Monday, February 11, 2008

For the Love of Chicken Soup - Why Grandma's Cure Works

--FEATURE: "Life w/Fyfe - Confessions of a Holistic Mom"--

This has been a busy winter for us in terms of coughs, colds, and stomach viruses. My little one, especially, is doing a great job tackling the viruses coming home from school with big sis. Now nearly a year old, he usually develops a small fever, gets sick for a day or two, and is back to his old self in a few days. Recently I happened to be on the phone with my mother-in-law when I noticed he had a fever, and promptly ignored her advice to use Tylenol to bring it down. I happen to think that fevers are a good sign, and haven’t ever used any medicines to bring one down.

We’ve all experienced one, but really, what is a fever? The hypothalamus is the part of the brain that regulates temperature, and sometimes in response to an infection, it will raise the body’s temperature in order to make the body a less-hospitable place for germs or viruses that have inhabited the body. It is a crucial step in the magnificent orchestration of events that comprise the immune response. I am in awe of this magnificent process, and therefore I stand by and let the body take care of itself unless things take a turn for the worse. Adequate fluids, warm blankets to keep the chills away, and plenty of sleep go a long way in the recovery process. One of my favorite remedies for any sickness is real homemade chicken broth, a wonderful source of minerals, glycine, and gelatin to soothe the digestive tract. I give this at the first sign of sickness, and usually I notice an improvement immediately, even if it is just a smile from a formerly cranky child.

For a mom with a penchant for good food, broth offers a lot of appeal. It is a simple and pleasurable approach to natural healing. It provides a child with good nutrition by offering plentiful amino acids like glycine and proline that act as protein “extenders” – meaning they help to make the protein eaten go further nutritionally. This is great when a child has a small appetite due to sickness. It is a non-invasive, comforting, and soothing method of increasing health. And, it really smells wonderful cooking on the stove.

Lisa Fyfe is a contributing columnist for The Lohasian. Her column, “Life with Fyfe” provides a perspective on the everyday life of a modern holistic mom, as well as provides an insider look into best strategies for natural health and healing for the whole family.

Lisa is a Reiki Master, and an expert in Essential Oil Healing, and has spent the last several years extensively researching traditional diet and nutrition, with a focus on “whole,” locally grown and raised natural foods. She is a married mother of two children, Sophie (4 1/2) and Max (6months). Lisa approaches mothering as her highest calling, and believes that all mothers are natural healers and enjoys helping mothers (and others) help their children through the use of a variety of natural modalities.

Lisa is a distributor of Young Living Essential Oils, and her website can be found at

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