Some days just need a boost from out plant friends. Herbal teas are the easiest way to do this. You just have to play around with formulating them to taste good.
"Thanks for the tea today, Momma. It really helped with my test," my little herbalist told me after school yesterday. I had sent her off to school with a hot travel mug of brain boost tea for her assessment testing day. While I am not a huge fan of public school assessments, as they don't accurately portray a child's abilities, I am a fan of supporting children to be resilient to stress and help to enhance their cognitive functioning. So, I send them off either full of a nice nerve supportive tea or a brain boosting tea. Or, whatever the day calls for (digestive support or even just flavorful enjoyment).
These kids today have a lot of pressure on them. They are in this pandemic life just as much as we adults are and it is affecting them too. Let's support them and ourselves with herbs.
If you have a yard and garden that is not treated with herbicides and pesticides (please don't treat you yard if you have kids that will be playing there), you can find supportive tea herbs there! You may call them weeds. That's ok. But they are beneficial weeds. Dandelion, plantain, and violet are up right now. As are nettles, lemonbalm ad peppermint. Each of these make tasty teas on their own but it's also fun to have the kids help formulate a tea straight from the yard.
Here are just a few ideas on what these herbs are helpful for:
Dandelion - digestion and urinary tract
Plantain - digestion and respiratory tract
Violet - respiratory tract and color change science
Nettles - respiratory allergies and pretty much everything
Lemon balm - nervous system and sleep
Peppermint - nervous system and headaches
The tea I made for my little herbalists on test day was all harvested from our yard and gardens. It contained ginkgo (for the brain boost), dandelion leaf, strawberry leaf, violet leaf, marshmallow root, and spearmint.
Always make sure that you check plant families for possible allergens and always make sure your herbs are harvested in a safe place (20+ feet from roads, untreated, not near a structure with old paint, not in the dog pee path, you get the drift).
To see some different ways to infuse teas, check out my video here.
Cheers to the kids!
Sarah is a community herbalist, raising children, teaching children and adults the ways of herbalism and nature, and handcrafting herbal products for the community.