3 Fall Remedies To Have On Hand

It’s been feeling like fall here in the Midwest and I have those awkward days of wondering whether I should wear my flip flops or boots. These are the only two things I wear on my feet for the most part – because they are easy to wear and it gives me less choices I have to make when I start my day. Yes, I am in that season of life where anything that makes life easier is necessary. 😉
In thinking of fall lately, I’m sharing my 3 favorite DIY home remedy recipes that I try to have on hand for the coming fall and winter months. Now is the time to prepare so that if a sickness arises, I have what I need on hand and ready to use!
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Recipe #1: Homemade Cough Syrup
2 large onions
Raw honey
2 TBS. Licorice root 
2 TBS. Wild Cherry Bark
  • Cut 2 large onions and place in double boiler (if you have one).
  • Cover with raw honey at least 1/2 inch above the onions.
  • Add 2 TBS. licorice root and 2 TBS. wild cherry bark.
  • Simmer on very low heat until the onions become translucent.  If you don’t have a double boiler, you can simmer it very gently in a pan for about 20 minutes.  A double boiler is better because the pan being directly on the heat will take more of the beneficial properties from the raw honey.
  • Strain the onions and herbs out and store in a jar in the refrigerator up to 3 months.
  • Adults can take 1 Tbs. and children 1 tsp. of the syrup up to every 15 mins as needed. Allow the syrup to slowly trickle down the throat as you take it. If you don’t have the licorice or wild cherry bark, you can use this same recipe with just the onions and raw honey for a very effective syrup! You can also make a cough syrup out of just the wild cherry bark and licorice, but that is a different recipe.
    If you’re concerned about the taste of using onions, even my pickiest daughter can take this syrup just fine. Some secrets to help your children willingly take it: make sure you add enough honey, and don’t tell your children that it’s made from onions – sometimes the thought of something affects the taste! 🙂
    This syrup is good for about 3 months in the fridge. I would heat a little bit very gently before using for a cough as that will help soothe.

Here are 3 favorite DIY home remedy recipes that I try to have on hand for the fall and winter months.

Recipe #2: Elderberry Syrup


2 cups dried elderberries 
4 cups water
3 cups raw honey
  • Bring berries and water to a boil and simmer for about 30 minutes.
  • Mash berries and strain through a cheesecloth or a fine strainer.
  • Stir in vinegar and honey and pour into jar.
  • Keeps in the refrigerator for 6 months.

Dosage suggestion:

Child – 1 tsp. daily
Adults – 1 tbsp. daily
(Or hourly if sick, or every 15 minutes if very sick!)

Recipe #3: Echinacea Glycerite


Dried Echinacea
Food Grade Vegetable Glycerin


  • Fill jar half way with dried herbs {or all the way with fresh herb}.
  • Cover dried herbs with boiling water just to the top of the herbs {to help extract properties from the dried herbs}. 
  • Fill the jar with glycerin. 
  • Place a towel in the bottom of a crockpot. Place the jar on top of the towel. Fill crockpot halfway with hot water. “Cook” in the crockpot on warm setting for 3 days.  Strain the herbs.
  • Use 1/2 tsp. 3-5 times a day for children. Use 1 tsp. 3-5 times a day for adults.  I administer for about a week. If the sickness is bad enough, you can even give a dose every hour until improvement.
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5 Herbs To Use For Babies and Children

When we are using herbs and have little ones in the house, our first question is, “Is this herb safe for babies and children?”

It can make a parent nervous to administer herbs to children that they are not familiar with – and you should be careful. Just as you watch your child closely when you introduce each new food {one of my girls was allergic to green beans but has not had any reactions to herbs I’ve given her} to make sure there is no reaction, you should watch your child for reactions to herbs as well.

But herbs are foods, and can be a great choice for medicine as well. If your child has a rash after consuming an herb or does not tolerate an herb well, then you know to avoid that herb. There are definitely herbs that babies and children should never have, so I encourage you to research which herbs are safe that can greatly benefit your young one’s health when they are needed, and which ones need to wait until the child is older.

While these 5 herbs below are not in the least the only ones you can give to little ones, they are a good start to have on hand.

 5 Herbs To Use For Babies and Children

Chamomile Flowers


Chamomile is one of the safest herbs to use. The flowers are great for nervous conditions and have a mild sedative effect.  They help relieve menstrual cramps, intestinal cramps, digestive upsets and gas pains. For babies, they are a choice remedy for teething and colic.

