Monday, February 8, 2016

GaiaKids Bronchial Wellness

Every winter our family gets sick at least once. We all get a miserable cough and spend weeks recovering. As our family has grown it seems like we just cycle through the same crud. One little cold can linger from person to person for an entire month. This year my family has mostly avoided getting sick. It is seriously a much needed miracle. I am so thankful for our families well-being throughout my pregnancy.

There is still plenty of time for illness to strike, so we have been taking counter measures. Both of my kids have been taking the Bronchial Wellness herbal supplement from Gaia Herbs.

I feel like I am constantly hearing about cough syrup products being recalled. My pediatrician has warned me against them and other mom's have expressed concerns at their safety. I like the idea of having a product like this proactively promoting wellness in my children. We love to get out of the house and go on adventures. The weather keeps us indoors enough, we don't need illness shutting us in too.

My kids actually enjoy the taste, thanks to lemon and myrtle essential oils. There is no wincing and dread as they take it. It is so much easier to be consistent giving it to them when their is no battle. They are both taking one teaspoon twice a day. For kids older than 6 the dosage is 1 teaspoon up to 4 times a day.

A little about Gaia,
"Gaia Herbs cultivates health and well-being by stewarding sustainable relationships between plants and people. They offer more than 200 liquid extracts, functional powders, teas, and patented Liquid Phyto-Caps™, each formulated to do what’s best for your body—and for nature. Gaia uses only organic methods on their farms, and that same organic approach continues through manufacturing. Part of their seed-to-shelf commitment is the industry’s only traceability platform, MeetYourHerbs®. This dedication to purity, integrity & potency ensures the safety and efficacy of their products. Take control of your own well-being and experience the Gaia difference."
What makes Gaia's kid products different is that they were formulated by pediatric naturopath Dr. Mary Bove. In the line there are 10 alcohol-free herbal formulas that deliver herbal support with kid friendly tastes. This particular supplement uses honey for tasty and soothing support for the upper respiratory system, and the formula contains no artificial flavors or colors, no preservatives, and no high fructose corn syrup-- whoop whoop.

I had heard of Gaia's products for adults, but I didn't realize that they carried products for kids. The actually have a whole kids line, you can see the rest of the products here. I really want to try the GaiaKids Defense Herbal drops, formulated to respond to immune stressers and they aid in healthy digestion!

I loved using the Meet your Herbs platform from Gaia to learn more about what was at work here. There is so much information about the herbs, science and farming that go into each product. The Bronchial Wellness formula takes advantage the power of--

Plantain-- In modern times, plantain has been used to support healthy levels of inflammation both internally as an extract and externally, as a topical agent. Topically, the leaves, or extracts of the leaves are often used to sooth irritated skin. Its ability to support inflammatory pathways in the body often directly impacts the epithelial tissues, such as in the respiratory, digestive and urinary systems. Because plantain naturally contains mucilage, and has moist cooling properties, it has an inherent ability to support mucous membrane health by soothing occasional irritation.

Helichrysum--It is highly concentrated in essential oils. Many of the studies done on herbal products are actually not conducted on the whole plant, rather on isolated fractions obtained from the whole plant. Such is the case with Helichrysum. Many of the constituents from the distilled oil have been studied. Research worldwide is being directed towards finding natural antioxidants of plant origin. This essential oil has an amazing 1,700 ORAC score, making it one of the most potent antioxidant oils known. It has been traditionally used to sooth bronchial irritation.

Grindelia--Today Grindelia continues to be used in herbal therapies to support the respiratory system and assist in the normal production and elimination of mucous. It also provides soothing support to an irritated respiratory tract. Plants in the grindelia genus leave in the mouth a bitter, acrid sensation, which persists for some time and is accompanied or followed by a flow of saliva.

Looking for more information on Gaia? You can connect with them on Facebook and Instagram. I received this sample via Green Mom's Meet. If you love natural products you can sign up for their Mom Ambassador program. It's a ton of fun and they are always very generous with their products! 

 I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of this product.

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