Back to School Holistic Health Tool Box
The health of American children is alarming. Classrooms are filled with children that have all types of health conditions ranging from type 2 diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, obesity. I can guarantee that that poor eating habits, and living a sedentary lifestyle are causing a lot of these issues. So today in this newsletter & blog I will be sharing healthy tips from old fashioned home remedies to homeopathic & herbs to start your own Holistic Health Tool Box
Whether your child has a tummy ache, a stuffy nose, or a bug bite, old-fashioned home remedies are often the best way to help him feel better fast. These time-tested treatments rarely have side effects, cost next to nothing, and use items you probably already have on hand. "Some, like ginger and chamomile, have even been confirmed by scientific studies to have healing effects

* Chamomile
The sweet little white gold blossoms of chamomile are soothing and relaxing and contains high amounts of vitamins and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, vitamin B-2, and flavonoids. Chamomile promotes rest and is useful for easing complaining and whining. It helps relieve anxiety and stress as well as pain and irritation in the belly, being particularly useful for flatulence and indigestion as well as stomach upset associated with nervousness and stress. Chamomile is also helpful for restlessness and insomnia. It steadies those suffering from nervous debility. Drinking chamomile infusion before nursing will impart these wonderful qualities to the breast milk and can help sooth an irritated child and alleviate some of the stress of colic. Being antibacterial, chamomile is great to add to teas or bathes during cold and flu season for prevention and gentle relief of symptoms.
If you are making an infusion of chamomile, only steep for 3 - 8 minutes as it gets very bitter if left to steep any longer.
Chamomile tastes appley, and bittersweet, most kids like the taste a lot.

* Ginger

Fresh Ginger Tea for Car Sickness

"Ginger stops the stomach contractions that tell your child's brain he feels nauseous
Ways to use ginger:
For children ages 2 and older, add a teaspoon of shredded fresh ginger to four ounces of boiling water, and let it steep for four to five minutes. You can add a bit of honey to make it taste better. After it has cooled, have your child drink it a half hour before getting into the car. Can also be used in foot and body baths

Best Herbal Options for Common Complaints
• Echinacea (Echinacea spp.) is an immune-enhancing herb considered a “mother’s helper” by herbalists, Gladstar says. It can be used in tea or tincture form to fend off illness when there are a lot of colds or flus going around or when the first symptoms appear.
• Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) is one of the best all-around children’s herbs. It contains anti-inflammatory essential oils, and its flowers make a soothing tea that settles the nervous system. It promotes digestion and is good for colicky babies. Cham-omile tea can calm a stressed or nervous child. A massage oil with added chamomile essential oil can be used to calm a child or to soothe sore, achy muscles. A few drops of tincture before feeding time aids digestion.
• Catnip (Nepeta cataria) is an herbal relaxant that can soothe an agitated nervous system. Helpful in treating teething or colic and the onset of colds, it can serve as a digestive aid. A few drops of tincture before bedtime will calm fussy children, and a couple of drops before meals can serve as a digestive aid.
• Mullein flower (Verbascum spp.), in the form of warmed oil, is helpful for treating bronchial congestion or simple ear infections associated with colds and flus. Gladstar says she has seen mullein and/or garlic work in 95 percent of cases of her own children and others’, unless there is a long history of infection or the case is quite serious.
• Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) is an antacid that neutralizes excess acids in the stomach and intestines and stimulates digestion. Fennel tea tastes good and is used to treat colic, improve digestion and expel gas.
• Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) is used for bronchial congestion, sore throat, coughs and inflammation of the digestive tract. Use it in syrups and teas, or give children licorice sticks to chew.
• Slippery elm (Ulmus rubra) soothes inflammation. It is useful for treating burns, sore throats and digestive problems, including diarrhea and constipation. To use as a cough medicine, mix 1 tablespoon slippery elm, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 cup warm water and 1 tablespoon honey. To make a tea, simmer 1 teaspoon of slippery elm in 1 cup of hot water.
• Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) is calming, antiviral and antiseptic. It can be used as a mild sedative. Lemon balm makes a delicious tea that can be served with lemon and honey throughout the day to alleviate stress and anxiety. Blend equal parts lemon balm, oats and chamomile and steep as a tea for a nervous system tonic.
• Nettle (Urtica dioica) is high in vitamins and minerals, especially iron and calcium. It is a remedy for allergies and hay fever and helps alleviate growing pains in young children.

