I love season change, it seems that it comes at the perfect time, when you are a little over the last season and so ready to embrace change. The thing is that with season change comes the allergies and sniffles and illnesses that we try so hard to keep away from our families.
Here are a few ideas to help your kids remain healthy and well during the season change.
There are so many adverts and products available for children that it is often confusing as to which one you choose, and whether you have made the best choice. It feels like they are all calling out at you as you walk down the aisles and aisles of vitamins and immune system boosters that are on offer. The thing is that so often we look to the shelves for help, when we have the best solutions at our finger tips. So let’s take a step back and see what old time favourites can work for us.
HONEY AND CINNAMON: By mixing cinnamon and honey in a glass of hot water, waiting for it too cool and then sipping it, is a great way to reduce both dry and phlegmatic coughs. It will clear the phlegm from the chest and relieve the symptoms of a cough. It will also help you to keep your immune system strong so that you don’t give those nasty germs a chance. Both of these ingredients are anti-bacterial and anti-viral, which will make the body strong enough to fight and kill harmful bacteria and viruses. Honey also contains vitamins and minerals that will provide the body with essential nutrients. Propolis has a wide range of antibacterial properties.
APPLE CIDER VINIGAR: Is great for sinus congestion, apple cider vinegar helps to break up and reduce mucous in the body. This will help to clear your sinuses. It also has antibacterial properties, making it useful for fighting infection. The antibacterial properties in apple cider vinegar are also useful for healing sore throats. You can either mix a spoon of apple cider vinegar in a little warm water and drink it or mix about 30ml’s in a cup of warm water and gargle with it.
SAGE AND ROSEMARY: These herbs are a valuable remedy for colds and fevers. You can either cook with these fresh herbs or drink it as tea with a little lemon. Your symptoms will seem to melt away. Sage has excellent antibacterial and astringent properties. Another thing you can do is mix some in boiling water and leave it in your child’s room, away from their reach. The steam will help.
CAYENNE PEPPER: Cayenne has the ability to ease upset stomach, ulcers, sore throats, and irritating coughs. Cayenne pepper also aids in breaking up and moving congested mucus. Once mucus begins to leave the body, relief from flu symptoms generally follows. It heats the body from the inside, there for helping the lymphatic and digestive systems and detoxifying the body. Cayenne also causes us to sweat, another important process of detoxification. Combined with lemon juice and honey, cayenne tea is an excellent morning beverage for a detox, or merely add it to your food.
GINGER: Ginger improves the absorption of essential nutrients in the body. It helps to clear your sinuses and helps to get rid of throat and nose congestion. The healing benefits of ginger are great. Ginger can be sliced and added to warm water or increased in your food intake.
GARLIC: Garlic is great from strengthening the immune system, as well as fighting chest infections, coughs and congestion. Garlic is great in protecting the body against cold and flu. Garlic contains high levels of vitamin C as well as vitamin B6 which is needed for a healthy immune system and growth of new cells in the body.
Ok so we have given you some really awesome information about the natural function of foods, some of which you may have already known and some that well knocked your socks off. Now I am by no means saying that you should try and get your child to eat raw garlic and ginger, I think that this will be the easiest way to make them never eat again. Instead, keep these super foods in mind when you are planning your meals. We all know that fresh is always best so if you don’t have a herb garden, now might be a good time to start one, start off by just growing rosemary and sage. Try and ensure that you have these ingredients in as many meals as possible, to fight off the bugs before they arrive. Soups are a must in winter, but a cup of soup is not going to boost your immunity as much as a homemade soup. Why soup is so healthy is the bone broth. Bone broth is full of gut healing gelatine. This will lower inflammation and increase immune function. Click here to download our printable Magic Moms Soup recipies. MAGIC MOMS 10 DELICIOUS SOUPS FOR WINTER . Make a spoon full of honey a part of your bath time routine. Raw honey is best and my kids just love it. Give them a spoon every night before they brush their teeth. Stay away from polyunsaturated fats as these will suppress the immune system. Increase yoghurt intake. Introduce a healthy amount of oats and barley to their diet. Chicken, fish, soup and mushrooms are antiviral foods, so keep them coming.
As I have mentioned many times before, get a good probiotic. The best ones usually have to be kept in the fridge. A probiotic will maintain a healthy gut, which in turn will strengthen the immune system and aid with keeping you healthy.
Don’t forget about your Epsom Salt bathes. Epsom salts is full of magnesium which helps against allergies, asthma, and eczema. It is great for strong bones and muscle strength and is needed for vitamin D absorption. It also promotes restful sleep, which is needed not only to feel good, but for the body to heal itself. It also helps against stress and anxiety, which are known to deplete the immune system.
When looking for the perfect vitamin supplement for your children, ensure that it has all the vitamins especially A, C and D. As well as zinc, selenium and Elderberry and Astragalus. Elderberry and Astragalus are fantastic for respiratory tract infections. It is a good idea to introduce an immune system booster as well as a daily supplement. Don’t forget about their fish oils, they need a healthy dose of Omega 3 that is high in EPA and DHA.
Other great items to keep at hand during season change are vapour rubs. I like to put it on their feet when they go to bed. A sinus wash like Sterimar, this will ensure that the sinuses remain clear so bacteria cannot begin to play havoc and eucalyptus oil. This is great to use a few drops to maintain a clear respiratory system. If you are trying to fight off an illness or need some extra help with keeping healthy then Buffered Vitamin C is an effervescent powder that can be dissolved in water.
Please remember, that I am a Mother, not a doctor so always check with your Paediatrician before starting anything new. These are merely ideas on what I have found works for our family.
KEEP HEALTHY AND ENJOY LIFE, NO MATTER WHICH WAY THE WIND BLOWS.