South Salem, NY (PRWEB) July 10, 2012
Banana for a splinter – a parent’s dream solution! Most adults have painful childhood memories about having splinters removed and, as parents, dread the day they have to remove one from their own child. Sterilized needles and holding the screaming child down is a thing of the past…grab a banana instead! Removal of Lyme ticks can mean tick parts left behind. A recent discovery uses ripened banana peel to remove them as well.
To use the banana for a splinter or remaining tick part associated with symptoms of Lyme Disease, cut a piece of the ripened peel (a part with dark spots on it), tape it on, pulp side to the splinter, leaving it in place overnight. In the morning, the enzymes in the ripe banana will have pulled the foreign matter to the surface. Deeply embedded splinters or tick parts may require another night or two of fresh peel.
Although in some cases there is no substitute for traditional medical care, prescription drugs are not always the best answer. In the award-winning book by Master Herbalist Andrea Candee, Gentle Healing for Baby and Child (Simon & Schuster), Candee shares more than 30 years’ experience using natural remedies for children’s wellness. Dubbed the “natural Dr. Spock”, and written as a parent’s guide to child-friendly herbs and other natural remedies, gentle and easy holistic therapies are given for common childhood ailments and injuries.
“The home pantry, as well as the health food market, can store a wealth of healing and nurturing,” says Candee. "It’s a great guide for baby sitters, too,” says Candee, “it should be given to the babysitter along with the usual emergency numbers. While there's no alternative to medical help in an emergency like a broken bone, there are many first-aid remedies in the book that may help resolve a situation without the need for the trauma of a visit to the emergency room.”
Although marketed to parents and grandparents, "these remedies can be used by adults as well," says Candee. "What’s safe for children is also safe for adults…but what’s safe for adults is not always safe or appropriate for children."
Many pediatricians are now incorporating herbal recommendations for their patients. Ginger tea for nausea or a queasy stomach, eucalyptus oil for a stuffy nose, chamomile for colic or teething. Lawrence Baskind, MD., a pediatrician in Croton-on-Hudson, NY, who wrote the forward to Gentle Healing for Baby and Child, believes Candee’s remedies are safe and effective: “The herbs and remedies that Andrea suggests are gentle with a wide margin of safety. There are a hundred years of clinical experience behind them. Our conventional medicines are based on herbal prescriptions.”
Candee’s favorite herb for children is versatile Chamomile “It can be used as an anti-inflammatory compress for irritated skin, a warm bottle of tea for colicky stomachs, a relaxing cup of tea before bedtime or for emotional upset. A gauze pad can be immersed in the tea, frozen, and kept on hand for teething pain; a chamomile teabag can be moistened and placed on closed eyelids for irritated eyes. All that relief from just a teabag of herbs!” says Candee.
Recommending a parent first get a medical diagnosis, Candee suggests that an educated parent can often substitute natural medicine for the pharmaceuticals, and to be sure to let the pediatrician know what is being used just in case there are contraindications. Sometimes an integrated approach works even better. Candee's protocols for reversing chronic Lyme Disease can be used in conjunction with antibiotics.
Ms. Candee brings herbal workshops on The Healing Kitchen, Healing Lyme Disease Naturally and Herbs and Children's Wellness to educational facilities, garden clubs, corporations and now to Lyme organizations across the country. She is an Instructor for The New York Botanical Garden. Her Blog, Did You Know? can be accessed via Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
To learn more about natural approaches to children’s wellness and Lyme Disease co-infections go to http://www.AndreaCandee.com.
About Andrea Candee, MH, MSC
Andrea Candee is a master herbalist for over 25 years with a consultation practice in South Salem, NY. She lectures throughout the country and at corporate wellness centers about taking charge of your health naturally. Media expert and author, her award-winning book, Gentle Healing for Baby and Child (Simon & Schuster), received The National Parenting Center's Seal of Approval. Andrea is noted nationally for her unique and successful approach to Lyme Disease and works with clients and their pets anywhere in the country. To receive her free e-letter, click on Did You Know? at her website.