When it comes to treating the ailments and upsets of children, herbs can prove to be a parent’s best friend. As a matter of fact, because herbs are gentler than pharmaceutical alternatives, they are safer and effective. Supervision of a qualified practitioner is necessary when using herbs, but mild ones have been used for children for centuries such as fennel, lemon balm and chamomile.
It should be remembered that though these herbs are very effective in everyday problems like cold, cough, etc. you should always undertake medical guidance where necessary. Here are some herbs that are a boon for your little kids.
Effective Herbs For Kids Common Illnesses
Herbalists consider this herb a ‘mother’s helper’ and this is an immune enhancing herb. When there is a risk of flu or cold or the first symptoms show up, people can fend off an illness with the help of Echinacea that can be taken in the form of tincture or tea.
This is one of the best herbs for children. A soothing tea is made by flowers of this herb that can soothe the nervous system and it comprises of anti-inflammatory essential oils. Colicky babies can benefit from it and it also improves digestion. A nervous or stressed child can be calmed with chamomile tea.
Achy and sore muscles can be soothed with the massage of chamomile essential oils or nerves can be alleviated. Digestion can be helped by taking a few drops of tincture before feeding time.
The agitated nervous symptom can be soothed with this herbal relaxant. It acts as a digestive aid and it can be used for treating onsets of colds and colic or teething. It can improve digestion if a few drops are taken before meals and fussy children can be calmed with a few drops as well.
Simple ear infections that occur due to flu’s and cold and even bronchial congestion can be treated with the help of this form of warmed oil. Unless the case is quite serious or there is a long history of infection, Mullein flower proves to be useful in almost 95% of the cases.
Digestion is stimulated and excess acids in the intestines and stomach are neutralized with this particular antacid. Fennel tea is used for improving digestion, expelling gas and treating colic and it tastes nice as well.
Inflammation can be soothed with this herb. Constipation, diarrhea and other digestive problems, along with sore throats and burns can be treated with this herb. It can also be used as a cough medicine by mixing 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1 tablespoon of honey, 1 tablespoon of slippery elm and a cup of warm water. 1 teaspoon of the herb should be simmered in a cup of hot water to make tea.
Inflammation of digestive tract, coughs, sore throat and bronchial congestion can be treated with this herb. Children can chew licorice sticks and it’s used in syrups and teas. For adrenal health, licorice candy or root can be used as daily tea. A good quality candy should be used. Chamomile flowers, lavender flowers, passionflower, lemon balm and skullcap are some traditional sleeping herbs for children. They can be given as tea to promote calm.