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It seems like everywhere we turn, people around us are sick. It’s no wonder why my children and I have been more sick this season than anytime before. Although it’s never fun to deal with a cold, one of the hardest symptoms to cure is a cough. A cough can linger for several weeks, and, if the condition worsens or becomes more serious, for months.
When you have children that are coughing, it can affect your entire family. My little ones can stay up at night because of the dry cough that simply will not stop. Some kids even throw up because of the coughing spells that will not let up. Most cough medicines are not suitable for children, and even if they are, they have chemicals and toxins that are not beneficial for anyone. In this article, I will share my tried and true natural cough remedies for kids and adults. Start with tons and tons of fluids, such as water or tea, and add the suggestions below into the mix.
Natural Remedies for Cough
1. Honey – Honey is one of the best known remedies for cough that has been used for centuries all over the world. In addition to being great tasting, honey has amazing medicinal properties to soothe the throat. Although many people do know about using honey for treating coughs, they go to the store and pick up a processed jar of honey with virtually no nutritional benefits and no power to treat a cough.
It is important to purchase 100% raw and organic Manuka honey to treat a cough. This honey is made by New Zealand bees that pollinate the manuka bush, and has many healing, antiseptic and antibacterial properties. This product is expensive, and there are a lot of fakes on the market. When shopping, choose a brand that is UMF certified and is rated 10+.
Remember that honey cannot be given to children under one years old. For older kids, either give a spoonful of honey, or dilute in a cup of water, and dispense it every few hours.
2. Onions – My little one kept waking up in the night from cough, disturbing the entire house until I found this remedy that has been used in Europe and around the world for centuries. This natural cough remedy is an onion, which has antiviral and antibiotic properties. Healthy Bliss recommends using a white onion; if one can’t be found, a red one is acceptable, as well. I would peel and cut up an onion in quarters and place it in a plate next to his crib on the floor. That’s all it took to help him get a good night’s sleep when he was coughing or was stuffed up. Although unpleasant, the odor that onion emits helps sooth the throat. And the good news is that when you’re sick, you probably can’t smell it, anyway!
3. Steam – Steam works great to loosen phlegm and mucus in the throat and nasal passages. When I can’t breathe or have a violent cough attack, I boil water in a pot and place my face over it, covered with a towel. I proceed to steam my face for as long as I can without overheating. Another option is to take a hot shower, letting the steam ease your cough. These options, however good, can’t be used to treat children, so I recommend purchasing a humidifier to place in their room at night. Everyday Roots recommends adding essential oils to the humidifier to help treat the cough. The website shares this recipe:
“You will need…
-3 drops of tea tree oil
-1-2 drops of eucalyptus oil
-A bowl of water
-A soft, clean, towel
Bring enough water to a boil to halfway fill a medium size-heat proof bowl. Pour the water into it, let it cool slightly for 30-60 seconds, and add the essential oils, giving it a quick stir to release the vapors. Lean over the bowl and get as close as you can while still being comfortable. Remember that steam can seriously burn! Use the towel to cover your head like a tent, trapping the steam, and breathe deeply. Ideally, do this for 5-10 minutes 2-3 times a day.”
Try to abstain from taking any over the counter cough medication. Even natural remedies for cough at the store have honey as their main ingredient, so save your money and try these cough solutions first. Simple Natural Solutions is your source of tips, tricks, recipes and advice for a healthier lifestyle. Sometimes, making a few small changes at home will make dramatic differences for your and your family’s health. Visit www.simplenaturalsolutions.com for more information.
I recently attended a great event held by Allya Orlov, Health Coach at Organic Life Wellness on pleasing picky eaters. Having two small kids myself, a five and a one-year old, I know all too well how hard it is to not only feed, but feel good about what you are feeding your kids. Throwing two kids into the mix makes it even harder, with having to figure out what each one will eat. Allya provided some great advice and recipes for picky eaters, which I now want to share with you.
