Treating Childhood Ailments with Herbal Remedies Part 1

Many people think children are too delicate for herbal remedies, but when taking a cautious approach, you can administer an array of herbal remedies to younger patients. In this article, we will take a look at how to treat the mumps and measles using herbal selections, such as echinacea and sage.


Treating Mumps


Mumps is a disease caused by a virus that usually attacks the salivary glands of children. The key symptoms include swallowing difficulties, inflamed salivary glands, irritability, and a mild fever. While pot marigold and sage can be used to treat children, adults who suffer from mumps should seek professional guidance. The flowers and petals of pot marigold possess astringent, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties that work against infection and irritation. Pot marigold infusions also work well with lemon balm, Echinacea leaves, and yarrow. Older children can also take additional capsules and pills of Echinacea. The aerial parts of sage can ease the tension that comes with a sore throat. When used as an infusion, children can gargle the mixture every 30 to 60 minutes until severe symptoms disappear. You can also use thyme or rosemary when making an infusion.


Treating Measles


With an incubation period of one to two weeks, the measles is a contagious viral disease that produces a harsh, dry cough and nasal congestion. A rash usually appears behind the ears and continues on the attack the rest of the body. The rash is also a distinct orangey-red color that shows in blotches. Eyes become sensitive to the light and appear bloodshot. If complication should take place with the measles, seeking professional help is suggested. Echinacea, eyebright, and hyssop are used to treat measles in children.


Echinacea root generates antibacterial and antiviral results, as it also works to strengthen the resistance to infections. When it comes to septic or infectious conditions, it is quite useful. A recommended dosage is to give two 200 to 250 milligram capsules of powdered root three times per day or 10 milliliters of tincture. While this remedy is effective as a simple, it can effectively treat the symptoms of measles, but when fever strikes , it is suggested to combine with elderflower, catmint, or yarrow. If a child is nauseous, you may add two to five drops of fresh ginger tincture. When using this herb , keep in mind that high doses sometimes causes nausea and vomiting.


The aerial parts of eyebright ease the discomfort in eyes and eyelids with antiseptic and anti-inflammatory results. It is recommended to use an infusion that has been well strained to sooth the irritation during an eyebath. Additional herbs to consider adding include pot marigold or self-heal.


The aerial parts of hyssop creates an expectorant that is quite relaxing to the coughs and respiratory infections a child my face with measles. A recommended dose is to give children up to 10 milliliters of tincture per day or administer an infusion. Combinations of this remedy may include marshmallow leaf or plantain. When coughs are rather irritating or the mucous membranes are considerably dry, white horehound makes a nice addition.