The next 4 items are from my Friend Jami Oles - She has a back ground in Emergency Medicine and Holistic Nursing specializing in pediatrics
I agree with Jami --- I think everyone should have these in there Holistic Health Tool Box !!

Solaray - Natures Answer & I like Herbs for Kids
Now, these are just a few products that I like. When it comes to elderberry, there are a lot of great products out there. You can also make it yourself. Just make sure you know how to cook it because it is important that you do it correctly.
Elderberry, or elder, has been used for centuries to treat wounds when applied to the skin. It is also taken by mouth to treat respiratory illnesses such as cold and flu. Elder has anti-inflammatory, antiviral, anti-influenza, and anticancer properties.
Some evidence suggests that chemicals in elder flower and berries may help reduce swelling in mucous membranes, including the sinuses, and help relieve nasal congestion.
Elderberry also contains flavonoids, which have antioxidant properties and may help prevent damage to the body's cells. In fact, elderberry outranks blueberries, cranberries, goji berries, and blackberries in terms of total flavonol content.
There are several species of elder, but Sambucus nigra, or European elder (also called black elder), is most often used for medicinal purposes. Avoid dwarf elder (Sambucus ebulus), which can be toxic. Use a trusted preparation of elder because raw or unripe fruit, as well as the leaves, seeds, and bark, contain a chemical related to cyanide, which is poisonous.
Elderberry is a supplement you can give every day and should be taken regularly when going back to school. If your child happens to come down with something, I encourage parents to give it 2-3 times a day when illnessi s present. The recommended dosages are listed below.
The nutritional and medicinal benefits of elderberry are pretty phenomenal. Elderberries contain minerals like iron, potassium, phosphorous, and copper, as well as vitamins, such as vitamin A, vitamin B, and vitamin C, proteins, and dietary fiber. Add some of the beneficial organic compounds that function as anti-inflammatory and antioxidant agents in the body, and you have one powerful berry!
In 2009, Retroscreen Virology of London tested the Sambucol brand of Elderberry syrup, which is formulated using black Elderberry. The results of their testing proved the syrup to be 68.3% effective against the H1N1 virus, also known as Swine Flu1. Another study conducted in 2005, found the same brand of syrup to be 99% effective against the H5N1 virus, more commonly referred to as the Avian bird Flu1. Other studies conducted concluded that the syrup was highly effective in the treatment of influenza A and B. Elderberry proved to lessen the amount of discomfort felt by those studied, and symptoms were relieved within 2 to 3 days and at least 3 days earlier than the control group.
The recommended dosage of the liquid form of Elderberry is:
For children (1-6 years of age) 1 teaspoon (5ml) per day and can be increased to 1.5-2 teaspoons (10ml) per day, for use during winter months.
For adults the recommended dose is 2 teaspoons (10ml) per day.
Other forms can be dosed as follows:
Dried flowers can be used as an infusion for adults, 3 to 5 grams, three times daily.
Liquid Extract, for adults, use 1:1 in 25% alcohol, (3 to 5 ml) three times daily.
Tincture, for adults, use 1:5 in 25% alcohol, (10 to 25 ml) three times daily.
In 1994, the World Health Organization deemed probiotics to be the next-most important immune defense system when commonly prescribed antibiotics are rendered useless by antibiotic resistance. The gastrointestinal tract is the body’s pProbiotic-Capsulesrimary immune organ – 70-80% of the body’s immune cells are located there. The immune system ensures an appropriate response to non-harmful components such as food and harmful components such as certain viruses.
Probiotics need to be consumed on regular basis, at least a few times a week to maintain their effect on the intestinal micro-ecology. For instance, levels of bifidobacteria in the colon have been reported to decline with age 55 and lactobacilli concentrations may be negatively influenced by stress. Preliminary research has shown that supplementing the diet with several probiotic species can restore levels of important immune system markers comparable to levels in younger controls and that probiotics may counteract stress-induced changes in intestinal barrier function.
The intestinal tract must be in good order and with a healthy balance of beneficial bacteria to maintain a healthy immune response. Research shows that the relationship between gut flora and a healthy immune system is not just an arbitrary co-existence, but is, in fact, a mutually beneficial, synergistic relationship.
Probiotics Work with the Immune System
Probiotic colonies work with the body’s internal immune system to organize strategies that prevent toxins and pathogenic microorganisms from harming the body. Probiotics communicate and cooperate with the immune system to organize cooperative strategies. Decades of medical research indicate that probiotics stimulate messages that promote specific immune responses.
Probiotics can quickly identify harmful bacteria and work to eliminate them. This process may not directly involve the rest of the immune system, though it will still be notified of any probiotic offensives and will support the process by breaking up and escorting dead pathogens out of the body.
Enzymedica Enzyme Defense from uses an exclusive Thera-blend process for is protease, lipase, amylase and cellulase to support immune system health. Each of these enzymes actually represents multiple strains that are blended to increase potency in varying pH levels.

