Many Moms (and Dads also!) are constantly looking for healthy, nutritional and medical alternatives for the needs of their children. Compiled below is a “Natural Health Kit for Kids,” providing you with ideas for safely administering naturopathic care for your child’s mental, emotional and physical concerns.* All products, information and services listed are available at Nature’s Remedy, 26 Monroe Street in Ellicottville, NY, phone 716-699-4372. Please call or stop by Nature’s Remedy anytime for a free body systems consultation in order to find the right combination of supplements for your child.
There is nothing better than warm months in Western New York after a long winter. Sun is healthy for us, converting Vitamin D to D3 for many beneficial uses in our bodies. On the contrary, we also know that too much sun can be detrimental to our skin. But adding chemicals to a child’s skin (a primary detoxification organ) can be even more harmful.
Sunscreen. Sunscreen ECO Logical Skin Care (sold at Nature’s Remedy) is an Australian-manufactured product that has been given the highest ranking for sunscreens by the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Evaluation. Its non-nano, uncoated Zinc oxide delivers superior protection and is non-whitening and non-greasy. The formulas are also loaded with antioxidants and botanical extracts. (Note: do not use sunscreens that contain titanium dioxide or nano-particle, coated Zinc oxide products.)
Sunburns. Silver Shield Skin Gel and topical Herbal Skin Treatment can both be used as often as needed. Also add high amounts of water and omega 3s to help alleviate sunburn.
Moisturizers.ECO also makes a Daily Skin Repair bio-marine mist to lock in moisture and restore minerals. I recommend cold-pressed extra virgin Coconut Oil as well. Our skin absorbs anything we apply to it, therefore a great rule of thumb is to use only products on our skin that could be ingested.
Insect-Repellents. Jason’sQuit Bugging Me and All-Terrain’s Herbal Armor Natural Insect Repellent both have been found to be the best repellents - very effective with NO chemicals. Plus they smell great because of their use of essential oils! As for those itchy bug bites, apply Tei fu oil or Tea Tree oil directly on a bite for relief.
Warts. Summertime can bring on warts caused by a virus. Silver Shield gel applied 3 to 4 times/day and continually covered with a band-aid in addition to Silver Shield liquid and VSC (capsules or liquid) both internally will eliminate warts gradually until they are gone.
Lice.Paw Paw lice removal kit will effectively treat an infestation. For prevention use a combination oftea tree oil, clove oil andlavender oil in a spray bottle with water and witch hazel or vodka. You can also add these oils to your Giovanni Tea Tree shampoo.
Injuries. Arnica 30c works wonders for pain, inflammation and bruising; 2 pellets under the tongue as needed. Apply Traumeel Cream or Gel topically for bruising and muscle, joint or bone pain.
LOVE THEIR LUNGS AND IMMUNE SYSTEM
Elderberry Defense (2 capsules twice/day) andElderberry Immune (3 soft chewables twice/day) provide great immune support all year round. ALJ (capsules or liquid)is effectively used as an alternative to allergy medicines, soothing irritated tissues, cleansing the respiratory tract, supporting proper lung function and eliminating allergens. Tei fu oil under the nose, on the chest and in a humidifier opens the nasal passages and lungs for immediate improvement in breathing. Bifidophilus or Probiotic 11 add beneficial bacteria into the digestive tract (where 80% of immune function is controlled) and all mucus membranes so as to heal and prevent infections. Liquid Chlorophyll ES alkalizes the body, cleanses the cells and provides nutrients for the body to heal.
The following herbal extracts come in liquid form and can be taken straight or added to water or juice, depending on the child’s preference: Oregon grape is a strong anti-microbial. VSC is a Chinese combination as an anti-viral.Lobelia used externally ONLY on the chest helps to calm the lungs in coughs or inflammation.ALJ for allergies and soothing all respiratory mucus membranes,and Blue Vervain for calming the nervous system and healing infections.
BALANCING AN ABUNDANCE OF ENERGY
Focus Attention capsules and powderoffers B vitamins, essential fatty acids, herbs and DMAE to support concentration and attention. High amounts of Omega 3s in the form of DHA soft chewables, DHA soft capsules or Omega 3 liquid are beneficial.