To make chamomile tea for colic or stomach aches:

  • Steep 1-2 tsp. of chamomile flowers in a cup of boiling water for 5 minutes.
  • Remove the pan from the burner while steeping and cover with a lid.  Strain the flowers from the liquid.
  • Cool tea to room temperature
  • Give babies 1-2 ounces, children 2-4 ounces, and adults 1 cup as needed. Giving the tea warm will make a big difference in it being effective for colic and aches.

Using chamomile for teething:

  • Make a strong tea of chamomile when you want to use it for teething.
  • Steep the flowers in the tea for 30 minutes to an hour.
  • You can either freeze the tea in popsicle molds or soak a rag in the tea and freeze the rag for the baby to chew on! These methods will offer great relief for those aching gums.



Catnip is very gentle and highly prized in treating children’s ailments. It is excellent for colds, flus, and fevers.

To use catnip as a fever reducer:

Combine equal amounts of…

…in a container and mix. Make a tea using the instructions above. If you don’t have the elderflower and spearmint, just make a tea with catnip. For children 3 and older, give 1/4 cup every 2 hours until the fever subsides. For children under 3, give 1 tsp of the tea every 2 hours. {Source}

Olive Leaf


Olive leaf is a natural antibiotic and something I would turn to for viral or bacterial infections…and it’s safe enough for children and babies. Like most herbs, it can be administered in tea or tincture form.



Elderberries are a great immune booster and well known for their flu-fighting properties. Dried elderberries can be added to foods, but my favorite way to consume them is by making syrup out of them. Read here how I make elderberry syrup. If making syrup for babies under 1, use vegetable glycerin instead of honey.



Echinacea has been said by some to be used with caution for babies.My naturopathic doctor recommends echinacea for babies over 1, and I believe it is much safer than antibiotics and steroids prescribed for infants all the time. Echinacea is a powerful natural antibiotic and infection fighter.

Before I started making my own medicines, I bought an immune booster for infants and children called Sweet Echinacea that has echinacea as its main herb.

My babies and now children have all responded very well to this herb and it has saved us many doctors visits. I do know of one person that has had an adverse reaction to this herb, but this is very rare. It’s comparable to someone who is severely allergic to peanuts and knows to never eat them again, but most other people can tolerate them fine.  

Again, echinacea can be used in tea and tincture form, or you can buy this Infant Immune-Booster that contains both echinacea and elderberries!

If you make the olive leaf or echinacea into a tincture form yourself, here are suggested dosage amounts from Mountain Meadow Herbs:

Suggested Dosage Use for Babies and Children

Under 2 years old – 1 to 3 times a day as needed

  • 5-10 drops

2-11 years old – 1 to 3 times a day as needed

  • 1/8 tsp.

12 years and older – 1 to 3 times a day as needed

  • 1/4 tsp.

Intervention Use: Use suggested dosage every 4 hours.

Maintenance Use: Use suggested dosage 6 days on, one day off for 2 weeks.

Do you use herbs for your babies? Which are your favorites, or which ones would you like to try?


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Weaver, R., & Weaver, C. (2010). Be your own doctor: 101 stories : Natural remedies for the health of your family. Reinholds, PA (240 Mohns Hill Rd., Reinholds, PA 17569): Share-A-Care Publications.
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Disclaimer: This post is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.

DIY Flower Wreath Crowns

These DIY flower wreath crowns are an educational and fun way to be creative with plants!

I love spending time with my girls ~ they are so much fun! 🙂  It’s important to spend good quality time with our children and make memories!  They grow up way too fast, don’t they? 🙁 

Every summer, we go flower picking to make flower wreath crowns.  The girls choose which flowers they want, and we braid them into crowns.

They are so simple to make!

Flower Wreath Crowns 

  1. Start with 3 separate flowers
2. Begin braiding them together, making sure you braid as tightly as you can.

 3. When one of the stems gets short, or you just want a new flower weaved in…

~Add another flower to one of the stems….~


~And continue braiding~
4. Stick flowers in here and there to fill in empty spaces and add more color and beauty!
5. When the crowns are the size you want, twist the ends of the stems around the beginning of the wreath.
~And you have a beautiful flower wreath for your girls~


You can make this more educational by studying the flowers/herbs you choose for your wreath and whether they can be used for food or medicine! Learning about herbs can be a daily way of life. Our children’s lives may depend on this some day!

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