One of the first certifications I obtained working in the Natural Health industry was in Enzyme Therapy. Enzymes are proteins that speed up chemical reactions. There are estimated to be between 50,000 and 70,000 different enzymes in your body that regulate every metabolic function in your body. Without enzymes, all of these metabolic functions would progress through the same steps but would go too slowly to sustain life. In essence, enzymes make life happen where otherwise there would be none.
Most people, when they think of enzymes, think of digestive enzymes, and in the world of alternative health, that usually means digestive enzyme supplements. But as we've already mentioned, there are tens of thousands of different enzymes in the human body, and 99.999% have nothing to do with digestion.
So, how do these help with illnesses?
Just about everything that makes us sick is either a protein or is protected by a protein and is therefore subject to control by proteolytic enzymes. For example:
* Your DNA stores the code for all of your body's proteins and enzymes. In essence, your DNA is a protein manufacturing plant. Genetic diseases are the result of your DNA no longer producing those proteins and enzymes accurately or doing it insufficiently or excessively.
* Bacteria, viruses, yeasts, and fungi are all protected by proteins. Attacking those proteins is key to destroying the invaders.
* Food allergens are almost all proteins.
* Cancer cells are protected by proteins.
Proteolytic enzymes have the ability to digest and destroy the protein based defense shield of each and every pathogen, allergen, and rogue cell, thereby leading to their ultimate elimination. In addition, established cancers reprogram the production of enzymes in the body to both accelerate their own growth and protect themselves from the immune system. Supplemental proteolytic enzymes have the ability to alter that dynamic.
I like to start a proteolytic enzyme protocol at the first sign of any illness, if you are traveling or going to be around a lot of people or have been around someone you know is sick. You can take them daily. However, a good formula is not exactly cheap so I recommend using them as needed.
Other Possible benefits include:
Reduced systemic inflammation for: Increased heart health, cancer and disease prevention and recovery, Alzheimer's prevention, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue relief, and more.
Cleanses the blood of debris.
Breaking down and removes circulating immune complexes.
Dissolving fibrin in the blood, reducing the risk of clots.
Dissolving fibrin in arterial plaque, thus leading to the breakup of arterial plaque.
Eliminating the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) when flying.
Boosting the immune system.
Killing bacteria, viruses, and other invading pathogens.
Improved circulation.
Eliminating CICs
Eliminating autoimmune diseases.
Reduced risk of and response to food and pollen allergies.
Accelerated recovery from sprains, strains, fractures, bruises, contusions,
and surgery.
Faster recovery time from workouts.
Help with MS.
Help with arthritis.
Eliminating plaque from teeth.
Helping with sinusitis and asthma.
Dissolving arterial scar tissue.
Aiding in cleansing and detoxification.
Improved body alkalinity.
Reduced risk of osteoporosis.
My family is never without Proteolytic enzymes!
NOTE: Proteolytic enzymes need to be taken on an empty stomach! The dosage depends on age and situation.

