Nov 7, 2010

Herbal Teas for Children

Lemon balm herbal teaImage via Wikipedia
I found this at...
http://thesupermom.com/are-herbal-teas-ok-for-kids

  • This is a no brainer. Make sure they are caffeine free. I mean, honestly, if you want to punish yourself, can’t you think of another way?



  • I would avoid teas that are used medicinally, such as St John’s Wort, or Comfrey. It is sometimes forgotten or overlooked that herbal remedies can still do damage to ones body depending on the doses given, and with children you never can be sure how their bodies process it.



  • The following teas seem to be safe for children to drink; red teas with rosehips and hibiscus, lemon balm, ginger, lemongrass, chamomile, mint, honeybush, rooibos and tulsi.


  • The general consensus regarding children and herbal teas is that they are completely safe and a much better alternative to giving them fruit juice, which I agree with. A herbal tea with a smidgen of honey is far better than sugar laden (natural or not) fruit juice for hydrating your child. I also think that its a great idea to introduce their palettes to the taste of teas early on in life as well.
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