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All about alternative support for our common illnesses!

Since doing my herbalist course, I have learnt so much about herbal supplements or treatments we can use to help (not cure) many symptoms. Since studying, I get customers querying about possible  alternative ways of treating common ailments. One common illness that crops up  a few times is ‘Sickness & Diarrhoea’ (Winter Vomiting) or also known as norovirus.....especially now we are not far away from that dreaded season I was talking about earlier. Everyone’s absolute nightmare!
Unfortunately, there isn’t anything I have researched or studied that you can take herbally to prevent you catching this horrible virus.  BUT taking Elderberry, probiotics and vitamin D with a strong immune system you have chance of not catching it possibly. 
The only other protection you can of course do to  minimise your chances of picking it up or spreading it, is as follows:- 
Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water. Do not rely on alcohol hand gels, as they do not kill the virus. Disinfect any surfaces or objects that could be contaminated. It's best to use a bleach-based household cleaner.
Wash any items of clothing or bedding that could have become contaminated separately on a hot wash to ensure the virus is killed.
Don't share towels and flannels.
Flush away any infected poo or vomit in the toilet and clean the surrounding area.
cover any vomit immediately with damp cloth/tea towel where possible. small particles containing the virus that you could inhale. So possibly cover face & wear gloves when disposing of effected area. 
Let it run its cause because there is no cure. 
However, saying this there can be things you can do to help the symptoms feel more bearable. 
For Diarrhoea...
Herbs - Agrimony, Sage, Bael, Bistort, Black Catechu....these herbs can be made into a decoction. Only use one of the herbs of your choice to make this product. (For adults ONLY) These herbs are listed in ascending order of astringency. 
For Children’s Diarrhoea - Herbs Agrimony or common plantain - make an infusion for them to take. 
For Vomiting.....
Herbs - Black Horebound - make infusion or Codonopsis to make a decoction to ease vomiting. 
You can also use simple products that we all know are very commonly advertised to ease nausea is Ginger. 
For Children - all very gentle products for the tummy and as we know when a child is that poorly it is extremely difficult to see that if they take something to relieve the symptoms that they won’t be sick again possibly ☹️
Increase his fluid intake which is quite obvious suggestion, especially if your child is very dehydrated. 
Try some ginger juice and honey - Grate a small piece of ginger. Squeeze the juice out of the grated ginger and add a few drops of honey to make it palatable. Give it to your child twice or thrice a day.
Mint juice possibly - Grind some fresh mint leaves and extract the juice. Take about 1 tablespoon of mint juice in a bowl and add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice to the mint juice. You may add a little honey to this mixture to enhance its taste.  If they are very brave little soldier , see if they will chew on a fresh mint leaf 🤦‍♀️
You can try rice water - Take a cup of white rice and boil it in two cups of water. Half-boil the rice then strain the excess water or starch and make your child drink this water to help the vomiting.
Cloves  - If your child is a little older and can chew on cloves, give him one to chew on. You can also make clove tea by boiling a few cloves in a cup of water. Add in a teaspoon of honey and give it to your child.
Try some fennel seeds but so appealing - Boil a teaspoon of fennel seeds in water for about ten minutes. Strain and give it to your child. You can give it to your child 3-4 times a day.
Apple Cider Vinegar - Apple cider vinegar can calm the stomach and help in detoxification also. Mix a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and honey in a glass of water and make your child sip it throughout the day. If you have tried apple cider vinegar, it can be very difficult to taste 😝
Can use a mixture of onion juice and ginger juice. - Take onion and ginger juice in equal amounts in a bowl and mix well. Make your child sip this juice several times a day. Alternatively, you can also add organic honey to the onion juice to provide relief from nausea and vomiting.
Cumin Seeds - sounds strange thing to even give a child but it may help with that queasy feeling after vomiting has stopped. Roast and powder a teaspoon of cumin seeds. Add in the powdered cumin seeds to some hot water and let your child sip it slowly. You could add a dash of nutmeg powder to it. Another way of taking cumin seeds is by mixing it with powdered cardamom and honey. Make your kid lick this spice mix slowly.
Make him drink chamomile tea. - Infuse a teaspoon of chamomile in hot water and add honey to it. Give this tea to your child two to three times a day.
Or lavender oil! - can help support a good nights sleep or if they have a headache. You can pour a few drops of lavender oil on your child’s pillow or napkin and let him inhale it to feel better.
PLEASE NOTE THIS IS NOT TO INTERFERE WITH ANY MEDICAL ADVISE FROM A GP. This is just some other ways you MAY be able to ease symptoms ❤️

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