The little germ monsters, er, lovely children of the house!
This book is super informative, a great natural resource!
Lately my household has become a den of sickness. And when I say lately I mean since August. Someone is always sick! Brady started school last Fall and has caught a zillion colds, which slowly spread to his sister and parents. Molly had pneumonia over Christmas and then passed a cold to me twice in a month and poor Brady just has miserable allergies and I have had enough. Enough I tell you!
I have been researching natural ways to kick this sickness thing to the curb because I feel kind of weird about constantly medicating kids. Now I’m partial to a little Nyquil on bad night (for me, not them. I wish) and Tylenol/Motrin for fevers and such, but it gets to a place where it seems I am always dosing someone and I need a change. I recently found this blog (she’s amazing, I promise) and she has a great section on health that I have been devouring. I like her natural approach and feel it won’t hurt to try some of this stuff, right? I also did some really scientific polls on Facebook, so you know this is legit.
Without further ado, our health plan (for now!)
1) After many recommendations, the entire family is taking probiotics every morning. I plan on getting our belly’s full of whatever the heck is in probiotics and hopefully balance out our digestive systems. You can find info on probiotics, here. I bought this kind for the kids and this for the adults in our household. The kids kind comes in a powder form and has to be refrigerated. I add it into their drink at breakfast and they think it is “special tea.”
2) Vitamin C! I bought chewable tablets for the kids and have ordered the powdered version for us adults.
3) For brain health, I bought this strawberry flavored arctic cod liver oil for the kids (and me.) I’m not gonna lie, it does not taste like strawberry and kind of makes you shudder after drinking it. It doesn’t taste like fish either. Just a really weird oil that is a little…off.
4) Elderberry extract. I read here that this helps keep sickness at bay and don’t think it will hurt either way. Apparently it boosts the immune system. We need that! It comes in a glass bottle and a dropper. I add it to their water bottles. I bought this kind, here.
5) Raw honey. I have heard that raw honey is a little controversial and should never be given to children under 1 (and always check with a doctor before you take anything mentioned above!) Mix one tablespoon of raw honey with 1/4 tablespoon cinnamon daily to fight colds. Did you know honey and cinnamon have antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal properties? Anyway, this tastes delicious and helps with coughs and sore throats, too. My kids think this is a huge treat, so that is a bonus as well! I bought my raw honey at Whole Foods, but you can find some here.
Lastly, I am thinking of eliminating dairy from our house and seeing if that helps with our allergies and sickness. I recently switched our skim milk to unsweetened almond milk on a suggestion from a friend (she knows her stuff, check her out here!)
I’ll see if all of the above helps us in the long run. I know this is not an overnight solution. It will probably take months to see results, but it makes me feel so much better to have a plan.
Tell me, what do you do to combat sickness/allergies in your house? What works for you? Have you tried anything I wrote about today? I want to know how it works!