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3 go-to medicinal teas for your child

Herbal infusions have been our healing allies for many centuries. They provide gentle support for our loved one, helping restore vitality and health. Children are especially receptive to herbal teas.

Over the years I have found that three main teas help nurture little people. They are my mama go-to herbal infusions. These three teas are safe and can be given regularly to support you and your child. Knowing that being a mama or papa can be testing and tiring at times, these herbs are here to help soothe the little one.

Herbal teas as your healing allies in parenting.

These herbal blends can be easily grown and are usually adored by children. If your child doesn’t like the taste of herbal teas, introduce teas with a touch of honey. As the child becomes accustomed to the taste, slowly start reducing the amount of honey. On that note, honey is not recommended for babies between the ages of zero to one.

If you love tea and would like to read more you can download my free Tea For Two Ebook, available here.

In a teapot add freshly picked herbs from your garden, then pour boiling water into the teapot, allow it to steep for 10 minutes with a lid and then serve.

If you don’t have fresh herbs in your garden you can use dried herbs instead, available at most health food shops or alternatively you can purchase your teas with me.

Sore Tummy Tea for Children

Children get sore tummies for many reasons. It could be a belly bug, anxiety or maybe your child ate a little too much at a birthday party. This tea is for the moment your child is in discomfort and is extra clingy. It is especially useful when the sore tummy seems to be coming from excess gas and bloating. 

Sometimes a child can have a sore tummy when he/she is feeling anxious. It can be their way of letting you know that he/she is needing some extra emotional support. If your mama or papa intuition is telling you that the sore tummy is coming from a place of anxiety, then maybe giving them a nervine tea with extra cuddles. Time in nature will be the most effective way to help relieve anxiety.

Freshly Picked Herbs

  • 1 teaspoon of fennel seeds or a small handful of leaves
  • 2 thin slices of ginger
  • 4 mint leaves
  • Optional: 8 flowers heads of chamomile

Alternatively, you can purchase your digestive tea here.

Immune Boosting Tea from My Garden

Immune Boosting Tea for Children

As children grow so does their immune system. Children do not have a fully developed immune system until they are about 7-8 years old. What this means is that they can catch bugs, colds and coughs regularly. Sometimes a cough or a cold can linger, disturbing sleep and diminishing their recovery time. This is when this immune-boosting tea comes in handy.

Freshly Picked Herbs

  • 3 sprigs of thyme
  • 2 thin slices of ginger
  • 1 teaspoon of rosemary leaves
  • 2 sage leaves
  • A squeeze of lemon juice
  • Optional: 2 leaves of lemon myrtle

Alternatively, you can purchase your immune-boosting tea here.

Sleepy Time Tea for Children

If there is one thing children become very proficient in, it’s coming up with reasons as to why they don’t need to sleep. Thank goodness there are herbal teas to help our children relax into sleep. Herbal teas help children ease into the idea of rest. Sometimes children can’t fall asleep because they are excited, bubbling with ideas of what the next day holds. Sometimes it is because they are feeling anxious. Either way, a little herbal infusion an hour before sleep will help relax and calm their little bodies, preparing them for sleep.

Sleep routine is essential for children and adults. Try getting your child/ren to bed at the same time each night, preferably before 8:00pm. Avoiding bright lights and screen time after dark. Avoiding sugar after 3pm or all together. 😉 There are a few things I do when my son goes through his moments of not wanting to sleep. Firstly, we always read for at least 20 minutes before bed. We also like to play some gentle music in the background with some essential oils and blue light meditation.

Freshly Picked Herbs

  • 6 flower heads of chamomile
  • 8 leaves of lemon balm
  • 2 flower heads of lavender
  • Optional: 1 leaf of passionflower

Alternatively, you can purchase your sleepy-time tea here.

Side note, if you feel like your child is “always” anxious or feeling sick it’s probably a good idea to book in to see a Naturopath so that you can get to the bottom of what is going on.

You can bring your child in to see me at the Endeavour Wellness Clinic – Gold Coast. I’m there every Wednesday from 8am to 4:30pm.

Herbal Teas as a Homeschooling Project

Learning about herbs is a wonderful homeschooling project. Over the years, I have walked with my son in the garden encouraging him to pick herbs for our dinner or for herbal infusions. It is a practice my mother did with me. This really helped me get to know plants early in life.

These days my son regularly tells me he wants to make his own tea. We continue to go into the garden. He picks the herbs and shows me. I make sure they are all edible. Then we talk about each herb. Sometimes he likes to come up with surprising flavours and mixes as many herbs as he can find.

Seeking more homeschooling ideas? The book Planet Schooling is now available for pre-order here. This book is unique and full of practical activities to help you create a living and learning laboratory in your backyard.

Thank you for reading thus far ❤ Please Share and tag me in your backyard herbal adventures #grownaturopath

Ravi making his own tea from the garden

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