How do I stop an illness from spreading?

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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Our Winter Bug Medicine Chest

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”

Mental Stress Relief

Holiday times can be stressful, both mentally and physically. It is easy to sometimes forget to stop and take care of us. This post is tells you why it is important to take care of yourself, and provides tips and tricks on easy ways to do so. Continue reading “Mental Stress Relief”

Vitamin C

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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Elderberry Syrup

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”

Vitamin C in Passion Tea?

Sometimes after a long battle with sick children, I no longer have the energy to make another blend, so I reach for what I know works. For extra vitamin C, I reach for Tazo’s Passion Tea. It is available at any store, which means it is quick and easy to pick up with anything else I need.

The herbal blend in the tea has easily absorbable vitamin C that aids the body during an illness.  Vitamin C has been shown to be beneficial against viruses and bacterial infections.

While there is an herbal version you can make at home, this tea blend is a great substitute for the exhausted mom, or just in a pinch.  Continue reading “Vitamin C in Passion Tea?”

Gummy Bears for Coughs

My most favorite winter go to recipe for coughs is wild cherry and astragalus lollipops. I recently took the recipe and turned it into gummy bear lozenges. My daughters love the lozenges because they feel like they are getting more, when really they are getting the same amount as a lollipop. Sneaky, right! The lozenges are fun because it lets you give them to a younger child without worrying about them choking.

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Fevers

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”