Back to School with Natural Remedies

Homeopathy and natural medicine have a lot to offer parents gearing up for another school year.  September can be a challenging time for youngsters getting back into routine; going to bed at a reasonable time and adjusting to long days of structure after the freedom and bright nights of summer holidays. And while some will bounce out the door delighted to be back with their friends in school, for other children it’s a tough call physically and/or emotionally.


Any illness at the start of the school year could possibly have some emotional component. A child may not be able to express their fear or anxiety except through the body and different symptoms may occur for different children.  Other kids will let it all out and express themselves clearly through temper tantrums, separation anxiety or general fears and worries. It’s important to listen to those fears and worries that are expressed and remember how we found it hard ourselves, all that time ago!


Boosting general immunity at this time can be helpful to keep the body strong and a good multi vitamin and some probiotics may be helpful. I’ve been enjoying Dearbhla Reynold’s book Funky Ferments, experimenting with fermented vegetables and kefir for boosting gut health after all the summer treats. I add some kefir to fruit smoothies with some natural yoghurt and they glug them down!


We’re right in the harvest season so eating seasonally will pack them full of vitamin c from all the wild blackberries and elderberries. The elderberries up my way are beginning to ripen. I’ll be making the yearly batch of elderberry syrup one of these days, see previous blogs for details. Last year I made several batches and amazingly there is still some in the fridge, it did the whole year.


For supporting emotional and physical wellbeing where a child is not thriving, homeopathic treatment may be useful. With homeopathy we look at the emotional and physical symptoms to find a remedy that brings ease to both.


Examples of remedies commonly prescribed by professional homeopaths in relation to some of these issues include:


Pulsatilla: commonly used for separation anxiety, coughs, runny noses and colds.


Silica: a great remedy for children who seem to pick up one thing after another and seem worried and anxious about school and exam performance.


Stramonium: commonly used where there are a lot of fears and anxieties often expressed in nightmares and/or temper tantrums.


Each child is different and has different ways of showing their emotions and concerns. Homeopathy seeks to find the remedy that best matches the individual, bringing relief to physical and emotional symptoms.


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