Making Children’s Remedies
Besides the differences in the amount of herbs used for making children’s remedies, we need to consider taste, since the most wonderful of remedies do no good at all if they are met by a tightly closed mouth!
You can often make a remedy taste good by extracting the herbs into glycerin and blending in pleasant-tasting herbs such as fennel, peppermint, lemon balm, and licorice.
Honeyed syrups are also pleasant tasting, but are not appropriate for children under the age of one year.
Select the appropriate herbs and follow the suggested dosages for children.
~ Glycerin-Based Tinctures ~
Properly made glycerin tinctures are plenty strong enough for children. Because of the sweet taste, kids will find them better tasting,and be more likely to take them.
~ Herbal Syrups ~
You can make your own herbal syrups by decocting the appropriate herbs and adding honey or glycerin. Syrups are a good way to go when you’re using herbs that are not palatable as a tea and you don’t have time to wait for a tincture.
~ Add 2 ounces of herbs of your choice to 1 quart of cold water.
~ Simmer mixture over low heat until it is reduced down to 1 pint of liquid. At this point you will have a dark, thick tea.
~ Strain out the herbs and return the liquid to the pot.
~ Add 1 1/4 cup honey, maple syrup, or vegetable glycerin and warm them together just until blended.
~ Pour into bottles, cap tightly, and label each bottle. Keep refrigerated.
~ Herb Pops ~
These are too cold to give to children suffering from cold imbalances like earaches, colds, or flus. But if you are trying to boost immunity and prevent infection in a healthy child these are a fun effective way to go.
~ Prepare a strong infusion with the herbs of your choice.
~ Mix with equal parts of fruit juice. Apple or grape juice work well.
~ Pour into ice pop trays and freeze.
*note from editor: Each summer we pick all the blackberries and blueberries our freezer can hold. I put thefrozen berries through our juicer and use the juice for herbal pops that are extra rich in vitamin c and antioxidants.
~ Herbal Baths ~
Since the skin is our largest elimination and assimilation organ, herbal baths are a wonderful way for children to receive the healing properties of herbs.
Some suggest tying herbs in a bag and letting the bathwater run through it. But for a truly therapeutic bath experience make a strong herbal infusion, strain it and add the liquid to warm bath water.
Of course you can also add several drops of essential oil to bathwater, just be sure it’s blended well and use herbs like lavender or rose. You wouldn’t want strong herbs like eucalyptus getting in little eyes or mouths.
*Tips For Getting Children to Take a Remedy
Teas & Infusions
~ Stir a little honey into warm or cold tea.
~ Mix the herbal tea with a little apple juice.
~ Dilute tinctures in fruit juice or your child’s favorite drink.
~ Try glycerin-based tincture flavored with fennel.
Capsules & Powdered Herbs
Generally kids aren’t able or willing to try swallowing capsules until around age 6 or 7. Until then.
~ Mix powdered herbs or capsule contents into applesauce or blend into a smoothie. The trick is not to alter the flavor too much. With a bit of practice you’ll get good at this!