As a naturally-minded mother, you understand the importance of raising your children in a healthy and holistic way. When it comes to managing common childhood ailments, you might prefer to explore natural remedies before turning to prescriptions. In this blog post, we will discuss five natural remedies for common childhood ailments that can help support your child’s well-being. I grew up here in Toledo, OH, with my Dad as a chiropractor, and this is what I learned over the years. Let’s dive in!
1. Eucalyptus Oil for Respiratory Congestion:
Respiratory congestion is a common ailment among children, especially during cold and flu seasons. Eucalyptus oil can provide relief by clearing nasal passages and easing breathing difficulties. Dilute a few drops of eucalyptus oil in a carrier oil (such as coconut oil) and gently massage the mixture onto your child’s chest or back. Alternatively, you can add a few drops to a diffuser in their bedroom to promote easier breathing and better sleep. Before soccer games, we’d be driving to Perrysburg, OH to play our rivals and I’d have some suggestion. My chiropractor dad would always have gotten me adjusted but also utilized these natural remedies to help open the airways.
2. Chamomile Tea for Digestive Issues:
Digestive discomfort, including colic, gas, and indigestion, can cause distress in young children. Chamomile tea, known for its calming properties, can soothe their sensitive tummies. Brew a cup of chamomile tea using dried chamomile flowers, let it cool, and offer a small amount to your child. Chamomile tea can help ease stomach pain, reduce inflammation, and promote better digestion. I remember driving to Swanton, OH to the Swanton Colleseum for skating parties–anyone else? Anyway, after eating the junk pizza and snacks there, I’m surprised I survived to make it back home to Waterville, but tea always helped calm my sour belly.
3. Honey and Lemon for Sore Throat:
A sore throat can make your child irritable and uncomfortable. Honey and lemon provide a natural and soothing remedy for this common ailment. Mix a tablespoon of honey with freshly squeezed lemon juice and warm water. Encourage your child to gargle with this mixture to help relieve the soreness. Additionally, giving them a teaspoon of honey can help alleviate coughing and provide temporary relief. Growing up, I was a vocalist, and we’d sing all over. I’d sing in choirs as far as Cincinnati, Columbus, and Cleveland for All-state choir but we also had local gigs at the Maumee Indoor theater. Honey and Lemon were a very important piece of my pre-concert prep.
4. Lavender Oil for Sleep Troubles:
Sleep disruptions can affect both children and parents, causing frustration and fatigue. Lavender oil has a calming effect and can promote better sleep quality. Add a few drops of lavender oil to a diffuser in your child’s bedroom before bedtime or dilute it in a carrier oil and apply a small amount to their pillow. The soothing aroma of lavender can help create a peaceful environment conducive to restful sleep. I just love the smell of lavender. It reminds me of my Grandma Elaine’s house growing up.
5. Chiropractic care for…..
Over health and resilience. Chiropractic care doesn’t treat any one condition–think about it more like working out or eating for your health. You don’t work out to “treat” obesity, you just get healthier when you move your body each day, and if you are in a caloric deficit as a result, so be it!
So don’t think of chiropractic as a natural remedy for your child’s illnesses–think of it as an overall natural strategy to ensure your kids’ resilience when they are challenged. Now, as a chiropractor in Toledo, it’s our mission to push my entire life’s experience with these simple ways to avoid having to engage in the medical system.
Naturally-minded mothers understand the desire to explore gentle and holistic remedies for their children’s common ailments. While these natural remedies can provide relief, it’s important to consult with your pediatrician for a proper diagnosis and appropriate medical advice. By incorporating these natural remedies into your parenting toolkit, you can support your child’s well-being in a gentle and nurturing way. Remember, every child is unique, and what works for one may not work for another. Trust your instincts and observe your child’s reactions to ensure their safety and comfort. Here’s to happy and healthy parenting!