I admit, I have always been skeptical about "natural' medicine. Maybe because I had a child with ADD and people would tell me -just stay away from food coloring- or don't let him eat sugar, or have him take this yucky food, or just use tough love and he will be cured. Bologna! I'm sure a lot of those things can help but most of the time it just brought my child and I in tears. Not worth it! So I have been a skeptic. Not that I was anti it. Just not convinced.
What started turning me around was a book called "Magnificent Mind at Any Age" by Dr. Amen. As a young adult my child was tired of medication (he was probably overdosed). and refused to take anything. But he was open to supplements. What is great about this book is Dr. Amen is a psychiatrist who uses both traditional medication and has a lot of research on supplements. Some of the supplements really helped my child through some tough times until he was ready to go back on traditional medication and supplements to thrive as he is doing today.
I want to share some 'natural' remedies that I found really works! If anyone has found something that 'really works, please share it with me. My husband is really into this and we are experimanting and want to hear others experiences.
1. LEMON BALM EXTRACT: I heard about this on the Dr. Oz show. Lemon Balm works on the same part of the brain as a valium--in fact it is quicker acting and stronger then a valium with absolutely no side effects. So when you are stressed or anxious or your child seems that was just take a dropperful of lemon balm extract in a little bit of wated and drink it. You can take a dropperful direcly but it is sour that way. With the water you can't taste it. This works!!!!! We have tried it!!!!!
2. FRESH BASIL: If you get a mosquitoe bite just take a leaf off the basil and rub it on the bite. Oh my goodness-the soreness goes right away. This is much more effective then Benadryl, cortizone etc. I'm tried it on other kind of bites and rashes, w/o the same effect but on mosquitoe bits it is awesome. Since we live in the South this is a must grow in the summertime. Mosquitoes love my daughter.
3. FISH OIL: I had a child with acne. The dermatologist gave him some stuff. No real change. Then for other reasons he started using fish oil. In a couple of weeks his skin was clear. He stopped taking the fish oil. The acne came back. Went on it again-clear skin. I never heard of this and we found out 'accidently' but fish oil is so good for you for a lot of reasons. Give it a try and see if it helps the acne.
I am a mother of 3. I have a passion for helping kids feel comfortable in their 'own skin'.