Wednesday, February 10, 2016

3 Simple Natural Remedies for Kids Allergies , Cough and Cold

Dear readers, my this post is different than my usual post about recipes. It is about natural remedies we use for our grand kids to treat or reduce occurrences of Allergies , Cough , Cold etc. I am not getting paid to write about any of these products. Some of these products our grand kids are using them for more than 6-8 months now and some of are in use for more than a year now and we cannot do without them now.

Disclaimer: I am not related to medical profession or do not have any kind of training in treating any ailments.  Below mentioned suggestions are based on our personal experience and experience of our friends and families.



1. Essential Oil:

This is the simplest and least intrusive natural remedy. Three oils that we have felt most effective are equal part mix of Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint. When weather is cold or kids seem congested due to allergy or normal cough, just need to apply 2-3 drops of this mix oil on their feet or back and it gives them almost immediate relief. Since skin of both our kids is very sensitive, we do not apply on any other parts of the body. We have been using these oils for more than year and half now and they are always in our medicine cabinet now.

Few other ways to use these oils are:

  • Apply on their cloths or on pillow
  • Add few drops in shower
  • Add few drops in hot water and let them breath the steam (be very careful around hot water)
We do not buy any expensive brand of oils. We just get "Now Foods" brand essential oil from local HEB and have found it very effective. You can find same here on Amazon if not available in store near by.

NOW Foods Lemon Essential Oil 1 oz
NOW Foods Essential Oils Lavender -- 1 fl oz
NOW Foods Peppermint Oil, 1 ounce

2. Sinus Rinse:

This is another natural remedy which helps clean-up all the gunk that builds up in nose , throat and sinus cavities. NeilMed Sinus Rinse kit was referred to one of our relative by their pediatrician more than 2 years back and we have been using it for almost a year now. This is kit is based on age old Indian Medical Technique called "Neti".  This technique is still in used to clean up sinus cavities. NeilMed Sinus Rinse does the same thing but it is so much simpler to use.  In this process Seline Water goes in from one nostril and comes out of another and with it brings out all the gunk which gives such a relief to tiny noses. We purchase this kit also from our local HEB. If it is not available near by for you, here is the link on Amazon.

NeilMed Sinus Rinse Complete Kit

3. Juice Plus+ Chewables:

These Chewables are just like gummy bears but all natural and full of natural fruit and vegetable juice. They were suggested to us by our pediatrician as kids have become little picky lately and needed something to bridge the gap. After they started taking these Chewables daily, their gums looked much more healthier. During winter we felt they did get sick lesser than usual.  After ordering couple of times from Amazon (Juice Plus+ Children's Chewables Orchard and Garden Blend 2 Month Supply ), just recently we subscribed for monthly shipping. Kids love the taste and we do not feel guilty giving them these Chewables as they are all natural.

Hope you found this article helpful and will be able to use one or more of these natural remedies in your house hold to help little ones feel better naturally.  Do leave a comment if you have any questions about any of these products mentioned above.

Fun Recipes for Kids:
1.  No-Cook Ice-Cream
2. No-Cook Pin-Wheel Cookies
3. Egg-less Apple Pie (Mini-Apple Pie)
4. Fun in Kitchen: 5 Fun Recipes to make with Kids

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Saturday, November 7, 2015

Microwave Ricotta Cheese Burfi

Things have been pretty busy and I haven't gotten chance to post anything lately. So without any further delay, just in time for Diwali, a simple and quick recipe to make burfi or barfi using Microwave. In past I have made this burfi on stove-top but this time I just made this quick version in microwave.



Preparation Time: 5 minute
Cook Time: 12 minute

Ingredient:

1. 1 cup ricotta cheese ( Mawa )
2. 1/3cup + 1tbsp sugar
3. 2 tsp ghee ( butter )
4. 1-1/2 tsp un-sweetened cocoa powder
5. 2 pinch cardamom powder

Method Step By Step:

1.In a microwave safe bowl combine ricotta cheese ( mawa ), sugar and ghee ( butter ). Mix it well.
2. Cover it and put it in microwave for 5 minutes.
3. Give it good stir after 5 minutes.
4. Again put in microwave and keep steering about every 3 minutes.
5. After about 12 minutes you should see that mawa mixture is coming together and does not stick to the bowl. That is when burfi should be done. Mix it well and split in 2 equal parts.
6. Add cardamom powder in one part. Mix well and spread in a greased plate.
7. Add cocoa powder in second part, mix it well and spread it on top of white part.
8. Let it cool down for about 4 hour and then cut it in pieces.

Note:
Keep it refrigerated.

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1. Slow Cooker/Crockpot Sweet Pongal/Sakkarai Pongal
2. Slow Cooker Cracked Wheat Halwa (Fada Lapsi)
3. Slow Cooker Carrot Halwa or Gajar Halwa Recipe
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