Welcome to my monthly series…Herbs and Children! I have been learning so much about herbs and how to treat a variety of illnesses, infections, skin conditions, emotions, and other issues in children. While I am far from an expert, I do feel as though I have a lot of great information to share with you that can then use to do your own further research. Each month, I will share a specific “condition” or health concern and the specific herbs that are known to be safe and effective to use on and in your children to address these conditions. Be sure to read to the end of each post where I link up the previous posts in the series. Also, there may be a few links for products from my affiliate partners. If you click on them and make a purchase, it helps support my blog. And remember, I am not a licensed medical professional nor do I play one on this blog. Nothing I write should be taken as medical advice.
Headaches are not something a child should regularly experience. Injury, illness, food intolerances, and emotional upheaval certainly can bring on the random headache but in general, children should not get headaches. If your child is experiencing frequent headaches, you need to seek medical expertise to get to the root. Never mess around with on ongoing headache.
Having said that, there are some excellent herbs to help take the edge off of headache pain and general discomfort.
If your child's headache is related to muscle tension or a soft tissue injury, the following herbs can be extremely helpful:
- Lavender flowers
- Lemon Balm
These are basically herbal muscle relaxants which will reduce tension and increase blood flow.
If the headache seems to be related to illness or injury, you would want to grab some herbal remedies that help your child to relax and possibly sleep a bit more.
Some herbs that are known for being great at promoting relaxation include:
- Linden Flowers
- Passion Flowers (not to be used in children under 10)
- Willowbark makes an excellent pain relieving tea and is mild and pleasant. Wintergreen is another great option. Heck, mix the two!
Another wonderful way to help your child manage a headache is to create a compress using essential oils or herb infused waters. Eucalyptus, rosemary, lemon, and peppermint work well.
My daughter has not had a headache in her 5 years of life but something I use that I would not hesitate to give her is a slice of fresh ginger. Just chewing on this for a bit eases the throbbing from the headache.
What are your go-to herbs and natural remedies for headaches?