How To Stop Vomiting, Viruses, and More

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We’ve recently had a terrible virus sweeping the area, and if you’ve experienced it too-I feel for ya! There’s nothing my girls hate more than having the throw-ups. Ugh. As a mom, I want to do all that I can to help my children feel better as fast as possible and not suffer so much when they are sick. I know you do too. Today I’m going to show you how to stop vomiting, viruses and more!

“Mommy, can’t you please do something to make me feel better?” was the sweet plea of one of my girls last week. This virus that hit her was not the kind where you throw up once and feel better. She was vomiting on and on and I felt helpless. I had applied diluted peppermint oil to her stomach and was having her inhale it, plus I was giving her colloidal silver to help keep the virus from multiplying itself throughout her body. Besides making sure she stayed hydrated, I was at a loss of what else to do. I needed something that would take action fast and bring her on the mend.

Sure I have cabinets full of herbs and homemade medicine, but when a person feels really nauseous it’s difficult to get them to take too much – natural or not. Taking anything can make a person feel worse and many times it just comes right back up.

Then it dawned on me. There WAS something I had not given her that is perfect for vomiting and viruses! Why had I not thought of it before? It was one of those slap-yourself-on-the-forehead moments. Activated charcoal to the rescue! 

According to Beeyoutiful’s website, “…charcoal is a highly purified, powdered, virgin activated carbon produced from selected grades of bituminous coal and thermally activated under carefully controlled conditions.” I don’t understand the terminology of all that, but I do know that it’s amazing stuff and I’ve used it for more than one thing around the house. It’s a must-have for all medicine cabinets. 

Now before you go grab charcoal off the barbeque grill, let me tell you that that kind of charcoal is not safe to eat – it can even be lethal. You want to buy safe food-grade activated charcoal to keep on hand at all times. It is useful for so many things but today I’m focusing on how to use it to stop vomiting and viruses. And the great news is that it can even be safely used for babies!

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How To Stop Vomiting, Viruses, and More

To stop my daughter’s vomiting, I stirred about a teaspoon of the charcoal into a glass of water and she drank as much as she could. She said she felt so much better and only threw up once more after that. How I wish I’d thought of it from the very start of her illness, but sometimes my brain doesn’t work as it’s supposed to. ;) If she had continued to throw up, I would have had her drink as much charcoal water as she could manage every time after she threw up. But the great thing about charcoal, is that it stops the vomiting so you shouldn’t need to repeat it much if at all! As a side note: Sometimes the vomit or a bowel movement can be black from the charcoal you consumed. This is totally OK and normal, so don’t freak out! :)

Also, you can mix the charcoal water with juice for children that may not care for the chalky taste.

How to Prevent a Virus

After my daughter became sick, the whole rest of the family drank a glass of charcoal water each day for a few days as a prevention. We had likely contracted the virus ourselves and the charcoal will grab the virus from our bodies and get rid of it before it can take hold. Only one of my other girls became sick but she did not even vomit one time and was much, much less sick. The rest of us stayed well. Yay for charcoal!

There are two basic ways to use charcoal in situations of vomiting and viruses: capsules and powder.

The Benefits of Charcoal Capsules

Charcoal capsules will not work as immediately as the powder, but they are a good choice if you have someone that just cannot drink the powder in water. Charcoal does not have much of a taste but some may not be able to handle the gritty type texture, especially if they are very nauseous. (My daughter was able to drink it fine though.) Plus, capsules are always convenient to grab on the go or when traveling. If you know you have been exposed to a virus, taking a few capsules can be very effective. Buy Activated Charcoal Capsules here.

The Benefits of Powdered Charcoal

Even if you have charcoal capsules on hand, I recommend always keeping the powdered form on hand as well. Not only can powdered charcoal be used on external wounds, you also want the powder on hand for more serious situations like poisoning. The great thing about the charcoal powder is that it will immediately absorb toxins, viruses, and poisoning, whereas capsules take longer to digest. You can buy good food-grade activated charcoal here and here.

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How To Use Charcoal for Vomiting and Viruses

How much charcoal to use really depends on how serious the situation is. For a situation like vomiting or viruses, I use the following amounts.

Baby – 1/4 teaspoon charcoal 
Small Child – 1/2 teaspoon charcoal
Child – 1 teaspoon charcoal
Adults – 1 tablespoon charcoal 

Buy activated charcoal here or here.

Directions

  • Stir desired amount of charcoal into a glass of water and drink.
  • For infants, shake charcoal into a bottle of water or formula.
  • Repeat once a day for a few days as a prevention.
  • For sick patients, repeat after each vomiting episode as needed.

Caution: If you take medication, be sure to not consume any charcoal for 2 hours before or after taking medication as it will absorb the medication.