Dr. K’s recommended calming recipe for hyperactivity: 1. Combine 2 GABA Plus capsules opened, 4 mini-scoops ofFocus Attention powder, 1 teaspoonBlue Vervain extract and 1 teaspoonof Stress-J liquid into water or juice. 2. RubLavender orchamomile essential oils on the bottom of a child’s feet as needed. 3. Eliminate all food additives (especially dyes), common allergy foods (soy, corn, wheat and dairy) and educate yourself about genetically modified foods. 4. Add 5 drops ofDistress Remedy in water (this is a combination of flower essences). 5. Consume high amounts of Omega 3s.
Children should be moving their bowels twice per day. To promote proper digestion, the following ideas and products will help: Eliminate processed foods and teach them to chew their food until it is nearing a liquid form while also eating slowly. Add Papaya Mints or Pineapple to a meal if your child is having difficulty with digestion. For stomachaches, colic, belching, teething and diarrhea, add 3-10 drops of Catnip andFennel liquid. Use Magnesium Complex orNatural Calm for constipation, as many of our current foods are deficient in magnesium, causing constipation, muscle aches, poor sleep and anxiety. Bifidophilus orProbiotic 11 helps to replenish beneficial bacteria - especially after antibiotic use. Activated Charcoal capsules or Bentonite Clay liquid are both great for food poisoning, swallowing harmful chemicals or detoxing from any medications. (Always call poison control centers for any ingestion of toxins.)
When something is “holy”, it means to be set apart. Whole Foods need to be set apart from our current world of synthetic! Getting back to the basics can be difficult. One place to start is to add more plant foods to your current diet. Do this by going to hacres.com/recipes for excellent plant-based whole foods dishes and snacks for kids.
“We Are What We Eat & SO Much More!”Classes will be held every Monday night from 7-8pm at Nature’s Remedy starting June 3 and running through Aug. 26.We will discuss food theory, recipes, detoxification and supplements in addition to walks-and-talks, documentaries and interactive group fun. Each class is $5 and each week will provide practical information on how to eat and live healthier.
The world wide web and your local library can provide you with a plethora of information that will help you understand our food dilemma and its solutions. Stop into Nature’s Remedy or feel free to email me if you are curious and would like a list of websites, books and movies.
Super Kids need Super Foods prepared by Super Moms and Dads! Most of the foods that I see kids eat are Super Nutrient Robbers! Kids’ nutrient levels are in the red … you would see this on a full-spectrum nutrient lab panel, which most people cannot afford. The worst culprit by far is SUGAR! It gives you nothing good and it robs your body of water and nutrients just to process it and remove it from the body. Consuming processed foods, dyes, chemical preservatives, hormones in meats and dairy, herbicides and pesticides is like drinking bleach; you would never do it! I know, it is overwhelming!
Goal #1: Do not have these options in your home! Your kids choose enough of these things outside the home. Clean up your kitchen with Kristina. Call me to set up an appointment and I will come to your home to get you started with “cleaning up” your kitchen and pantry and customizing a personal shopping list for your family.
Goal #2: Add Super Foods to bring your family’s nutrient levels into the green - sweet potatoes, broccoli, juicing or blending (kale, celery, cucumbers, spinach, carrots, apples, lemons, limes, oranges, pears, etc.), bee pollen in yogurt, cacao powder, goji berries, hemp seeds, chia seeds and many others! Try theDr. K recommended SuperFood shake: 1 scoop Love & Peas (yellow and green pea protein with many other Super Foods), 1 scoop Nature’s Harvest (more Super Foods), 1 scoop Ultimate GreenZone, 1 teaspoon bee pollen and 1 tablespoon hemp seeds or chia seeds all into a desired amount of coconut, almond, brown rice, hemp or flax seed milks blended with frozen berries and one banana. Also, call us to order your copy of David Wolfe’s SuperFoods Book and SuperFood Recipes DVD to provide you with practical recipes for the whole family.
EMOTIONAL, MENTAL AND BEHAVIORAL HEALING
I have chosen to specialize in mental, emotional and behavioral wellness which comprises the use of homeopathy, neurotransmitter testing with appropriate amino acid therapy, flower essences, cell salts, vitamin and mineral replenishment, craniosacral therapy and nutrition. For a free 10-minute consultation regarding your child please call or email me.
*These ideas are not meant to be substitutes for proper pediatric allopathic care. They are meant to be added to it and used together with it.This information is NOT intended to treat, cure, diagnose, nor be a substitute for the proper diagnostic assessments and treatments prescribed by your doctor. Naturopathic doctors are not PCPs, so always consult with your doctor for your health care needs. This article is only intended for your information, at your discretion and supplementing your allopathic care.