Hey there friends! Summer’s end signals the change in seasons- and this kid is ready to shift into trainer/therapist mode here in the coming weeks. But before I tap into my fitness headspace, the red noses and sore throats around here remind me that winter- and sick season-are a-coming.
These tips have reduced the number of sick days around here- and I want the same for you! Please remember, the hints listed below are descriptive- not prescriptive! Employ good health habits, but as in all things, balance is key- always consult your doctor as needed. Capiche? Excellent! So, in no particular order, here we go:
-Thieves oil: Now, I confess that I sit somewhere in the middle of the oily continuum: I see oils as a both/and adjunct to good health practices, but not a substitute for all medical intervention. But let me tell you: I love me some Thieves oil. Subjectively speaking, we have seen a marked difference in our kid’s overall wellness with its daily use. My kids now see the oil roller bottle as their little bud, and applying Thieves is next on their morning to-do list after brushing teeth. It is obviously not a guarantee against all sickness, but it does help. A combo of Cinnamon, Clove, Lemon, Rosemary and Eucalyptus, this hot oil is a natural antibacterial; HOWEVER, it is NOT to be applied neat (without being diluted in a carrier oil) to the skin. Likewise, the proportions of drops of oil to carrier oil vary greatly when formulating oils used by adults and kids, so do your homework before mixing your own and applying it topically. Other cautions: know which oils can be used on children-and at what age before application; likewise, do NOT ingest oils unless under the direct supervision of a qualified practitioner.
-Nasal spray: I know, I felt like I was 85 years old when I bought my first bottle of nasal spray on purpose but hear me out! A few years ago after experiencing a few sinus infections in a short period of time, I knew the inevitable rounds of antibiotics were not for me. Enter nasal spray: a game changer. Moistened sinuses are happy sinuses, and each squirt of this liquid gold clears out the bacteria just waiting to pounce, decreasing your chances of waking up feeling like your gourd is going to explode. Furthermore, a hydrated body is a healthier body, so while you’re at it, keep on slugging back the water, and using a sinus rinse made with bottled water as needed (especially in the months marked by the dry air from heating units, not to mention cold air devoid of the summer humidity that helps stave off some of those sinus infections and colds). When choosing nasal spray, look for a natural saline mist that is safe for daily use. There are some turbo charged options for your kiddos too, if they can’t figure the whole spray- inhale thing (http://www.littleremedies.com). A spritz in each nostril one to two times a day is worth the time in prevention.
-Humidifier: Yes, yes! Add 3-5 drops of Eucalyptus (if congested), or Thieves if the funk has invaded your home (or little people). When my kids are down, they now ask for “special steam”- they love the smell- and sleep better- a win for all, no? Even better, a few drops of selected oil in a humidifier is a great measure of prevention and treatment for babies, since direct application of oils is a no-no. The benefits without the risk? Yes, please! If I am feeling dry, scratchy, or my eyes start to water, I know it’s time to bust out the humidifier, and I often wake up feeling soooo much better. The humidifier is also a great way to disinfect a room if you’ve been up all night with a sick kiddo, and don’t want to fumigate your house (and lungs) with harsh disinfectants.
-Green juice- You knew this was coming, right? Phytonutrients? Anti inflammatory roots and herbs? A huge help in maintaining a good acid/base balance, and feed your body the surplus of nutrients and minerals it needs to fight infection. In the last five years of daily juicing, the days spent sick have been greatly reduced. That’s no small victory, considering my sweet little pumpkins who bring home all kinds germs from school. Just remember to keep the veggie to fruit ratio of about 5:1 to keep the concentrated sugar content low and improve the nutrient/mineral profile of your juice. Too much sugar? No bueno in the fight against infection.
-ACV tea- Confession: ACV makes me gag. Diluted or not…no. I can’t. HOWEVER, I have found that if I brew some sleepy time tea, add a table spoon of ACV in 8 oz of hot water with a splash of stevia and a slice of ginger , I can knock it back. I call it “sinus tea”, and drink it one to two times a day, right at the onset of cold/sinus-y symptoms (earlier the better for prevention). It thins mucus and stops a sinus infection before it starts.
I hope these little hacks leave you ready for action this cold season. Now onto the good stuff- enjoy the crisp air, and cozy up with a warm cuppa something! I look forward to hearing about your favorite wellness tips. Thank you for stopping by!