Charcoal For Vomiting and Viruses
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Ingredients
  1. Baby - 1/4 teaspoon charcoal
  2. Small Child - 1/2 teaspoon charcoal
  3. Child - 1 teaspoon charcoal
  4. Adults - 1 tablespoon charcoal
Instructions
  1. Stir desired amount of charcoal into a glass of water and drink.
  2. For an infant, shake charcoal into a bottle of water or formula.
  3. Repeat once a day for a few days as a prevention.
  4. For sick patients, repeat after each vomiting episode as needed.
Notes
  1. Caution: If you take medication, be sure to not consume any charcoal for 2 hours before or after taking medication as it will absorb the medication.
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RESOURCES

Healthy Living for the Real World. (n.d.). Retrieved January 16, 2017, from http://www.beeyoutiful.com/

Charcoal Remedies. (n.d.). Retrieved January 16, 2017, from http://www.charcoalremedies.com/

Natural Help for RSV

This is the time of year with lots of sicknesses that hits almost every family!  I’ve heard of many cases of RSV going around lately, especially with little babies.  

I experienced RSV in 2011 with my then 2-month old.  I know this virus can get pretty scary for infants.  The cases can be more severe in babies under 6 months.  

RSV has mild to serious symptoms, and my baby had the most serious symptoms, BUT she never acted sick and was her normal happy self.  I’ll explain what I did that helped her so much!

What is RSV?

Respiratory syncytial virus infection (RSV) is a lot like a bad cold and it is very contagious.  They say that most children get this virus by the age of two. 

The milder symptoms can include:

  • A cough
  • A stuffy or runny nose
  • A mild sore throat
  • An earache
  • A fever
  • Less energy
  • Fussy
  • Loss of appetite

The more serious symptoms include:

  • Wheezing – a high-pitched, whistling-type sound which normally occurs when breathing out.
  • Difficulty breathing

These more serious symptoms can be scary and can cause the lips and fingernails of the child to turn blue from lack of oxygen.  That definitely calls for an ER trip!  It can also lead to pneumonia.   

Reagan’s symptoms started off like a cold and developed into more and more congestion, which turned into wheezing.  

There’s never good timing for sickness, but Reagan’s wheezing developed at a really bad time.  We had a snow & ice storm and I was unable to take her to the doctor due to them closing their offices for a few days.  

Reagan’s symptoms weren’t bad enough to make an ER trip, so I watched her closely at home and used a few home remedies to help things not get serious.  I did take her to the doctor as soon as I could and they tested for the RSV and prescribed a nebulizer.

Natural Help for RSV

Here’s what I did to help my baby not suffer as much with this virus:

I began giving her colloidal silver from the beginning when she first showed signs of coughing and congestion.  For her age, I gave 10 drops 3-4 times a day.  When her cough tightened and she started wheezing, I gave her 10 drops of silver every two hours for about three days.  Her cough quickly loosened and became more productive and her wheezing didn’t get serious.  I administered silver for another 5 days 1-3 times a day until I’d given it to her for a total of 10 days. 

I also put a humidifier (or a diffuser) on a chair by her bed with Eucalyptus Oil in the medicine cup and ran it when she napped and all night while she slept.  I used the humidifier every day with the oil until her wheezing stopped and congestion was almost cleared.

Eucalyptus Oil loosens phlegm and reduces mucus membrane inflammation, which really helped Reagan’s wheezing and congestion.  Besides placing the oil in a humidifier, you can also put a few drops on a washcloth and breathe in the vapors, making certain not to allow the actual oil to touch the skin.  

Buy Eucalyptus Essential Oil Here.

Other methods of using essential oils include: 

  • Place 5-10 drops in a full bath (I only used 2-3 in Reagan’s little bath tub)
  • Steam Inhalation.  This is a great option for adults and older children. To prepare this: Set a pan on a sturdy table and fill with 6-8 cups of boiling water.  Add 2-3 drops of the Eucalyptus Oil and cover head and pan with a towel.  Keep eyes closed and face at a safe distance.  Inhale for about 10 minutes, taking breaks if needed.  

Besides the oil in the humidifier, I also used the washcloth and bath methods mentioned to help loosen her congestion.

Although Reagan did show signs of having the serious symptoms of RSV, she didn’t run a fever, lose appetite nor act fussy or sick.  She was her usual happy, smiling self! :)  The doctor and nurses all commented that she certainly didn’t act sick, and were surprised at how well she handled the virus. I get this comment often when my children are sick because using natural medicines to assist the immune system makes ALL the difference! I’ve never had a baby sick so young, and I’m glad I was able to ease her sickness at home with simple, inexpensive home remedies!

Have any of your children had RSV? How did you treat it?

This post was originally published on February 16, 2011.