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Ways to Administer Herbal Preparations to Your Child



You might have adopted an herbal lifestyle but your children might not be so interested in an herbal lifestyle. Why? Because they taste can be unfamiliar, bitter, sour or pungent! In such cases, you HAVE to get creative. You can come up with crafty, tasty recipes and ways to administer herbs to your children, Here are some common ones:


Candies

Kids will gobble up candies without giving a second thought to it because they like them so much! You can make candies out of selected herbs and give some to your unsuspecting child on a daily basis. But ensure that you stash away the candy jar so that your child does not eat them all.


Grind dry fruits and nuts such as cashews, almonds, and raisins and add them to honey. You can also add unsweetened shredded coconut to the mix while throwing in the herbs in powdered form. Mix as well as you can and then make candy balls out of them. Freeze and then you are good to go!


Syrups

Homemade herbal syrups are a great way to ensure that your child consumes herbs without too many complaints. Adding the herbs to honey or sweet fruit juice makes them delicious!

Stir two ounces of homemade herb mix to 1 quart of water. Let this mixture simmer on low flame until it decreases to one pint which should appear concentrated.


Strain the remnants of the herbs and add 1 cup of honey to the liquid solution. Let the liquid solution and the honey blend well, letting it warm on low flame. Don’t let it sit for too long as it lowers the effectiveness of the herbal solution and destroys the enzymes in the honey.

Now that your syrup is ready, pour it into a bottle for daily use. You can also add a few drops of your favorite essential oils to make the syrup tastier! Refrigerate if you want it to last a couple of months.


Herbal Baths

This is the best option when children are very picky eaters. Throw in a handful of herbs such as chamomile, lavender or rose in a nylon sock or a cotton handkerchief. After that, tie this bundle to the bathtub faucet. Let the hot water run through it, filling the bathtub with herbal infused water.


Once this is done, place the small bundle in the water and then fill the bathtub with cold water until the temperature is right!


Candies, syrups, and herbal baths, just a few ideas for incorporating the use of herbals into your life. Enjoy!

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