Sage can be used in many ways: thanks to the essential oils it is an excellent remedy for the closed nose and for coldsickness.
Of course we can get a herbal tea: an effective formulation (and good taste) is obtained by putting in boiling water 10 leaves of sage and half a lemon not treated for about ten minutes. Filter and sweeten with wildflower or dandelion honey.
Alternatively, we can make suffumigations by immersing a handful of leaves in boiling water and breathing deeply, so as to fluidize the mucus.
Excellent results can also be obtained with an aromatherapy bath: we can use essential oils to be dissolved in water or put dry leaves in a small bag on which to then run hot water.
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Chamomile is a great classic: we all used it in times of stress to reassure ourselves and get a good night’s sleep. Even children, unfortunately, can happen to be agitated or anxious: to help them we can try many formulations that contain chamomile and that are easily found on the market (contact a herbalist). Chamomile is fine in purity (at low doses, because it could have opposite effects), but it is usually combined with lime, mallow or lemon balm.
On the market there are also aromas suitable for the bath: maximum relaxation is obtained by combining the scent of chamomile with that of lavender. A few drops can also be placed in the appropriate humidifiers. The scent emitted will help to ward off anxiety and nightmares at night.
The thymus can be a valuable aid in the case of constipation and diseases of the respiratory system. It is used alone or in combination with other balsamic and refreshing essences (mint, eucalyptus, lemon), mostly as an essential oil. For good results we can put one or two drops in the humidifiers in their bedrooms. The effect can be a bit ‘strong: so let’s avoid doing it on children too young and during the night: the ideal time is the afternoon nap (so for an hour).
On the market there are also some thyme ointments, specifically designed for children (but not for newborns): we can use them for a light massage on the whole body. A good homemade alternative, and cheaper, is obtained by mixing five parts of almond oil and one part of thyme oil.
Everyone may have digestive or intestinal problems. We have always had precious help from a very common aroma: laurel. It is usually well tolerated by very young children (sometimes it is recommended, along with fennel and lemon balm, to relieve colicette), but, in these cases, let us inform ourselves at our pediatrician.
From the age of 6, an herbal tea based on laurel and lemon should be well tolerated. It is important to collect healthy, untreated leaves from trees far from sources of pollution (e.g. roads). After washing them well, let’s punch them in boiling water for about ten minutes. We can then filter and add the juice of half a lemon. You can drink up to 3 cups a day, possibly after meals.
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Aromatic very simple to grow in pots and with a particular scent: it combines a light aroma similar to sage with sweet citrus notes. It is used in many preparations to promote children’s sleep, essentially in combination with lime and chamomile. However, its calming properties can be used in many other ways. It is also able to quell coughs and has a good myorelaxant effect, useful in case of stomach cramps or slight neuralgia.
It can be used alone in herbal teas or in combination with aniseed seeds and a few pieces of liquorice root.
The combination with ginger is doubly successful, especially in case of flu states. We can put melissa leaves and grated fresh ginger root in boiling water. Alternatively, we can do the same with milk, then add a little honey.
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