Saturday, December 13, 2008

Useful Natural Remedies for Childhood Ailments

Child health is one of the top priorities of every parent. Nobody loves to give hard allopathic medicines to their children for common ailments. Natural remedies are the best option as they are not only safe but effective too. This article discusses how aromatherapy can be helpful in treating common childhood ailments like travel sickness, bruises, cuts, grazes and hiccoughs. Just read this article and you will find effective natural remedies for these ailments.

1. Bruises

Apply either of the following natural remedies for bruises: Add three drops of marigold and three drops of camphor oil to carrier oil. Apply to the bruise several times a day.

Make a compress out of cotton wool soaked in cool water. Apply a couple of drops of neat camphor oil to it and place on the bruise. This will quickly bring out the bruising.

2. Cuts

Add four drops of tea tree oil to ½ pint (300 ml) of warm water and use it to rinse the cut. Then apply neat tea tree oil to the cut.

3. Grazes

Sometimes grazes can be slow to heal, particularly on knees and elbows where the constant bending pulls the skin. This aromatherapy blend can help.

Firstly clean the graze with ½ pint (300 ml) of warm water to which you have added four drops of lavender oil. Then use more lavender oil in carrier oil (wheatgerm is good for this) to soothe the graze. Repeat the oil application two or three times daily until the graze has healed.

4. Hiccoughs

Hiccoughs can be irritating and if they don’t stop quickly, you can try this. Add six drops of fennel oil to 4 fl oz (100 ml) of carrier oil. Rub the mixture along your child’s diaphragm, then up his or her chest and throat. You can also allow him or her to inhale neat fennel oil from the bottle.

5. Travel sickness

Rather than giving travel sickness pills to your child which cause drowsiness try this natural remedy. Blend six drops of peppermint oil into 4 fl oz (100 ml) of carrier oil. Massage it into your child’s tummy and temples prior to your journey. Also apply a little under his or her nose to inhale. Take the peppermint oil with you so he or she can inhale on the journey, too.

Know how Herbal remedies are helpful in promoting good health. Also read about Amla to boost your immune system.