Top 5 Medicinal Herbs for Childhood Ailments

Children are constantly getting ill as they grow up. Parents want safe and effective relief from common childhood ailments that don’t pose the risk of a lot of side effects. Here are 5 top medicinal herbs for childhood health complaints.


This is effective for upper respiratory issues like colds and flu, reliving the common symptoms and speeding recovery. It is also good for cuts, scrapes and other common accident-related injuries.

Echinacea is generally safe for children from 2 to 11 years of age, but about 7% of them may develop a rash as a result of internal or external use.

Slippery elm

Children often get sore throats from colds, flu, strep throat, tonsillitis and more. Slippery elm can work wonders with few side effects. The inner bark of the elm tree is used. It is powdered and liquid is added when it is to be used. It forms a thick tea that coats the throat and soothes it. It can be drunk hot as a tea. It is also available in powdered form that will mix well with children’s juices.


Ginger is tasty and great for all forms of upset stomach. Children usually love the zesty taste in gingerbread, or candied ginger. (Wash off the sugar coating before giving it for medicinal purposes.) It relieves stomach upset and stimulates appetite.

Ginger root tea will reduce fever. It is also a good topical treatment for cuts and scrapes. It is generally safe except for those with diabetes or bleeding disorders.


Mullein is like a medicine cabinet for children. It is uses for a wide range of childhood illnesses, including whooping cough, croup, colds, flu, bronchitis, sore throat and migraines.

But its most effective documented use is against ear infections in children, which can be an excruciating and frequent problem that leaves many children screaming in pain and their parents desperate for relief.

Mullein can be used in the ear safely for up to three days. There are various over the counter remedies available that contain other herbs which may help.


Do you have a child who never seems to listen? Or who seems to be run by a motor, barely stopping throughout the day? Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has been on the rise in the last 2 decades. The prescription drugs available to treat it have significant side effects. Therefore, an interest in natural remedies for these conditions has grown.

Rhodiola rosea has been shown to lessen symptoms in a similar manner to Ritalin and Adderall. Rhodiola rosea can be bought as tablets, capsules, or liquid for younger children. With more than 400 clinical studies related to the herb and literature about it dating back as far as the Ancient Greeks, parents can be assured it is safe and effective. There are no reported side effects in children.

It improves mental and physical function, and also elevates mood.