Sovereign Silver
Between 1900 and 1940 silver was the primary antibiotic used in medical practice. Numerous studies on the antibiotic properties of silver were conducted from 1920 – 1940. Physicians mixed silver preparations in their offices and they were either taken orally or injected. The shelf life was poor, as they had no way to keep the silver particles in suspension for longer than fifteen minutes.
The unwieldy use of silver antibiotics gave way to the far easier to use sulfa drugs and eventually penicillin. At the time these compounds seemed more effective and were certainly easier to use. Now we have antibiotic-resistant strains from overuse of these drugs. And we have to use highly toxic doses of antibiotics to get a result in the bacteria that can still be killed by antibiotics, a problem of antibiotic-related toxicity to the humans consuming them. Bacteria do not generally develop resistance to silver unless they have a very thick wall that does not absorb it (it is effective against most gram positive and gram negative bacteria).
Colloidal silver is non-toxic, non-addictive, and has no side effects. The body develops no tolerance to colloidal silver and one cannot overdose.
This is a pure and safe element and you cannot overdose. The U.S. Government's Center for Disease Control confirmed in 1995 that there has never been any allergic, toxic or carcinogenic reactions to colloidal silver. And the Environment Protection Agency has reported that silver is neither an eye nor skin irritant.
Within a few minutes, the pathogen suffocates and dies and is cleared out of the body by the immune, lymphatic and elimination systems. The presence of Colloidal Silver near a virus, fungus, bacterium or any other single celled pathogen disables its oxygen metabolism enzyme, its chemical lung.
Unlike pharmaceutical antibiotics which destroy beneficial enzymes, Colloidal Silver leaves these tissue-cell enzymes intact as they are radically different from the enzymes of primitive single-celled life. Thus Colloidal Silver is absolutely safe for humans.
Colloidal Silver is the result of an electro-magnetic process that pulls microscopic particles from a larger piece of silver into a liquid such as water. These microscopic particles can more easily penetrate and travel throughout the body. Colloidal Silver works as a catalyst, disabling the enzyme that all one celled bacteria fungi and viruses use for their oxygen metabolism. In short, the bad guys suffocate.
Unlike with antibiotics, resistant strains have never been known to develop. In fact, antibiotics are only effective against perhaps a dozen forms of bacteria and fungi, but never viruses.
Because no known disease causing organism can live in the presence of even minute traces of the chemical element of metallic silver, colloidal silver is effective against more than 650 different disease causing pathogens. This has clinical testing that back up that number.
Since there is not enough room to list all the diseases against which Colloidal Silver has been used successfully, here is a tiny sample; acne allergies appendicitis, arthritis, blood parasites, bubonic plague, burns - colloidal silver is one of the few treatments that can keep severe burn patients alive, cancer, cholera, conjunctivitis, diabetes, gonorrhea hay fever, herpes, leprosy, leukemia lupus, Lyme disease malaria, meningitis parasitic infections both viral and fungal, pneumonia, rheumatism, ringworm, scarlet fever septic conditions of the eyes, ears, mouth and throat, shingles, skin cancer, staph infections, strep infectious, syphilis, toxemia, trench foot, all forms of viruses, warts and stomach ulcer. In addition it also has veterinary uses such as canine parvo virus.
You'll also find Colloidal Silver very handy in the garden and bathroom since it can be used against bacterial, fungal and viral attacks on plants and humans. Spray diluted colloidal Silver on plant leaves, and add to soil water. Colloidal Silver gets quickly to the body cells. Keep a spray bottle of it in the bathroom for feet, hands & face.
Taken orally, the silver solution is absorbed from the mouth into the bloodstream then transported quickly to the body cells. Swishing the solution under the tongue briefly before swallowing ensures fast absorption.
Since Colloidal Silver is eliminated by the kidneys, lymph system and bowel after three weeks, a regular daily intake is recommended as a protection against dangerous pathogens. In cases of minor burns, an accumulation of Colloidal Silver can hasten to heal, reducing scar tissue and infection The lives of millions of people susceptible to chronic low-grade infections can be enhanced by this powerful preventative health measure.
Colloidal Silver is painless on burns, cuts, abrasions, in open wounds, in the nostrils for a stuffy nose, arid even in a person's eyes because unlike antiseptics, it does not destroy tissue cells. It is perfect for cosmetics, creams, and lotions. Spray on then add your favorite beauty product.
It doesn't interact with any other medications. It doesn't upset the stomach and in fact is a digestive aid. It does not sting the eyes. Medical journal reports and documented studies spanning the past 100 years indicate no known side effects from oral or IV administration of colloidal silver in animal or human testing.
Colloidal silver has been used with good results under the most demanding health care circumstances. Without overstating the case, it may be time to recognize colloidal silver as not only the safest medicine on Earth but also the most powerful.


