A case of the Chickenpox?
It is never an easy time, looking on, when your child is sick.
Thankfully, Red Seal’s Naturopath, Julie Fergusson has some suggestions that may help.
Fight the virus with Vitamin’s
Kindervital 10 ml gives important nutrients such as Vitamin A and Vitamin D, which are important to support the immune system. Add herbs such as Echinacea or olive leaf for better results.
Lysine for the little ones
Lysine is also a good option to help strengthen the body’s defences. Generally a dose for a child is 20 mg per kilo. Often this supplement is mixed with zinc for lip health, but you may need to break or crush a tablet as you usually find them in 500 mg or 1000 mg tablets.
The classic baths and balms for itchiness
To help sooth the itchiness, add baking soda to the bath in about 1/2 cup.
Mix up about a tablespoon of Baking Soda with Aloe Vera gel, a few drops of Tea Tree, Peppermint and Lavender oil and spread thinly on the skin affected skin.
Homeopathics for chickenpox
In cases like chickenpox, homeopathic support really comes into its own and well worth having these tools to support recovery.
Homeopathic remedies include:
Aconitum for the early stages:
This is a remedy that is commonly taken at the initial stages of the virus. This can be identified by a fever, restlessness, and increased thirst.
Rhus Tox for intense itching:
Rhus Tox is the most commonly recommended remedy. If your child is experiencing itching, and restlessness, especially at night Rhus Tox could help.
Apis for when symptoms are worse with heat:
If your child’s pox are itching or stinging more when the room warms up or they are exposed to heat this remedy may be helpful.
Belladonna for headache, flushed face, hot skin and drowsiness:
Severe headache, flushed face, hot skin, and drowsiness with the inability to sleep are signs that a Belladonna should be considered.
Last but not least
Monitor temperature closely. A temperature is your body’s response to help cook off a virus however the key is not to let the temperature go on for too long or get too high. Seek medical attention if the temperature goes over 40°C, goes longer than 72 hours (or more than 24 hours if under age 2).
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Let’s give thanks
Appreciating what we have, rather than despairing over what we don’t, is one of the keys to a happy and healthy life. We take a look at a few things for which to be grateful.
HEALTH IN A TEA CUP
Here’s to a pick-me-up that’s truly good for you. Sitting down for a cup of tea can be a tiny oasis of calm in the middle of a stressful day. And when you fill your mug with Red Seal Green Tea or Red Bush Tea you get an extra shot of antioxidants – just three cups a day are enough to yield a therapeutic dose. Antioxidants fight free radicals, which can damage the body and lead to illness, hence a diet full of antioxidants is one of the best ways to improve your health. Bonus: if you drink both teas (Green and Red Bush), that’s even better as you are getting a mix of different antioxidants. Let’s be grateful for such an easy and delicious health boost.
AN EASY RESET BUTTON
We’re fortunate to live in a country where good food is plentiful – but sometimes we’re guilty of overdoing it. For those times when your digestion needs some TLC, we’re lucky there’s Red Seal Activated Charcoal to the rescue. It’s made from medicinal-grade carbonised coconut shell which acts as a sponge to absorb substances (such as toxins and bacteria) in the large and small intestines before passing harmlessly through the body. This simple treatment can be your go-to first-aid treatment for upset stomachs and it’s also a lifesaver for irregular bowels and even food poisoning.
THE POWER TO CHANGE
While big health issues may have the power to overwhelm us, the good news is that we have the ability to fight back. Winter is not far away and with the change of seasons often comes unwellness. But it’s possible to strengthen your own immunity. As well as eating an optimal diet and staying in shape, there are some simple products that can help your body resist illness. Olive Leaf, Vitamin C and Zinc, B6 & Magnesium are Red Seal’s special trio of resistance builders. It’s so easy to start the family on these at the first sign of a sniffle – or, better yet, before it even happens!
A NAME YOU CAN TRUST
At Red Seal we’re thankful for our history and legacy. The company was founded in 1923 by English naturopath William Anderton, who operated from a small shop in Symonds Street, Auckland. Today we are still family owned and operated. We love being a New Zealand company and making products such as toothpaste, which was formulated right here by one
WRITE DOWN YOUR THANKS
One simple way to be happier is to start a gratitude journal. Every day take a note of the big and small things you appreciated. Soon it will become second nature to look on the bright side and get a well-being boost.
By Julie Fergusson, Red Seal Naturopath
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