Back to School Wellness Arsenal. Non Toxic Took Kit of “Must Haves” for a healthy school year.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or medical expert. The content I share in this post is from my own research and what I do for me and my family. You should consult your physician before trying new supplements.
As a mama of 4, I am always playing defense, especially during the back to school season. Kids are exposed to more germs and illnesses and I try to be as prepared and preventative as I possibly can.
Here are my go-to, must have products for the back to school season.
Every fall the sun sets further and further into the south and the days get shorter. The sun’s rays diminish in duration and intensity. This is when D3, ”the sunshine vitamin” comes in handy.
According to Dr. Randall Neustaedter, a pediatric doctor specializing in homeopathic and Oriental medicine, vitamin D is one of the most important supplements you can give your kids during the fall/winter months.
Some benefits of adequate vitamin D are
- Immune Function
- Bone growth
- Reduction in Asthma
- Reduction in allergies
- Reduction of tooth decay
- Reduction of Diabetes
I give my kids Carlson Super Daily D3 if I order it through Amazon, or ChildLife Vitamin D3 if I need an emergency bottle and buy it in a health food store. I only give it during the fall and winter months when the “sunshine vitamin” has diminished. During summer and spring, I make sure my kids get plenty of sun exposure.
Appropriate dosage of Vitamin D according to Dr. Neustaedter is:
Infants – 400-800 mg
Toddlers and elementary school age kids – 2,000 mg
Teens – 4,000 mg
Elderberry is a natural plant with tons of medicinal properties. It’s a potent antiviral that dates back to prehistoric times. It has been shown to decrease the duration of colds and flu if taken at the first sign of illness.
Elderberry has antiviral properties and can prevent and treat flu. It has been proven to shorten the duration of flu symptoms after 2 days of taking it. (Source).
Essential oils are a safe and effective alternative to chemicals that can heal, cure, soothe, treat and clean.
Besides their versatility, they are easy to use making them very popular for health conscious moms.
Essential oils are great for naturally treating many symptoms. You can diffuse them or use them topically. If you use them topically be sure to do your research as diluting essential oils varies. As a general rule of thumb use 1-2 drops of essential oil per 1 tablespoon of carrier oil. Some common carrier oils are Jojoba oil, fractionated coconut oil or avocado oil.
There are a ton of uses for essential oils but here are some of my back to school favorites:
Lavender has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties, it boosts immunity and helps soothes kids when they are uncomfortable. Lavender is my favorite essential oil to use with my kids because it’s safe has a pleasant scent and has multiple uses.
One of the ways I use lavender essential oil is as a calming spray. I spritz my kids when they are feeling stressed out or overwhelmed. Kids face a ton of pressures today and they feel it. The calming spray is a safe, natural, simple remedy to create calm and peace.
Lavender Calming Spray
Add 12 drops lavender essential oil to a 2 oz glass spray bottle.
add carrier oil of your choice
shake and spray
Peppermint essential oil is antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic and relieves pain. Peppermint is a natural decongestant and Is great for treating congestion, sinus infection and bronchitis. One of my favorite ways to use Peppermint essential oil is to make a steam tent to alleviate congestion.
Make a steam tent – Add 8-10 drops of peppermint essential oil to a bowl of boiling water, place a towel over your head and inhale the vapors for 5-10 minutes. The hot steam helps to thin and drain mucus in the airways and the decongestant properties of peppermint help to relieve cold and congestion symptoms. Use caution with children. Not recommended for young children.
You want to make sure you use high quality essential oils. I use and recommend Revive essential oils. They are sustainably sourced, 100% pure unrefined, steam distilled, bottled in the USA, cruelty free and third party tested for purity, potency and quality. They also offer free shipping and free returns.
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Check out the Back to School Guidebook for the Naturally Minded Mom for more essential oil blends and recipes for back to school health.
I use and love Lice Logic Clear & Free Shampoo. It’s plant based, non-toxic, pesticide free, paraben free, formaldehyde free, vegan, cruelty free and IT WORKS. It contains an enzyme blend which is proven to kill lice and nits on contact. I use this on my kids 2-3 times per week as a preventative measure. For more on how to treat lice naturally, click here.
Constipation and back to school go hand in hand. Many times kids don’t want to use the school bathrooms so they hold it in causing them to get backed up. A high fiber diet is key to avoiding constipation but it happens. When my little ones get constipated my product of choice is Aloe water. Just an ounce or 2 is enough to get bowls moving properly again. It’s easy to administer, it’s odorless and tastes like regular drinking water. I like this brand because it’s a high quality, pure distilled aloe vera.
Whatever you do to treat your child’s constipation, I strongly urge you to avoid Miralax. It’s active ingredient, polyethylene glycol 3350,PEG 3350, may be linked to tremors, tics, obsessive-compulsive behaviors and aggression in children following its use.
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