As I rummaged around in our first aid cabinet for the first time in what seemed like decades it suddenly dawned on me – this was the first time my child had been really sick in months!
When you live in a household with young kids, I discovered, viruses and all those other FUN things (bruises, cuts, etc.) seem to be an everyday event. This fact seemed to be especially true for our family during.
One of my girlfriends (whom had 3 kids close together) had an ongoing weekly appointment at the nearby medical center – she found it was easier to cancel the appointments than try to book them when the kids came down with something.
Of course, as the kids grew their immunity systems strengthened, thanks in no small part to the various illnesses and ailments they brought back from elementary school. Colds, the flu, strange spots and sores gradually stopped appearing.
But still, you could almost guarantee that a few days into the new school term one of our children would come down with some weird antibiotic-proof sickness. Jason even had a case of whooping cough (thankfully a mild case) in the 2nd grade of all things... AND he’s been accinated (Grrrrr)!
S0, what has changed in our household which suddenly meant we are all healthier than those around us. Everybody else seems to be sick with another something that’s being passed around school?
TURMERIC!!!! I have to seriously consider this fact. Over the past 6 months I have FINALLY discovered a way to ‘feed’ my children turmeric AND I really believe this has made ALL the difference.
Over the last 4 years I have been feeding this seemingly ‘miracle’ spice to my dog to fix his itchy skin issues, and it has worked wonders for him. AND even though he’s ‘officially’ a senior dog he still zooms around like a puppy – people are always commenting that they can’t believe he’s a 8 year-old dog.
Watching my dog’s health improve made me more determined to figure out how I could add turmeric to my own daily diet. The only way I could ‘stomach’ the taste of turmeric was to make golden paste and add a teaspoon of paste to a big dollop of Greek yogurt after every meal.
After a year of holding the title "Healthiest in the Family" my husband John decided to join my daily ritual too. It wasn’t long before he noticed the benefits of turmeric – mainly that he wasn’t catching all the colds and flus that were being passed around at his office. It was at that point that I started trying to get the kids to take turmeric.
Some of my unsuccessful attempts...
• Turmeric Golden Milk – no way!
• Curry – you’ve got to be kidding!!
• Turmeric and Fruit Juice – Hahahahaha….think again!!!
Finally, I dabbed the tiniest speck of turmeric golden paste on a spoon and filled the rest of the spoon up with Golden Syrup. SUCCESS!!! The explosion of pure sugar overrode the strong taste of turmeric.
Now let me make this clear, Christopher Smyth, the vet who first introduced me to turmeric, doesn’t agree with ‘dosing’ children up with sugar but as time went by, the turmeric to golden syrup ratio changed – it became 1:2 and my kids rarely have deserts after dinner so they actually looked forward to their turmeric. Thankfully though, we have now discovered organic turmeric capsules and the kids happily take these morning and night after meals.
And now I’m very happy that my kids are rarely sick. A weekend rummaging around in the medicine cabinet has become a real rarity these days.
Both my kids picked up some bug recently that caused them to be very congested (don’t you love that) and coughing severely both morning and night but surprisingly, they still slept really well through the nights. and it took them only one weekend to shake the cold/flu and they were fine for school again come Monday – compare this to 6 months prior when Jason ended up having two whole weeks off school for something very similar.
Have you ever noticed you get sick on OR just after a holiday??
Even Rob and I noticed it when we had a week off from the Turmeric Golden Paste and flew to the US for a holiday with his family (now we would just take the Organic Turmeric capsules with us). As soon as we arrived back in Australia, we were straight back on the turmeric because we both felt the nagging symptoms (sore throats) of a cold on its way. Later we found out that the rest of the family had been struck down with the dreaded flu after the long haul plane flight home – thankfully it seemed to give us a miss AND I truly think the turmeric helped boost our immunity levels again once we got back on home soil.
PLUS, not so long ago both the boys in our family received a few ‘hand’ injuries. Rob had an operation to stitch the top of his pinky finger back on, which thankfully was a success. The Doctor was super impressed with the level of healing he saw in the finger after only a week and the physical therapist at the hand clinic still can’t believe the amount of movement he can get after an injury so severe (the bone was completely snapped at the tip).
My son also decided to give the emergency section of the hospital a visit (only a week after Rob’s incident), after slamming his hand against a pole at school and yes, the hospital nurses remembered me. When he first returned home with the injury I was amazed at the difference a small dose of turmeric golden paste (taken orally) had on the swelling and bruising on his hand only 2 hours later. The next day however, after a full day of school activities (and NO turmeric during the day) it had swollen up again. That’s when we took him to the hospital.
Josh’s bruising went down soon after eating some turmeric golden paste and, as a side experiment, I started feeding turmeric to our chooks, which we’ve had for about a year now. In the last month, since they’ve been taking turmeric (I add ‘Turmericle’ to their feed) their egg size has increased...seriously! I now have to add another minute to the boiling time to get them to the right consistency for the kids in the mornings.
Our ‘average’ size eggs are HEAPS BIGGER than the ‘Free Range Large’ eggs’that are available at the store so I honestly believe that if you want your household to be healthier – ie. enjoy greater immunity levels and healing benefits – you NEED to embrace Turmeric, and that’s for EVERYONE in your household. In our family the adults, kids, dog, chooks, budgie AND the cockatiel are now on it. I feed Golden Paste to the adults (because we can ‘stomach’ the taste), Organic Turmeric Capsules to the kids and Turmericle (a premixed dry powder that’s super easy to add to animal feed) to the feathered and furred section of the family.