Sometimes parenting follows a simple formula, but when it comes to health, it isn't always that simple. Health matters are much more complicated and just popping a pill or using another synthetic product may not be the best treatment for children's delicate systems. Taking a holistic approach to healthcare can be the best way to get a healthy kid, and keep them that way. A holistic approach considers every aspect of the child's lifestyle- including diet, environment, and the techniques used for stress management. This “whole child” approach is not just about medicating symptoms, but rather looking at the whole picture to get to the root cause of an issue. That’s what a holistic approach really is.
When it comes to kids and nutrition, supplying a balanced diet that isn't constantly rejected can be a dilemma for many parents. A good rule for anyone trying to improve the nutrition of their daily diet is to eliminate as many processed foods as possible. Processed foods are often high in white flour, sugar and salt and low in nutritional value. Many processed foods, especially those marketed to children, also contain artificial flavorings, coloring, and preservatives that have been found to cause hyperactivity and behavior problems in children.
Despite a parent's best efforts, kids get sick, but every sniffle doesn't require a trip to the doctor. Read on for holistic remedies for some of the most common childhood ailments.
Note: When using essential oils, please make sure to use therapeutic grade essential oils. Not all oils are created equal and many on the market are actually synthetic and will not have any of the intended medicinal properties. For additional information, please visit, enlightenedlotuswellness.com.
General First Aid- Burns/Cuts/ Scrapes
To clean and dress a wound, try Melaleuca essential oil, known for its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.
To stop bleeding, try helichrysum essential oil.
Lavender essential oil is wonderful for healing burns.
To use: Use as needed, apply directly to wound or dilute with carrier oil before application.
Colds and Flu
Oregano essential oil naturally helps the body fight off illness. Dilute a few drops of the essential oil with a carrier oil and rub on feet at the first sign of illness. Repeat a few times a day.
Eucalyptus essential oil can be used much like a natural mentholated rub. Dilute a few drops of eucalyptus oil with a carrier oil and rub on the chest area to help clear congestion.
Elderberry syrup is often a safe choice for children over the age of two. When the syrup is taken by mouth it seems to reduce the symptoms and length of flu symptoms when given within 24-48 hours of the first symptoms. Symptom relief seems to occur within 2 to 4 days of treatment for most people. Read all label directions and make sure to use a formulation that is safe for children.
Dilute 1-2 drops of lavender or peppermint essential oil in 2 tbsp. carrier oil and massage on neck, on feet, behind the ears, and on the back.
Repeat every few hours as needed.
Use lavender essential oil along with Melaleuca essential oil for earaches and infections.
To use: Apply a mixture of the two oils behind ears, dilute with carrier oil if skin shows sensitivity. Also apply a few drops of each oil to a cotton ball and place lightly in ear. Never put essential oils directly in ear canal. Repeat 3-5 times per day.
Note: If symptoms do not improve in a few days or if they worsen, seek professional medical advice.
Ginger and peppermint are two of the best things for any sort of stomach issue. Make a tea of either substance for the child to sip on or try rubbing a few drops of the diluted essential oil on the abdomen and feet.
To use: Apply the essential oils hourly, as needed.