As much as caffeinated tea isn’t good for kids, herbal tea has quite a few health benefits – and with the range of flavours and blends available, herbal tea can also be super tasty!
In short, it depends on the flavour.
However, all herbal teas are useful for digestion, anxiety, and a general boost for the immune system.
If your child is prone to tummy aches, then incorporating herbal tea before or after dinner can make a huge difference to these kinds of pains.
The health benefits of this product are numerous, including the fact that it is hydrating, and does not contain sugar, unlike juice or soda, which can be unhealthy alternatives for children.
For more specific benefits, here’s a list of the different kinds of herbal teas and their advantages:
- Ginger tea is great for nausea and stomach pains
- Chamomile tea can be used to calm the kids before bedtime
- Hibiscus tea is excellent for warding off colds and flu with a range of antiviral benefits
- Peppermint tea is famous for aiding the digestive system
The list above is just a small selection of the most popular blends of herbal teas. The world of herbal teas continues to grow, and you can buy local blends or make your own under safe conditions.
It’s important to bear in mind that some flavours of herbal tea can be more bitter than others, and some flavours are just too intense for children.
Therefore, I would recommend that you stick to the following blends to ensure that your kids can enjoy herbal tea and get all of its benefits:
- Citruses, such as lemon and orange
Green tea isn’t usually liked by kids until they’re in their teens — but it’s still safe and healthy.
Any child over the age of 2 can (and maybe should) drink herbal tea, so there’s plenty of opportunity to try out different flavours and see which blend fits the best.
A quick note on allergies
There is a possibility that some people, including small children, may develop allergic reactions to the herbs in the tea. Aside from difficulty breathing, other symptoms of an allergic reaction include swelling of the throat, lips, tongue, and face as well as swelling of the mouth.
Should you suspect that your child may be experiencing an allergic reaction, or if you have any other concerns about your child’s health, please contact your child’s healthcare provider or your local emergency number immediately.
There are some places online where you can buy tea specifically made for kids like Ocado, but most herbal teas you can buy at the store will also be perfect for children.
There is no doubt that herbal tea will provide benefit to the health of any child, whether it is for calming purposes, or if it is for fighting those mischievous sniffles.
Exploring the world of herbal tea safely can have a tasty role in your child’s day!