Medicinal Herbs: Home Remedies for Rosacea and Nutrition for Children

Terry Willard and Jill Stansbury discuss various medicinal herbs used as home remedies for rosacea and improving nutrition for active children involved in sports.

| November/December 2001

Learn about the use of medicinal herbs used as home remedies for rosacea and improving the nutrition for sports-minded children.

In every issue of Herbs for Health, professionals from a variety of health-care fields answer your questions about using medicinal herbs. In this issue, Terry Willard and Jill Stansbury answer your questions on children’s nutrition and rosacea.

The information offered in “Q & A” is not intended to be a substitute for advice from your health-care provider.

Improving Children's Nutrition Naturally

My ten-year-old daughter has recently joined a competitive swim team. She practices four days a week for an hour each day. My concern is providing her with peak nutrition without overdoing it. I’m also very aware of her entering a pivotal state of her growth and development. What do you think about supplements, sport-mixes, sport drinks, etc.? She is also a very finicky eater. She’s taking two children’s multivitamins with an additional two chewable vitamin Cs. I’ve also tried a “green”­ cocktail (organic apple juice mixed with a powdered barley grass/spirulina, etc. mix) with less-than-enthusiastic results.
—M. H.
Dallas, Texas.

Stansbury responds: Being the parent of a ten-year-old myself, I can appreciate the less-than-enthusiastic response to some of the nutritional supplements you have offered—but kudos to you for trying. Because your young athlete is a finicky eater, the multivitamins aren’t a bad idea, but as you are no doubt aware, nothing is a substitute for a good diet. Perhaps working with whatever healthy foods she does like, while attempting to expand her horizons, would be the best place to direct your efforts. Consider having her help you devise a week’s worth of healthy meals, and selecting a few snacks for between meals such as fresh fruit, almonds, vegetable sticks and dips, and so on. Sometimes, compromising can facilitate improved nutrition better than strict meal plans.

For example, my children will eat a whole plate of salad or bowl of homemade vegetable soup to earn the piece of cornbread with butter and honey that goes with it. Or I might allow them to choose what they want for Saturday dinner (“Pizza!”) if they have eaten well all week. Treats with some redeeming qualities can be allowed as a reward for accomplishing the good diet goal of the week or even of the day.

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