Herbal teas are used as therapeutic vehicles in many forms of traditional medicine and are a popular global beverage. All tea is brewed from the dried leaves of the Camellia sinensis bush and can be categorized into four types, depending on the level of oxidation: white (nonoxidized buds), green (nonoxidized leaves), oolong (partially oxidized leaves), and black (oxidized leaves).
Tea’s manufacturing process is designed to either allow antioxidant compounds present in tea leaves (polyphenols) to be oxidized by naturally occurring polyphenol oxidase enzymes, which are also present, or prevent them from being oxidized. Green tea is manufactured by inactivating the enzymes in the leaves either by firing or steaming.
Tea polyphenols, the main group of which are flavonoids known as catechins, are key components with many biological functions, including anti-inflammatory, antioxidative, and anticarcinogenic effects.
Green tea is exceptionally high in flavonoids that can help boost your heart health by lowering bad cholesterol and reducing blood clotting. Studies show this type of tea can also help lower blood pressure, triglycerides and total cholesterol.
*Bottled teas are not equivalent to brewed teas. Recent research presented at the 2010 national meeting of the American Chemical Society in Boston revealed that many 16-oz bottled teas contain fewer polyphenols than one cup of brewed tea.
Herbal teas, sometimes called tisanes, are very similar to white teas, but they contain a blend of herbs, spices, fruits or other plants in addition to tea leaves. Herbal teas don’t contain caffeine, which is why they’re known for their calming properties.
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Most caffeine free tea is a fantastic and natural way to help you or your child soothe the sniffles, coughs, and sore throats. Herbal teas are made from the leaves, roots, and seeds of plants so they typically do not consist of caffeine. However, it is important to look closely at the ingredient list. What are some safe herbs?
Fennel is another great digestive support herb and helps with gas, stomach cramps, and spasms. Kids will love its sweet taste. Special indications for the use of this herb are children with decreased appetites or suffering from nausea and vomiting. If nausea and vomiting are the issue, it is best to have the child drink small sips at a time.
Yes, if you have cats, they will complain about sharing their plant with your child. But now you can have a happy cat and a happy child! Catnip is used to support digestion, the immune system, and relax the nervous system. It is also helpful for children who may suffer from headaches or insomnia, and is supportive when fighting a cold. Because it has a bitter taste, it is nice to add some sweetener such as stevia leaf, or honey.
**Remember not to give honey to a child under 12 months of age as there is a risk of contracting botulism. **
The ever popular peppermint tea is great for children who are constipated and have gas, bloating, abdominal cramps, or spasms by stimulating the intestines to move the contents out of the body. Constipation can be a result of several different factors and should be followed up with a provider if it has been going on for more than a week. Too much peppermint tea can exacerbate or cause reflux, so we recommend no more than 2-3 cups of peppermint tea a day.
Chamomile also supports digestion and is great to drink before meals to stimulate the digestive process. If a child has an upset stomach from eating too many sweets, chamomile is the herb of choice to ease the discomfort. Additionally, chamomile relaxes the nervous system and acts as an anti-inflammatory, which makes it a wonderful herb to use with a teething child or a child who is hyper or stressed. For teething, the tea can be frozen into little ice cubes and placed in a food feeder to suck and chew on. For anxious children, we recommend the child drink a cup of warm tea an hour before bed to help them relax and prepare for sleep. If you have a child who is having issues with bedwetting, have them drink the tea shortly after dinner.
Hibiscus is a beautiful flower that grows in warm climates and is a great immune support herb. It is best used for children who have a cold, or a lot of phlegm. It is high in antioxidants and vitamin C. It has a strong sour taste and a pretty red color that children love. One caution with hibiscus is that this herb can act as a mild laxative.
Ginger tea has anti-inflammatory properties and is often praised for its ability to aid digestion and help relieve nausea or motion sickness. In addition, this herb may help with circulation and congestion. It has a spicy flavor that kids may or may not like. Again, while the research is limited, current information indicates that ginger is safe for children. However, too much ginger, especially if it’s strongly brewed, may cause heartburn.
Allergies are another concern. Some people, including children, may be allergic to the herbs in tea. Signs of an allergic reaction include trouble breathing and swelling of the throat, lips, tongue, and face. Scary stuff! If you suspect a possible allergic reaction or have other concerns in this area, contact your child’s healthcare provider.
This information is from:
5 Herbal Teas to Support Your Child’s Health | Dr. Nadya Rubinstein
Herbal Teas for Toddlers: What’s Safe and What’s Not | Ashley Marcin Medically reviewed by Natalie Butler, R.D., L.D.
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if they have further questions or concerns about drinking tea for themselves or their children. Those who are allergic to herbs and tea should speak to their doctor. Ladies who are pregnant should speak to a doctor. However, If you're allergic to specific types of herbs and tea, you should probably stay away from it. Our herbs at Lucky Fox Tea are 100% organic unless otherwise stated so.
Here are just a FEW other studies on the benefits of tea
There are over 1,000 peer reviewed studies regarding the benefits of tea
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