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Natural Remedies for the stomach bug

Here’s a list of my top six natural remedies for the stomach bug. Be prepared for when the stomach bug strikes unexpectedly in the middle of the night!

natural remedies for the stomach bug

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Recently my daughter and I were hit by a stomach bug. She contracted it first and I caught it soon after. What’s really strange is that we had eaten at Mc Donald’s on the Saturday night and by Sunday she woke up vomiting. I instantly assumed it was some kind of food poisoning from the Mc Donald’s. You see we NEVER eat fast food. EVER!

The only other time she had been to McDonald’s was for a kid’s birthday party. But that Saturday night for some reason she begged me to go there and I caved in. I was kicking myself come Sunday when my poor baby was hurled over.

As a mom it’s an absolute torture to see your babies in pain. I treated my little girl and myself with natural home remedies and bedrest. Below I share my top six natural remedies for the stomach bug. Of course if your symptoms persists for more than 48 hours, causes unbearable pain or other major problems please consult your doctor, as it may be a sign of a more serious illness.

TOP 6 Natural Remedies for the stomach bug

 #1 – Drink Coconut Water

natural remedies for the stomach bug

Coconut water is full of electrolytes and high in potassium all of which are lost during diarrhea and vomiting. Instead of keeping a bottle of Pedialyte in your pantry which is full of food coloring and artificial flavors why not keep a brown coconut. Then if the stomach bug strikes you don’t need to go hunting for one.

#2 – Harness the power of essential oils

natural remedies for the stomach bug

Essential oils penetrate the skin and quickly circulate throughout the body. Combine the essential oils of ginger, peppermint and patchouli with a carrier oil and massage it into the soles of your feet, your stomach or behind the ears. I would recommend diffusing these essential oils as well in order to reap the full benefits. For children the EO blend Tummy All Better by Plant Therapy is an excellent remedy. It’s pre-diluted with coconut oil which makes it safe to apply directly to your child’s tummy.

Tip #3 – Drink bone broth

beef bone broth

I always keep homemade bone broth in my freezer. A bit of bone broth is just about the only food we could stomach in the early stages. All I had to do was to defrost a few cubes and warm it up. Bone broth is full of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and gelatin and will help to repair the gut. You can find my post on how to make bone broth and all it’s benefits here.

Tip #4 – Take a probiotic

orange ginger smoothie

On day 3 when we still did not feel like eating solid food I whipped up my Orange Ginger smoothie replacing the milk with kefir. The ginger in the smoothie is great for nausea and kefir is a probiotic. The friendly bacteria Lactobacillus genus found in kefir produces natural disinfectants and is believed to help protect against infections. Read more about the health benefits of kefir here.

Tip # 5 – Stick to the BRAT diet for a couple days

natural remedies for the stomach bug
When we were finally ready to handle solid food we stuck with the BRAT diet. Banana, Rice, Apples and Toast.

Tip #6 – Take an Epsom salts bath

epsom salts lavender bath

Epsom salts baths not only help to relieve sore muscles they are an excellent way to detoxify. Magnesium is absorbed through the skin and the compound draws out toxins. I would recommend a nice long soak after diarrhea has subsided, for obvious reasons. 🙂

Later I found out that a few other kids from my daughter’s school had been ill so it seems it wasn’t food poisoning from Mc Donald’s after all. I still lead her to believe that eating there did play some part in our illness in hope that she won’t ask me to go back. Am I awful?

I’d love to know what natural remedies you keep in your parent arsenal for when the tummy bug strikes.

Please share this post to give your family and friends a chance to be prepared too.



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  • Reply
    April 21, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    These are some really great tips Krystal! I like the sound of that smoothie even if I wasn’t sick 😉

  • Reply
    Renee Kohley
    April 21, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    Krystal this is a great post! I’ll be sharing and pinning! Glad you guys are better!

    • Reply
      April 21, 2015 at 8:01 pm

      Thank you Renee. It was awful but we made it through!

  • Reply
    Emily @ Recipes to Nourish
    April 21, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    These are some really great tips! I always love coconut water when I’m not feeling great. Love the addition of EOs too!

    • Reply
      April 21, 2015 at 7:26 pm

      Thanks Emily! Isn’t coconut water just awesome!

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    Marjorie @ This is so good...
    April 21, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    Great tips! We use many of these as well and they really do help!

    • Reply
      April 21, 2015 at 7:26 pm

      Thank you Marjorie!

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    linda spiker
    April 21, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    So glad my days of tummy bugs are over! Wish I knew these things when my kids were little. Life would have been easier. Thanks and great post!

    • Reply
      April 21, 2015 at 5:42 pm

      Thanks Linda! I look forward to tummy bug free days as well 🙂

  • Reply
    April 21, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    There are some great remedies here. We use many of them…and I hate tummy bugs. 😛

    • Reply
      April 21, 2015 at 5:41 pm

      Thanks Jessica! Tummy bugs are awful. It’s good to know how to act when they hit.

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