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Winters best friend is the common cold! Whether it be for kids or parents. I like the more natural approach to curing a common cold, for the entire family.
I have guest blogger Sacha here, an amazing mom to her beautiful girl Rebekah who enjoys a more natural way of living herself. She gives us 11 simple ways on how moms can beat the flu this season, that is child-friendly. These home remedies use ingredients that you have in your kitchen cupboards – How easy is that?!
Here’s Sacha for you!
I am very much into natural health, and natural remedies when it comes to getting sick because although the treatment can take a little longer, it is so much better in the long run health wise. Natural remedies also provide so many great benefits to our children, from a very young age. With the flu season around in the northern hemisphere at the moment, I want to share with you my go-to natural remedies guide on how to beat the flu the natural way which children can take also.
1. Vitamin C
Vitamin C has so many great benefits to helping you when you’re sick, o matter what you are going through. High doses of it will encourage a steady recovery and build and strengthen your immune system. You can take enough until you reach bowel tolerance. You can even give vitamin C to babies and toddlers, in small amounts for when they have colds (in accordance with their weight – ask a naturopath).
2. Elderberry syrup
Elderberry syrup is one of if not the best natural remedy for beating a cold and the flu. It is both an antiviral and immune boosting product that is high in vitamins A, B6, C and iron and potassium. Babies and children can take it too.
Zinc, which can be taken with Vitamin C helps with your sinuses when it comes to battling with a cold or the flu. Again, babies and toddlers can have it in small amounts.
4. Vitamin D
Nothing better than some fresh air and sunshine! The best and most natural source of obtaining vitamin D, whilst making you feel better, even if it’s only feeling good about leaving the house at that point, is through the sun. When your children are little, it is best encouraged in small amounts, with them wearing a hat.
5. Raw organic honey/manuka honey
Honey has so many great health benefits, more specific raw organic honey, that’s local too if you can get it, and when you have a cold or the flu, it can help with many symptoms, more specifically with soothing the throat. Whether you eat a spoonful of it or mix it in with warm water and some fresh honey, either way is great! And delicious! Once children are 12 months old they can have honey. Although manuka honey is much more expensive, it is an excellent immune booster.
6. Colloidal silver
A natural and more healthy antibiotic that benefits the system and helps with overcoming the flu. Colloidal silver boosts the immune system, acts as an anti-virus and can be used as a nasal spray to overcome sinus problems.
7. Apple Cider Vinegar
There is a huge list of benefits of consuming apple cider vinegar, but most importantly, it helps with our system when it comes to battling the flu. When we consume apple cider vinegar, our bodies become more alkaline. When we have a more alkaline body, it assists with killing off viruses. You can consume it with water, or add it to warm water with honey and lemon!
8. Essential oils
I do not know a great amount about essential oils, but I do know that they have so many positive benefits to help with our overall health and wellbeing. In particular though, when it comes to overcoming a cold or the flu, eucalyptus oil and tea tree oil are my go-to’s. Use them in accordance to the guidelines, especially when it comes to small children and babies, because they are so strong and our little one’s bodies are so sensitive. I use an organic eucalyptus rub on the chest and feet in small doses to help clear the sinuses to breathe better.
Tumeric is a fantastic remedy to help with inflammation.
*Saranya- Ill jump in here. You can find this easy sweet turmeric drink that even toddlers will enjoy. Its simple to make and great for a sore throat!
10. Garlic and ginger
Garlic is an antioxidant which can help relieve flu symptoms due to its antibiotic and antiviral elements. Ginger helps with removing toxins in the body and can settle those with nausea, an upset stomach, or feeling weak and dizzy. Both of these items consumed raw, or added together with honey and warm water for instance really work wonders!
*Consuming garlic on an empty tummy is a great gut healing treatment too. Ginger tea is a nice way to consume ginger, for all my tea lovers! ( Me included!)
11. Plenty of fluids and rest
Last but not least, the obvious and still so important component to overcoming a cold or the flu is drinking plenty of water and having lots of rest. Patience is key. Overcoming the flu takes time.
I hope that these natural remedies tips of mine help your kids through the cold and flu season!