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December 2014 
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Cold and Flu Season
Helpful Tips for Taking Care of little ones, or yourself, with a cold, flu, or just not feeling well.

Remember that 1 teaspoon of sugar lowers the immune system by 50%. So with all the holidays of Halloween, Christmas, and etc. No wonder children are sick so much in the winter/school year.
First get enough Rest
It takes energy to fight an infection, and that can wear a child (or an adult) out. When your child’s resting, he’s healing, which is exactly what he needs to do.

Let your child watch that favorite video or television program one more time. Or bring him a new set of crayons and paper or coloring book. Even a puzzle can be manageable in bed.

The bed isn’t necessarily the best place to rest. Fashion something more fun than his bed – like a tent in the living room or a snug, pillow-filled area near you.

The best way to survive a virus is to sleep through it. Make your child comfortable and let him sleep as much as possible.
Stay Hydrated
Drinking plenty of fluids helps prevent dehydration and flushes and thins your child’s nasal secretions.

Plain water is great, if you can find it appealing. Try fruit smoothies and other favorite healthful beverages and ice pops made from 100 percent juice. For younger ones, 2 months-1 year old, or children who are vomiting, pedalyte is the best choice of hydrating fluids.
Breathing moist air helps loosen the mucus in the nasal passages. Have a humidifier or a cool-mist vaporizer going in your child’s bedroom when she’s sleeping, resting, or playing in the room.

Give your child a warm bath in a steamy bathroom. Let a hot shower run for a few minutes before getting the tub ready for your child. If she’s old enough, let her play in the bath as long as she likes – supervised, of course, unless she’s old enough to hang out on her own.

For children over the age of 2, adding a few drops of Eucalyptus essential oil to the bath water (or vaporizer) may also help her feel less congested.

If it’s not a convenient time for a bath, simply turn on the hot water in the tub or shower, close the bathroom door, block any gap under the door with a towel, and sit in the steamy room with your child for about 15 minutes. (Bring a couple of books.)
Fever
If your child’s temperature is up, it’s a sign that his immune system is working hard to fight the cold bugs, so it’s best to let a fever run its course unless he seems uncomfortable. (The exception: If your baby is under 3 months and has a fever of 100.4 degrees F. or higher, call your doctor. Fever in a baby can be dangerous.)
Give him a bath. A five-minute sponge bath in lukewarm water can help your child feel cooler and can lower his temperature.

Keep him hydrated. Your child loses more water when his body’s fighting a fever, so make sure you offer him plenty of fluids to keep him from becoming dehydrated.

Apple cider vinegar-soaked washcloth to your a child’s forehead.

One remedy I can swear by, is 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and 3-4 drops of Peppermint Essential oil, rubbed down the spine and on the bottoms of the feet. It works to help bring a fever down.
Upset Tummy
Ginger Tea. Ginger has an antispasmodic property that helps settle down the muscle contractions in the tummy that produce nausea. Add a teaspoon of shredded fresh ginger to 4 ounces of boiling water and let it steep for five minutes. Serve it to your child warm or iced, and sweeten it with honey.

Chamomile Tea. Chamomile relaxes the muscle of the upper digestive tract, easing the contractions that move food through the stomach and small intestines; this will relieve spasms and tummy cramps. Give your child a cup of chamomile tea (one cup of water per teabag or 1 drop of chamomile essential oil per cup of water.)

Peppermint Tea. Peppermint tea is also refreshing and can ease the pain of a tummy ache. Use 1 drop of Peppermint essential oil in a mug of hot water. If your child refuses to drink tea, a peppermint candy, while not as potent, may settle her stomach.

Apply Heat. Placing a hot water bottle or heating pad on your little one’s tummy while she’s sitting or lying down should relieve some of the pain. Heat increases the blood flow to the skin surface, which can diminish the perception of pain coming from deeper in the abdomen.
Headache
Drink plenty of water.

Add a drop of peppermint and/or lavender essential oil to a small amount of coconut oil and rub it on their forehead (avoid getting close to eyes.)

Apply ice. Wrapping several ice cubes in a dish towel will help soothe your child’s head pain (never place ice directly on his skin because it’ll burn.) To keep the towel-wrapped ice from slipping, press it against his forehead or temples and secure it with a bandanna tied at the back of his neck.
Aches and Pains
DIY Heating Pad. Instead of buying a heat wrap, make one by filling a sock with uncooked rice and tying it closed with a string. Microwave the sock for one minute or until warm, and place it wherever your child has pain. When it cools off, microwave it again. You can also freeze the rice-filled sock to use as a cold pack. * Option add a drop of No-Mo-Pain essential oil blend to help ease the pain.

