Sending our precious littlies back out into the world might bring mixed feelings - anticipation, slight hesitation, or maybe secret relief. With these top 10 winter picks, you can wave goodbye to your smallest family members feeling confident that you have done all you can to support their immunity.
Made with organic ethanol, it works on the same principle as conventional hand sanitisers. Just as effective, but with 100% natural ingredients so there’s no worries about any hidden nasties. Swap that unpleasant, chemical-smelling sanitiser for natural essential oils with a fresh and uplifting citrus scent. With Australian Tea-Tree, Eucalyptus, Lemon and Wild Mint, this blend of essential oils disinfects, cleanses and deodorises all in one.
With any hand sanitiser, make sure you spend at least 30 seconds rubbing into your hands for optimal effect.
Absolute Essential LTD, Auckland
Black Elderberry (Sambucus nigra) is a dark purple berry full of immune supporting cyanidins. Cyanidins are purple pigments that support our natural immune defences. The addition of Vitamin C, Zinc and Honey make this a fantastic immune support formula. Elderberry has a great fruity taste, plus with natural raspberry flavouring, these gummies are a winner for palatability! Soft, tasty and zero effort required when it comes to convincing kids to take them.
With Radiance’s new sustainable tin packaging, these are also a planet-friendly choice.
Itchy, dry skin can be a sign of conditions inside the body. So, it makes sense to address it from the inside out. This blend of skin calming herbs is taken internally and works on a deeper level. Applying creams externally can help moisturise, but if extra support is needed this is the next step. With Baical Skullcap, Nettle Leaf and Echinacea, this easy to take formula supports a calming and soothing response to irritated and itchy skin as well as supporting a healthy immune response to allergens.
Harker Herbals, Auckland
Friendly probiotic bacteria play a huge role in healthy immunity. Inner Heath uses three special, research-based strains that support a balanced immune system for healthy immune defences. Probiotics are a great all-round supplement, helping to support happy tummies, healthy skin and healthy mood.
Want to get the most out of your probiotic supplement? Include plenty of prebiotic foods like flaxseed, kiwifruit, beans and greenish bananas. These foods are rich in prebiotics which feed our friendly bacteria, keeping them active and healthy.
This 100% natural and vegan formula contains Biodynamic® and organic Calendula flower extract to soothe and nurture even the most delicate of skin. Free from any chemical nasties and packed with antioxidant rich, skin-loving carotenoids, this delicious smelling shampoo and body wash will leave your little one’s skin and hair clean and protected from drying out. Use from head to shoulders, knees, and toes (knees and toes).
Weleda, Havelock North
Ideal for little ones with back-to-school worries, this delicious tasting formula helps to calm the nervous system, soothe irritability and settle uncomfortable tummies. With organic Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) as the star ingredient, this ‘herbal hug in a bottle’ is great support for both the nervous and digestion system. Our digestion and emotions are directly linked by a nerve called the vagus nerve, which is why nervousness can sometimes show up as an upset tummy. Keep on hand for whenever your little one needs some extra support.
Keep the bugs at bay with this specialised blend of immune supporting herbs. Using Echinacea ( Echinacea purpurea ) and Elderflower blossom (Sambucus nigra), your little one’s immune system will be well supported to defend against winter ills and chills. With added Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) and Thyme (Thymus vulgaris), this New Zealand made and vegan formulation helps to support the respiratory tract lining, for healthy resilience. Use as a daily immune builder or to support a strong and swift immune response. Plus there’s no sugar, artificial sweeteners, colours, flavours or preservatives.
Got a picky eater on your hands? You can feel satisfied knowing you’ve managed to get these well disguised whole foods into them. There’s an impressive list of nutrient-dense super foods in this smoothie mix, and it helps fill any nutritional gaps to keep their immune systems robust. This all-in-one nutrient booster ticks all the boxes – plant-based protein, veges, fruit extracts, plus vitamins, minerals and probiotics. 100% plant-based, naturally sweetened with stevia and katemfe for the sweetness kid’s love, without the sugar.
Vital Health Company, Auckland
Designed especially for little nasal passages, Xlear Nasal Spray is more of a gentle mist to make it easy for little ones. Using xylitol, it helps to clear nasal passages and supports the helpful probiotics that line the nasal cavity to keep the lining healthy. It also helps make the nasal membranes less hospitable for bugs and other pollutants to settle in, supporting upper respiratory health while lessening congestion.
Natural Meds, Napier
This multi-tasker can support getting the little ones off to sleep and can also be given if they wake during the night. A special blend of magnesium, lemon balm,linden, vitamin B6 and L-tryptophan helps to support relaxation and healthy sleeping patterns. It also provides support for switching off a busy mind and staying asleep.
Research suggests kids need 10-12 hours of sleep per night. Because the immune system replenishes itself during sleep, it’s important for children to have a restorative sleep each night to keep it resilient. There are links between sleep quality, duration and healthy brain function too.
Douglas Pharmaceuticals, Auckland
At HealthPost,our Better Choices Promise makes choosing easy. You can rest assured all our products are free from chemical nasties, with no surprise sugars. No environmental pollutants either – to protect the planet they’ll inherit from us. Shop our full Kids Immunity range now.
Always read the label and use as directed. If symptoms persist see your health professional.