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We all know that remedies that our kids won't take are useless - so I am only recommending things that my kids take cheerfully. We also know that remedies that don't work are also useless - so I am only recommending things that I would buy again, because I have personally found them to be effective. Click here to get right to them.

Now, I have a child who still doesn't swallow capsules yet (the other one only just started) so you will find lots of chewables and some liquids that our family uses here. I do include some capsule information here (for adults and your kids might be able to use capsules) and I have put together some tips on getting your kids to take their herbs that you may be interested in. Since my eldest daughter is autistic, most of these remedies are also wheat and dairy free.

Oh, yes, one more thing I'd like to mention. Having a non-verbal child, I have had to find other ways to determine what is ailing my little darling. I was given this chart of information The Law of Midnight and Midday by my ND parents, and it has been an incredibly valuable tool ever since. If you find yourself or your kids waking up consistently each night at the same time or if you prepare for the 4pm tempertantrum, you might find some benefit from this information and other information in our Tools section..

So here are the remedies. I use a lot of Nature's Sunshine Products (and have for more than 15 years) because I know they are high quality herbs. Nature's Sunshine (NSP) supports educating people in the use of herbs and I know they are using the effective part of the plant (unlike a lot of discount brands). I include Pharmaca because you can shop on-line with them. Again, this information is in no way meant to diagnose or prescribe herbal supplements. You should always check with your doctor before adding supplements to your diet, particularly if you are using other supplements or medications.

Here are some links to help you better navigate all the information on this page. I tried to group them by use with ailments highlilghted in the descriptions. You may want to use your browser's search function to navigate more easily, also.

Cold and Flu Injury
Dietary Supplements Mood and Temperament
Supplements for Autism Skin
Digestion Adult Issues
What's New
Dental Women's Issues
List of Vitamins for Autism  

Disclaimer: this information is not meant to diagnose or prescribe and is not meant to be a substitute for consultation with your chosen health care provider.

NEW
Dental
Toothpaste Many of us are discovering the problems of Flouride in the human body and many of us don't want to give flouride toothpaste to our kids. Tom's of Maine has a few good flouride free toothpastes, but my kids prefer Nature's Sunshine Sunshine bright (it is sweeter) and I love NSP's Xylitol Toothpaste, because Xlyitol is so good for teeth.  
Available from:
NSP

Whole Foods
Pharmaca
Floss I have recently been told that if I was stranded on a dessert island with a choice of toothbrush or floss that I should choose floss. Floss disrupts the forming tartar - that which collects and adheres germs to our teeth. The older we get the more important it is, it seems - so teaching our kids to floss regularly seems like a really good idea.  
Available from:
Any Grocer
Eco-Dent Mouthwash This mouthwash is so full of terrific things - like golden seal, echinacea, CoQ10, and more - that I love it. Recommended to me when my gums bled during pregnancy, this is the single best tool for gum health that I have found so far.  
Available from:
Whole Foods
Pharmaca
 
Women's Issues
Yam Cream Yam's have something in them very much like progesterone - that hormone that makes us happy during pregnancy. Many experts think that it is the loss of progesterone that causes many of our hormonal issues (PMS, menopause, crankiness). I learned to love Yam Cream during my pregnancies - it really helped to stabilize the mood swings in women - and I plan to use it in menopause, as my mom did, with great results. I also use it in small amounts on my girls when they are hormonal (the first time they cry because they can't figure out what to wear... you know) - I love this stuff!  
Available from:
NSP
 
Sit ups Nothing helps menstrual cramps like sit ups. I know - we all hated it when our gym teacher said this to us in school, but she was right.  
Cranberry Capsules

Every time I see those commercials about women's urinary tract issues (the accompanying products) I wish I could tell everyone to give Cranberry Capsules a try. Don't let adorable Whoopi Goldberg convince you that Poise Pads or other products are necessary for women with bladder issues. Cranberry capsules are often all you need to strengthen your bladder - usually in 1or 2 bottles. It's so inexpensive that it is surely worth a try.

