Cold Remedies for Kids – Say Boo to Sniffles

Keep Your Kid’s Sniffles Away with Boo Candy

We used to get sniffles in our house.  OK, I’ll admit it, we’re both home sick today.  But it’s the first time in at least a year, and we just moved, and all the ingredients for this remedy were in a box somewhere.

If you google cold remedies, you get very little help.  I lived with bad allergies most of my life, and  my baby used to get colds so often that they would run in to each other and last all winter.

Then I started studying Ayurveda.

Ayurveda, the oldest medical system in use today, teaches that everything is made up of the elements, and the elements have qualities, and if we are familiar with these qualities, we can find balance.

We do balance ourselves using the elements all the time: My skin is rough (air/wind), I use oil (water).

I feel heavy (earth), I lighten up by eating less and moving (air).

I feel cold (earth), I take a hot bath (fire).

My brain is bouncing off the walls (air), I meditate (space).

Pretty obvious, right?

But no one ever taught us how to find balance health-wise, simply by listening to our body and honoring what we hear.

That is, unless you grew up in traditional India or learned Ayurveda.

Here’s what we need to know: mucous reflects the element of cold (earth).  We want to burn it up (fire).

To do that, we use spices.  When I got to Washington DC this summer, I felt a cold coming on.  I went into my brother’s kitchen, boiled water, and put all the spicy herbs I could find into a mug: cayenne, black pepper, and ginger.

It didn’t taste half bad (I did put a little honey in) and the cold was gone.  Just like that, never to return, I swear.

But how do we get spices into our little ones?

Boo Candy Recipe

Get out a small plate and a spoon

turmeric powder ( you can dry roast it first in a skilled for added benefit).

ginger powder

cloves

if your child has the sniffles or is fighting something, also add:

black pepper

 

Then, pour honey over it, put it all on a spoon, and give to your child.  You can do it each night or whenever you think of it.

 

I make myself a tea using Trikatu, which is an herb that means “3 Hot Things.”  It’s uses several kinds of pepper.  When I drink it throughout that first day when I start to feel the tickle in the throat and fuzziness in the head, and I cancel everything and rest, I can usually wake up the next day all better.

This works for us better than any cold remedies I’ve ever found.

Let me know what happens for you!  : )

 

Want to learn more about how to keep you and your family healthy and energized through the seasons?  Come to the Ayurveda & Living Foods Workshop: For Better Sleep, More Energy, Healthier Diet.

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Jessica Jennings, MS, ERYT, RPYT, founded Ma Yoga® for Pregnancy, Motherhood & Beyond as a way to provide inspiration, guidance and support for mamas in their own neighborhoods. She loves helping people use the experience in the years around birth to create lives that reflect their own authentic feminine power and wisdom. If you are a mom, pregnant woman, yoga teacher or birth or mom expert - or you want to be - come join our online community by clicking below.