- Licorice Root & Manuka Honey Tea - We find it best taken as an infusion or strong tea sipped continuously throughout the day for coughs
- Tamarind seeds & Tumeric - it is suggested to take in powder form 50/50 in 350mg doses 3 times a day.
- Garlic & Valerian Root - It is suggested to infuse in water together and drink as a tea. Add honey for taste if needed. I am sensitive to Valerian so we don't use this remedy.
- Lobelia & Yarrow - It is suggested to infuse both herbs in water and drink as a tea as often as needed.
- Seeds of Eggplant - It has been said that the seeds of eggplant / Aubergine may help to develop stronger immunity against measles. The suggested amount to take is 500mg to 1gram of seeds daily for 3 - 5 days when there is an outbreak.
Most of these herbs you will find online however we purchase from www.herbcottage.com.au.
Whilst there may be more serious cases going around in which case seek professional advice, I felt quite confident treating measles at home myself. I hope these suggestions help you feel more confident too!
The Eco Mum xo
If you or one of your lovelies happen to get the measles there are many simple things you can do to create comfort and aid their body in fighting off the infection.
- Rest rest and rest is very important. A fever induces lethargy and sometimes delirium (if very high) so bed rest in that instance, is vital.
- Lots of fluids as you may run a moderate to high fever which may dehydrate the body.
- Also, measles may present with âtoxaemiaâ which is basically loss of appetite or thirst for liquids. Lemon juice and warm water with a little raw or Manuka honey is helpful as it is absorbed rapidly and speeds metabolic processes. Manuka honey is also a powerful healer with anti-microbial abilities.
- According to Dr Robert Medehlson, the pediatrician and author of "How to Raise a Healthy Child In Spite of Your Doctor" it is recommended by some to allow a fever to burn up the infection. Others recommend lowering the fever immediately, regardless of its level.
Do whatever you feel comfortable with in relation to this.
- I have found using Vitamin C to lower a fever works more quickly than anything else and does not inhibit immune responses from the body. For us, this is a safe way to lower a fever without interfering in what the body is trying to do.
'How to Raise a Health Child in Spite of Your Doctor' - MD Robert Medehlson
- It is important and noted by most medical professionals to maintain fluids, aiming for at least 250mls every hour while the fever is running. Fluids high in vitamins and minerals are best; we use a lukewarm tea with Manuka honey & a pinch of sea salt or rock salt to keep electrolytes stable
- I have found that big doses of antivirals or anti-microbial herbs and supplements like garlic extract, olive leaf extract, goldenseal root or colloidal silver help the body to beat the infection & speed up recovery.
- Light sensitivity is one of the key symptoms for measles. It is best to keep lights dimmed during the day to help avoid headaches.
- Unfortunately, most medical literature and opinion states that no matter how fast you recover, theincubation period remains the same - it is recommended that you donât go near other people for 11 days.
How to Treat the Rash
For the itchy rash that appears, there are several options here that we have found worked very well.
- You can use good old cornstarch paste similar to what you do for chicken pox. Paint on a paste and cover with old clothes or cloth to avoid itching. Works well overnights.
- Calamine lotion works well too however you may prefer to go all natural.
- Things like oat meal baths, lavender tea rinses over the skin and a soothing oil blend of lavender, chamomile and avocado on the skin I found to help with the itching a lot
- Bathing in bicarb / baking soda (1 cup to a bathtub) will soothe itching.
- Oatmeal (1 - 2 cups to a bath) will soothe itching skin
- Squeeze undiluted lemon juice onto itching skin and allow to dry. This will also help soothe the redness in the rash.
- A strong infusion of basil tea or thyme tea that has been covered to ensure vapours donât escape works brilliantly for easing itching. Soak washcloths in the infusion & place on itchy skin whenever necessary.
- Aloe vera flesh or pure gel can be applied to smaller patches of the rash & will soothe red, inflamed skin quickly.
Most of you probably had chicken pox as a child, right?
Well, from my perspective having seen my child with it, measles was actually very similar. According to most modern medical literature, it is very unlikely to harm you or your kids in the long term (it is considered a mostly benign disease though highly contagious).
It may make sufferers feel very ill for a short period and may also make them cranky for about a week (but then so does a common cold).
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- Measles is a highly contagious viral infection (so not bacterial which means there is no cell to destroy with antibiotics and the like), occurring most commonly in children.
- It is passed on via water vapor or droplets from sneezing or coughing from an infected person.
- Initial symptoms are feeling tired, irritability, moderate fever, runny eyes, dislike of bright light and some cold or flu like symptoms.
- As the virus takes hold, the more serious symptom of measles are a mild to high fever and red / brown blotchy rash, light sensitivity, headaches and toxaemia (loss of appetite for liquids or foods).
- The incubation period is between 9 and 11 days.
- A bright red rash tends to break out on the forehead and face, then the neck working down to the feet, the rash tends to last about three days in each area.
How to Avoid Getting Measles
Because measles is a VIRAL infection - i.e. a virus without cells of bacteria that you can kill off - we found it most helpful to ensure immunity is boosted as much as possible.
Immunity boosting and protection, regardless of vaccinations, is of top priority for us with Miss Eco attending day care.
We go to great lengths to support her gut function via cultured food and drinks as well as providing certain herbs and supplements to support health immunity all year round.
Echinacea and Vitamin C (I know, I know - we keep harping about these two but honestly, they work so well for us!) have become a part of the daily, morning breakfast routine for immunity in our home.
Breakfast Immune Booster
1 teaspoon of Vitamin C powder
10 drops of Echinacea Tincture OR
10 drops of Olive Leaf Extract during times of exposure
We also find 1 tablespoon of Elderberry Syrup a good remedy to use in place of tinctures so that we can rely on the tinctures during times of illness.
A fellow Eco Mum and reader of this blog told me that she was making this Immune Booster everyday for her kids & they didnât get sick. As soon as she stopped doing it for about a week & they picked up a bug almost straight away.
Also, Olive Leaf Extract, Garlic & Colloidal Silver are handy for treatment of measles and any other bacterial or viral infection. They are broad spectrum antibiotics that DONâT kill good bacteria like the pharmaceutical anti-biotics have been shown to do. They will kill off the bad bugs (pathogens, viral infections and bacterial infections) without causing any harmful or long term side effects.
Super Immune Boosting Infusion
Sipping tea or strong infusion of these herbs - stinging nettle (nettle), peppermint, rosehip & elderflower - will help to boost immunity, keep up vitamins and minerals & fight off the infection.
I give this with juice with my little one as the taste is strong for kids - its a very effective remedy in our home though!
For infusion strength, 1/4 cup of each herb in 1 litre of water, steeped for 4 hours and strained is sufficient. Drink as often as you like!