I think every woman deals with this issue at one point or another in their lives, especially relating to child birth, and I have had great success with cranberry capsules - both NSPs brand and Nature's Bounty Triple Strength Cranberry plus Vitamin C that I can get at my local CVS. Usually 1 or 2 $12 bottles will fix me right up (even less for my 8 yr old) - and I can see an improvement in just 1-2 days.

Available from:
NSP

Whole Foods
Pharmaca

CVS
Rite Aid
   
Cold and Flu
Colloidal Silver I have long used Colloidal Silver for cold and flu season. I started using it with my kids when we started going to Gymboree - they'd be sick the next day, I'd give them Silver, they'd be better and get sick again the following week. It finally dawned on me to give it to them BEFORE Gymboree and we stopped getting sick for the most part. Now they make a great hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes, too. In stores, I like Source Naturals brand.  
Available from:
NSP

Whole Foods
Pharmaca
ALJ ALJ stands for Allergies, Lungs and Joints. I started using this product myself for better lung function, especially during cough or allergy season. I started using it with my kids when my autistic daughter would wake every morning at 3am. According to the Law of Midnight and Midday, it seemed that lungs could be her issue, so I gave her some one night and she went back to sleep quickly. The next night I gave it to her at bed time and she slept through the night easily.  
Available from:
NSP
Umka This is a homeopathic liquid (they have chewables, too) is new product for me. My twin sister gave it to her son at the first sign of ear infection and she felt the problem cleared up overnight with just a few doses. I was so impressed I tried it with my kids. They love the flavor of the alcohol free version and it seemed to work a treat for them on a chest cold recently. I am now using it myself and I will definitely get it again.  
Available from:
Whole Foods
Pharmaca
White Willow Bark

Aspirin is derived from White Willow Bark - which is a bright red liquid that tastes a bit chalkie, like aspirins do. I got a bottle when my cat was hit by a car - this, arnica, silver and ALJ fixed her right up. I was so impressed that I redoubled my interest in herbs and tried White Willow Bark when I ran out of aspirin and needed something for pain so I could sleep. A few drops in water made a huge difference in just 15 minutes. Now when my kids are suffering with fever, I offer them the same and they take it cheerfully from a dropper. I have had success with Nature's Answer brand alcohol free White Willow liquid and Herb Pharm's Willow Bark, which needs more watering down. NSP has a capsule formula, which is excellent, also.

 
Available from:
NSP

Whole Foods
Pharmaca
Cough Syrup I usually like NSP Cough Syrup, but I didn't have any on hand. Standing in front of a myriad of choices at the store - with my angel home coughing - Boiron's Chestal is the one my mom (and naturopathic physician) recommended to me. Took one full day of treatment to get the cough under control, but it was smooth sailing after that.  
Available from:
NSP

Whole Foods
Pharmaca
Eucalyptus Eucalyptus really helps to open the sinuses. Add a little eucalyptus essential oil to a warm bath with Epsom Salt - or let it steam super hot while you sit with your child near the tub with the door closed - to really knock out a cold. I never saw a cold that could stand more than 3 of these treatments (given night, morning, night, for example).
Available from:
NSP

Whole Foods
Pharmaca
 
Injury
Arnica Homeopathic remedies are sometimes debated, but I love them and have seen great results with them. In many cases it is best to use these under the guidance of a skilled professional, but Arnica is for injury and trauma, and is largely recognized in some circles as the first thing you do after an upset or injury if you want to lessen the damage. Many people like the Boiron pearls in the blue tubes you see at Whole Foods - my kids call them crunchy vitamins. You can also put a pearl or 2 in a bottle of pure water and give droppers of the water to achieve benefit. They even have a topical gel for pain relief.  
Available from:
Whole Foods
Pharmaca
Colloidal Silver Colloidal Silver is awesome for infections. I was told that infection cannot survive direct contact for more than 7 minutes - so I put silver on a compress and hold for 10 minutes for infected scrapes or cuts. NSP also has a Silver Gel that I use like neosporine. In stores, I like Source Naturals brand.  
Available from:
NSP