Try massaging your little one’s aching neck and shoulders with a few drops of No Mo Pain essential oil blend mixed in olive oil.
Coughing helps your child breathe better by clearing mucus from her airways, so don’t try to stop it. Nonetheless, all that hacking can leave your kid’s throat irritated.

Try one cup of boiling water and a drop of eucalyptus and peppermint essential oil and carefully inhale will help clear the airways of mucus.
Provide sweet relief. Recent studies show that honey is better than cough medicine for relieving coughs and helping a sick child sleep better. Give half a teaspoon to children ages 1 to 5 years and one teaspoon to kids ages 6 to 11. But never give honey to babies younger than 1; it can cause a rare and sometimes fatal illness called infant botulism.
Sore Throat
Honey and lemon juice. Lemon dries up congestion and honey provides a soothing coating. Mix together a tablespoon of each, microwave for 20 seconds until warm (not hot), and have your child swallow the mixture a teaspoon at a time. Caution: Honey is not safe for babies under 1 year.

If your child is old enough (usually school age or older) gargling with salt water is a time-honored way to soothe a sore throat. It also helps clear mucus from the throat. Simply combine 1/2 teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water and stir. If your child doesn’t mind the taste, a squirt or two of fresh lemon juice can be a soothing addition. Aim for gargling three or four times a day while your child is sick.
Stuffy Runny Nose
You may be going through a lot of tissues, but all that mucus helps wash the cold virus out of your child’s nose and sinuses. Don’t panic if you notice his mucus changing from clear to yellow to green: It’s a sign that his immune system is fighting off the virus; it doesn’t mean he needs antibiotics.

Saline nose drops are better than any medicine you can buy for loosening up mucus. You can purchase saline solution at any pharmacy or make your own by mixing 1/2 teaspoon of table salt in 8 ounces of water. Make up a fresh solution every day and keep it in a clean bottle. Use a clean dropper to put drops into the nose. Water can also be dripped in using a wet cotton ball.

For the younger child who cannot blow his nose:
Place 3 drops of warm water or saline in each nostril. (If your child is younger than 1 year old, use only 2 drops at a time and do 1 nostril at a time). After 1 minute use a soft rubber suction bulb to gently suck out the loosened mucus.

For the older child who can blow his nose:
Use 3 drops in each nostril while your child is lying on his back on a bed with his head hanging over the side. Wait 1 minute for the water to soften and loosen the dried mucus. Then have your child blow his nose. This can be repeated several times for complete clearing of the nasal passages.

Prop her up. Elevate your child’s head with an extra pillow at night so mucus can drain. For babies, raise the head of the crib mattress by placing a wedge or pillow under the mattress.

Eucalyptus or peppermint essential oil can also provide congestion relief. Add a few drops to a bath or to a humidifier, or mix with coconut oil and massage the “vapor rub” into your child’s chest, neck, and back. Don’t put on broken or sensitive skin or apply it to your child’s mouth or nose, around her eyes, or anywhere on her face.
And finally, don’t forget the chicken soup! Doctors at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, found evidence that chicken soup contains anti-inflammatory properties that may help prevent a cold’s miserable side effects. Chicken soup also helps you to stay hydrated, which is key to recovery. So have your kids eat up and feel better!

