With the holiday season in full swing, you’re bound to have some excited kiddos running around, especially on Christmas Eve!
There will be marathon cookie bakes, playing with the cousins, Christmas at the in-laws and so much more going on. With all this activity, it’s no wonder the littles have trouble getting to sleep at this time of the year. So instead of getting overwhelmed by all of their energy, why not help your child settle down at night (or daytime!) with this herbal tea blend for anxious kiddos.
When There’s Too Much Stimulation
A few weeks ago we had Thanksgiving at my mother-in-law’s house. Our 4-year-old son was having a blast running around with the cousins, playing airplanes and eating too much turkey. Late that night, however, his playtime turned into something scary.
In all his excitement he’d ran into the edge of a door and got a nasty gash in his forehead. We ended up taking a late-night trip to the emergency room in an unfamiliar town for some stitches. Seven stitches total to be exact, which is a lot for such a little guy.
Even after his trip to the ER, we had to keep reminding him to slow down and not run around like a banshee. I tell ya, some of this herbal tea would have been great right about then!
Hopefully, your little ones aren’t boisterous to the point of an ER visit, but soothing and calming herbs can help them tone it down no matter the reason.
Break Out Those Calming Herbs
The first herb I chose for this calming blend is chamomile. It’s been nicknamed “the children’s herb” for its gentleness, but don’t discredit it because it’s a mild herb. It’s been shown to be very effective, especially children’s herbal formulas. It has a very low key floral, almost sweet taste. Chamomile has been used to calm colicky babies, anxiety, irritability, restlessness and similar conditions. It’s a nervine and mild sedative so it’s especially helpful for any irritable and willful conditions.
Not only is chamomile good for the nerves, but it’s also calming to the stomach. With rich holiday food in no short supply, tummy aches can accompany them, especially when kiddos are eating sugar-laced junk foods they wouldn’t normally have. Chamomile can be used to relieve indigestion and gas.
Lavender is another common children’s herb and one of my favorites. I use it in my herbal healing salve because of its wide array of healing properties. Lavender has an unmistakable, yet sharper taste than chamomile.
Lavender is specifically helpful for stress, nervous exhaustion, insomnia and other nervous conditions, especially those related to poor blood circulation to the brain.
Peppermint is my last pick for this herbal tea blend because of its superior ability to aid digestion.
I like to use ginger tea for myself when I have an upset stomach or digestion problems, but ginger can be too spicy for some kiddos. Peppermint has a slightly spicy taste, but it’s not hot. In fact, it has a very cooling sensation due to its high menthol content. It’s my herb of choice on the rare occasion when I need to cool a fever. Meagan details all about how to naturally treat fevers (including using peppermint) in her e-book – Treating Fevers Naturally.
I really love peppermints ability to quickly settle a sour stomach and reduce gas and bloating. It’s even useful for colic and colds and flus. It stimulates bile flow so it’s great to use after eating fatty foods that are hard on the body.
Herbal Sleepytime Tea
- 2 Tbsps chamomile flowers
- 1 Tbsp peppermint leaf
- 1 tsp lavender flowers
- raw honey to taste (optional)
- 3 cups water
- Heat the water in a covered put until it’s simmering and then turn off the heat. Add the herbs and make sure they’re submerged in the water. Cover the pan and let steep for 5 minutes.
- Strain and pour the tea into the container of your choice. Since the volatile oils from the herbs will evaporate with the steam, it’s best to keep the tea covered until it’s warm, but no longer hot and putting out lots of steam.
- Sweeten with raw honey to taste if desired and sip as needed for better digestion and calming.
- 1 3/4 c. white whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. ground sage
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 c. maple syrup
- 1/2 c. coconut oil
- 1/2 c. applesauce
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 1/2 c. grated carrots (3 medium carrots)
- extra maple syrup for drizzle (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 12 muffin tin with coconut oil.
- Add wet ingredients together in a large bowl (excluding carrots) and mix well.
- Add dry ingredients to wet and mix just combined. Fold in carrots.
- Fill muffin tin 3/4 full. Bake for 20 minutes.
- Remove from oven and let pan cool 5 minutes before removing muffins.
- Plate and drizzle with a small amount of maple syrup for extra sweetness.
How do you help your little ones calm down during the Christmas season?