* Homeopathic 

Homeopathic remedies for home use with children:
Homeopathic medicine-whether in topical ointment form, children's combination products, specific single remedy tablets or liquid-is a natural safe alternative for pregnancy, babies, toddlers, and children. Hyland's brand of homeopathic remedies are remembered by many a grandmother. These true and tried remedies are a must have for parents with young children. Reputable natural remedies for colic, teething, irritability, restlessness at bedtime, fevers, childhood diseases, first-aid treatment for scraps, buises, pain.

Hyland's Kids' Kit includes the following single homeopathic medicines:
Aconitum Napellus 30X: sudden colds or fever
Arnica Montana 30X: bruising, muscle soreness
Belladonna 30X: fever, redness or throbbing pain
Chamomilla 30X: teething, irritability
Ferrum Phos 30X: fever, redness or fatigue
Hepar Sulphuris Calcareum 30X: cough, colds or skin eruptions

• Chamomilla is used for hyperactive infants and young children who are restless and irritable. It also helps babies suffering from teething pain or colic. Use it when an infant cries incessantly except when being carried or when a child is hyperirritable and has tantrums.

• Belladonna is helpful for fevers, when a child has a flushed face, throbbing headache, drowsiness but difficulty falling asleep and swollen glands and radiating heat. It is used for measles, when there is a sudden onset of high fever, with a flushed face and reddened lips.

* ACONITE- use for sudden onset of illness, sudden fright or shock, first
signs of illness-the early stages. Indicated in fevers, cough, croup,
hoarseness, colic, childhood trauma, anxiety.

* Arnica - use for fast first aid relief of pain. Relieves pain and trauma
immediately when used right after injuries, scraps, blows, shock.
Helpful also in black eyes, sore muscles, bruises.

* Ferrum Phos  is my #1 choice for inflammations and fevers. Ferrum Phos is a homeopathy Cell Salt,
our mineral that is used within the cells. Ferrum Phos is homeopathic iron and gets oxygen to the cells.
That makes this Cell Salt useful for infection, inflammation, fatigue from illness.
See our Cell Salt Category for more information on Cell Salts
* Hepar Sulphur is your sore throat remedy. Use for hoarseness, croupy coughs, colds, abscesses, acne.
This remedy help with skin eruptions, such as teen acne. Hepar Sulphur is well known for its ability to encourage
suppuration. Hepar Sulphur also acts upon the respiratory mucous membrane.
Indicated in cough that repeat til choking. Sensation of a clot of mucous or internal
swelling when swallowing. The sensation of something caught in the throat, with the
feeling of a splinter in the throat.

I would also add Apis
• Apis is one of the key remedies for sore throat when the tonsils are puffy and red, when it hurts to eat or drink anything warm, and when relief comes from sucking an ice cube. It is a leading remedy for hives when the skin is swollen, red and sensitive to heat, often from an allergic response.


