I began my interest in Natural Medicine alternatives when my infant son developed allergies. I had great assistance from alternative practitioners and from other like-minded mothers. I wanted to be able to begin healing him when I noticed something coming on, not wait for a full blown ear infection or intense suffering from the allergies.
In my learning, I found a great book, Natural Medicine for Children by Julian Scott, Ph.D. that broadened my world view. In it he gives multiple choices for each “dis-ease”, massages, flower remedies, herbs, and homeopathy. When my daughter came along I expected that I was prepared, but alas she was a different person, with different issues and I had more to learn.
I had always had a interest in herbs, but didn’t know all their endless possibilites. The ease of putting the flower remedies in juice or water and, for me, drops under my tongue was very appealing. At the same time I was studying yoga and aromatherapy and I found placing essential oils very diluted in the bath or diffusing into the room very helpful. But sometimes they would over-power my children.
As I taught pregnant and nursing women and heard their concerns I steered them towards the book Natural Medicine and encouraged their use of 5 flower formula/rescue remedy (same essence, different manufacturers). I found that this was easy for them to remember and took care of many issues.
(Truth be told the more we panic about a situation the worse it gets, so when we ease into using 5-flower formula the problem mellows or sometimes goes away!!)