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7 Canadian Cold and Flu-Busting Herbs for Babies and Kids
Unsatisfied with the results of conventional over the counter syrups and cold and flu formulas, increasingly Canadians are turning to natural health products for their children. Fortunately, there are a variety of natural children and baby products or fighting the common cold available on the market today. The 7 popular herbs below can be used safely and effectively to alleviate cold and flu symptoms. You will find that herbal remedies work differently than conventional medicine. Herbs are nature’s medicine; they work on underlying conditions and stimulate the body’s own healing power rather than simply reducing symptoms.
Echinacea (Purple Cone Flower) has been used for centuries by Native Americans. Today, it is one of the world’s most popular herbs. The reason for its popularity is the herbs’ efficacy in stimulating the body’s immune system to ward off both bacterial and viral intruders. Echinacea relieves inflammation produced by the immune system while it is fighting off the virus behind the common cold. It is frequently combined with Goldenseal which helps to reduce mucus. Goldenseal contains berberine, a natural antibiotic which activates white blood cells (macrophages). This combined formula can be found in a spray form where it often preserved in a base of vegetable glycerin instead of the alcohol.
First of all, it is important to point out that fever is a clear sign that your child’s immune system is doing exactly what it is designed to do: fighting the virus or bacterial invader. The body’s increased temperature signals that the body’s immune system has mobilized a series internal processes designed to destroy the invader. Most health providers agree the ideal treatment for fever includes plenty of rest and hydration. During the course of the fever, keep your child well hydrated with water, diluted juice, and warm liquids including herbal tea and soup. Other herbs commonly used for a child’s fever include:
These herbs can be used singularly or in combination. They will help calm your child, reduce chills, and encourage perspiration which brings down the body’s temperature.
Herbs have been used safely for hundreds of years. Not all herbs are appropriate for children. It is best to consult a certified herbalist whenever possible. When purchasing herbal remedies from natural food stores, follow label instructions closely.