The very best herbs for kids common ailments with free printable chart!
What are the best herbs for kids?
The best herbs for kids to start your herbal wellness journey are lemon balm, elderberry, marshmallow root, catnip, echinacea, chamomile, and garlic. These herbs have many uses and are great for the beginner herbalist to build up their herbal medicine cabinet for the whole family.
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What are the benefits of Herbal Remedies for Kids?
Herbal remedies can be just as effective as over-the-counter and prescription medicines for common ailments, and they don’t have as many side effects. Remember though, herbal medicines are medicine and should be used carefully.
Herbs work with your body to treat illness from within, rather than just treating the symptoms.
Free Printable Herb Chart for Kids
Safe and Effective Beginner Herbs for Kids
The gentle herbs mentioned in this post are generally regarded as safe for both kids and people of all ages. You should still always use precautions and your best judgment when administering herbs to kids. Always test one herb at a time to ensure no allergic or other negative reactions.
Lemon Balm for Kids
- Lemon Balm is calming, antiviral, and antiseptic. It helps support the nervous system to ease anxiety and fights and prevents viral infections.
- To Use: Lemon balm tastes great, so it is best used as a tea or as a syrup (in conjunction with honey).
Elderberry for Kids
- Elderberry has become one of the most popular herbs used for kids for immune support since the berries are high in Vitamin A and Vitamin C.
- To Use: To fight off cold, flu, and upper-respiratory infections, make an elderberry syrup. Better yet, make the syrup into an elixir for a longer shelf life. Elderberry is most often used as a preventative measure to keep away winter colds and flu.
Marshmallow Root for Kids
- Marshmallow root (yes, the original ingredient in marshmallows before they became something different) is anti-inflammatory and antibacterial. As a demulcent, it soothes and coats to help with sore throats and respiratory infections.
- To Use: Marshmallow root is most often served as a tea to coat a sore throat (it almost feels slimy, but not in a gross way.).
Catnip for Kids
- Yes! That catnip. It’s not just used to placate your furry friends. Catnip is very calming in children and has a mild sedative effect. It is also calming for tummy troubles and indigestions. Finally, catnip is a mild pain reliever for issues such as teething.
- To Use: Use catnip as a tincture because it is very bitter and doesn’t taste great in teas. Use a few drops as a digestive aid, or before bed to help treat insomnia.
Echinacea for Kids
- Echinacea fights infection and boosts the immune system. It is used for kids to fight colds and other minor infections such as the flu.
- To Use: Echinacea can be used as a tea or tincture right when your child feels a cold or flu coming on. Echinacea should not be used for extended periods of time.
Chamomile for Kids
- Chamomile is very calming, anti-inflammatory, and aids in indigestion. It is also soothing to the skin and sore muscles when used externally.
- To Use: Chamomile is excellent in tea (especially with honey) to aid the digestive system and as a sleep aid. Make it into a body oil or salve for topical use. For little ones, you can use a simple rag dipped in chamomile tea for a little one to suck on for soothing.
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What are Other Natural Remedies for Kids?
- Honey: Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antibacterial. Local honey can help prevent seasonal allergies.
- Ginger: Anti-inflammatory and increases serotonin and dopamine. Also treats nausea and motion sickness.
- Garlic: Anti-microbial and helps the cardiovascular system.
- Make your own DIY Herbal Bug Spray!
Where to Buy Herbs for Kids
Looking to get started using herbs at home? Check out my Herbal Wellness Gift Guide to create your wish list!
- Grow or forage your own!
- Your local health food store / grocery stores
- Starwest Botanicals is my favorite online store for buying bulk herbs
Free Printable Chart of Kids Herbs
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I’m Brittany, totally modern and mainstream turned crunchy mama!
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