When you have kids, stomach bugs happen more easily, as they are brought from school, daycare and friends and liberally shared with the family members. A few days of hugging the toilet is not something that anyone wants, so I compiled this list of tried and true natural remedies to treat a stomach bug. My family and friends have all used these successfully:
1. Bentonite clay. Every mother should have a bottle or two of this stuff in the pantry. This is my favorite brand of bentonite clay. Any time someone has an upset stomach, diarrhea, vomiting, etc, give them a tablespoon of bentonite clay with some water. Small toddlers get a teaspoon with water. Bentonite clay has saved me and my family countless times, so I can’t recommend it more highly.
It works by trapping (in a sponge-like fashion) and expelling viruses, poisons and anything else your body doesn’t need. In a study from Arizona State University, bentonite clay was found to be highly effective at killing MRSA as well as Salmonella, E.Coli and other viruses. When one person in my family gets a stomach bug, all of us start taking the clay as a preventative.
2. Apple cider vinegar. A tablespoon of ACV in a glass of water with some raw honey can fix many stomach issues. If you vomit, take just a sip and follow with a second sip 15-20 minutes later. Learn about the other ways to use apple cider vinegar.
3. Ginger. Ginger is a well-known stomach remedy. Grate a teaspoon of fresh ginger root, add a cup of boiling water. Let stand for ten minutes, strain, add raw honey and drink. Or try homemade ginger ale.
4. Turmeric milk. I like turmeric milk for the recovery phase, as it calms the stomach and strengthens the digestion. Get the recipe for turmeric milk here.
5. Probiotics. Probiotics help rebuild your intestinal flora by killing the unfriendly bugs and growing the friendly ones. Probiotics make your body stronger by building up its immune system. My favorite probiotics brand is Xymogen.
6. Homeopathy. Try Ipecacuanha for nausea, which is not relieved by vomiting. Take Ipecacuanha after every time you vomit. Try Arsenicum for burning pains, vomiting and thirst for small sips of hot liquid. Try Nux vomica to regain strength after the stomach flu.
7. Hot Rooibos or chamomile tea. Rooibos tea, also known as red tea, is said to calm the digestive tract and ease stomach cramps. Chamomile, too, has soothing properties.