Sunday, April 10, 2011

Mama Love

Bright and early this morning around Five am. I was awoken by a sweet little sick girl... tummy aches and pains. She needs lots of 'mama love', snuggles and some nourishing tea.

Most people know that it is important to replace minerals as well as lost water after illness, especially the tummy bug but most electrolyte drinks contain only sodium and potassium rather than all the minerals our bodies need to be healthy.

Very Simply you can make your own mineral-rich herbal electrolyte drink by combining a few herbs.  This nourishing tea contains:

• B vitamins, which support the functioning of the liver and nervous system.

• calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, chromium, potassium, silica, and other trace minerals. Calcium and magnesium help build healthy bones, ease muscle spasms and cramping, and reduce inflammation. Zinc enhances immune system functioning, while chromium helps regulate blood-sugar levels.

To replace lost electrolytes the body basically needs sodium and sugar. The following recipe will help to replenish these electrolytes naturally and also offer the added benefits of chamomile and ginger.

Ginger is anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory and anti-emetic and so will help to relieve cramping, reduce inflammation and reduce nausea and vomiting. Chamomile is also anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory but moreover is anti-microbial. In particular it contains chamazulene, which is active against Staphlococcus aureus. In addition, chamomile is relaxing and so will help to calm upset children.
You can also make delicious Popsicles with this tea.

Herbal Re-hydration Tea

2 tbsp honey or sugar
1/4tsp table salt
1/4tsp baking soda
Combination of each chamomile flowers,nettles,elderflower and berries,Lemon Grass,Rose hips,Cinnamon,Wild cherry Bark
1 inch raw ginger root sliced
8 cups boiled water

Boil 8 cups water, add the salt, baking soda, honey, herbs and ginger. Stir, cover and leave to infuse for at the least 10 minutes but can be steeped for up to 3 hours. Strain through muslin and sip a little every 10-15 minutes. Can be a warm or cold tea.

Peace loved sipping on her tea. I can tell it made her feel better  almost instantly.

She said "Mama, I love the smell of pretty wet flowers"

Then she drank up every last bit

How do you give your little one "Mama Love" when they are under the weather?

1 comment:

  1. Oh my goodness, that is really sweet! I love Peace drinking the pretty wet flowers all up. :)

    I like this post.


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