Herbs are safe and effective option for common ailments associated with children. But children are more sensitive than adults and those little bodies can respond aggressively to even the mildest of herbal therapies.
Parents need to do their homework properly before introducing the children to the herbs. The herbs discussed in this post have time-tested traditional uses that aid during the course of illness and motivate the kids to explore the world of herbalism.
The mild floral flavor of chamomile does the trick of igniting children’s interest. If your little one comes to you, clutching his upset tummy, you can give him chamomile tea to ease the pain and stimulate the process of digestion. Chamomile tea is the best, non-toxic treatment for treating teething pain.
It is used to calm the hyper-active little humans who are intent on staying awake and run wildly around the house at ungodly hours. A cup of chamomile tea, an hour before bed can relax them so that they can sleep. If taken after dinner, it can assist the children who are facing bed-wetting issues.
Elderberry is gaining popularity due to its antiviral and antibacterial properties. The berries are highly nutritious and are a major source of Vitamin C and fiber. They are being readily used to treat common ailments, especially cold, flu, and respiratory tract diseases.
A small dose of elderberry syrup is preferred for children as immune support during the season of flu or it is used only during an acute infection.
Basil is an aromatic herb with antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and DNA protective qualities. It is high in Vitamin A, C, K, folate, magnesium, iron, manganese, and calcium. Together, these vitamins promote healthy bone and teeth growth, enhances the baby’s vision, and helps to build a healthy nervous system and immune system. It also helps building strong gums that assist during the teething phase.
Just add fresh basil leaves to the puree and let it take care of your baby.
There are times when lulling your unruly toddler into deep slumber transforms into a traumatic conflict. Lavender can be the best possible friend of your distressed babe.
Use lavender essential oil, diluted in the carrier oil, to massage your little one’s body as a relaxing ritual before bedtime. It can also be spritzed on their pillows, bed linens, or added to the diffuser to help the rebellious little humans nod off peacefully.
Tulsi (Holy Basil)
Holy Basil is an excellent immunity booster and guards the children against dental issues, skin infections, digestive problems, and respiratory tract illnesses. Being a good source of vitamin K, it helps build important clotting factors in the baby’s body. It also enhances eye vision and reduces persistent fever.
Give your little one the Holy Basil tea or just bathe them in water having Tulsi leaves to protect them from the nuisances. In India, Tulsi leaves are rubbed against the skin to seek protection against the wrath of mosquito and insect bites.
NOTE: None of these is a substitute for professional medical advice. If you or your babies have any of these conditions, make sure you’re being monitored regularly by a licensed healthcare professional.