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Homeopathic remedies

Allium Cepa or pulsatilla for colds: For a runny nose and watery eyes, try allium cepa, made from red onions (the same ones that make you cry while chopping them). It works by helping your body do more of what it wants to do—create mucus that helps clear the germs from the nose. If your child has yellow or green nasal discharge and is acting clingy and miserable, try pulsatilla, made from extracts of the anemone flower, which stimulates the production of mucus that’s part of the body’s germ-killing arsenal.

Oscillococcinum, aconite, or bryonia for flu: If the flu seems to be coming on slowly, try the tongue-twisting Oscillococcinum, a homeopathic treatment manufactured by Boiron that can help nip flu-like symptoms in the bud. If symptoms appeared quickly, such as a sudden fever, the National Center for Homeopathy recommends you try aconite, a treatment made from the buttercup family of herbs. Bryonia, derived from the roots of a flowering plant in the cucumber family, works as an anti-inflammatory in the body, which can help ease achy joints and dry cough brought on by the flu.

For more information, check out Homeopathy 101.

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