When one person gets sick, we all get sick! This adage is true in my family, and many others. While prevention isn’t always a 100% guarantee that you won’t get it, it definitely reduces the chances and the duration. Outside of making sure our children don’t share cups or food, and remembers to cover their mouths, or wash their hands, we try to clean the “hot spots” in our house every night and turn things over when their fever breaks.
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This holiday our family brought some unwanted visitors (sicky germs) and we have been down this week. So, I wanted to share some of the things I use to help us get over our bugs sooner. Continue reading “Our Winter Bug Medicine Chest”
When I began my herbal adventures I stumbled across a book by Rosemary Gladstar. In the book Rosemary spoke of a syrup she made one winter of just onions and honey and how she swore it kept her family from getting sick that winter. So I had to try it. While we still got sick that winter, it wasn’t nearly as bad. Since then, this had become a staple in my home!
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Great tips from the La Leche League to help you nurse during the holidays!
Vitamin C is a wonderful vitamin to keep in the medicine chest. Not only is this vitamin renown for helping treat and prevent scurvy, it is helps boost the immune system. It is also water soluble, which means that whatever your body doesn’t absorb will pass through your urine. Although, too much can cause diarrhea; just think of this as your bodies way of telling you it has had enough.
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Elderberries have been clinically shown to prevent and reduce flu symptoms. It has also been shown to help reduce the duration of colds, respiratory illnesses (head colds, bronchitis, sinus infections), and boost the immune system. Sambucol is a great brand and can be purchased at local grocery stores (Walmart, Walgreens, etc.) and natural stores. Sambucol for Kids is also available for children 2-10. For those with dietary restrictions, Sambucol Sugar-Free is available. Herbs for Kids has an amazing blend for children called Sweet Elderberry. Herbs for Kids can be found at most natural stores such as Natural Grocers, or online at Amazon.
Below is a recipe for DIY Elderberry Syrup and a link to Elderberry Gumdrops. Make sure to check out our Q & A page to get answers to some of my frequent elderberry questions!
***Elderberry syrup should not be used with those by those with an active autoimmune disorder as it can stimulate the immune system. Ask your doctor if you are unsure if you should use it. Elderberry syrup is safe for lactating and pregnant mothers. When ingested the benefits will pass on to the child. DO NOT give to children under the age of 2. *** Continue reading “Elderberry Syrup”
It doesn’t matter if you are a first time parent or a seasoned grandparent, fevers are scary! Believe it or not, fevers are actually there to help the body. It a sign that something is going on with the body. Hopefully this post will help alleviate some of the fear and empower you with some alternative ways to treat a fever. Continue reading “Fevers”
Red swollen gums. Pink cheeks. Slight fever. Drool everywhere. Fussy, distempered… teething.
Nothing sucked more than when my children were teething. I felt so helpless to help, and if I’m honest, the fussiness was a bit much at times! Since children can start teething as young as 3 months and as late as 18 months, tips and tricks are needed! When mine were little little my go to was the frozen plastic rings. It allowed them to chew and numb their gums at the same time. The chewing helps their teeth break through the gums, and the frozen ice chew helped numb the gums. As they got older and were introduced to more foods, I would take the net rings and place frozen fruits like blueberries, quartered strawberries and grapes into the mesh and let them gnaw away. This temporarily soothed the pain and helped brake the gums.
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