The Holistic Mama

This Medicine Might be Why Your Child Can’t Kick That Cold

October 29, 2014 by Roxanne | No Comments | Filed in Eco & Toxin-Free Living, Holistic Lifestyle

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When your child gets sick there are a number of responses from the body that show up as cold symptoms. These responses are natural ways that the body is trying to fight infection, remove toxins and promote healing. A fever is the body’s way of killing off germs, mucus is there as a vehicle to bring germs out of the body, so should these things really be suppressed? The most common way of dealing with a cold is by taking cold medicine, cough suppressant, Tylenol, or decongestants. These are used in an effort to make the cold more bearable but in reality it might be making the cold last longer.

Decongestants seem like a good idea, especially when your child is so congested they can’t even sleep. They do clear up a lot of mucus and get your child breathing but its only a temporary relief that makes the cold last longer then it would otherwise.

So why are decongestants a bad idea?

They are too Drying

You might be thinking, isn’t that the point? Yes, the point of taking a decongestant is to dry up the mucus so you can breathe but it’s really mostly drying up the water and leaving behind a thicker stickier mucus. That sticky mucus attaches onto the sinuses and keeps the germs with it. Taking a daily dose (or more) removes the moisture from your system, which in turn, makes it more difficult for the body to drain the germs. This is why it’s so important to drink a lot of fluids when a person is sick, it helps to keep the mucus thin and drain out the sinuses.


Taking decongestants during a cold can even cause new symptoms that were not there before. Constipation is a side effect of taking these medications because of its drying ability. This is not a good thing for healing because it’s keeping more waste and toxins in the body rather then getting rid of them. Your gut is also not as prepared to fight off infections when it is all clogged up and constipated.

Other Possibly Harmful Side Effects

The FDA states that no child under the age of 2 should be given over the counter cold medicines. The safety for older children is still unclear. Young children are usually more sensitive to the effects of medications. Increases in blood pressure, nightmares or unusual excitement, nervousness, restlessness, or irritability may be more likely to occur in children who take decongestants.

Decongestants might seem like a good idea to get rid of some of the mucus during a cold but it’s not helping the healing process. In fact, in might even be making the cold last longer. Instead of these potentially harmful medicines, chose gentle natural relief from homeopathy, cell salts, essential oils, and herbs.

I do have an online training class open for enrollment right now and in that class you will learn all natural ways to deal with colds that won’t make it last longer. In fact, the methods we will discuss in that training class will actually help the body heal and shorten the life of the cold. Click this link to learn more about it and sign up now.

Thank you, as always, for reading and commenting!


Be Ready with Natural Remedies When You Need Them

October 28, 2014 by Roxanne | No Comments | Filed in Eco & Toxin-Free Living, Holistic Lifestyle


I get a lot of questions sent to me on a daily basis. Some have to do with nutrition, specific health issues, natural skin care, and some about natural remedies. Natural remedies are a part of my daily life, we use some as preventatives and some as issues occur. The thing is, there are A LOT of natural remedies. If you are totally new to using them, it can be extremely overwhelming.

If you are just starting out and want to use natural remedies, some questions you might be asking yourself are…

  • What remedy is appropriate for this particular aliment?
  • Is it OK to combine remedies?
  • How to administer certain remedies?
  • How often and how much to take?
  • What are the top remedies I should have on hand?
  • How can I safely use natural remedies with my young children?
  • How do I prepare the natural remedies?

ALL of these concerns will be addressed and put to rest in A Parent’s Guide to Natural Remedies.

Don’t be this Mom…

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The Purpose of this Course:

  • You will learn the no-fail, safe & gentle natural remedies you can use whenever you suspect your child is getting ill. You’ll learn how to know which remedy is best for each situation and how to administer them.
  • You will learn the basics of homeopathy, the theory behind it, and which remedies you can use for specific common childhood ailments
  • You will learn the basics of cell salts, what do they do, and how can they help your child.
  • You will learn helpful uses of essential oils, what they are, how to safely use them, and which ones have many uses (to get the most bang for your buck)
  • You will learn about common herbs you may already have in your house, how to use them, and how to prepare remedies with them
  • You will learn traditional remedies that your Great Great Great Grandmother may have used with her children (some remedies have been lost through generations)
  • You will learn the basics about nutrition and how it can help your children avoid getting sick all together
  • You will have our support and the support of the community of parents taking this course together.

In this course we will cover how to naturally help your little ones when they have…

  • Fever
  • Common cold
  • Cough and congestion
  • Winter health
  • Tummy bugs
  • Infant reflux
  • Ear aches
  • Skin rashes
  • Constipation
  • First Aid
  • Sleep issues
  • and more….

This course will be hosted by myself & Wendi Combes, Holistic Nurse.

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We will host three live classes online to teach you everything we know about natural remedies and how you can get started quickly and easily without second guessing yourself. We are SUPER excited to share this information with you. Click here to join the course now (registration closes November 2nd so don’t delay!!)

What is the most common ailment your child suffers from? What do you do about it?

Thank you, as always, for reading and commenting!


The Truth About Tylenol

October 23, 2014 by Roxanne | 2 Comments | Filed in Eco & Toxin-Free Living, Parenting & Children

The Truth About Tylenol

The truth about Tylenol is that it’s not as safe as you think. If your child comes down with a fever the go-to over the counter solution that pediatricians recommend is Tylenol. We are told by many trusted sources that Tylenol is safe to take for adults and children alike, but is it really? I have some big concerns about Tylenol, especially for children. Even the FDA has issued warnings about using the proper dosages because overdosing can happen easily and the consequences can be fatal.

Here are some of the main reasons why this medicine is not safe:

Overdosing is Extremely Dangerous

Acetaminophen, know as brand name Tylenol, has been sold in different concentrations making proper dosage amounts unclear. There are a number of different warnings on the FDA website regarding this issue, one warning is as follows:

“An April 2011 report from FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) found that confusion caused by the different concentrations of liquid acetaminophen for infants and children was leading to overdoses that made infants seriously ill, with some dying from liver failure.”

This is really horrifying to read as a parent. A medicine that is sold and marketed as safe for infants and children has such a negative impact on the body that even a small overdose can be fatal.

Can Damage the Liver

One of the reasons why overdosing on Tylenol can be so dangerous is becuase of what it does to the liver. The reality is, acetaminophen can be toxic to your liver even at recommended doses when taken daily for just a couple of weeks. Earlier this year the FDA asked drug maufactuers to voluntarily withdraw prescription combination drug products with more than 325 milligrams (mg) of acetaminophen per tablet at the risk of causing severe liver damage to consumers. Although most have complied, there are still some products in circulation that don’t fit into this guideline so it’s important to read all labels.

Depletes Glutathione

Glutathione is the most important nutrient you’ve never heard of before. It plays a key role in protecting the body from free radical damage, it helps the immune system to fight off infection and even cancer, and plays an integral part of the detoxification system, transporting toxins out of the body. Sounds pretty important! Guess what medication depletes the body of this nutrient. You guessed it, acetaminophen.

There are some really big risks in taking this very common medicine. The dosage amounts can be confusing making overdosing a very possible outcome. Overdosing on Tylenol is serious and can be very damaging. Even within the recommended safe dosage of Tylenol it still takes a toll on your health.

Now that you know the truth about Tylenol, you’ll need to learn natural ways to help your child feel better. Join us for our 3-part online eCourse, A Parent’s Guide to Natural Remedies. We will discuss how to naturally deal with fever, sore throat, cough, congestion, infant colic, and more. Click here to enroll in the course now.

Thank you, as always, for reading and commenting!


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