Whole Foods
Pharmaca
Aloe Please don't put butter on a burn. The oil seals in the heat and you cook from inside. I often feel the same way about neosporin on a burn. Aloe gel is a miracle for burns - both from the stove and from the Sun.  
Available from:
NSP
Staphysagria For cuts there is nothing better. We had a serious cut in our household and we were told to take 2 30c pearls of Boiron's Staphysagria every 2 hours until we forgot about it, then take one more that (when you realize you forgot). That cut healed to quickly and so beautifully - and the Boiron vial only cost about $7. I will remember this one!
Available from:
NSP

Whole Foods
Pharmaca
 
Skin
Aloe Aloe Vera is so awesome for skin. Just about any irratation of the skin can be soothed with aloe - and NSPs Aloe Vera Gel makes a great hair gel, too.  
Available from:
NSP
Coral Calcium Powder My youngest has been plagued by bug bites, it seems. If there is a mosquito or spider looking for a sweet and tasty girl, they find her. I use NSPs Coral Calcium Powder to soothe the itch - either as a topical powder or in a bath. She even will take it internally at the height of the season if I mix a capsule's worth into a spoonful of honey.  
Available from:
NSP
Olive Oil In the winter, my kids get very dry skin - especially on their legs. I have found that Olive Oil, directly on the skin right out of the bathtub works wonders. It is also fantastic for adult skin - it will turn elephant skin elbows soft and smooth in short order.  
Available from:
Any Grocer
Veggies After each of my pregnancies, I had terrible hives for several months. I tried every over the counter everything, even presciptions. The thing that helped most was a diet of nothing but veggies for about a week. Alkalinized my system and helped the condition calm right down. Incidentally, wheat and dairy sensitivity can come out in your skin. If you are bothered by persistant acne, try to stop eating wheat and/or dairy for a week or 2 to see if it makes a difference for you.  
Available from:
Any Grocer
Water My grandmother said that water was her biggest beauty tip for a youthful appearance and clear skin. Take you body weight in lbs., divide it in half and that is the number of ounces of water you should drink each day. You will be glad you did.
 
Dietary Supplements
Multi Vitamins

There are a ton of multi vitamins and kid's supplements on the market - most of them have gluten, artificial sweeteners and corn syrup in them. NSP has a fantastic Sunshine Heroes line of children's vitamins and supplements that include:

Calcium - Elderberry - Probiotics - Omegas - DHA - Papaya Mint

We use them all with great results.

Available from:
NSP
 
Supplements for Autism
Read More I got this great email from Jean Genet of Byonetics and wanted to share the comprehensive list of herbs and vitamins that Jean has found to support folks with autism. Many of the products he mention can be purchases in a variety of place, but I strongly recommend NSP herbs. Their quality and knowledge level is second to none - really.
Fiber

Autistic kids rarely eat veggies. This is one of my sneaky ways of getting more fiber into her diet. I use chocolate Fiber Chews from The Fiber 35 Diet (Gluten Free). These things look like giant chocolate Necco Wafers, but they are chewier and they really smell chocolatey. My daughter calls them chocolate candies and will eat as many as I let her - since they are Gluten Free I feel like this is a real score. You sometimes need to ask them to order this item - and they are happy to do so.

I go the same company's teddy bear shaped fruity ones and they did not go over as well at my house, though she does take them.

 
Available from:
Whole Foods
Probiotics

Many autistic kids have trouble absorbing nutrients because their intestines are clogged. Probiotics - like yogurt - can help regulate the digestive system. This method adds no dairy to the diet.

Some kids need a higher potency of probiotic than NSP offers. I have been using Yum-Yum dophilus, sugar and gluten free, 4 probiotic strains, 1 billion organism strength successfully with my child. Don't worry about sugar free in this product - it's sweetened with Xylitol with a raspberry flavor.

Available from:
NSP
Laminine Is a product I am trying out with my child. We've been using it for almost a year and I think I am seeing some excellent results. Our Dr. said it is just a lot of B vitamins, but I was told this is the stuff stem cells are made of. The changes I see with this product are subtle (I was shocked and delighted the first time I saw my daughter pull something off her sock and NOT put it into her mouth, for example) and it is hard to say if it is this product or her entering puberty that has made the difference. I will get back to you with more information when I have it.  
 
