It’s no surprise that cold and flu season coincide with back to school. Your kids are exposed to more germs and stuck with the germs inside classrooms and lunch rooms. Dr. Lawrence Rosen, a nationally recognized expert in pediatric integrative medicine, recommends taking a preventative approach and protect your children with an all-natural hand sanitizer you can make at home.
DIY Hand Sanitizer
“Many parents turn to hand sanitizer to kill germs, but these store-bought concoctions can contain alcohol and harsh chemicals,” says Dr. Rosen. He offers the following all-natural sanitizer made of essential oils and aloe vera gel. This recipe is from his book Treatment Alternatives for Children.
- 3 ounces filtered water
- 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel
- 10 drops cinnamon essential oil
- 10 drops clove essential oil
- 10 drops rosemary essential oil
- 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- 20 drops lemon oil
- Mix all ingredients in a 4-ounce spray dispenser and shake gently.
- To use, simply spray sanitizer on your children’s hands, and teach them to massage the spray into their hands for 30 seconds.
Turn to elderberry if colds and flu strike
When a cold or flu does strike, Dr. Rosen recommends using Sambucol (black elderberry extract) to help alleviate symptoms faster. “Researchers have found that influenza patients treated with elderberry recover four days faster, on average, than those not receiving treatment,” the holistic expert adds. “Elderberry is safe for children two years or older – which means your kids can get back to school faster when recovering from illness.”
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