If adults have more resistance to the side effects of synthetic drugs, children are just building their immune system. This is why, antibiotics and other types of pills commonly used by grown ups are not always recommended for kids. Instead, herbal remedies can help them both with the illness they suffer from and with boosting their immunity. Thus, they become more resistant to bacteria and viruses, leading a healthier life.
A great number of medical conditions frequent with children can be addressed with herbs instead of synthetic drugs. For instance, sore throats caused by Streptococcus can be very uncomfortable for young kids because of the pain and burning sensation as well as because of the sleepless nights with coughing and fever. Slippery elm extracts have a soothing effect on the throat. Licorice root gargle can be very helpful too because of the anti-inflammatory properties of this plant. Although less frequent and more difficult to find, honeysuckle flower tea has been known since Traditional Chinese Medicine as an efficient remedy with sore throats.
Chickenpox is a highly contagious disease that appears mostly with children because the virus is transmitted by air. Although it takes a few days up to two weeks for the illness to have its course, herbal remedies can help alleviate annoying symptoms such as severe itching sensation and fever. Aloe vera, chickweed and nettle based creams cool and calm the skin. The same herbs can be added to baths to the same effect. Licorice and burdock tea are also useful for lowering fever.
Winter viruses affect the respiratory function, but they can easily be treated with a tea made by mixing bayberry bark, ginger root and cayenne powder. Adding a slice of lemon will not only improve the taste, but also provide the child with the amount of vitamin C he/she needs to fight the flu. Eucalyptus extracts can also help with opening airways, thus making breathing easier. To the same effect aromatic plants can be added to hot water as inhaling the steam will make a running nose stop for a while.
Warts sometimes appear on children’s hands as their curiosity pushes them to touch almost everything. They can be treated by applying aloe vera leaves, potatoes slices, dandelion milk or tea tree oil directly on the skin. Calendula tea can be either drunk or put on the infected area.
The colicky period with babies is well-known by many parents. The most easily found herbal remedy – chamomile tea can reduce the pain. It can be used later in the child’s life to ease digestion. Lavender, rosemary and mint teas are also to be used with children’s digestive problems.
Although herbal remedies can become the main tool of making your job as a parent and reducing your child’s amount of suffering, dosages are very important as well as adverse effects. Therefore, it is highly recommended that parents document themselves before using them or consult a natural health practitioner.