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 Herbal Medicine: Childhood Indigestion  
 
In addition to the information given for functional dyspepsia in the chapter on the digestive system, an overiding issue must be taken into account for children - TASTE! If they don't like the medicine they won't take it, and medicinal plants only really work if they are actually taken. The following from Ms. Riggs is an example of what can be concocted if taste is taken into account.

Fennel and Orange Peel Tea
These carminative oils stimulate intestinal peristalsis, the wavelike contractions that move food through the intestine and promote the expulsion of gas from the gastrointestinal tract.
1 Tbl. Fennel Seed
1 Tbl. dried sweet orange peel
2 cups water
honey to taste
  1. Combine the Fennel seed, orange peel and water in a covered pot.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. Strain out the herbs and discard them. The tea is light green in color and smells mostly of Fennel.
  4. You may see some essential oils floating on the top of the tea. Stir the tea to recombine the oils before serving. Keep any unused portion of tea in the refrigerator and reheat for each use. Discard any remaining tea after 2 days.

Application: Serve this tea as warm as is comfortable for the child, since heat aids the intestines to expel gas. Sweeten it with honey to taste. Most children enjoy the taste of this tea. Give the child 1/2 cup of tea every 2 hours whenever he or she experiences stomach pain from gas. If the child continues to complain of stomach pain after drinking 1 or 2 cups of the tea, check for other possible conditions, such as diarrhea, constipation, or gastroenteritis.



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David Hoffmann BSc (Hons), MNIMHWhilst working in conservation and lecturing in ecology and the eco-crisis for the University of Wales, David Hoffman became convinced that to heal the world, to embrace planetary wholeness and responsibility for it......more
 
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