This piece is a part of a series of blogs for how to send your child back to school in safe “Wildatarian” style.
For many of you, school is in full swing and it’s back to the routine of packing lunches, after-school activities, and early bedtimes. The excitement of the new year can bring happy stressors into your child’s life, but even positive stress can impact the immune system. The fall has so many wonderful events: the changing of the leaves, apple picking, and Halloween. But fall may also bring bring allergies, mold, flu and other illnesses that can be easily caught through exposure. The good news is that as Wildatarians, we can employ strategies to get on top of any potential threat to our immune system! Use these tools from my fall First Aid Kit to strengthen your family’s immune system and prevent the spreading of any germs. Whenever I feel even the slightest bit sick, I load up on these amazing remedies to strengthen my system against pathogens. All of these items are child-friendly and all-natural. Make sure you keep them in your own first aid kit to face whatever this fall brings your way!
As we move into mold season, your child may start experiencing a runny, itchy nose. One of the best natural ways to keep the nasal passage mucus-free is the Source Naturals Colloidal Silver Nasal Spray. One spray in each nostril is all you need to keep your sinuses clean and clear for the season. Colloidal silver is known for its antibacterial properties, and can be also used internally in liquid form to fight infections. Use it topically on cuts, scrapes, and rashes to speed healing and prevent scarring. Do not use long term.
Vitamin C is one of the best immune-boosting vitamins out there, but many store-bought brands can be loaded with added preservatives that can do more harm than good. My favorite type of Vitamin C is the Biotics Mixed Ascorbate Powder, which is easily absorbed by the body and can be properly dosed for any age. Add it to juice for your child or just mix in water. Your child’s immune system will thank you!
Hippocrates described this ancient remedy as his “medicine chest” because of its amazing array of health benefits. Elderberry has compounds called anthocyanidins, that have been shown specifically to attach to the H1N1 human influenza virus. The anti-inflammatory properties of Elderberry also reduce sinus pressure, lowering the possibility of infections. Overall, it is a cost-effective and safe remedy for the common flu and other viral infections in kids. You can consume Elderberry in either a capsule or in liquid form. Gaia is my preferred brand for Elderberry.
Did you know that the triclosans found in many common hand sanitizers can actually make bacteria resistant to antibiotics? If you are looking for a chemical-free alternative, look no further than the wonderful products from EO. They effectively get rid of harmful bacteria without disturbing your child’s microbiome. We use these in the office and love the smell and feel of the hand sanitizer gel. You can also purchase the hand sanitizing wipes for an easy, mess-free alternative.
Zinc is an important mineral that most people are lacking in their diets. It is a great immune booster and can help to ease diarrhea if your child has an irritated stomach. There are many versions, but the Aqueous ZInc from Biotics is the cleanest and tastes just like water – no problem for those picky eaters!. Because it’s a liquid, it can be appropriately dosed regardless of weight or age.
One of my essential household products is Tea Tree Oil. Lice outbreaks can occur more readily in the colder months when kids congregate in tight spaces with little ventilation. During this time of year, I sprayed my own kids’ heads and necks with a diluted tea tree oil before they left for school. Their hats, scarves and backpacks would get a daily dose as well. Tea Tree oil is also great for getting rid of mold and killing other unwanted pathogens around the house. You can dilute the oil in water in a spray bottle for an easy home remedy. Another great option is to diffuse this oil at night in your child’s bedroom – this should help with any mold or unwanted critters they may have picked up during during the day. Just make sure not to diffuse more than once per week.
Keep your child, your family, and yourself happy and healthy with these First Aid essentials. As a reminder, please do not use any products on children below two years of age and always consult with your healthcare practitioner before starting any supplements. Happy back to school!