ADVICE FOR PICKY EATERS
1. Hide – A great tip that I took away from Allya’s events for picky eaters is to hide the healthy and nutritious food that your kids may not like in other food. She recommends sneaking nutrients into their diet. For example, making a delicious and sweet smoothie recipe, but adding super foods like chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp seeds, maca, or cacao. Most of these additions are flavorless, but will add omega-
Aside from smoothies, Allya instructed to hide healthy ingredients by adding items like sweet potato and butternut squash to mac n’ cheese, marinara sauce, or grilled cheese. If you don’t add too much, your kids will not be able to taste the additional nutrients. Finely chopping veggies, such as spinach or peppers, into small pieces and adding them to omelets, pasta or as pizza toppings is another tip.
2. Freeze – Making extra ingredients to sneak into your recipes for picky eaters is time consuming, which is why Allya proposed a great tactic to freeze and store them. Using a Baby Beaba, which you likely already have from making homemade baby food, you can easily steam and then blend healthy vegetables to later freeze. Try this technique with sweet potato, squash, zucchini, cauliflower, etc. To freeze the veggies, remember to use safe and BPA-free containers, such as Beaba, or glass storage containers, like Sage Spoonfuls. These allow you to make small batches of frozen purees and then add them to your recipes for picky eaters when you need them. Allya doesn’t recommend keeping the frozen items for over two weeks, as she says that fresh is always best.
3. Involve – Another piece of advice for picky eaters that I picked up at this event is to involve your kids into the cooking process. This strategy should start at the store. You can play games in the produce department, asking your kids to find vegetables of one color, or picking their top three favorite fruits for you to make a smoothie for them later. At home, let your kids help out with dinner, even if it takes you longer to make it and then twice as long to clean up their mess. Allya believes that kids will be more likely to eat if they know what’s in their food. Also, she says that they’ll be so excited and proud of helping with the cooking, that they will want to try their own creations.
RECIPES FOR PICKY EATERS.
Below are three recipes for picky eaters that Ally provided:
1. Kale Smoothie
- Two kale leaves (stems removed & discarded)
- One frozen banana
- One small apple
- One tbsp of chia seeds
- One tbsp of flax seeds
- One cup of coconut water
- Peel and cut up the apple, kale & banana.
- Place all ingredients in a blender.
- Blend and serve.
2. Kale Scramble
- One fourth of a red bell pepper, diced
- One half cup of sliced mushrooms
- One fourth cup of red onion, diced
- One half tsp salt
- One large kale leaf, ripped into one inch pieces (stems removed and discarded)
- Two eggs
- Heat a skillet over medium-high heat.
- Once hot, add the red pepper, onion and mushrooms; cook until veggies are semi-soft.
- Reduce the heat to medium.
- Add kale, and stir.
- Add salt to taste.
- Cook for another minute and reduce heat to low.
- Add eggs and stir until eggs are cooked.
3. Kale Stir Fry
- One half cup of broccoli florets
- Four large kale leaves (stems removed and discarded), cut into pieces
- One half cup of snow peas
- One half cup of carrots (julienne)
- One half cup of green beans
- One half cup of red bell pepper (sliced)
- One half cup of onion (strips)
- Two tbsp of coconut oil
- Soy sauce (or preferred stir fry sauce)
- Heat a skillet over medium-high heat.
- When it’s hot, add all the ingredients other than kale and sauce; cook until veggies are semi-soft.
- Add kale and stir fry sauce.
By following this advice and making healthy recipes for picky eaters, you will regain your control over making sure your kids are getting vital nutrients they need for proper physical and mental development. Remember that kids need to eat every three-four hours, and should have three full meals and two snacks a day. A vital thing to keep in mind is that children’s’ stomachs are as big as their fists, which means that they likely cannot eat as much as you want them to. Allya recommends never to make your kids eat more than they can, and to allow them to stop eating when they say they are full.
Simple Natural Solutions is your source of tips, tricks, recipes and advice for a healthier lifestyle. Sometimes, making a few small changes at home will make dramatic differences for your and your family’s health. For more information about eating healthy, visit Simple Natural Solutions.