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Effective Natural Remedies for Children

Monday, November 16th, 2009

by:  Zedrick Clark – Owner of Nature’s Food Market

Natural Remedies For Children

Nature’s Food Market is located in Berlin, Ohio.  Currently celebrating their 30th Anniversary!   At Nature’s you’ll find a line of products from produce to juicers.  If you need it…Nature’s Food Market has it.  Organic and All Natural products at Nature’s Food Market as well as an ever growing selection of bulk food items.

Zedrick Clark is a highly respected member of the Natural Health industry.  He has served on many boards of  non-profit natural health organizations and written many articles for newspapers and trade magazines.  He is also a much sought after speaker at natural health events.

Below are a list of Effective Natural Remedy Products for Children…

Stay Well Products:

*Every child should be on a multivitamin.  One that is all natural without artificial colors and flavors or other unnecessary ingredients.

*Vitamin C is necessary to help keep the immune system functioning well.  The amount will depend on the child’s weight.  You can find these in liquid, powder, chewable or pills.

*Omega 3 oils are also important in immune system function and for healthy brain development.  To get these one can take fish oil, flax oil or cod liver oil.

*Probiotics or acidophilus is also an immune system helper and benefits healthy bowel movements and digestion.

Colic:

*Burp often and keep baby upright shortly after feeding.  Use a baby sling.  Review mom’s diet if nursing.  If on formula look at other types of formulas made with different ingredients.

*Catnip and fennel have been combined for years or homeopathic colic tabs can work well too.

fever

Fever:

*Tempassure from Herbs for Kids to help regulate body temperature.

*Elerflower and peppermint tea.

*Yarrow can also be added to the tea or used as a bath for infants.

*It is important to discover the underlying cause and treat the problem.

Constipation:

*For infants and children, if it is only an occasional problem, organic full strength prune juice can be helpful.  Adjust amount based on weight. (I had an MD recommend this to my son at less than 7 days old and it worked.)

*Flax oil and Cod liver oil can be useful in lubricating the bowels.

*To help train the bowels Magnesium Citrate or Castor oil (only high quality natural oil with no additives) can be used.  Again it is always important to start with the smallest effective dose.  Continue this daily til the child has several bowel movements then decrease dose or discontinue use.

Allergies:

*Vitamin C and acidophilus is very important in this area.

*Xlear spray is a spray that can prevent the accumulation in the nasal passages

*Goldenseal for older children in smaller doses is a great help.

*Pantothenic acid can be useful in most allergy areas, but is usually only found in pill form.

*Herbs for Kids makes a great product called Echinacea/Eyebright formula that works well.

*Peppermint, fenugreek and thyme tea can also be useful.

flu

Colds:

*Umcka is a product from Germany that has been proven in clinical studies to reduce the duration of colds themselves, not just the symptoms.  It works!

*All of the stay well formulas listed above can help.

*Garlic can help reduce accompanying infections.

*Nature’s Way brand alcohol free Echinacea and Goldenseal formula are also highly recommended.

Flu:

*Sambucol is a doctor formulated elderberry extract that has been proven to help the flu.

*Oscillococcinum is a remedy that is the best selling flu medicine world wide.  It is fast acting and very easy to administer to children.

Ear Infections:

*Garlic Mullien ear oil from Herb Pharm

*Xlear spray for the nose.

As always we recommend you consult with your doctor and take the recommended dosages based upon age, weight and overall health of the patient.

11 Healthy Snacks For Parents And Kids On The Run

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

by:  Kathleen Finn

Summer Snacks


High energy eats for kids on the run.  Great snacks to keep on hand to satisfy ravenous appetites and picky palates.

Dip and Sip

Chilled dips and blended drinks are a pleasing change of pace from the lunchbox doldrums.

*Pineapple-Yogurt dip:  Mix together 2 tablespoons of pineapple juice concentrate, 1 cup plain yogurt, 1/8 teaspoon vanilla and 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh pineapple.  Serve with sliced fruits or berries.

*Peanut butter – orange dip:  Mix 1/2 cup peanut butter with 2 tablespoons orange juice concentrate, 1 tablespoon brown sugar and 1/3 cup orange juice.  Run through food processor and accompany with crackers or sliced fruit.

*Smoothies:  Combine 1 cup of apple or orange juice with blueberries, raspberries or strawberries, add ice, a touch of yogurt or silken tofu and blend.  For a creamier drink, replace juice with milk – regular, soy or rice.

Stay Cool

Entice kids to help you assemble these chilly treats.

*Popsicles:  Blend ice cream or frozen yogurt with milk, soy milk or rice milk and pour into popsicle molds.  Use molds to make fresh fruit juice popsicles as well.

*Fresh Fruit Salad:  Cut up apples, pineapple, bananas, oranges and berries.  Throw in dried cranberries or raisins, add sunflower seeds or silvered almonds.  Top with a dollop of yogurt.

*Berry Parfaits:  Loyer fresh raspberries, cherries, or blueberries with granola and yogurt or freshly whipped cream.

On the Run

Traveling near or far by car, bike, train or plane?  Keep small hands busy with a selection of sturdy snacks.

*Make your own snack mix with a combination of nuts, dried fruit, carob or chocolate chips and cereal pieces.  Try a savory selection of several cereals, pretzels, nuts and rice crackers.

*Dried Fruit – banana chips, mango and apple, papaya, pear or peach slices

*Plain popcorn sprinkled with brewer’s yeast or parmesan cheese.

*Baked pita or bagel chips.

*Bake your own potato, beet or sweet potato chips.  Slice vegetables thinly, drizzle with olive oil, spinkle with salt and pepper and bake in oven at 350 degreese until crispy.

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Healthy Snack Tips provided by Nature’s Food Market, Berlin, Ohio.  www.naturesfoodmarket.com