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Natural Parenting Toolbox: Common Herbs for Children

mortar and pestle with herbsHere are some common herbs and their health benefits for children:


Aloe vera: heals burns and wounds (used externally).



Arnica: good for bumps and bruises (used externally).



Astragalus: builds strengthens the immune system.



Calendula: soothes skin irritations, burns, diaper rash (used externally).



California poppy: calming; used in children's nighttime formulas.


Catnip: calming, digestive aid; used for colic, sleeplessness,minor fevers.
Chamomile: a digestive aid and calming agent.



Comfrey: good for skin irritations, inflammations (should not be taken internally).



Echinacea: stimulates the immune system (best taken at the first signs of an illness).



Fennel: digestive aid; used for stomachache, gas, colic.



Feverfew: relieves fever and pain.



Garlic: antiviral, immune support (best taken raw).



Ginger: relieves nausea; anti-inflammatory.



Hops: sedative; hops flowers placed in a pillowcase make a good sleep aid for restless children.



Licorice: soothes sore throats, eases hay fever; antiviral.



Marshmallow root: immune support; demulcent (soothes inflamed mucus membranes).



Mullein: demulcent, expectorant; used for sore throats, coughs, asthma.



Peppermint: warming, digestive, antiviral.



St. John's Wort: antidepressant, antiviral; used externally on minor injuries and ear infections.



Thyme: expectorant, antibacterial.



Valerian: sedative; relieves insomnia, hyperactivity.



Wild cherry bark: treats coughs; used in many cough syrups.



Yarrow: anti-inflammatory, promotes sweating; relieves fevers, can be used in baths to relieve chicken pox or poison ivy.



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