With our fast paced lifestyle, kids at school and childcare and the temperatures dropping, colds and flus are on the attack.
I have been waiting for the weather to cool down and now it’s finally here I’m full of snot and phlegm, not a pretty sight and although I’ve tried my absolute best to stop it from spreading to the other family members unfortunately all the kids now have runny noses.
Usually I am prepared for this time of year but this year time has gotten away from me.
The new school routine and a teething baby seem to have added a bit more of a challenge to the everyday life, so I took some time out (while hubby took the kids out) and made a plan.
I myself choose to take the holistic and natural approach to building up and strengthening the immune system and have added even more fresh fruits and vegetables to our dishes.
I have added more garlic and onion to our family dinners as they contain compounds that are similar ingredients in over-the-counter cold and flu remedies. I have stocked up on the prebiotics, vitamin C essential oils such as tea tree and eucalyptus oil.
I was interested to discover how different people use natural remedies to keep themselves and their families healthy and strong over the colder months.
A local mother in Miami puts an onion in a bowl in her daughter’s bedrooms overnight so it absorbs the bacteria of cold and flu viruses. She also puts Vicks on the bottom of their feet with socks when she feels her or the girls have a cold coming on.
The director from Kool Kids Miami said her staff make sure all the children are wearing jumpers and shoes and end yard time at 4.30 in the cooler months so the kids don’t catch a chill.
The centre also burn essential oils in an electric burner to reduce symptoms of colds, encourage sleeping and have calming effects on the children. They wipe down the mats and pillows with eucalyptus oil to keep germs from spreading from child to child.
For those of you who do want to take a natural approach to health and wellbeing www.natural therapypages.com.au is very informative and have lots of great ideas on how to strengthen the immune system.
Sometimes children tend to tune out when you start talking about staying healthy so if you want your children to gain a better understanding of why we all need a healthy body www.kidshealth.org has a fantastic movie about the immune system and how it all works.
Our body is regularly exposed to cold and flu virus’ and that is why it so important that our immune system is in great working condition.
Words Amardy Baucke
Originally published in Coast Kids