Last week we all got sick one after the other (thank you, Tristan, for sharing). We made ginger tea with lemon and honey then rubbed some Haitian “Huile mascreti” (burnt castor oil) all over our chest. The adults took a few shot of NyQuil before going to bed, and Tristan got his shot of cold medicine.
For the past 5 and so years, the “cold/flu train” has been the same. First, Tristan gets it. Then mommy because when Tristan is sick, all he wants is to snuggle with his mom (yay me!). Then Auntie Marie because she’s the best sister in the world and always ends up taking care of me. Then finally, Papa the big strong horse! It always stops for Papa last! He likes to brag about how big and strong he is but soon as he gets sick he becomes the biggest baby! One of my friends calls it the “man cold,” it’s quite the theatrical act. Think, Nyquil ad.
When Tristan has a cold it usually last 2-3 days, sometimes less. I can handle a running nose, but soon as he gets a fever, I start to panic. I don’t know why but that’s just the way it is. All the horror stories of children having severe allergic reaction to over the counter medications don’t help either. And like all children, he HATES medication. When I say HATE, I mean he will make himself throw up at the sight of medication. When he was little, we gave him suppositories when he had a fever; he didn’t like it, but at least he didn’t make himself throw up. As he got older though it was no longer an option. One day I went to the pharmacy and instead of grabbing the first bottle of children Tylenol or Advil I saw, I decided to ask the pharmacist for some help. That’s when I was first introduced to Homeocan Children. It’s supposed to be all natural, so that’s a plus! The first time he tried it he didn’t make himself sick. He had a pleasantly surprised look on his face. I tasted it once, and it doesn’t have that bitter taste all other medications tends to have. To me, it tastes like sugared water! It works great for Tristan, and he doesn’t mind taking it.
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Kung Phoo says
So far the train has not pulled into our station yet.. lets hope it just never makes it..
Lucky you! Getting sick when you have so much running around to do is NOT fun at all!
Dov Shapira says
I hardly ever get a cold or get sick.
I nevr heard of Huile masketi, wjere do you get it ?
It’s castor oil! I’m from Haitian heritage and that is what we call it! We like to joke about how it can cure any sickness =) you can get it at a natural health store or maybe online!
Jeff Brand says
We don’t have kids, but thank you for sharing. I will pass along to my office staff with young kids.
Brad Lynch says
We have two little girls. I will show my wife this and get some. Always looking for organic ways to heal any aliment.
Casey Gardner says
What an interesting product. Can it be purchased at most organic stores or online?
The castor oil can be purchased online or at an organic store. As for the Homeocan children, you can check out their website to see where you can purchase it http://www.kids0-9.ca/
Eva Sombathy says
Thank you for this information. I will give to my daughter for my grand babies!
Casa Vilora Interiors says
We use castor oil a lot in my culture as well…… Jamaican. Hoping the flu flies by my house without stopping
Jennifer Clay says
I have been fighting off a cold here the past few days. It really sucks being sick especially when I have a 9 month old, 6 and 7 year old! Mommy’s can’t get sick!
I love castor oil. We rub it on feet when we are getting sick and it can take a tummy ache right away.
daniele holmberg says
What great information about castor oil:) Perfect got this sicky season:)
Sonoran Oasis Landscaping says
I’ll share this information with my daughter-in-law for my grandkids. The flu season always starts out the same here with the little kids. Then, they pass it along to the adults.
Laura Rike says
I am a sucker for natural remedies to help with things around the house! Thank you for sharing!
Glad you liked it! thanks for stopping by! =)
(Terry) My Journey With Candida says
Ginger is also suppose to be good for pain. I have been giving my Hubs Ginger tea with honey to help with the pain from his surgery. Not sure it works, but we are trying anything we can.
Oh this would be perfect for my kids since I am not keen on cramming them with other types of medication. This is natural which is a plus like you said 🙂 Thank you!
Melanie B says
We haven’t been sick this season yet. Minor colds but that was it, I’m so glad! ha . Really hope it stays this way. I like that it’s natural!
Isabella Grey says
My hubby gets the “man cold”, and just turns into a big mess. “Get the pillow for me, I’m sick”, “Can you make me a bath? I’m sick”, “My head hurts, will you get me a cold washcloth? I’m sick”.
My son will not take any cold meds. I hope that train does NOT roll to my house.
amanda ripsam says
It’s good to know there are other natural medicines out there. I do not give my kid cough syrup as the dr said not to but I am sure something natural may be a different story will have to talk to my daughters dr about this. Thanks for the idea.
Masshole Mommy says
I use Dimetap. It’s what my parents always used with me when I was a kid & I know it works, so I use it now with my boys.
Lawna Noe says
Next time my kids get sick I will have to pick some up. Last week I had one with a cold and another with the stomach flu. It seems to be neverending. I did get them their flushots though, so they haven’t had the flu, thank goodness!
Lady Lilith says
Nice find. I hate giving my kids meds but if they need it, they need it. Although I am a huge fan of the all natural remedies first. Thanks for sharing.
Arrrggghh don’t even say it.. I hope this train will miss us this year.. BUT.. well if we do “catch” it, I know what to get to make my little one better..thanks for sharing guess I should stock up now. (just in case)
I haven’t heard of this or tried it, but I would. We’ve used Hyland’s and I remember really liking it.
Aisha Kristine Chong says
this is good – we tend to have colds here and there it would be nice to have this too.
Amanda Love says
That tends to happen at my house. When one kid gets sick they all do one right after the other. Glad to know there’s alternatives out there.
Tough Cookie Mommy says
I hate when anyone in the house gets sick and these medicines help a lot to relieve the symptoms of being sick during the cold weather.
Chubskulit Rose says
Same way here at our home, me and my son caught the nasty bug and yep, we do drink ginger tea with honey almost everyday every Winter. I hope you guys are feeling better.
Annemarie LeBlanc says
The train already pulled in her. Everyone in the house got sick 🙁 hoping that was the last one this winter.
Le-an Lai Lacaba says
With our ever changing weather(cold-hot-cold), the train seemed to have stopped by for an extension!
I feel like the train has arrived at my station. I’m not quite sick yet, but can feel it coming on. My son has an amazing immune system, so he rarely gets too sick. I’ll definitely check out Homeocan at my local health food store!
Ronnie E. says
well.. I don’t know in the US so I can’t be very helpful there, but in Israel there is this delicious cough syrup that tastes like angels farmed strawberry patches and melted it into the delicious candy that is this medicine. It almost makes up for being sick.. it’s so good that I have a hard time stopping to take it when I have a cold.
I love trying out natural stuff first. I will look for this next time they are sick! thanks!
Teresa McCluskey says
Natural meds are the way to go! That is what i give my girls and its the best! Sorry you all had the cold!
Onica MommyFactor says
I haven’t heard of Homeocan before. Will check for it next time I’m at the pharmacy. Cold relief that is more natural is always a good thing.