But every once in a while we need a little something extra to help us get through times of increased stress. Travel, eating less the healthy food over the holidays, overpacked schedules, or exposure to other sick kids all call for a little immunity boost.
- Elderberry Glycerite- Helps support immunity and respiratory health, and I love it for kids. Glycerites don't contain any alcohol, and the combo of elderberry and glycerine tastes yummy, so the kids don't mind taking it.
- Echinacea and Oregon Grape (alcohol or glycerine tincture, depending on your preference)- Echinacea gets a lot of press- first it improves immunity, then they say it doesn't, and now health officials in the UK are saying not to give it to kids. You should know all of these things before you use this. BUT their concern is with allergic reactions, which are rare, and as an herbal proponent points out in the article, more children become ill from over the counter anti-inflammatory medications than have allergic reactions to echinacea, yet no one in the mainstream medical community would come out and say "no one under 12 should take anti-inflammatory meds." Anyway... the combo of Echinacea and Oregon Grape can be used both as an immunity booster and as an antibiotic treatment during illness.
- Immunity Syrup- This combines both of the above preventatives in a medium that kids love to take- honey. I give them 1/2 tsp of this mixture three times a day when we are traveling in the winter or during other times of stress. Best of all, they take it gladly!