While most people will head to their doctor for prescription medication when their child has common complaints, there are a range of alternative natural remedies that may hold the answer (of course if you are worried – get your child straight to a Doctor!). Here are some simple, natural treatments for common childhood ailments that may save you money and a trip to the doctor.
“Chicken soup for the soul” is not just a saying a scientific study from the University of Nebraska Medical Centre in Omaha, found evidence that chicken soup contains anti-inflammatory properties that may help prevent a cold’s miserable side effects.
Ginger and peppermint tea can also help relieve symptoms. Eucalyptus oil in a vaporiser helps to clear the airways and disinfect the room.
There are many natural remedies for treating a sore throat or cough. Most will prescribe honey as the first tried and tested method of choice, particularly since raw honey has properties that soothe the throat. Salt is a great alternative remedy for sore throats as it is a natural disinfectant. Gargle a warm glass of water filled with ½ teaspoon of salt to help eliminate and soothe the pain.
Small wounds, cuts and burns
Calendula oil with a few drops of lavender essential oil is an effective wound healer and safe to use on children. However, serious wounds should be attended to by a doctor.
Peppermint tea is a fantastic remedy for soothing an upset stomach, as is ginger whether as a strong ginger ale, tea or a piece of candied ginger. In China, ginger has been used to treat upset stomachs for over 2000 years. Ginger is also helpful to allay travel sickness.
Olive Oil and garlic have antibacterial properties that are known to help earaches and infections. Garlic is a natural antibiotic that alleviates pain and infections. There is a specific way to prepare the treatment that you can find here (www.doctoroz.com/videos/homeremedies- put-test?page=4). This treatment has been traditionally used for children in Germany as prescription antibiotics are reserved for serious ailments. If you suspect damage to the eardrum take your child to the doctor immediately.
Interested in learning more about , natural treatments for common symptoms in kids? Visit the AIAS website to find out more about their courses in Natural Therapy!
The information within this article is not intended to replace individual consultation with a qualified health care professional. The AIAS encourages you to make your own health care decisions in partnership with a qualified health care professional and if you or your family members are experiencing serious symptoms detrimental to your health, you should consult your health care professional immediately.