homemade natural cold and cough remedies for kids


I mentioned the other day that little Birdie woke up feeling unwell. Yesterday the first words she sobbed upon waking were: MUMMY! MY NOSE FEELS TEWWIBLE! 

Through the sharing of mummy wisdom, lots of reading, along with help from my naturopath sister (how lucky am I to have one sister who is a midwife, and another a naturopath?!) and consultations with my own naturopath I realised that my cough and cold repertoire has expanded a little since this post almost two years ago.

My cough and cold remedies as of today…

// Rest, rest, rest!

// Water, water, water! (Preferably warm, I use cooled boiled water)

// Chesty cough remedy tea and cough syrup with manuka honey and apple cider vinegar as previously mentioned.

// Olive leaf extract. Its antibacterial properties help to combat yucky germs. From the end of a silver spoon they lap it up. Yum.

// Vitamin C. Good quality. Powder form. Say no more. (We use this.)

// Depending on the nature of the cold/cough, we use a vapouriser with eucalyptus oil.

// I also often mix together some sweet almond oil (or other base) along with a few drops of peppermint or eucalyptus oil to rub on little chests and backs before bed.

// Warm baths with a few drops of essential oils, with the bathroom door closed to trap the steam.

// We always eat lots of kiwi fruit and strawberries when we are unwell for the vitamin c content.

// Garlic, ginger, tumeric, etc – get it into the kids in any way possible! Try using it in stir fries, soups, muffins, teas…

// I also love, love this immune boosting chicken soup by Teresa Cutter – whether you are ill or not, it is delicious!

// Lastly, for those times when home remedies just don’t cut it and you need to move onto store bought medicines, I am a huge fan of the Brauer range which, in Australia, you can buy at the chemist. They are homeopathic remedies and are always our first port of call before moving onto panadol (yes, we use panadol, not on a whim or without consideration, but when it is needed). My only suggestion regarding the Brauer products I have used is that you must follow the dosage to a TEE otherwise the results will not been as successful – in our experience. (NB of course you always follow dosage instructions when giving medication, I mean more specifically following the timeline of doses: don’t miss any. You will understand when you read the instructions.)

We obviously don’t use all these remedies at once, but I pick and choose depending on the type of cold, the season and so on.

I’m sure there are so many more, what do you do at your place?

*Please note, I am not a medical professional nor claiming to be qualified in anything but mothering. If you choose to use any of the above remedies, make sure you research them yourself so that you are aware of the pros and cons, if any, and can decide for yourself which suit your child and family best. Don’t just take my word for it… this is the internet, afterall. (For example, babies under 12 months old should not consume honey… etc, etc.)*


crocheted lop-sided rainbow leg warmers


I made these for Birdie the other week for the Winter Solstice. It was freezing that day and we had to rug up! What better excuse to make a pair of rainbow leg warmers? My intention was to come on here and write my very first extra fancy tutorial on how to make them, because I’m surely sure that as soon as you saw the pictures of these babies your arms jumped on your wool basket and you flung yourself back to the screen with your crochet hook in one hand and ten balls of bright coloured wool in the other screaming TELL ME HOW TO MAKE THEM RIGHT NOW.

But then I opened up the screen and realised about two weeks has gone by since I made them and I can’t actually remember what I did. I do remember that they are both different sizes and one is about double the width of the other but if I’m writing a proper tutorial then I’m not meant to tell you that.

And then I saw that in the photo above there is a stray bit of wool sticking out of one of them and it doesn’t look very professional or fancy.

So. If you’re still with me and you don’t care if one leg warmer is double the size of the other or there are stray bits of wool sticking out of mine because I tied a few bits of wool together and then just cut the ends off instead of stitching them in properly, then you should read the following extra fancy information so you can make your own pair.

Choose as many colours as you want. Decide what order you want the colours in or just make that part up as you go along. I chained 37 or 38 stitches to start but as I chained I just wrapped the chain around Birdie’s leg until I reached my desired width. In the first leg warmer I made a big rectangle and then stitched it together at the end. Don’t do that. Once you’ve got your chain the length/width (gah!) you want, then you just slip stitch it together to form a circle. Then I used treble stitch and did one row of each colour until the leg warmer was long enough. Then to get the extra fancy shell stitch at the bottom (or top, whatever you want) — I’m pausing now trying really hard to remember how I did this — Ok, try this: 2dc, 1htc, then in the fourth stitch: 5 x tc, 1htc, 2 dc – repeat. Does that make any sense?

Ok now go and make millions of pairs of lop-sided leg warmers for your kids and post pictures of them on instagram or on your blogs and tag me (@motherwho) so I can see! Yay for lop-sided rainbow legwarmers!

Reclaimed Fabrics, Reclaimed Me.

In all my budget and slowing down and living a calm, relaxed and quiet life haste, I have gone a little blog crazy. I am addicted to blogs! Every day I am discovering more and more, I can’t stop. Bye, bye iPhone and Total Baby, hello to all the mamas in blog land!

I have found so many amazing blogs and beautiful, inspiring and creative things to make and do and dream that my to do list is now pages long. Problem is, most of them are sewing projects… I don’t know how to sew… and don’t even own a sewing machine for that matter… but who ever let the truth get in the way of a good story, or something like that. We’ll sort out that problem later.

Did you know that it’s Buy Nothing New month at the Salvos? I found that out at one of the many brilliant blogs I have found so this week: Little Eco Footprints.

I was reading Little Eco Footprints last night and got so inspired that Baby and I trotted off to our two local op shops this morning to start my fabric collection. I figure when the day comes that I do get a sewing machine, I’ve got to have a stash ready, right? And besides that I think I will probably knock on my mother in law’s door a few times between now and then and sneak a little lesson on hers. I thought that finding really great second hand fabric treasures would be hard, but after just half an hour I walked back to my car with a whole bag!

This one just happened to sneak out of the bag and onto my dining table…

I thought I might use the blue/pink floral ones to make a cot sheet set for Baby, with MIL’s help of course. That will be the second creative project. The first is a little singlet I have started knitting for Baby. I have never followed a pattern before so I have been spending lots of time sitting up in bed, lap top in front of me and headphones in my ears so as not to wake Prince Charming or Baby, watching tutorials on Youtube. Who would have thought that knit, inc 3 sts evenly across … 57 (63-69) sts. would be so easy?

Thirdly, dear friends and family, you are my guinea pigs and unfortunately for you I am planning on having a Buy Nothing New Christmas by making all my gifts or buying vintage treasures if the whole ‘making’ thing goes awry. We’ll see how that goes. If I have no friends or family by New Year, we will all know why.

I feel so excited by all this creativity.