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Gentle Healing for Baby and Child: A Parent's Guide to Child-Friendly Herbs and Other Natural Remedies for Common Ailments and Injuries Paperback – May 1, 2001

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Even if you're a parent who prefers the straight and narrow of allopathic medicine, you'll find numerous tricks for soothing your little one in Gentle Healing for Baby and Child. From minor issues like splinters or a skinned knee to a nighttime cough that your prescribed medicine just isn't relieving, master herbalist Andrea Candee offers simple, safe remedies made from ingredients that you'll probably find in your kitchen.

Most chapters are focused on either a specific part of the body (skin, respiratory system, digestive system) or an age group (from infants to teenagers). You may be tempted to head directly to the chapters of most interest to you, but don't skip over "Dosing Guidelines." As with any medication, herbs must be taken properly in order to be safe, and following the simple charts of dosage frequency according to age and weight is an easy way to prevent problems. You'll also find suggestions here for getting some of those hot, pungent herbs down the hatch--it may take more than "a spoonful of sugar" to get your child to ingest doses of cayenne and garlic.

Some items show up repeatedly in Candee's book. Onions, garlic, honey, lemons, and salt are all commonly available and inexpensive, and can help with everything from sore throats (warm salt and lemon gargle) to an ear infection (onion poultice directly on the ear). Garlic, "nature's antibiotic," can take care of colds, parasites, and "anything about to become a something!" Honey works to soothe skin and the respiratory system. (Note that honey shouldn't be given orally to an infant; their immature immune systems might have difficulty fending off any botulism spores that might be present.)

Offering new and friendly ammunition for a parent's arsenal of healing techniques, Gentle Healing for Baby and Child is an excellent addition to the family first aid kit and a fantastic way to avoid overreliance on prescription antibiotics. --Jill Lightner

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When your children are sick or injured, you want them to feel better -- fast. Although in some cases there is no substitute for traditional medical care, prescription drugs are not always the best answer. Countless parents are discovering that natural, health-promoting substances can often be both safer and more effective. Now, a master herbalist with more than twenty-five years of experience who is also a mother of two shares her natural approach to wellness. Inside you'll find easy holistic therapies for common childhood injuries and ailments, and learn:
-- how a banana can remove a splinter
-- which herbs help reduce fever
-- how an onion helps both bruises and earaches
-- why garlic is nature's antibiotic
-- how a spritz of rosemary hair juice prevents lice
-- why peppermint tea relieves both headaches and stomachaches
-- how gargling with lemon juice and table salt can ease a sore throat
-- why ginger root can ease motion sickness
-- and many other intelligent uses of foods and therapeutic plants -- nature's own medicine -- to alleviate discomforts.

Best of all, this invaluable reference stresses an approach that helps you teach your children the benefits of preventing illness -- not just treating it. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket (May 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067103622X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671036225
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,325,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Melanie on October 26, 2002
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Written by a Master Herbalist who has worked with physicians and in her own private practice for the past 25 years, Gentle Healing for Baby and Child is the definitive guide for parents looking for an alternative to common treatments for everyday problems. In an accessible format, this guide includes solutions to ailments that occur both inside and outside the body. Got acne? Try an herbal detoxification, an herbal steam, or some Herbal Zinc Zapper. The Zapper recipe contains a mixture of zinc oxide, peppermint, and comfrey. Got a stressed out teen? Dose him with some Honegar - a mixture of honey and vinegar - to restore his chemical balance. In this book, the authors explain that the "floral nectars that comprise honey contain B vitamins and minerals which are calming to the nervous system." While you've got the honey jar out, don't forget to layer it over your little one's skinned knee before applying a bandage. Honey contains natural "anti-microbial properties."
Also included are sections that address subjects such as "Healing Imagery," as well as instructions for dosing herbs, where to find a local natural health practitioner, how to deal with toxicity, and even testing for food reactions. Herbalist Candee has created a helpful, easy to use guide to natural healing for parents. --Reviewed by Michelle Smith
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This book is a resource to revisit again and again. I received "Gentle Healing for Baby and Child" as a gift, and was delighted to discover that it's chock-full of suggestions with applications for all family members. The authors have compiled a comprehensive, (but clear and succinct!) collection of natural remedies, illustrations and anecdotes. Introducing a wide range of herbal therapies for day-to-day problems as well as chronic conditions that sometimes can be addressed naturally, Candee does not eschew the value and necessity of skilled, conventional medical care when appropriate. She is a Master Herbalist, experienced and well-versed, and she speaks nationally on her subject, but she also appears to work comfortably within both conventional medical and holistic communities, embracing "the best of what works." Her own parenting experiences are shared in a friendly, comforting way and in clear, simple language. She covers a lot of territory, and often suggests more than one option. In my own work, facilitating mind/body stress-management, I meet concerned parents all around the country beginning to explore integrative therapies and become as informed as possible, to meet their children's health needs, and their own. So I was especially pleased to see that Candee pays considerable attention to the roles of stress-reduction, empowering children, emotional support and compassionate care, with what she refers to as "an educated heart." From acne and allergies...to pneumonia and vaccinations, "Gentle Healing for Baby and Child" allows room for individual philosophies and personal preferences as Candee offers her own expertise with a light, gentle touch. There are many roads to Rome.Read more ›
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Overall I think is is a very good book with lots of neat tricks to suit the tolerances of the little ones. It is also well written and very available especially for those who are just starting out with the whole "natural and holistic remedies" thing. I have quite a bit of training in the field myself and so found it to be pretty basic and somewhat repetitive. My major disappointment was the fact that she makes many references throughout to Dr. Christopher remedies and although she does provide a list of ingredients seems to imply that you need to buy these rather than giving the formula so that one can do it themselves. This of course is just my preference and like i said the majority of people buying this book will probably prefer just to buy some good quality formulas anyway (I haven't tried the Dr. Christopher formulas myself), at least to begin with. So for this reason, for the more DIY inclined like myself, I would recommend Rosemary Gladstar or Aviva Romm's books. In the end I would recommend having books in hand first, if possible, and from your local independent bookseller of course!
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This is an EXCELLENT book for all parents but honestly is even great for anyone interested in herbs and natural healing it doesn't only apply to children but it IS geared toward common childhood illness and issues. I buy this for all my expectant friends. I think all doulas and midwives should give it to their clients as well. The reason I like this book so much is that it is so approachable and easy to read and reference. It doesn't suggest hard to find supplements or herbs or remedies or off the wall and often erroneous remedies and wives tales. Natural healing and caring for children does not have to be complicated or outdated and out of touch, it is quite simple but so many just don't know where to begin because they were never taught these simple remedies growing up. Parents just run straight for the tylenol and motrin and antibiotics. This is not healing the body and only brings more problems than it solves. It never gets to the ROOT of the problem. Herbs are used to heal the cause of the underlying issue. If you give tylenol for a fever A. you stop the body's healing mechanism, fever is not to fear it is working to heal your body to help the white blood cells to attack the bacteria and foreign microbes. Why would we halt that? But that is all people are taught and told to do. Instead look for garlic, echinacea, olive leaf etc to help support the body to tackle the bacteria. Thus the body's response will calm down and the fever won't be necessary. So don't just treat and try to mask symptoms, try to treat the underlying issue.Read more ›
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