One of the big topics on all parents' minds at the moment is the transition back to school and how it will affect their children.
In Organico Health Shop in Bantry we are innundated with queries from parents about how best to support their children at this time. There are often two areas they are worried about, firstly their child's nutritional health and protection from infection, and secondly their emotional well-being.
Over the summer most children eat well. However, there is less fresh fruit available in the winter, and often being at school all day does not improve your child's diet. What we reccomend if parents are concerned about their child may not be getting all the fruit and vegetables they need is a fantastic liquid vitamin tonic called 'Kindervital' by Salus Haus, a German company with a fantastic reputation for quality health tonics. Kindervital's vitamins and nutrients are blended in a natural fruit juice and herb base, which both aids absorption and is tasty and tempting to even the pickiest of children. Kindervital contains calcium, magnesium, vitamins A, D, C, and B Vitamins. These are all vital for energy, protection against infections, proper growth and development and brain function and development. Kindervital also contains naturally occurring carotenes which are involved with the growth and repair of tissue and are a source of betacarotene, a powerful antioxidant. It increases the number of white blood cells and protects the lining of the lungs and ear canal making it important against recurrent infections.
On another level, the beginning of the school term can cause many children to feel anxious and this can impact on their sleep patterns and their energy levels. A good remedy for the transition period is made by Bach Flower Remedies and is called Walnut.
Flower remedies are very safe and can be used by all the family. The Bach center recommends Walnut as the perfect remedy for times of change and transition, 'from being born to teething to going to school to puberty to marriage to childbearing to retirement and beyond'. It is described as 'helping to break links with the past so that the person can move forward with confidence and without undue suffering'.
On a final note, sometimes parents are coming into talk to us not just about their children's health and wellbeing but about their own! Obviously, from the quote above Walnut can be used effectively by parents as well during this stressful time.
Naturally you should always consult a qualified medical practitioner for any chronic health conditions.
Organico Shop, Glengarriff Rd., Bantry, Co. Cork, Ireland. Phone +353 (0)27 51391