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Children Chicken Pox and Measles Treatment at Home
Chicken pox and Measles are a great discomfort, but most children sail through them with a little support and natural home treatments. Though they are distinctly different diseases, their treatment is similar.
When treating these common childhood illness, your aim should be to aid the body’s natural defense mechanisms. The following treatments are geared toward supporting the body’s immune reaction and its innate ability to respond to these disorders. However, be sure to involve your pediatrician if the child is under two years of age, and always be more cautious and vigilant with measles.
1. Super Immunity Syrup
This formula can also be made into a tea, but you’ll need to add some pleasant-tasting herb such as lemon balm and lemongrass for flavor. This immune-boosting syrup assists the body in warding off infection, supports the deep immune response, and lessens the uncomfortable effect of the rash.
- 2 part elderberry
- 2 part green milky oats
- 1 part astragalus root
- 1 part burdock root
- 1 part Echinacea root and flowering top
- Honey or another sweetener of your choice
- Prepare the herb as a syrup and sweetening with honey.
- At the onset of infection, administer 1 teaspoon every hour until symptoms clear. Administer 4-6 times daily during the course of an infection.
How to make Herbal Syrup
How to Make Syrup
- Combine the herbs with water in a saucepan, using 2 to 3 ounces of herbs per quart of water. Over low heat, simmer the liquid down to 1 pint. This will give you a very concentrated, thick tea.
- Strain the herb from the liquid. Any large strainer will do, but I’ve found a double-mesh stainless-steel strainer to work best. Compost the herbs and pour the liquid back into the pot.
- To each pint of liquid, add 1 to 2 cups of honey or other sweetener. Most recipes call for 2 cups of sweetener (a 1:1 ratio of sweetener to liquid), which I find far too sweet for my taste, but the added sugar helped preserve the syrup in the days when refrigeration wasn’t common.
- Warm the honey and liquid together only enough to mix well. Most recipes instruct you to cook the syrup for 20 to 30 minutes longer over high heat to thicken it. It does certainly make thicker syrup, but I’d rather not cook the living enzymes out of the honey. Again, however, there are no hard and fast rules, just preferred method of doing things.
- Remove from the heat. If you wish, you may add a couple of drops of essential oil, such as peppermint or spearmint, or small amount of brandy to help preserve the syrup and to aid as a relaxant in cough formulas.
- Bottle the syrup and store in the refrigerator, where it will keep for several weeks, even months.
2. Itch-Calming Tea
Children are itchy and irritable when they have chicken pox, measles, and other skin irritations. This nervine tea will help soothe both conditions – the itchiness and the irritation.
Lemon Balm Leaf
1. 2 parts lemon balm leaf
2. 2 parts green milky oats
3. 1 part calendula flower
4. 1 part passionflower
5. 1 part red clover blossom
6. Stevia leaf, honey or maple syrup to sweeten
- Mix the herbs and store in an airtight container until ready to use.
- To prepare, pour 1 cup boiling water over 1 teaspoon of the herb mixture and let steep, covered, for 30 minutes. Strain, and sweeten to taste with stevia, honey, or maple syrup.
- Let the child drink as much as desired.
3. Valerian-Burdock Tincture for Itching and Skin Rash
This is my favorite formula to help relieve itching and promote relaxation. You can also purchase burdock root, Echinacea, and valerian tinctures ready-make from most natural foods stores; mix them together I the proportions given below:
How to make Herbal Tincture
1. 2 parts burdock root
2. 1 part Echinacea root
3. 1 part valerian root
4. Alcohol or vegetable glycerin
- Prepare the herbs as a tincture.
- To use, administer 1/8 teaspoon of the tincture diluted in warm water or juice three times daily.
Note: For some children, valerian acts as a stimulant. If you notice your child becoming more irritated and active after using this tincture, discontinue use.
4. Oatmeal Bath
Nothing is as soothing to itchy, irritated skin as a warm oatmeal bath. For extra comfort, place the strained oatmeal bath. For extra comfort, place the strained oatmeal in a cotton bag or sock and add it to the bathwater. Consider adding a few drops of lavender essential oil, which, in addition to being a relaxing nervine that will help with the irritation and itching, has antibacterial and disinfectant properties.
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1. 2 cups oats
2. 8-10 cups water
3. Lavender essential oil (Optional)
- Combine the oats with the water in a big pot. Bring to a boil, and let simmer for 5 minutes. Then strain, reserving the liquid (and the oats, if you like)
- Pour the liquid into a full tub of water. Add a drop or two of lavender essential oil, if desired. Have your child bathe for as long as he or she likes – and as often as he or she likes – in the warm, smoothing water.
5. Disinfectant Powder
Mix up this herbal powder and keep on hand as a disinfectant. It can be sprinkled directly on oozing pox sores, helping to dry them as well as preventing inflection from setting in. you may also try sprinkling slippery elm powder over the sores. It’s so smoothing and helps stop the itching, but it won’t have the same disinfectant properties as this powder.
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- 1 ounce green clay (available from natural food and herb stores)
- 1 tablespoon calendula flower powder
- 1 tablespoon comfrey root powder
- ½ teaspoon goldenseal root powder (organically cultivated)
- Combine all the ingredients. Store in a shaker container or glass bottle with a tight-fitting lid.
- Sprinkler as needed on skin sores to stop itching and promote drying.
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