Skin and Muscles

MelaGel topical balm – melaleuca oil in a beeswax balm; for minor cuts, scrapes, burns, and insect bites.

Aloe Vera Gelfor burns and as a skin soother (eg. after sun care).  We’ve also used the plant before when we didn’t have the gel.  Simply break off from the plant and smear over the affected area of skin.

Riversdale Manuka Honey – certified UMF 20+, medicinal grade.  Thanks to my friend Liz for this amazing gift.  We have applied it to infected weeping skin infections, soothing sore throats, burns, relieving coughs, afternoon pick-me-ups, and in herbal teas.  I’m sure there are lots of other uses that we’ve yet to discover.  If you know of any others, let me know!

Colloidal Silver gel – nature’s antibiotic. Use in the treatment of all skin infections including eczema and warts.  We purchased this one from Ephraim Health.

Epsom Salts – These can be used in the bath for soaking and keeping wounds clean.

Witch Hazel –Use this distilled Witch Hazel as a compress for minor burns and sprains, or apply directly to the skin for insect bites and cuts. It can also be used to soothe external haemorrhoids by applying directly with cotton balls or soaking a gauze pad and freezing first.  Witch Hazel can also be used by men after shaving.

Pain-Ez – A natural herbal relief with arnica.  This one is from the folks at Health House (free freight for NZ and Australia).


Weleda ear drops – and we’ve found it actually works.  You could also try a few drops of organic olive oil or garlic oil.

Calming and Sleep

Bach Flower Remedies

  • Rescue Remedy – calming
  • Rescue Sleep – relief from sleeplessness

Tui lavender massage balm – wonderful for calming the little ones down before bed.


We have 2 remedies on our cupboard.  One is a teething rub that contains clove oil and is made from our local health dispensary.  The other is a homeopathic remedy by NaturoPharm called TeethMed.

Essential oils (not pictured):

  • Melaleuca tea tree oil
  • Thyme oil
  • Lavender oil
  • Lemongrass and melaleuca tea tree  oil
  • Eucalyptus and melaleuca tea tree oil
  • Mandarin and melaleuca tea tree oil

We also have 6 DoTerra oils with different combinations in them.  A very generous friend from the US sent us these and we look forward to trying some different ones from this range.

At some stage I’ll do another post on essential oils, and what we use them for.

For those outside NZ, if I was overseas I’d be looking up Gaia Herbs and Earth Mama Angel Baby as options for my family.

I’m sure this is a post I’ll keep adding to in future.  If you have any thoughts, please let me know.

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