Have you ever thought about your child being stressed? Did you even know that children can be stressed?
Sure they can! This Kid’s Health article explains stress in kids. It talks about the many ways that kids can be stressed as well as how to recognize it and how to deal with it as their parent.
Today, I want to introduce you to a group of herbs known as “adaptogen” herbs, and these herbs are very useful in helping the body deal with stress. Yes, even children’s bodies and the stressors that they sometimes face.
I’m gonna share an herbal blend recipe that you can make and use similarly to the spring tonic herb blend I shared last week. You can use it in your herb ball recipes, smoothies, and in other recipes that don’t require high-temperature cooking (nothing over 100 degrees Fahrenheit).
Understanding Adaptogen Herbs
Adaptogens are a class of herbs that enable the body to adapt more efficiently to stress and to maintain homeostasis (balance) through stressful shifts in the environment. – Herbal Academy of New England
In the book Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina, and Stress Relief, David Winston says adaptogens have the following properties:
- adaptogens improve resistance to and recovery from stressors
- adaptogens are generally safe for most people
- adaptogens have non-specific activity (instead of affecting one area of the body, they have a general effect on increasing the body as a whole’s resistance to stressors)
There are several herbs that are considered “adaptogens”, but today we’ll only be using 5 adaptogenic herbs in our blend that I’ve researched and found safe for kids.
DIY Adaptogenic Herb Blend
- 4 T. red maca root powder (buy here)
- 2 T. ashwagandha root powder (buy here)
- 2 T. astragalus root powder (buy here)
- 2 T. eleuthro root powder (buy here)
- 1 T. licorice root powder (buy here)
Combine herbs in amounts indicated. Store in a glass jar and label. Add 1 tsp. of herb powder per serving to any recipe you’re using this blend in.
When I Use This Blend
So I know that saying this adaptogenic herb blend is good for kids when they’re stressed doesn’t really narrow things down for you too much. In fact, it may leave you open to wondering if thus-and-such is a good time to use it which is why I want to share when I would use it with my kids.
Our lives, thankfully, are fairly stable so there aren’t a whole lot of opportunities for them to be stressed, however, there are times when I think these herbs would be appropriate for them.
Some of these times may be:
- during a time when they or dad or I are sick
- death in the family (human or pet)
- starting something new
- getting up in front of people
Does this help to give you some ideas of when this blend could be used? I sure hope so. It’s a great one to mix up and keep on hand for when you need it!
Can you think of a time when you’d use this herb blend with your kids? Share it with me in the comments below, and don’t forget to pin this to your herbal Pinterest boards and share it on Facebook via the “share” button below!
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