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5 Cough Herbs That Are Great For Kids

My oldest kid is a pneumonia factory. Seriously. Every time he gets a cold, he tries to dial it up to 11. The first year he got pneumonia he was only 18 months old, and I didn't know what I was doing. By the time I figured out that he was bad sick, it was an antibiotics-for-breathing type of sick. That's when I started learning about herbs for kids, because the American Academy of Pediatrics specifically says   "Demonstration of the efficacy of antitussive preparations in children is lacking, and these medications may be potentially harmful. Decongestant (sympathomimetic) components of these mixtures administered to children have been associated with irritability, restlessness, lethargy, hallucination, hypertension, and dystonic reactions.The clearance and metabolism of the components of cough mixtures may...

Hawthorn: an herb for the ages

Picture the year 40 in 1st century AD. Caligula is in charge of the Roman empire, failing to invade Britain.  Germanic tribes are beginning to settle in eastern Europe. The codex is beginning to replace the scroll.  There is an average age of thirty-five, though people of that time could and did live into their sixties, provided that they survived infancy, childbirth, and war. Approximately around then, Dioscorides was born. While Hippocrates is considered the father of modern medicine, Dioscorides of the first century is considered by both western European and Islamic medicine to be the father of drugs. Though, of course drugs as we think of them now didn’t exist back then- what he really did was develop a system for cataloguing reactions and...

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