Herbal Immune-Boosters for You and Your Kids

Take a holistic approach to keeping winter illnesses at bay. Here are a few herbal remedies to consider using at home.

Take a holistic approach to keeping winter illnesses at bay. Serve up one of these immunity-enhancing herbal extracts to the whole family:

1. Elderberry Syrup

For preventing colds and generally giving the immune system a boost, sweet elderberry syrup goes down easy with kids of all ages. A teaspoon a day keeps colds away, claims Jessie Hawkins, author of The Handbook of Vintage Remedies in kiwimagonline.com.

2. Eucalyptus Essential Oil

A few whiffs of eucalyptus oil spells relief for sore, stuffy noses. When a couple of drops are added to a pot of boiling water, the oil’s anti-inflammatory properties go to work as you (or your child) inhale the vapor. For a more powerful effect, try placing a towel over your head as you lean over the pot to keep the steam concentrated around your nasal passages.

3. Slippery Elm Bark

To sooth sore throats, try a tablet of this lesser known herbal extract. Once inside the mouth, the bark dissolves into a gel-like coating that helps ease scratchy throats and painful swallowing.

For more advice on preventative herbal remedies, as well as immunity-boosting vitamins and pantry staples, read kiwimagonline.com’s guide to “All Natural Winter Health.”

Source: kiwimagonline.com

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