Herb Day this year was not simply a time for adults, but also for kids. We arranged kids classes, an herb walk, and activities at tables throughout the room. My table taught adults and kids about salves, and I handed out sample St. Johns wort salves. We also made lavender sachets.
The kids talk I prepared lasted about 30 min., and was about herbal teas. We had an enormous tea party with about 15 kids and their parents. ! It was sweet to hear the kids talk about their tea sets at home, taste the teas and give their impression of the taste. Blow is the brief handout I provided to kids (and parents).
The handout was merely a backdrop for lovely conversations about plants and story telling. It lacks that touch on the website, but I think it’s good to post it. My favorite part was figuring out how to explain a few herbal energetic terms to an audience of 3-11 year old’s, hearing the kids stories and their taste impressions, and sharing the wonderful teas: lemon balm, raspberry with rose hips, peppermint, nettle leaf, and linden flower.
How to Prepare Teas for Tea Parties and Medicines
To make tea, have a grown up help you heat the water. Add about 1-2 teaspoons of tea per 8 ounces of hot water. Let the tea steep for 5 minutes. Add raw honey to taste, and drink with friends or while relaxing alone, watching the rain, doing your homework, chatting with friends, or reading a good book.
How to Prepare Teas for Minerals-Drink Your Vitamins!
Hey kids, you can do this yourself! Take 1 teaspoon of dried herb/tea, and add it a pint of water in a mason jar. Fill the jar with water, and let it sit overnight on the kitchen counter. Strain it in the morning, and warm it if you like. Add honey to taste.
Fun Mineral, and Anti-oxidant rich teas are:
- Cooling Antioxidant Rich Tea: Rose hip and raspberry leaf (SOUR!)
- Earthy Mineral Rich: Nettle leaf
- Mild Mineral Rich Tea for Healthy Joints: Oat straw and raspberry leaf
Materia medica-general use
Chamomile– Chamomile is good for the nerves, the stomach, and the skin. A tea bag can be used on topically to sooth redness. It also soothes our stomach. It is antacid, decreasing burning, and that feeling we get when the burning acid moves up our esophagus, (called acid reflux). Chamomile relaxes our nerves (think sleep!), and helps reduce fevers (diaphoretic, pronounced dye-a-for-e-tic). See Linden for more on that!
Lemon balm– Butterflies in the stomach and a racy nervous mind are balanced by lemon balm. For the tummy, drink it with peppermint. For the mind and nerves, add it to chamomile.
Linden blossom– Calm and relaxing, linden blossom tea can sedate to induce sleep, or it can help reduce a high fever. For calming the nerves or sedation, drink a cup with chamomile or lemon balm. To bring down a high fever (102+) drink with yarrow. For lower fevers (below 102), drink with lemon balm and chamomile.
Peppermint– Peppermint is great for the tummy, the head, and the respiratory tract. If you have a stomach ache, drink peppermint tea. Do you have a wet runny nose? Peppermint can dry, and sometimes stop a mild cough. For headaches, drink a cup of peppermint and lemon balm tea. For allergies, peppermint with eyebright.
Raspberry leaf– An excellent cooling tea for summer, it can also cool and cease diarrhea. I have used wet tea bags on wasp stings to cool, astringe (tone and tighten) and decrease inflammation.