Herbs list for Kids Love Tea blends
Rooibos (South African for Red bush tea)
Roobios is a native plant of South Africa. When the leaves are sun-dried, they turn a reddish brown color, which gives the tea its name. It has a high antioxidant content, is high in vitamin C and mineral salts. In South Africa, the herb is used a lot in creams for skin conditions like eczema. Or, they make the tea and add it to a bath. It gives the chai tea a really nice flavor and it is caffeine free.
(An antioxidant is a molecule that inhibits the oxidation of other molecules. Oxidation is a chemical reaction that can produce free radicals, (free- radicals are rubbish that antioxidants will clean up – like a vacuum cleaner – and stop them from causing damage to our cells.) Free radicals are molecules produced when your body breaks down food or is exposed to tobacco smoke and radiation. The vitamins and minerals the body uses to counteract oxidative stress are called antioxidants.)
Cloves were first mentioned for medicinal purposes in Chinese medicine texts. The name for cloves is French for nail, because that is what the cloves look like.
Cloves are digestive, can stop vomiting as well as stress and Europeans still use clove oil directly on a tooth to stop a toothache.
Cinnamon is a spice obtained from the inner bark of several trees. It is good for digestion, helps to treat colds and flu and can also regulate blood sugar levels.
Often used in chai teas because it is a good digestive herb.
Cardamom is a` herb. These seeds are used a lot in cooking and curries. It is a warm, stimulating herb. Most Chai recipes have cardamom pods.
Cardamon is used for digestion problems including heartburn, intestinal spasms, irritable Bowel Syndrom (IBS), diarrhea, constipation, liver and gallbladder complaints as well as loss of appetite.
Jasmine Flowers have a strong exotic aroma that can help reduce stress, is antibacterial and boosts immunity.
Often added to chai teas for its flavor and aroma.
Jasmine Flowers are good for skin diseases, and to speed up wound healing.
Peppercorns are the fruit of the pepper plant. They are picked when almost ripe and sundried to turn them black. Ground peppercorns are the commonly known table pepper.
Peppercorns are good for digestion and help our body absorb other nutrients. They are rich in vitamin C and antioxidants.
Scullcap herb is a sedative but it helps to switch off “mind chatter.” Mind chatter happens when our adrenal glands are still active but our body wants to relax and rest. Scullcap shuts the mind chatter off by calming down the adrenal glands.
This herb is helpful for children who have trouble settling at night.
Chamomile is well known and even people who don’t know about herbs know this herb. Europeans bottle-feed chamomile to babies to settle tummy upsets. It is gentle and calming so is good to use in sleep and relaxing teas.
Chamomile also supports digestion and is great to drink before meals to stimulate the digestive process. If a child has an upset stomach from eating too many sweets, chamomile is the herb of choice to ease the discomfort. Additionally, chamomile relaxes the nervous system and acts as an anti-inflammatory, which makes it a wonderful herb to use with a teething child or a child who is hyper or stressed. For teething, the tea can be frozen into little ice cubes and placed in a food feeder to suck and chew on. For anxious children, I recommend the child drink a cup of warm tea an hour before bed to help them relax and prepare for sleep. If you have a child who is having issues with bedwetting, have them drink the tea shortly after dinner.
Lemon Balm (sometimes called Melissa)
Balm means healing and soothing and that’s what this herb does, it derives from the mint family. It is an excellent calming herb for nervous people. It calms the digestive system, can settle stomach cramps. Can relax people to help them sleep.
Passionflower is a calming and sedative herb and really helpful for people with nervous tension. It works well with other calming herbs in the sleep tea.
Calendula herb is an antiseptic, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory. It is one of the safest herbs to use for everyone. Many people have Calendula in their garden and know it as Marigold.
Tulsi is the Sanskrit name for the holy basil plant. It grows wild in India although it is not the same as the garden Basil we use in cooking. The traditional medicinal uses for Tulsi are many, particularly in the Indian Ayurvedic traditional medicine, but it is primarily known today as an adaptogen — meaning it helps the body cope with stress. Tulsi is also antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.
Fennel seeds are good for digestion because they can help various digestive problems including heartburn, intestinal gas, bloating, loss of appetite and colic in infants among others.
Special indications for the use of this herb are children with decreased appetites or suffering from nausea and vomiting. If nausea and vomiting are the issue, it is best to have the child drink small sips at a time.
