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Immune strengthening herbs to boost health in children


by Angela England

These five herbs are known to help strengthen and boost the immune system, and are considered gentle enough for use by children. Many herbs do not have to be taken internally, but can be enjoyed in a soothing bath. Other herbs make a soothing tea.

Parents are encouraged to use only herbal tinctures and extracts specifically made for children for internal use since many adult herbal extracts are made with an alcohol base.

  • Astragalus - In Asian medicine traditions astragalus is one of the most important tonic herbs and is known for the energizing, nutritive effect.
  • Echinacea - Echinacea is an herb that is particular strong in boosting the immune system if it is taken at the beginning onset of an illness.
  • Garlic - Garlic has strong antibacterial properties, but seems to work best when taken raw which can taste strong to many children.
  • Marshmallow root - Also known as Althaea root, this soothing herb seems to work in a coating and healing manner to help at the onset of sore throats.
  • Lavender - While lavender is an herb that isn't usually administered internally, a lavender bath can cool the onset of a fever or viral illness.

Herbs have been used for centuries to strengthen the immune system in a gentle and natural way, without destroying the built-in defensive bacteria colonies in the body. As with all home remedies, seek the guidance of a professional health care professional for series injury and illness.

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  • Rebecca Vickery 5 years ago

    Just wanted to let you know that I linked to this in my article on Swine Flu Prevention measures.

    Thanks for your Immune boosting article!