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Herbs for colds and other - do you give children?


Herbal medicine is known and used since ancient times by some groups of people. For several years, however, it can be seen the growing tendency to reject chemical medicinal products for herbs. Of course, these changes are not drastic and in most cases they do not rely on the total rejection of modern medicine - it is worth finding only the possibility of using herbs with conventional medicine. However, the Polish publishing market did not have as many herbal medicine titles as it does now. The wisdom of whispers and herbalists are back in favor and are gaining the interest of every age group, because herbs can be used at almost any age and for many ailments, among them herbs for the common cold are the most popular. However, is it worth giving them to a child?

Herbs for babies

In the use of herbal medicine in children, caution should be exercised in infants - even when the mother who is breastfeeding is taking herbal infusions. This can affect your child's health if you get diarrhea, stomach aches or a rash, you should see a doctor to see if your child is allergic to certain plants.

Risk of sensitization also occurs in medicines from pharmaceutical companies, hence you should always take into account all sorts of risks, and remember that any product can be overdosed, hence it is necessary (in each case) to have a reflective approach to treatment, and start using herbal medicine in young organisms should occur gradually.

If a parent decides to use herbal medicine in infants, they should look at the most popular and beneficial herbs for young organisms, such as: chamomile, fennel, anise and cumin. They improve digestion, thanks to which they also have analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. Mallow and marshmallow can also be used for inflammation of the respiratory tract.

Herbs for respiratory diseases, herbs for the common cold

Older children have respiratory diseases very often, fighting against this type of disease is beneficial when drinking linseed gruel, infusions of marshmallow leaves and roots.

Herbs for children for lack of appetite

One of the more common problems in children is theirs lack of appetite - the source of such behavior can have many causes, of which it is very important to determine the cause of appetite or digestive disorders. From a medical point of view, giving children synthetic preparations in the absence of appetite is not beneficial.

"Plant preparations acting on the taste nerve endings in the mouth, increase the secretion of gastric juice and thereby increase appetite. In addition, they usually show cholagogic and cholagogic activity, additionally affecting the proper course of digestion "- write prof. dr hab. farms. Waleria Olechnowicz-Stępień and Assoc. dr. hab. farms. Eliza Lamer- Zarawska in the book "Medicinal plants used in children."

The number of plants having the above properties is not limited, they are: gentian root, creeper leaf, skyscraper herb, dandelion or chicory roots.

Is it worth collecting herbs from fields and meadows yourself?

Polish fields and meadows abound in many medicinal plants, but without professional knowledge you should not collect and use them yourself, it is always safer and better to seek the advice of specialists, that is, go to the herbal store. In addition, it is absolutely important to remember that it is the physician's responsibility to make the diagnosis and determine the method of treatment. You should trust his knowledge and greater intuition, moreover, if as parents we can choose a therapeutic method (drugs or herbs), the doctor should guide us in this matter.

Are natural solutions better?

Reaching for herbs for both (parents) and children is very beneficial. It should be remembered that what is natural is always much healthier for our bodies. In pharmacies or herbal stores you can get single herbs, as well as a whole mixture created for specific medicinal purposes. In addition, it is also worth reaching for literature on this issue.

Stefania Korżawska enjoys the greatest fame among Polish herbalists, who devoted all her life to herbal medicine, leaving behind numerous publications on the healing properties of plants, as well as recipes for mixtures, decoctions, teas that have a beneficial effect on human health.

Natural medicine returns as a real support for our health. It is therefore worth considering the possibility of using natural remedies wherever possible. Numerous publications on herbal medicine for children and teaching step by step everything that a parent should know about medicinal plants point to a clearly increasing tendency to use natural goods, as well as to spread awareness and care for the child's health in the least invasive way, trying not to use pharmaceutical chemistry at every opportunity.