Aromatic for children's health
Anyone with some experience with children knows that illnesses are the order of the day. They are more prone to colds and are more easily infected due to the attendance of other children in nursery schools and kindergartens. Many times these are light illnesses and passengers who do not need specific care: they pass quietly with rest. We can, however, alleviate the symptoms with the help of aromatic plants: many certainly have beneficial effects, but they also represent a cuddle that, already alone, can give relief.
If the problem persists or gets worse we ask our pediatrician for advice. In any case, it is good practice to find information from professionals before giving any preparation, especially if we are talking about children under the age of 10.
Sage can be used in many ways: thanks to essential oils it is an excellent remedy for a stuffy nose and colds.
Of course we can make an herbal tea: an effective formulation (and good flavor) is obtained by placing 10 sage leaves and half an untreated lemon in boiling water for about ten minutes. We filter and sweeten with wildflower or dandelion honey.
Alternatively we can make fumigations by dipping a handful of leaves in boiling water and breathing deeply, in order to thin the mucus.
Excellent results are also obtained with an aromatherapy bath: we can make use of essential oils to be dissolved in water or put dry leaves in a small bag on which to then let hot water flow.
Chamomile is a great classic: we have all used it in times of stress to calm ourselves and be able to have a good night's sleep. Even children, unfortunately, can happen to be agitated or anxious: to meet them we can try many formulations that contain chamomile and that are easily found on the market (let's go to an herbalist). Chamomile is fine in purity (at low doses, because it could have opposite effects), but in general it is combined with linden, mallow or lemon balm.
In the market there are also aromas suitable for the bathroom: maximum relaxation is achieved by combining the scent of chamomile with that of lavender. A few drops can also be placed in the appropriate humidifiers. The scent emanated will help to remove nighttime anxieties and nightmares.
Thyme can be a valuable aid in the case of constipation and diseases of the respiratory system. It is used alone or in combination with other balsamic and refreshing essences (mint, eucalyptus, lemon), mostly as an essential oil. To get good results we can put one or two drops in the humidifiers present in their bedrooms. The effect can be a bit strong: let's avoid doing it on children who are too young and during the night: the ideal time is the afternoon nap (so for an hour).
In the market there are also thyme ointments, designed specifically for children (but not for newborns): we can use them for a light massage on the whole body. A good home-made alternative, and cheaper, is obtained by mixing five parts of almond oil and a part of oil with thyme.
It can happen to everyone that you have digestive or intestinal problems. A precious aid has always come from a very common aromatic: bay leaves. It is usually well tolerated by even very small children (sometimes it is recommended, along with fennel and lemon balm, to relieve the colic), but, in these cases, let's get in touch with our pediatrician.
A herbal and lemon-based herbal tea should be well tolerated from 6 years. It is important to collect healthy, untreated leaves and trees away from sources of pollution (for example roads). After having washed them well, place a fist in boiling water for about ten minutes. We can then filter and add the juice of half a lemon. You can drink up to 3 cups a day, possibly after meals.
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Very simple aromatic to grow in pots and with a particular fragrance: it combines a light aroma similar to sage with sweet citrus notes. It is used in many preparations to promote children's sleep, essentially in combination with lime and chamomile. However, its calming virtues may find many other applications. In fact, it is also able to quell the cough and has a good muscle relaxant effect, useful in the case of stomach cramps or slight neuralgia. It can be used alone in herbal teas or in combination with anise seeds and a few pieces of licorice root.
The combination with ginger is doubly successful, especially in the case of flu states. We can put lemon balm leaves and freshly grated ginger root in boiling water. The alternative is the same procedure with milk, then adding a little honey.