Digestion
Papaya Mints I used to use Tums for indigestion, now I use Papaya Mints. They are tasty, effective, all natural and gluten free. They have a candy flavored one for kids, but this one has a nice minty flavor. My favorite for heart burn or gas.  
Available from:
NSP
Activated Charcoal Eat or drink something you shouldn't have? Activated Charcoal is the digestive UNDO button. It absorbs everything in your stomach and safely escourts it out before it can leach into your vital systems. You can get this anywhere, but too often these products look like rocks. NSP has capsules and I think they work better.  

Available from:
NSP

Ginger Ginger is a time honored remedy for upset stomach. It's gentle enough that people used to give babies dilluted ginger tea for upset stomach. Ginger Ale has long be thought a good idea, but you really want real ginger, not just flavored carbonation. You can get ginger capsules just about anywhere - I stick with NSPs when I can.  
Available from:
NSP

Whole Foods
Pharmaca

CVS
Rite Aid
Epsom Salt If constipation is the issue, I first turn to an Epsom Salt Bath. Even a handful of Epsom in a stopped up shower can give some relief.
Available from:
NSP

Whole Foods
Pharmaca

CVS
Rite Aid
 
Mood and Temperament

Lavendar

From cranky babies to cranky mommies, Lavendar Oil is a soothing relief. Great in a bath, on clothing or directly on skin - we would rub it into the kids feet at nap time when they were babies.  
Available from:
NSP

Whole Foods
Pharmaca

CVS
Rite Aid

Olive Oil

I have been told this is crazy, but I have seen it myself. If you rub Olive Oil on a cranky child's back, just below the rib cage, they calm very quickly. I was told that the essential fatty acids nourish the adrenal glands (that ride on top of the kidneys) through the skin to calm and soothe and believe me when I tell you it is worth trying.  
Available from:
Any Grocer
Epsom Salt An Epsom Salt bath can be very relaxing. It's a great way to start a child's bed time ritual or to unwind from a long day. Soothes tired muscles and can be an effective sleep aid.
Available from:
Whole Foods
Pharmaca

CVS
Rite Aid
 
Adult Issues
Cranberry Capsules Every time I see those commercials about women's urinary tract issues (the accompanying products) I wish I could tell everyone to give Cranberry Capsules a try. I think every woman deals with this issue at one point or another in their lives, especially relating to child birth, and I have had great success with cranberry capsules - both NSPs brand and Nature's Bounty Triple Strength Cranberry plus Vitamin C that I can get at my local CVS. Usually 1 or 2 $12 bottles will fix me right up (even less for my 8 yr old) - and I can see an improvement in just 1-2 days.  
Available from:
NSP

Whole Foods
Pharmaca

CVS
Rite Aid
Yam Cream Yam's have something in them very much like progesterone - that hormone that makes us happy during pregnancy. Many experts think that it is the loss of progesterone that causes many of our hormonal issues (PMS, menopause, crankiness). I learned to love Yam Cream during my pregnancies - it really helped to stabilize the mood swings in women - and I plan to use it in menopause, as my mom did, with great results. I also use it in small amounts on my girls when they are hormonal (the first time they cry because they can't figure out what to wear... you know) - I love this stuff!  
Available from:
NSP
Blessed Thistle A terrific herb that helps with the nervous system. When I find myself biting my lip, I know it's time for more Blessed Thistle.  
Available from:
NSP
Papaya Mints I used to use Tums for indigestion, now I use Papaya Mints. They are tasty, effective, all natural and gluten free. They have a candy flavored one for kids, but this one has a nice minty flavor. My favorite for heart burn or gas.  
Available from:
NSP
Chromium GTF

Trying to reduce sugar cravings? Chromium is essential for balancing our blood sugar and can help reduce sugar cravings, whether that is cake or alcohol. I've seen this be a blessing in many people's lives.

 
Available from:
NSP
Activated Charcoal Eat or drink something you shouldn't have? Activated Charcoal is the digestive UNDO button. It absorbs everything in your stomach and safely escourts it out before it can leach into your vital systems. You can get this product anywhere, but too often other products seem like rocks. NSP has a capsule and seems to work the best for me and my family - quicker, too.  
Available from:
NSP

Whole Foods
Pharmaca

CVS
Rite Aid
     



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