Many of us are perfectly comfortable using herbs in our homes, not just for cooking, but also in a medicinal manner, yet, we sometimes opt for OTC store bought medications instead of herbal for our kids.
While there are some herbs that I wouldn’t suggest giving to children there are some that are considered perfectly safe. However remember a child is smaller than an adult and will need smaller dosages.
These four herbs are GRAS (generally regarded as safe).
Chamomile: Chamomile calms, we all know that and assuming that your child isn’t allergic (spring allergies) then this soothing tea can be used full strength. My own grandmother used to lull me into sleep by pinning a handkerchief full of chamomile flowers to my top. (Was I that unruly???)
Mint family: Plants in the mint family are also considered safe. Mints just taste good and can help flavor other foods/teas. Mint is good for digestion.
Lemon Balm: Every gardener should grow some lemon balm. It’s leaves make a delicious tea, both hot and cold. It too is GRAS and is considered anti-viral as well as soothing. Lemon Balm is also used in sleepy time teas.
Fennel: Know what most of use think of when we think of fennel? Colic in babes. It’s a time honored tradition to brew some fennel tea to help with digestion and soothing of the stomach. For many it’s as effective as gas relief drops. Has a licorice taste.