Is There A Doctor In The House? – Natural Remedies for Baby and Mom


About two days after my husband’s recent stay in the hospital for heart-related surgery, he started coming down with what appeared to be a cold. You know, sore throat, sniffles, chest congestion, some coughing and feeling “under the weather” – low energy…  I started with all the organic orange juice and added extra vitamin c (we like to use raspberry Emergen-C packets in juice or water, you can find them here). I then add a few drops of oregano oil (or capsules for sensitive mouths – you can find them here), and a few drops of grapefruit seed extract (you can find it here). This has been our families’ “a sickness is coming on cocktail” for over 15 years and usually works very well in either warding something off before it takes hold, or reducing the amount of time you are sick and the severity (noted in contrast to co-workers, etc that are also sick but noticably worse and for longer time periods).

I also massaged his feet with some garlic oil (you can find it here). All of this, plus taking a couple naps over 2-3 days and he was pretty much back to his old self. He did have a small amount of lingering need to cough up and get rid of mucus, but he seemed to be feeling fine.

I thought everything was great for several days, and then I woke up with a really bad sore throat! So I started all over again for myself – I wasn’t quite as good about doing it all because I felt more like resting, but, again, after just a couple days, I was feeling fine minus a little lingering congestion and my throat feeling slightly “not itself”. It wasn’t sore at all, but rather more like an allergy feeling.

From the morning I awoke with a sore throat, I did not get to see or spend much time with Mr. Sweetie. Mami is very dedicated to keeping him away from sickness and does a fine job. They did stop by later to pick something up, but I did not get near Mr. Sweetie. However, Mami texted me after a day or two and said that Mr. Sweetie had a temperature and the sniffles.

When I checked back the next day, he was doing better, but now she had a sore throat!!

Since it is one of those times of year where the seasons change, school is beginning again, etc, and all this contributes to challenges on our immune systems and an increase in colds, flus and other icky bugs and viruses taking a hold in our bodies, I am passing on some information to help build your immune systems, prevent getting sick, or reducing the severity and length of time an illness may last.


First and foremost, it is important to know that a fever is the body’s natural process for fighting off challenges. So it is best to find ways to comfort them and support their immune system in doing it’s job, but allowing the body to fight off whatever is attempting to cause havoc.

You can read more detailed information about fevers below:

It is also potentially beneficial to use a humidifier to diffuse some essential oils into the air. There is some debate about which is better, a warm or a cold humidifier, however both will diffuse the oils into the air, and as long as you are not keeping the warm humidifier near your baby (away from them is recommended), they can potentially end up being about the same since the heat will dissipate the further the air travels. Some oils that are effective for loosening congestion in babies 6 months and older are cedarwood, sandalwood, cinnamon leaf, thyme, lemon and ginger. (You can read more about essential oils for babies and children here.)  Adding lavender can also have a calming effect.


It will happen automatically, but you will notice that your baby or child will not be their normal self. They may be more whiny, want to be held or cuddle more, breastfeed more often and nap more. All of this rest and contact with you is supportive of their body doing it’s job and should be listened to as best you can. You may have to adjust your or your husband’s schedule to help make this happen, but it is worth it in terms of healing and peace of mind for both you and your baby.

It is also important for them to be hydrated. This can be done through nursing, or if they are over 6 months, you can supplement with some sips of high quality water (I prefer spring water or purified by a good filter which you can find here) to help make sure they are getting enough liquid, especially if they seem interested.

You can make a simple decongesting chest rub by combining 1/4 cup of extra virgin organic coconut oil with 10 drops each of peppermint and eucalyptus essential oils. (It is important to remember that essential oils are very potent and should always be diluted with a carrier oil before applying. I also suggest using organic or wild-crafted oils to prevent any chemicals or pesticide residues from being in the oils.) You can also rub this on their feet. If you prefer to just purchase a pre-made product, check out this Ah-Choo! Chest Rub.

To help alleviate any nasal congestion and difficulty breathing, check out the Baby Comfy Nose nasal aspirator (here is an instructional video about using it). This is another one of those things that I never knew anything about until Mami started using one, but she thinks they are really beneficial, as do many other mothers.

Take care of yourself! If at all possible, remove extra stress by allowing for a lot of downtime and find peace of mind in nurturing and caring for your baby. Assess what is absolutely necessary to get done, ask for help from your husband, friends and family as needed, and eat and drink healthy things to support your own health and immune system as well as to pass on whatever beneficial resistance, vitamins and nutrition you can to your baby through your breastmilk.

I hope this helps you and your family to find more health and experience in cultivating your own inner healer. Our bodies really are amazing, all we have to do is take good loving care of them and support them in their process.

Blessings to you and thank you for all the loving parenting you do; it makes a better world, one Sweetie at a time.

Hug attached,

Koolma  : )


How have you dealt with your baby being sick?    Did you find some other beneficial natural remedies that really made a difference? 

We’d love to hear from you, so please share your thoughts and experiences in the comments section so we can help each other; remember, we are all in this together!

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