Homeopathy is a system of natural health care that has been used worldwide for over 200 years. It is recognised as the second largest therapeutic system of medicine, with over 300 million people using it for both acute and chronic conditions.
Homeopathic remedies work by stimulating the natural healing abilities within your body, helping to bring it back into balance, fast tracking sickness and effectively expelling toxins. Homeopathic medicine is safe for the whole family, it has no side effects, is nontoxic and non-addictive.
With Winter in full swing, we asked Georgia Ella from Georgia Ella Homeopathy what remedies she would use to help babies and children stay healthy.
ABC Homeopathic Remedies for kids by Georgia Ella
A is for Aconite - Use this remedy when first signs of inflammation from a sickness come on suddenly or comes on after being out in cold windy weather. This is good for coughs, colds, fevers, infections and great for effects from shock, fright and any accident. It can be helpful for fear of flying or for intense fear or anxiety of a situation.
B is for Belladonna – This is a remedy for high fevers and for any symptoms that come on suddenly that are violent and intense in nature. These symptoms may look red, hot, swollen and come with a throbbing pain. They could feel hot to touch and radiate heat but inside they can feel chilly with hands and feet that are cold. They are calm, with high fever that comes on around 3pm or 3am.
C is for Chamomilla – A remedy for colic, teething, fever, pain and anger; anything where the child is miserable and inconsolable. For children or babies who are very irritable and demanding, who won’t stop complaining and cannot be pleased. The child always wants to be carried, they will scream and get angry if you put them down. Their cheeks may be red or just have one cheek red.
If you would like to add these remedies to your wellness tool kit, Georgia is offering our readers a bundle offer ~ $30 for the three remedies which also includes a booklet added for free covering how to use the remedies and how to differentiate between them all. Georgia also offers both a 10 and 20 piece Homeopathic first aid kit for your home and recommends Think Homeopathy by Maureen Johnson if you want to learn more about how to use these. Her kits are available from $95. If you are interested in either of these you can contact Georgia here.
To work alongside the remedies, Georgia shared with us 5 tips to a healthy lifestyle.
Let's get back to basics! Keeping it simple makes transitioning through the seasons a lot easier and less stressful.
1.Sleep – it's SO important for the developing immune system, we undervalue the importance of sleep. Sleep is our protection against illness, all growing kids require more sleep as this is the time the body gets to rest and reset for the day ahead. Did you know from birth to 12 months old a baby needs 14-18 hours sleep a day, 1-3 year olds need 12-14 hours, 3-6 year olds need 11-12 hours and 7-12 yr olds need 10-11 hours. Getting babies and kids to sleep can be no easy feat, creating a calm predictable bedtime routine can really help. Reading non-stimulating books together in bed for 10-15mins with dimmed lights is a nice wind down practice.
2.Movement – any form is great, just get them moving. Get involved yourself and lead by example. Even if it's just blasting the music and having a good old care free dance to get the blood flowing, switch off the screens and get moving together.
3.Nature – knows best. Fresh air and getting out amongst the elements is very grounding and reduces anxiety. We live in a fast-paced overstimulating environment, connecting to nature has never been so important. Whether you go foraging in nature, collect leaves and flowers to press, take care of a little herb garden or small vegetable plot, jump in puddles, make sandcastles at the beach, collect shells and sticks, head to the local park, ride a bike, walk around the block. Anything just make time for it every day and get involved with your children. Fresh air does the little soul wonders!
4.Eating well – Proper nutrition is so important in keeping those little immune systems running well. Keep sneaking vegetables into your baking and cooking, even when you feel defeated, keep trying. Get the kids involved in the whole process, from the shopping to storing to the cooking. Yes it takes way longer but they will become more educated, curious and intrigued to try new foods. Eating foods that are as close to their natural state as possible, less sugar, avoid artificial additives and eat organic when possible. Ask yourself; are you eating food your grandmother would recognise? Fresh vegetables, fruits, lean protein and whole grains. Is everyone getting enough water? Water is the key ingredient to keep the body and brain functioning, make it fun add slices of vegetables or fruit to water bottles. Create a loving environment by having meals together as a family, this helps to develop a positive relationship towards food and healthy eating habits.
5.Vitamin D – The most important vitamin! We all need it for immunity, growth and our moods – this is our happiness vitamin. 80% of children don’t meet the adequate levels of vitamin D through winter. Getting outside even in the winter is so important, layer up and get sunshine on the skin. If your kids struggle you can always supplement with vitamin D coming up to winter and through winter, this boost can really make a massive difference in health. Vitamin D plays a huge role in immunity, studies show low levels increase the risk of eczema, asthma, infections and the flu. Stay topped up.
and one last suggestion… to add to your first aid kit through winter…
Echinacea; this is a beautiful herb that helps when the immune system is compromised, it works by reducing inflammation and has an affinity with the upper respiratory tract. Kiwiherb do some beautiful herbal tonics for children.
Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us Georgia ~ stay healthy out there!