The Benefits of Tea Tree Essential Oil
Tea tree oil is a very unique oil that contains a wide array of properties for helping with many ailments. Whether you are in pain or your skin is acting up, this oil can help.
Acne - You can stop acne in its tracks with the use of tea tree oil. This helps to treat blemishes, but it does not strip the natural oils from the skin so it does not cause dryness. This is an ideal alternative to peroxide for those with dry skin. Simply put a little of the oil on a cotton ball and treat the blemishes.
Ear aches - Earaches can be quite painful and they make it hard to concentrate during the day and sleep at night. Warm two tablespoons of olive oil then add 3-5 drops of tea tree, but be extremely careful not to make it hot because you do not want to burn yourself. Simply rub the mixture behind the ear on the ear bone and repeat as necessary throughout the day.
Kill Mold And Mildew - When mold and mildew start to build up, they can be hard to tackle. As soon as you notice these in your home, take some tea tree oil to treat the problem. Mix a few drops of tea tree oil with a cup of apple cider vinegar to create your own mold and mildew killer.
Boils and Blisters - These are uncomfortable, but you can shorten how long you deal with boils and blisters with some tea tree oil. Cleanse the area where you will put the oil with soap and water, gently dry the area and then drop a few drops of the oil directly onto the boil or blister. Cover with a bandage to keep the oil in place.
Clean your House - Not only will this oil keep your skin clean and fresh, but it works for your house too. You can use this oil to make a natural all-purpose cleaner. Take two cups of water and two teaspoons of tea tree oil and mix these together in a spray bottle. It will clean all surfaces without causing damage.
Prevent Nail Fungus - If you have athlete’s foot, fungus on a nail or eczema, this oil works well to treat it by killing the associated fungus. Thoroughly clean the affected area, apply the oil directly to the affected area and prevent further fungus growth by putting a cornstarch on the area after the tea tree oil dries.
Repels Insects - Few things are more annoying than being bitten up by bugs when you are trying to enjoy some time outdoors. Create a repellent by combining one quart of water and 15 drops of tea tree oil. Put this in a spray bottle and spray yourself periodically to keep the bugs at bay.
Clean Laundry - You can use this oil to cleanse your laundry so you can ditch the expensive, chemical detergent. It will keep your laundry soft and give it a very fresh scent. If you accidentally leave clothes in the washer too long, do a quick rinse in the washer with a half teaspoon of this oil to eliminate the musty smell.
Fresh Scent - Unpleasant odors happen and you can use this oil to eliminate them. Create a water and tea tree oil mix and put it in a spray bottle. When you notice areas with unpleasant odors, grab your bottle and spray the area a bit. Things like litter boxes and diaper pails can be sprayed with this to eliminate odor
Soothe Psoriasis - This is a very uncomfortable skin condition and for some people, prescription treatments are just not enough to keep symptoms under control. Take one tablespoon of clove oil and 10 drops of tea tree oil and mix these together. You can gently massage this mixture into your skin up to three times a day to alleviate your symptoms.
Improve Ringworm - This condition can cause intense itching, but this oil can help to soothe this. Take a couple drops and apply it directly to the affected area up to three times daily. Mix this with clove oil if your skin is sensitive.
Soothe a Sunburn - Minor sunburns can be painful and cause stinging so you want to soothe them so that you can get some relief. This oil helps to take the sting out and you can make a mixture to apply to the affected area. Mix one drop of tea tree oil, one tablespoon of coconut oil and one drop of lavender oil to make a soothing paste.
Eliminate Warts - Warts are unsightly and you do not have to live with them. Both in the morning and at night before bed, put two drops of this oil right onto the wart. You can cover it with a bandage to keep the oil in place during the day and while you sleep.
Have A Better Dental Check-Up and Clean a Tooth Brush - Using just a drop or two of Tea Tree and your regular tooth paste, helps the health of your teeth overall.  You would be amazed if you knew the germs that stick to your toothbrush. Keep it sterilized by putting two drops of this oil on the brush, rub it around with a clean finger and then rinse thoroughly
Cleaning Naturally - Mix some baking soda in a small bowl with enough hydrogen peroxide to make a paste.  Use a scrubby sponge to scrub the mess away.  If you have sensitive skin you may want to wear rubber gloves.  Try this on rust stains, soap scum and dirty grout lines.

Got A Sinus Infection? Try these Remedies
Inflammation and congestion of the sinuses – known collectively as a sinus infection – can have a wide variety of causes including indoor and outdoor airborne allergens, as well as dietary irritants like dairy, gluten, and artificial additives.
Treat the Symptoms - Though it is always more important to cure the underlying sickness rather than treat the symptoms, let’s face it: When you have a sinus infection, your number one concern is feeling better.  So before you try to focus on boosting your immune system and removing the causal factors of your sinus infection, let’s work on treating the symptoms.
Hydrate - Drink plenty of water, no sugar added juices, clear broth, and hot tea.  These fluids will help to thin out mucus and help to drain it from irritated sinuses.  Avoid drinking alcohol, caffeine, and sugary beverages, as well as from smoking.  All of these substances will dehydrate your system causing mucus to thicken and clog already inflamed airways.
Dissolve Excess Mucus - Spicy foods such as cayenne pepper or horseradish can be mixed with apple cider vinegar and lemon juice to create a mucus buster.
Face Pressure Points - For temporary relief of closed nasal passages when none of these other options are available to you, try a quick face massage.
Steam - Break up thick mucus with a few drops of Eucalyptus and/or Peppermint oil in hot water.  With your face down over the water, drape a towel over the back of your head and inhale the steam.
Grapefruit seed extract (GSE) is a natural antibiotic made from grinding dried grapefruit seeds and pulp into a fine powder.  When administered in nasal spray form, GSE helps to clear out mucus and may prevent other microbial contaminants from taking root in weakened and inflamed sinus tissues.
Turmeric root contains the natural anti-inflammatory curcumin, this spice is also an anti-oxidant.  When combined with spicy ginger root and brewed for hot tea, this combination can help loosen mucus from clogged nasal passages, alleviate sinus pressure, and make you feel better all around.  Ginger root also has the added bonus of calming an upset stomach – a frequent side-effect of excessive nighttime sinus drainage.
Two or three tablespoons of raw, unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar added to a cup of hot water or tea taken three times daily will help thin out excessive mucus relieving congestion an sinus pressure.  Mix with lemon and honey to taste.
 
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