Being a Natural Parent – Part 3
After a long damp winter, an overindulgent Christmas, and an aversion to vitality boosting salads, it is the time of year where we continue to indulge in comfort foods….. but do take a moment and consider your actions – this is also the time of year for coughs and sneezes! The usual comfort foods of biscuits, chocolates and sweets that line the valentine teddy shelves to tempt you to join the festivities are the sorts of foods that will have you reaching later on for the flu and cold relief medicines. Is that what you want for your family?
A good way to help keep your immune system strong is to keep a bowl of lovely fresh fruit, such as Satsuma’s, for little ones to enjoy. Encourage everyone in the home to eat the rainbow (fruits and veg of all the colours) and aim to get fresh air and exercise as much as possible – it is important for the lymphatic system to have help clearing out debris (the muscles are an important part of this function)!!!!
Children’s Echinacea is a great staple to have in the cupboard. You can use it to boost the immune system when you notice them starting to get run down, and continue to use it whilst they are poorly to help speed up recovery.
Remedies – there are lots of different cold and flu remedies – here are a few common examples for you to consider:-
Sudden Colds – For the first sign of a cold, or colds that come on suddenly – maybe at midnight – try aconite. Repeat the dose a few times if needed.
Flu – Flu like symptoms can sometimes come on after periods of stress or anxiety – maybe an exam or interview, or even bad news …. One of the remedies for this type of flu is Gelsemium. The patient may have heavy eyes, a dull expression, and feel dizzy. They may be sneezy and headachy and may also feel like they need a wee quite a bit.
Green snotty colds – In part two of this series we talked about pulsatilla as a great remedy for clingy children with yellow green mucus. Another remedy to consider is hepar sulph. A hepar sulph will be described as the “worst” cold by the patient, will have thick green/ yellow mucus and may have a croupy or rattily cough. They may also become a little spiteful in their nature – and the cold may have been brought on after indulging in excessive sugar food or being out in damp conditions.
Store your homeopathic remedies away from strong smells and strong light, and keep them in a cool dark place if possible.
About Dawn – Dawn is a Homeopath, Reiki master and also works with diet and nutrition. Before this, she was an Accountant. Dawn has two lovely natural children ages 10 and 14 who have not received conventional medications. If you would to know more about natural treatments for a wide array of conditions, or attend one of Dawn’s popular self-help workshops, please contact Dawn.