Back to School Sickies

As we are heading into the cold season, make sure that you’re well prepared to battle the sickies with our power duo: Ecopiggy’s exclusive filterless nasal aspirator and Pacidose!

Ecopiggy Nasal Aspirator

We have come a long way since the blue rubber squeeze bulb aspirators that doctors used in the 80’s to suck mucus out of baby’s noses. Being the daughter of an ENT doctor, I got to experience this unfortunate occurrence quite a bit as a child! Luckily, now there is a much gentler and safer alternative. You simply place the soft silicone tip into your child’s nose, and the attached straw allows you to control how much pressure you are using to pull out your little one’s congestion. Our design is unique from others on the market because it requires no filters, and therefore it produces less waste. This product is not just for babies ~ the Ecopiggy founder still uses this product on her children as well, five and seven years old!

Pacidose Medicine Dispenser

Getting a case of the fussies when trying to give your little ones medicinal formulas? Pacidose is an incredibly simple way to administer liquid medicines like cough syrup or even glycerite tinctures to babies and toddlers. This works by seamlessly administering the medicine via a special pacifier that attaches to a syringe that you fill with your choice of liquid. We carry these in 3 convenient sizes for your little one’s specifications, from newborn to 18+ months.

Along with taking supplements to keep everyone in your family’s immune systems going strong during the temperature drops, don’t forget about broths! This is something that we at Ecopiggy absolutely love to do during the cold months. Regularly consuming homemade bone broths on a regular basis has proven to have unparalleled health benefits. There is a reason why there is a long~standing belief that chicken soup is the cure all for the common cold. It is so very simple to make a quality broth! You don’t need to be a top chef to master this.

From Annie’s Kitchen.

Here is the method that I use for chicken broth:

  1. Oven~roast a whole chicken in a glass pan.
  2. Clean off all of the meat and store it in mason jars in the fridge. I like to separate the dark meat from the white meat, because I think that they work better for different things.
  3. Put everything else: skin, fat, bones, organs (if you have them) into a large crockpot, and fill with spring water, about an inch from the top. We like to harvest our water directly from the source, but if you don’t have a natural spring nearby, get the best quality water that you can find. After all, this is medicinal broth!
  4. Turn the crockpot on high until you notice some bubbling, then turn it to low and leave it undisturbed for at least 24 hours, and up to 72. Check the water level and add more as needed.
  5. After the first 24 hours, you can pull out the largest bones and smash them with a meat hammer/mallet to get more of the marrow (the really good stuff) out. Scoop everything back into the pot.
  6. After (up to) 72 hours of simmering, strain your broth through a fine mesh strainer. You can store it in jars at this point (after leaving out on the counter to cool for many hours), in the freezer. Your broth is highly concentrated and you will be surprised how far it will go! Label it (all broths tend to look the same in the freezer).
  7. As an alternative, use some of the beautiful broth you have been patiently waiting for, immediately!

My recipe for amazing chicken soup:

Use 1 part broth to 2 (or even 3) parts spring water. Bring to a boil and add some peeled and diced potatoes and carrots. After about 30 minutes, add some diced celery and a tablespoon (or two ~ depending on how you like it!) of thyme and oregano. Throw in all of the dark meat from the pulled chicken that you roasted at the beginning of the broth process. Simmer. Add salt as desired. Enjoy!!

**You can also store jars of this finished soup in the freezer, in individual serving size containers that are convenient for defrosting.