A normal day at the park was interrupted by screams, tears, the stripping of clothes, and a mad dash to the car. 7 bee stings later, poor little Miss Delia was covered in cotton pads on top of herbal poultices made of plantain. Sadie reminded me to use this herb for bee stings (and she is the arm model here, although she didn't get any) and I am so thankful for her levelheadedness. We got the plantain with a bunch of other herbs a bit back, after buying and loving this book all about using herbs for children. The girls love it, read if for fun, and now know what the herbs do. When they get a cold, they ask for a herbal steam. It's really wonderful. We actually are growing some of the herbs in our garden now to use fresh and also to dry for later. They make their own little herbal first aid kits, too. The ingredients and supplies are all listed in this book.
I love it that you can introduce something to kids, act like you have been doing it all your life, and they just take it as fact and as completely normal. I keep thinking, I can't believe this works, they actually know how to treat a sore throat by making a slippery elm lozenge! It's better for us to prep all this stuff before they get sick/hurt, of course. So we make sprays, teas, lozenges, herbs tied in cheesecloth all in a day, and tuck them into bags and kits—ready for when something happens. Seems like September is when we usually do this. I have thanked myself so many times that I have been able to quickly grab a herbal remedy right away— although if they aren't very sick or hurt, they love watching me make up a herbal remedy for them. It calms them down and makes them feel taken care of. It's really sweet. And it calms me down, too. So it's a win-win.