When it comes to calming
Kids, there's no doubt that an herbal remedy exists. However, sorting through all the selections and figuring out which one to try can be a daunting task. Here is a brief description of some popular calming remedies:
1. Chamomile. Most herbalists' first choice for calming children, chamomile is a fragrant member of the daisy family native to Europe and western Asia. German chamomile is considered the highest quality. Used for centuries to cure gastrointestinal problems, chamomile's active substances also have mild anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and muscle-relaxing actions, which makes the herb perfect for children, since it can soothe without over-sedating. Often taken in tea between meals, chamomile can also be ingested in tablet or capsule form (2-3 grams) or by tincture (4-6 mL), also between meals.
2. Lemon Balm. Derived from the lemon-scented leaves of a perennial mint plant of southern
Europe, lemon balm has been used since the Middle Ages for a multitude of symptoms including
anxiety and restlessness. The herb is now grown around the world, and remedies are derived from either the leaves or the whole plant. It is believed that components of the citronella) are responsible for a sedative action. Lemon balm may be taken in capsule form, liquid extract or as a tea, and is often packaged as part of an herbal blend. It is great for children because of its good taste and because it is considered one of the safest relaxants, though it should be avoided by those with underactive thyroids.
3. Lavender. Primarily used as an aromatic, lavender can be a great, mellow relaxant for children. A drop or two of lavender essential oil on a tissue, on a pillow or even in the humidifier can be an ideal, risk-free method of soothing a child. Dried leaves can also be used to make a
4. Catnip. Native to both North America and Europe, catnip, which has been known to drive felines into an over-stimulated state, has been used throughout history as a human sedative. Usually ingested in tea, catnip is a fairly mild herb that, when taken in reasonable doses,
shows no side effects. The herb is relatively safe to give children.
5. Skull Cap. Largely ignored by researchers since tests in the '50s yielded no results, this herb, which is available dried, in liquid extracts, in capsules and in teas, comes from a North American plant in the mint family. It is relatively mild and is safe to use as a relaxant for children, though many herbalists prefer other remedies that are more effective.
6. Passionflower. Passionflower comes from a climbing vine that now grows around the world. Used by the tribes of South America, passionflower has a long history as an herbal sedative. More accepted in Europe than it is in the United States (many Europeans favor passionflower over even valerian), the herb is most often found as a tea, but is also available in liquid extract and in capsules. Although in reasonable doses passionflower is safe for children, it should not be given to anyone under 2 years old, and its bitter taste often requires it to be blended with sweeter herbs such as lemon balm.
7. Hops. Hops is a sleep-promoting herb that works directly on the nervous system. The herb also has a very aromatic quality, and some herbalists even recommend those who suffer
regular insomnia make pillows from it. Also ingested in teas, tinctures or pills, hops will take about a half hour to work.
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Patoss: The Professional Association of Teachers of Students with SpLD ''(O)nly those who have passed a BDA accredited course can become specialist members of this professional association'' (Rose 2009 p95)
Dyslexia Action went into administration April 2017 but, in the past, it provide d '' training for teachers to become specialist dyslexia teachers'' (Rose 2009 p190)
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