Great Herbs for Kids- With Recipes!

Demetria Clark 

Great Herbs for Kids. Kids and herbs go hand in hand. Children are amazing, resilient, robust, and in my experience, when herbs are appropriately used, act as building blocks with children’s bodies. Herbs can fill in nutritional gaps, offer fortification and protection from or fight illness. Most children overall are healthy; using herbs is a great way to stop a common illness in its tracks or to help the body fight off an illness. 

I believe and raised my children with the belief that they needed to build their bodies and fortify them when they were becoming ill. I used to get them to imagine their “knights” in their bodies (white blood cells) were battling the germs or illness. Visualization is a great way for kids to help themselves when they are feeling ill. Check out these great herbs for kids.

Stinging Nettle or Nettles (Urtica Dioica) Nettles can be eaten in foods, used in teas, syrups, and are rich in rich in iron, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, manganese, copper, boron, strontium. They also contain vitamins – A, C, K, and B vitamins. Nettles has many nutritional benefits. Still, it can also work to fortify when a child is starting to get a cold or flu, has stressed adrenals, PMS issues, wanting clearer skin, has seasonal allergies, or suffering from diarrhea.

Rooibos (Aspalathus linearis) This herb is rich in many mineral contents such as iron, calcium, potassium, copper, manganese, zinc, magnesium, and alpha-hydroxy acid and packed with antioxidants. This herb is fantastic for children who stress out or can’t seem to hold up to stressors. This tea tastes lovely can be used to flavor blends, and for children can aid in headaches, sleep issues, colic, and anxiety linked with stress.

Muscle Recovery Tea

Have a child athlete? My kids were always playing, swimming, climbing, and then got involved in organized sports, and now are active adults. Still, suggest this tea to my grown men.

This mild tea is nutrient-dense, tastes excellent and safe for almost everyone, and can be made as a blend and used or one cup at a time.

Parts — a part is any unit of measurement you desire. So if you want to make just one large canning jar/ teapot, you would use one tablespoon each. If you’re going to make enough mixture for the week, a part can be 1/4 cup.

I am going to give you the bulk measurements. Use 1-2 teaspoons of the mixture per cup of hot water.

1/4 cup Nettles

1/4 cup Rooibos

Super simple and easy. 

Lemon Balm (Melissa Officinalis) Lemon balm is exceptionally suitable for children. The herb has antiviral properties, antifungal, and antibacterial properties, can help to strengthen the neurological system, reduces pain, helps with digestive issues, and assist with sleep issues. Lemon Balm is what is known as gentle power. It is a powerful herb, but also one of the gentlest. Kids love the way it tastes and smells, and it blends well with the first two herbs. This is a great herb for kids for so many reasons.

I love this herb for stress and anxiety. It is great for children who suffer from anxiety. This herb is also helpful for ADHD issues in children.

Additionally, it is beneficial for gas and gas with cramping. It is helpful for headaches and promoting relaxation. It can be used as a wash for chickenpox . Lemon balm is an excellent antiviral. Lemon balm is beneficial for sleep issues and anxiety caused by outside stressors. Lemon balm is versatile, and kids love it because it takes like lemons.

Rosehips (Rosa canina and Rosa rubiginosa)– I love this herb so very much. It is high in vitamin c and tastes excellent. Children love it. It blends with all of the herbs we have here. Rosehips are great to use when your child is starting to come down with a cold or flu, and they are great for fighting the issue when it is also full-blown.

Milky Oats (Avena Sativa) You can purchase the milky tops or use oatmeal. Keep it simple and easy for yourself. You can even use oatmeal from the grocery store, try to get the best quality you can for your budget. Oats are excellent for topical issues like chickenpox, eczema, nervous system issues, restlessness and feelings of fidgetiness, or nervous/anxious movements. Kids can eat oats or take in tea form, and it can be used in a bath, as a wash or compress. It is versatile and easy to find.

Oats are an excellent nervous system restorative. It nourishes the nervous system.

Calendula (Calendula officinalis) is used externally to support wound healing and reduce inflammation. Calendula has antiseptic, astringent, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and wound-healing qualities. It has a healing impact on cuts, scrapes, bites, stings, bruises, and sunburns. For a wound-healing compress that is also excellent for sunburns, bug bites and stings, use two teaspoonfuls of calendula herb to one cup of water boiling water, remove from heat and allow the herb to steep until cool enough to use as a compress. Strain and use. It quickly soothes the pain and irritation and can work to prevent infection. It relieves the itching and inflammation of skin eruptions, like hives, contact dermatitis and chickenpox, and diaper rash. 

A compress is a cloth dipped in tea slightly wrung out and laid or placed on the area of inflammation. The compress can be used on bruises, cuts, scrapes, sore muscles, sunburns, chickenpox, measles, fevers, or cystic acne. One of the reasons I love compresses is that the child can take control of the application. Even a two or three year old can learn about self-care and determine if something is helping them. Empowering children in their health care from the start is essential.

Vita Tea

This tea is rich in vitamins and minerals.

1 part Rosehips

1 part Roobois

1 part Nettle

1 part Lemon Balm.

Your kids will love it. It tastes great and is also good served cold.

Cheat Sheet- Great Herbs for Kids

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