Warding off back to school germs

Posted on: 8th September, 2014

Category: Health

Contributor: Hannah Dare

It really is that time again! By now the uniforms are dusted off, the lunch boxes lids have been located and the first few days are over (I know I probably should have written this article last month but I didn’t want to — it didn’t seem fair!). After such a fantastic summer it is hard to imagine the colder days ahead, but of course we have to be prepared for the extra discomforts that the cooler weather brings. In terms of back to school, there are a few natural ways to ease the inevitable troubles…

Kids get off the school bus each day bringing back more germs than homework — and they immediately generously share those bugs with the rest of the household! Some of the Back to School Essentials we would advise include:

Powdered Vitamin C. This is easier to administer than tablets for kids (I just slip some into the drink bottles) if sipped throughout the day is much more effective at warding off bugs than one tablet taken in the morning. We have a bottle by Biocare that costs €9.95 and will last your family much longer than the same amount spent on pills.

A Neti Pot or a Nasal Wash is a great way of keeping small sinuses free of infection. These days we have one that is super small and easy to use; and you can buy little sachets of salt to make up the saline solution in the right strength. This has been shown to reduce incidences of colds and reduce the severity of Asthma as well.

Vitamin D in a Spray form. This really is essential for wintertime health, as well as helping to build bone strength.

Aconite in homeopathic form is fantastic for colds and sore throats that come on suddenly.

Carrageen Moss cooked in water and then added to a mango/apple juice worked a treat last winter for my little girl who gets viruses that then can develop into asthmatic chest infections, which can be nasty. I found that this home remedy really worked. If your child is fussy this is a great way of getting Carrageen into them! And if your child is over 12, Bronchoforce from A.Vogel can be added to make a hugely effective cough syrup.

Clearly, we all want our kids to do well in school, to feel confident, happy, calm and relaxed. One way to do this is to make sure they are getting the right kinds of fats to feed their growing brains. I am a great believer in Essential Fatty Acids; I give my kids a dose of fish oils every day and I also slip some Extra Virgin Coconut oil into their porridge as it has been shown to be so good for the brain and tastes delicious too!

Cuts, scrapes, bumps and bruises are a part of schoolyard fun, so you might want to have a few First Aid assistance products on hand (in the car even!): Colloidal Silver Spray for keeping cuts from getting infected; Hypericum and Calendula Cream to help speed healing; Arnica Tablets for bumps and bruises

Head Lice seem to be an inevitable problem for little school goers and unfortunately mainstream remedies are very toxic. I highly recommend a product called Delacet, which is sold under licence in Health Food Shops specifically for killing head lice. It works incredibly well, while being totally non-toxic to children. It is a tincture of Larkspur in vinegar. I’ve tried it and it works incredibly well, precventing reinfection in the other children involved; we didn’t catch anything again. Phew! I wish everything was that simple! I will keep a bottle on hand from now on though…

For stomach problems, as children, we were inevitably dosed with a weak solution of cider vinegar in water. It was our father’s go-to at the first moan or groan and we are all still taking it anytime we feel nauseous, and it still works! I also give my children probiotics regularly, and it is good to have chamomile and peppermint tea to hand for tummy aches too.

And finally…a healthy breakfast makes for a happy child. Porridge is a firm favourite in our house, and I fortify it with coconut oil as I mentioned above (1 teaspoon per person), local honey, and a powdered multivitamin by Biocare for children. And for our October Special in Organico Cafe look out for our Free Porridge Offer on Fridays! More information to come…

I hope these tips are of some use; if you have any others to share please do get in touch! You can contact us on FaceBook, Twitter and by email on organicobantry@gmail.com. We love to hear from you!

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