What are the top five herbal remedies to have in your cupboard? We take a look at how arnica, tea tree oil, lavender oil, witch hazel, and Rescue Remedy give you the essential kit to treating minor ailments.
Bumps and bruises
Arnica is brilliant for bumps and bruises. It is a perennial plant that attracts bees to your garden, but the easiest way to use it is to buy it in cream form or as a homeopathic remedy. If your little one has fallen and you can see a bruise starting, apply the cream to lessen the severity of the bruise and to reduce any swelling. Arnica as a homeopathic treatment is also great for after you give birth and can be used regularly to reduce inflammation of your sore parts!
Witch hazel is used in a lotion, taken from the bark of a tree, that is also good for bruising but makes a great spot treatment and facial tonic. It can be applied to any blemish outbreaks and because it is good for reducing any swelling, it can be used for sprains as well. Wrap the sprained ankle or wrist in cotton wool soaked with witch hazel for soothing relief.
Essential oils can be used for many herbal remedies but the best ones to have in the cupboard are lavender and tea tree. Lavender can be applied directly to burns and stings to soothe the pain. Lavender is an extremely soothing oil so the smell of it will calm an upset child. It also makes a great headache remedy. Just add a few drops to a tissue and inhale. It can also help anxious moms and children get to sleep with a few drops on their pillow.
Tea tree is a powerful antiseptic and fungicide. It can be harsh on children’s skin so it is best diluted in oil or water. It can be used to treat minor cuts and grazes , and two or three drops added to your shampoo will help to keep head lice away.
Rescue Remedy is the great calmer of herbal remedies. It can be bought in liquid form, as chewing gum, or in pastilles. It’s excellent for shock and nervous complaints. Taking Rescue Remedy before an exam, a dental appointment or a medical check-up will soothe the nerves and calm your mind . It’s also good when your child has had an accident and is upset; a few drops on her tongue will settle her down and take away her anxiety.
With these herbal remedies -arnica, witch hazel , lavender, tea-tree oil, and Rescue Remedy- in the cupboard you will have a basic first aid kit for any of life’s little hiccups.
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