Synthetic chemicals 

I want to touch on synthetic chemicals in our everyday environments.
The last fifty years have seen an alarming increase in the variety of synthetic chemicals in our everyday environments. These chemicals have inundated our food supply, personal care products, clothing, housewares, as well as the foods and products that we give to our children. It is the effect of these chemicals on babies and children that is most pertinent to address.
In a 2002 report shown on PBS’ “NOW with Bill Moyers,” Moyers states that “most of these chemicals have never been tested for their toxic effects on children. And scientists are concerned that recent increases in childhood illnesses like asthma and cancer, as well as learning disabilities, may be related to the environment — to what kids eat, drink and breathe1.”
The majority of baby products on the market today are filled with preservatives, dyes and artificial flavoring.
This includes not only food, but creams and soaps that are readily absorbed into their gentle skin, plastic toys they play with as well as the carpets and couches on which they lay. The environment is filled with virtually unavoidable chemical toxins.
As a parent, the health of your baby is always a concern. It is clearly not practical to eliminate all environmental toxins surrounding our babies, but we can at least make efforts to reduce their exposure.

Please Take time to look through your cabinet and look at the ingredience
Toxic Ingredience such as
Petrolatum, sodium laureth sulfate, parfum, BHA & BHT, siloxanes, parabens,dibutyl phthalte, formaldehyde releasing preservaties


Healthy snack ideas
With most kids back in school this month, it’s the perfect time to get inspired with new snack ideas! The importance of healthy snacking is huge, as it helps balance blood sugar levels, provides lasting energy, and ensures good nourishment for you and your growing children.
Yummy, healthy snacks help keep kids from eating too many empty calories, usually in the form of sugary drinks, sweets and candies, chips, and cookies. This goes a long way in preventing childhood obesity and diabetes, which are increasing problems here in the U.S.
Snacks are also important because many children don’t eat all of their lunch, leaving behind half of what they are served. This means they are very hungry by the time they get home, making them vulnerable to unwholesome snacking if given the opportunity.
Here is a list of healthy snack ideas to get you started:
Banana – This snack staple can be eaten with peanut butter or yogurt to make it more exciting.
Apple – Delicious on their own, apples can be even more delicious with almond butter.
Fruit Salad – Whatever fruits are in season at the store or farmers market! Cut them in pieces and serve chilled, with Greek yogurt.
Greek Yogurt – Down to Earth sells a variety of brands and flavors that are delicious on their own or mixed with fruit.
Dried Fruit – Down to Earth has a variety of dried fruit in the bulk bins, making an ideal snack for after school or to send with your children to school.
Carrots, Cucumbers, Celery, Broccoli – Any crunchy veggie can be ideal with a hummus dip or guacamole.
Chips & Guacamole – Whole grain corn chips dipped in homemade guacamole are mouth watering, and can be a prelude to a healthy Mexican dinner night. Salsa can also be used addition to, or in place of guacamole.
Crackers & Dip – Enjoy whole grain crackers with hummus or organic vegan sour cream
Nuts – Cashews, macadamia, almonds, pecans, peanuts, etc. Nuts are very filling and you don’t need too many to do the trick.
Smoothies – Whip up a smoothie with frozen organic fruit, Greek yogurt, juice or water, plus a little bit of honey.
Frozen Fruit – Served in a bowl with honey and almond milk, this frozen treat is surprisingly delicious and also makes a great dessert.
Protein, Granola or Nut Bars – There’s a wide range of bars you can choose at Down to Earth, including Kind, Cliff, Cascadian Farm, Annie’s, etc.
Edamame – Green soybeans are packed with protein and nutrients, and make an ideal snack.
Wild Friends Nut Butter Pouches – These are a great choice for kids that have allergies to peanuts, as they are produced in a facility that segregates ingredients.
Natures Bakery Fig Bars – These are dairy and cholesterol free, and Down to Earth also carries the gluten-free version
Bare Fruit Apple Chips – Comes in a variety of flavors!
C2O Coconut Chips – These chips are a great source of fiber.
C2O Tropical Freezers – Made with real fruit, and contains no high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors or colors.
Stretch Island Fruit Leathers – These are made with real fruit and have no added sugars.
Fresh Apple Slices – For a time-saving snack, find fresh apple slices in the produce department at Down to Earth’s Honolulu store on S. King Street.