Home    Subscribe    Write for Us    FAQ    Contact    HubGarden    Login

Herbal remedies for common children’s ailments

by Mihaela Schwartz (follow)
Natural Cures & Prevention (140)      Children's Health (52)      Complementary and Alternative Medicines (46)      Herbal Medicine (19)      July Competition (8)     
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.

@Shutterstock


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.

@Shutterstock


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.

@Shutterstock


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.

Categories
#Children's Health
#Herbal Medicine
#Natural Cures & Prevention
#July Competition
#Complementary and Alternative Medicines
I like this Article - 8
[ print friendly ]
More Articles by Mihaela Schwartz
Reflexology, also known as zone therapy is a form of alternative medicine administered in the form o...
11 likes
Reiki is a spiritual practice and a form of alternative medicine
6 likes
This form of alternative medicine which practices the insertion of thin stainless steel needles into...
8 likes
Aromatherapy is generally defined as the use of volatile materials extracted from plants for physica...
6 likes
A healthy diet and eating habits are commonly phrases heard today, and for good reason - the qua...
8 likes
A simple gesture through which people transmit emotions, feelings or moods, the smile succeeds in sa...
10 likes
view all articles by Mihaela Schwartz
Articles by Mihaela Schwartz on Other Hubs
Camping can be a nice idea for a family getaway, especially if you are on a budget and you already h...
148 views
A famous clothing item that features many women’ wardrobe, the little black was created by the legen...
5 likes
My Google Plus Profile
ID: 20690
[ Submit a Comment ]
Trending Articles
As a busy mum take away has often been a part of our weekly meals
6 likes
As a health-conscious individual, you probably care about what goes on, as much as you care about wh...
1 like
The type and quality of food we eat impacts our not just our health but our fatigue levels
5 likes
I love making banana bread and finding ways involve the kids in the kitchen too
5 likes
People all around the world know how beneficial spinach can be
2 likes
Do you struggle with procrastination? If you are like the majority of people, the answer is probabl...
5 likes
Celery is a delicious crunchy vegetable that is unappetising when limp
5 likes
Did you know if you are not exfoliating, your skin is not as healthy as it could be? Exfoliating ...
6 likes
Can’t sleep? You are not alone
5 likes
Categories
Nutrition (269)
Vegan (122)
Skin Care (101)
How To (64)
Lists (61)
Hygiene (35)
Yoga (29)
 
Copyright 2012-2018 OatLabs ABN 18113479226. mobile version