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Some Things To Consider
- Children are not just small adults. We have to consider safety first. They are growing and developing which means we need to consider that they have a very small liver (for processing and detoxification) and that doses and choosing the right herbs is very important.
- Compliance is important - it is not just a one dose situation. So often considering taste is essential.
- Children seem to have quite specific conditions (immune, skin etc.) so considering this is important as well
Where To Start
How To Get Kids To Take Herbs
- add them to barkers blackcurrant syrup
- add them to smoothies
- add them to juice
- make them into jellies or
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Doses For Kids
In herbal medicine when you are trying to work out the appropriate dose for children, you can use the Young’s Formula. This is a great way of working out what to give your small people if you have an adult formula that would be appropriate for them. For example, working out the dosage for a 6 year old child would look like this:
6 Amazing Herbs For Kids
Seems an odd choice of plant or herb for children as ginger can be quite ‘hot/spicy’ but it can really help with upset stomachs and travel sickness. It is the root or the rhizome that is used and it contains around 1-4% volatile oils, which gives ginger’s its strong smell and taste as well as holding the active constituents. Ginger is considered a safe herbal treatment for kids with minimal side effects.
Ginger for children can be used in the following ways
- Lemon, honey ginger drinks or home made ice blocks
- Ginger candies that can be purchased from health stores and taken on long trips
- Pickled ginger, gingerbread, ginger ale
- Ginger syrup
- Fresh ginger tea (up to 3 times a day)
- Motion Sickness
- Nausea and Vomiting
- As a warming agent
- Pain and discomfort for joints, muscles, digestive pains
2 Fennel SeedThis can be helpful for colic for small breastfeeding babies that struggle with abdominal cramps and excess wind. Fennel seeds contains the following active constituents: volatile oil, flavonoids, calcium and potassium. It is often used to help with excess wind and reflux in children and works as a carminative (calming the stomach and bowel).
Uses for babies:
- Mums can take a fennel seed infusion (tea) throughout the day to pass on the active constituents through breast milk.
- A cooled infusion can be given to the baby after feeding as well start with 5 drops for small babies.
- Fennel seed has a high safety profile especially as it is being used as a water infusion (tea).
- Insomnia struggling with getting to sleep
- Relaxing and restlessness
- Mood support
- Anxiety, worries, irritated, nervous
- Skin irritation or stress related eczema
- Stressed or inflamed gastrointestinal tract, mucous membranes, gums
- Diarrhea in children (you can add the chamomile infusion to chia seeds or flax seeds to help with ‘binding’ an upset stomach)
- Using essential oil inhalation helps with imparting a sedative and mood enhancing effect
- Infusion or tea helps with supporting of deep sleep
- Chamomile infusion 1-3 cups daily
- Glycetract for symptomatic use up to three times a day
- Essential oil in steamer at night
- Fresh chamomile (a handful) can be added to a smoothie for children
- Chamomile can be infused into oil and made into a balm or cream to help calm irritated skin due to its azulene components that can work mildly better than a 0.5% hydrocortisone cream.
4 Lemon Balm
- Insomnia and trouble falling to sleep
- Restlessness, hyperactivity
- Anxiety, worry, nervousness, agitation
- Helps to improve focus
- Antiviral - topical application especially for cold sores
- Antispasmodic and analgesic (reduces spasms and pain) for stomach discomfort, colic, and constipation. ( Goes nicely combined with fennel seed and chamomile).
- As a syrup (simmer fresh or dried lemon balm and leave the water to cool. Strain and then add sugar or sweetener to make a simple syrup). 1/2 tsp up to 3 times a day with water or straight.
- Can add tincture or lemon balm oil to cream for topical use
- Helpful at the onset of an acute illness, works really well as a first line of defense.
- Elderberry actions help to support nonspecific innate immunity
- Frequent dosing application
- Long-established tonic for immune support
- Anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and immuno-tonic
- High in flavonoids and anthocyanidins which have significant protective effects against oxidative stress
- Also high in Quercetin & Rutin which can help with inflammation
- Elderberry tonic with hot or cold water
- Elderberry tonic frozen into ice cubes/ice blocks
- Elderberry gummies
- Elderberry tincture
- Elderberry infusion
- Acute otitis media
- Acute bronchitis
- Acute asthma reaction
- Strep throat, tonsillitis
- Acute runny noses
- Upper respiratory infection — acute and prevention
- in juice, tonic or in a lemon and honey drink
- Mixed with honey