Kissing boo-boos is what parents do best to help their kids feel better. But when it comes to minor illnesses, you may want to try holistic health remedies. If you practice holistic healing for yourself, then chances are you’ve wondered what are good options for your littles, too.
There are a lot of herbal remedies for kids you can try out! Of course, you should always consult with your pediatrician first. But these natural remedies for kids can be helpful to know for those days you need some simple holistic healing to get better fast.
Chamomile has been used for centuries as a remedy for colicky babies. Not only is chamomile known to soothe the stomach and intestines, but it also promotes calmness. You can steep the tea, let it cool completely, and then give one ounce to your child. For older children, chamomile is a great option for an upset stomach and to help them relax before bed.
While you can’t give this to children under 1 year old, it’s an effective remedy for older children. Honey helps coat and soothe the throat, and has powerful antibacterial properties to fight infections. Local honey is best (and can also help allergies!) and you can give about a teaspoon before bedtime.
Apply a small amount of cotton soaked in apple cider vinegar and let sit on the wart for several minutes. Allow it to dry, and then cover with duct tape. Switch it out every day after a shower. The ACV will help kill and dry out the wart, and the duct tape irritates it and prevents it from getting any bigger. It will still take several weeks to fall off, but you’ll notice the dead layers of skin fall off until it’s completely gone.
Surprisingly, a pinch of cayenne can help stop nosebleeds! Have your child tilt their head back, and add a pinch of cayenne to a Q-tip and rub along the inside of their nostrils. Cayenne helps blood clot, which is why it ends nosebleeds faster. And don’t worry – it actually doesn’t burn, and your child can blow it out later.
If you suspect your child might have a UTI, take them to the doctor ASAP. UTIs can be dangerous, so don’t try to heal them with only a home remedy.
That said, cranberry is a powerful preventative for UTIs. If your child has recurrent urinary issues, you can add cranberry juice to their diet to help prevent bacteria build-up. Adding a splash of apple cider vinegar can help, too.
You can make a paste out of bentonite clay to treat minor skin irritations, like bug bites, cuts, and burns. It helps to cleanse and detox the area, and speed up the healing process. Apply a thin layer of the paste to the area and leave on for up to an hour. You can cover it with a bandage or gauze.
Yes, it’s true! Hugging your child can actually help them to calm down and relax. Like how babies feel safe when swaddled, giving hugs can provide rapid relief in children with anxiety, ADHD, and even autism. A gentle yet firm squeeze provides deep pressure therapy, and a hug shows love and empathy.