Saturday, January 29, 2011

Colds and Flu

I intended to tell you about Amber but since my primary concern at the moment is keeping my two children healthy and free from colds and flu, I thought I'd share a few things I have been reading up on.

Garlic is the answer!
It is a super food that helps combat bacterial and fungal infections and gives the two fingers to viruses.   It fights disease-causing organisms by stimulating the production of white blood cells, the vanguard of your child's immune system, which act against a wide range of infective organisms.  It protects the respiratory system by helping to reduce mucus build-up and congestion.  Which is why it is so valuable as a treatment for colds and flu and more serious respiratory disorders. 

Garlic is best added at the end of cooking time to prevent heat damaging its active ingredients.  Crush and leave it to stand for a minute before using.  It is safe to introduce to a baby of six months, if added to a recipe in small amounts.  It can be added to dressings, soups, risottos, hummus without children even noticing.  I put half a clove in regular boiled rice and mine don't notice.  How about making up a mild garlic mayonnaise to boost up the sandwiches?  My father-in-law makes his own garlic butter and spreads on his bread at breakfast!  Now I don't advocate this but he's 80 and I don't know when he last got a dose of cold or flu.  But garlic butter might suit your spuds at dinner? 

Or how about making your own Super Syrup or Magic Medicine.  Put 4 tablespoons of Manuka honey in a bowl with 2 crushed garlic cloves and leave for 4 hours.  Strain and put in a sealed container in the fridge.  Give your child a teaspoon twice a day (worth it to bribe them?)   Or melt a teaspoon with a little boiling water and top up with a 'strong' multi fruit juice to hide the taste. 

A few other cold tips
Eucalyptus - essential oil in a burner throughout the house when colds strike.  Or a dew drops on a tissue tucked into clothing.  Great decongestant.
Lavender Oil - Great to help get unsettled babes off to sleep. If trying to bring down a fever with a sponge, add a drop to your water basin.
Lemon - either fresh or Oil in a bath or fresh juice in a hot drink.  Has antibacterial properties.
Perspiration - in the early stages of a cold perspiration should be encouraged as it cleanses and rids the body of infection.  Wrap children warmly in bed and around the house, give hot baths and teas.  Ginger also promotes perspiration. 
Salt Water Gargle - soothes a sore throat.  Also helps mouth ulcers.
Massage - I still use what I learned at baby massage class to soothe them to sleep with a face massage.  
Milk and Dairy - Cut it out for a few days as it assists mucus build up.

A few other super foods
Cinnamon - has the ability to inhibit viruses and can also act as a nasal decongestant.  I put half a teaspoon on a chopped chicken breast before cooking.  Also add a little to boiled rice and stewed apple. 
Ginger - is an expectorant and decongestant.  Infuse a sliver in a mug of hot water, add to curry or stir-fry.  For the children I make carrot and ginger soup or ginger cake or biscuits. 

Remember, an anti-biotic is of no use for viral infections such as colds and flu.  They are only helpful to treat a bacterial infection. 

Until next time, keep you and yours well.  I promise I'll tell you all about amber then. 

1 comment:

  1. A thoughtful insight and ideas I will use on my blog. You’ve obviously spent some time on this. Thank you!