With all of the creepy crud going around, I’d like to share with you some of my favorite tips for helping a cold stay out of the chest and break up congestion.
There is nothing more alarming than one of your kids with junk in their chest making it difficult for them to breath. (Please don’t take this as advice to try at home if your child is labored in their breathing, call your doctor or head to the ER) These are something that have helped us PREVENT trips to the doctor.
Home Remedies: Chest Congestion
1.) Onion Poultices. Onions have been used for centuries as a common treatment for colds. A natural expectorant, onions used in a poultice or as a syrup are wonderful for helping break up congestion that has settled in the chest. I follow the instructions used in the link.
2.) Steam bathes/showers. After we have sat with an onion poultice on the chest, we pop over to a nice steam bath. Get the bathroom nice and warm and steam it up. Stuff a towel under the door so the steam stays in.
During the steam bath/shower, I like to use lavender oil in the bath and eucalyptus oil on a rag hanging over the drain. (I find eucalyptus to be too ‘hot’ for in the water so having it on the rag allows your child to breath it in while in the steam)
3.) After the bath shower, we like to use X-Ceptic tincture applied to the chest and back. I dilute it down in a bit of olive oil. X-Ceptic tincture contains oak bark, golden seal root, garlic, comfrey, myrrh and capsicum. This can help kill infection that may be present in the lungs.
4.) Apply essential oils on the feet. OnGuard from doTerra or natural vapor rubs are a great choice. Winter Breeze from Beeyoutiful is also a good option if you don’t make your own.
5.) TriLight tinctures have quickly replaced many things I’ve been using over the years. ASMA, Glow, Scout Out, Flew Away and Lungs Plus are all ones that I like to have one hand. They each have a purpose for different illnesses and as the illness pans out.
6.) Diffuse eucalyptus oil while the little ones are sleeping. If you don’t have a diffuser, you can put some oil on a rag and hang it near their bed. This helps keep the lungs open while they are sleeping.
Something to be mindful of when trying to break up chest congestion is to do it slowly. Small children have difficulty getting the mucus up and out once it is breaking up. Watch them and be mindful. You don’t want them to choke.
It is important to give the body rest, fluids and nourishment during times of illness. When those things are neglected, sickness can rear it’s ugly head. The list above are just my go to’s for helping keep the lungs open if you think mucus is trying to settle in.
What are your favorite remedies for helping keep a cold out of the chest?
This post is linked at Grassfed Mama’s Simply Saturdays.