For sure its the most wonderful time of the year, BUT, it can also be fraught with illness, exhaustion, anxiety or just a general collapse after it all which is really common and why the whole January detox market is flexing its muscles to clean up on everyone's malaise. So, I much prefer to arm myself right now with a few trusty saviours that get me through and steel my children for however many late nights and veg free days that happen. Because you don't want to be dealing with sick kids, sniffling partners or being ill and missing the fun yourself.
Put turmeric and apple through the juicer, combine other ingredients and drink in one go as a shot.
If you ache all over and are in need of a recharge, this deliciously therapeutic eucalyptus salt soak will enliven and relax you whilst helping your tubes unblock at the same time.
You can make your own version too:
Mix ingredients together and pour under hot tap as water is running. Soak for at least 20 minutes.
THROAT GARGLE: If you've got razor blades when you swallow or are just feeling it there, this is a nice easy to make tonic that you can do twice a day to put some instant, topical goodness on the problem. It should provide some relief and help recovery time too.
Mix all ingredients together and gargle for 10 seconds each time,, as many times as needed to finish mixture.
UNBLOCKING and SLEEPING EASY
If you have small ones with blocked noses nighttime can be sheer hell for everyone. I've tried a few things, from rubbing things on and around etc but diffusing this wonderful vapour oil has been the most effective way for me of keeping them breathing more freely and ensuring more sleep all round.
Bamboo Essential Oil Diffuser has lights and
Snuffle Babe has been road tested on tinies as well and works wonders:
Olbas oil for children 10ml
EVERY DAMN DAYThese are imbibed on the regular, to offset the chocolate, crisps and shirking of green vegetables that is inevitable right now. Check the dosage on the bottle as you can double dose in winter or at the first signs of coughs and colds. This has really kept us snot free, and I am utterly sold on the magic of the elderberry.
- IMMUNE KICKER
FIGHTING THE FLU / SNIFFLES / COUGHSIf you've already succumbed and are feeling terrible there are some things you can still do to make yourself / your children feel a lot better and speed up recovery time so you can get back to the festive fun. Read this for the full post I wrote on this earlier. It has all the bath soaks and goodies included already. TURMERIC SHOT My first port of call always when anything feels off (throat, head, aches, sniffs) but also at times of muscle, bone or joint pains. The active component in turmeric - curcumin - has been found to drastically increase the bodies anti-inflammatory response and has helped me, anecdotally, with many bouts of illness, physical repairs and more. BUG BEATER EXTRAORDINAIRE A really super charged, 95% curcumin, dose of 2,500 mg turmeric in a pill form, this particular brand has been shown to perform incredibly well, antioxidant, anti inflammatory and digestive supportand makes an impact, I give this 1,000mg dose of the same brand to my children as they don't tolerate the shots! If you have fresh and you can stomach it this is a good hit up: SHOOTER
- 4 inches fresh turmeric
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 tsp honey
- 1/2 lemon juiced
- 1 apple
- 1 tbsp salt
- 1 lemon squeezed
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 inch ginger minced
- 1/4 cup warm water
- (if you're feeling bold add a minced clove of garlic)
EMERGENCY TOOL KITI have these on hand wherever I go in case of vomitting, bugs, sleep issues when away, bumps and bruises as per. Not used daily, but I don't like to be without them as they sort everyone out so fast it's key to have them to hand. If I could prescribe three things to every parent it would be these:
- My Charcoal dream for vomit
- This sleep magic cherry number
- For all accidents and bumps this powerful gel
GO TO SLEEPSleep aid extraordinaire, this cherry number, at times of high excitement is a must for my children to ensure some sleep. The full info here. It's particularly useful over holidays and when moving around and changing bedrooms, I can't tell you how many nights it has turned around for me. BUMPS N BRUISES For those inevitable bashes and bumps. They can be soothed, and your mind eased, so quickly with some of this powerful gel cream, which is an amazing healer for contusions, bruises and hemotomas. It smells delicious, absorbs easily and is incredibly effective. Using a unique ultrasound extraction and made in Italy this is the best version of this I have found and it really works. Also really useful for muscular and joint pain. +I am not a doctor, please consult your GP for any medical concerns