They help to make the Tulsi licorice tea taste like licorice.
Aniseed is a sweet herb and helps to improve appetite, stops nausea and cramps. It helps to give the licorice tea the licorice flavour.
This is not the licorice lolly. This is the root of the licorice plant and it is very good for digestive disorders as it can ease stomach spasms (cramping) . It is also good for soothing the throat and can ease a cough.
It is 50 times sweeter than sugar (although it doesn’t taste like sugar) and it doesn’t upset the blood sugar levels. When blood sugar level drop, it’s when people start to crave sugar.
Peppermint is a really good herb for digestive problems like heartburn, nausea and vomiting and stomach pains.
The ever popular peppermint tea is great for children who are constipated and have gas, bloating, abdominal cramps, or spasms by stimulating the intestines to move the contents out of the body.
It tastes delicious and is safe for children. The leaves can be added to a bath to stop itching skin conditions.
It is a good general tonic, as a refreshing tea, digestive tonic and to help with colds and flu.
Too much peppermint tea can exacerbate or cause reflux, so I recommend no more than 2-3 cups of peppermint tea a day.
Spearmint has a slightly different aroma than Peppermint but also a digestive tea. It’s high in antioxidants and other beneficial plant compounds that may help balance hormones, lower blood sugar and improve digestion. It may remove stress and improve memory.
Marshmallow root is really good for soothing inflamed mucous membranes and tissue.
When made into a tea, it is like a gel and that is why it’s good for the throat as it can stop it from itching from hay fever and settle an irritating cough. It is also good for nausea and indigestion.
Yarrow’s botanical name is Achillea millefolium and it has an interesting history. It was named after Achilles (as in Achilles tendon in the foot) who used yarrow to heal the wounds of his comrades during the siege of Troy, before an arrow in his heel made a legendary story.
One of the oldest herbs, archaeologists have discovered fossils of yarrow pollen in ancient burial caves.
Yarrow has a long list of health and healing benefits both internally and externally for all types of wounds. It can also be used to reduce fever, common cold, hay fever, diarrhea, and loss of appetite.
The olive tree is one of the oldest cultivated trees in the world. Using the leaves is not like using olive oil. The oil comes from the fruit and in herbal medicine, we use the leaves.
Olive leaf is anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal and so it is great for stimulating the immune system. It can also help lower blood pressure, improve cholesterol levels, and reduce the risk of weight gain and type 2 diabetes.
Lemongrass is used a lot in Asian cooking. It is anti-septic and internally, is good for indigestion and gastric upsets. It is thought to relieve pain and swelling and reduce fever.
Many people love the flavor of Lemongrass and enjoy it with ginger.
Ginger is a warming and relaxing herb.
Ginger is good for stimulating saliva, which in turn stimulates gastric-acid in the stomach and in that way helps with digestive issues. It can relieve nausea, motion sickness and pain.
If your child tends to get carsick, a cup of ginger tea before hitting the road may help prevent his nausea. Mix a quarter teaspoon of grated gingerroot in hot water and add some lemon juice and honey.
It is an important ingredient in Chinese medicine for stomach conditions.
Hibiscus Flowers soothe irritated tissues, helpful to regulate blood pressure, keep you liver healthy, help with depression, aid digestion, and help with weight management.
Hibiscus is a beautiful flower that grows in warm climates and is a great immune support herb. It is best used for children who have a cold, or a lot of phlegm. It is high in antioxidants and vitamin C
Hibiscus Flowers helps makes the tea a beautiful red color.
Rose hips contains the seed of the rose plant.
High in vitamins A, B and C so is really helpful for colds and flu and boosting the immune system to help with minor infections.
Nettle is sometimes called Stinging Nettle, It is a rich nutritive herb high in vitamins and minerals like iron, magnesium, sodium and potassium. Because of this it is a good blood building herb and helpful for anaemia.
The juice of the plant is the antidote for its own sting.
Note: You will notice that it is not just the leaves (Peppermint, Spearmint, Nettle) that are used but flowers (Calendula, & Hibiscus) and roots (Marshmallow & Ginger) and seeds (Fennel, Cardamom & Aniseed) of the plants. Collectively, we call them herbs.
You will also see that many of the herbs help with digestive issues. Because our immune system is in our digestive tract then keeping our digestive system healthy means our immune system is supported as well.