Use these seven safe,effective herbs to reduce your little ones’ stress,anxiety,fussiness or insomnia.
Most parents long for a “silver bullet” to give to a cranky child at one time or another. The best plan to cumulative approach of wholesome foods,affection,routine,play and plenty of time with nature.Firmly rationing screen time and refined helps,too.Yet even with all this,most children are going te got anxious,nervous,fussy,overactive and even downright angry once in a while.
Homo sapiens have been evolving alongside and consuming plants for about 200,000 years.Our bodies happily recognize herbs on a cellular level and know what to do with them.Children’s nervous systems are usually highly responsive to plant remedies,so there is no need to reinvent the wheel and search for newfangled ideas when herbal remedies and cammon sense practices can help calm and soothe children.
Singing favorite songs,reading familiar stories,dimming the lights and lowering the noise level will help foster that sense of calm.A warm bath and a gentle massage with an herb-infused oil works wonders,too.
Different herbs work better for some children than others.Try out the herbs in this article in teas.tinctures,baths and massage oils,and see what works best for your kids.Use lavishly and remember: Don’t overlook yourself–if you feel calm,your children are more likely to as well.
SEVEN FAVORITE KID FRIENDLY Herbs to Soothe and Calm
- Milky Oats (Avena sativa)
come from the same plant as your breakfast outmeal and are a vital tonic herb.What a great example of food being our medicine! A tea blend including milky oats nourishes the nervous system partly because the oats are high in calcium.Oat tops harvested at the partially green,milkly stage are helpful for anxiety,insomnia and lightening moods.Milky oats combine well with almost all herbs and add a nourishing element to any formula.
- Chamomile (Matricaria recutita,M.chamomila)
Makes a soothing tea.especially with a bit of honey added.You can remind kids that Peter Rabbit’s mother gave him chamomile to settle him before she sent him off to bed for being so naughty.Fussy children who have a stomachache like Peter need to sleep;the bitter constituents in chamomile enhance digestion—voila! This gentle but very effective herb works for most everyone,except that small percent of children who have allergies to the daisy family(Asteraceae)
- Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)
smells divine,tastes good and will turn the tide for even the most frenzied kid in the room.if you are trying to calm and soothe a child with cold or flu symptoms.call upon this antiviral herb.Lemon balm works well for children with ADHD because it can help filter out excess stimuli from the body,thus making these kids feel less overwhelmed.
Every child loves to help harvest lemon balm,as just smelling this herb is calming.
- Catnip (Nepeta cataria)
is lightly sedating (for kids,not cats!) and a favorite herb to use for fussy boys and girls who have gassy tummies.it can be a bit better.so be sure to blend it with more tasty herbs.A tea made with catnip and fenne! will help decrease bloating as well as help calm and soothe colicky babies and their frazzled parents.
- Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata)
is a spectacular flowering vine known for relieving anxiety,agitation and irritability in children.This herb can be overlay sedating if used on a regular basis during the day,so preferably save passionflower for an evening or bedtime tea.
- Skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora)
is a tonic for the nervous system with significant sedating effects.Use it to encourage sleep when excitement levels are beyond ramped up.This reliable herb is often used as a part of protocol for hyperactivity or when overtired children can’t quite let go.
- Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)
tea is strong and pungent,so you may have to get creative to get your child to drink it.Valerian is a nervous system sedative as well as a strong muscle relaxant.It may not be the first herb you turn to for children.but smell amounts might be just what you need.A small percentage of people find this herb stimulating versus relaxing,so experiment with it.