Today we have a special guest post describing some of the benefits of a child who drinks tea. I hope you enjoy!
Benefits of a Tea Drinking Child
There are many natural methods for promoting a child’s sleep. One of those methods is by drinking certain teas. Various herbs and natural compounds can help act as a relaxant allowing your child to get more sleep than he or she is used to. Instead of relying on over-the-counter sleep aids, why not try organic and natural methods first? While certain teas such as chamomile can help induce sleepiness, what are some of the other benefits to having a tea drinking child?
1. Less Pop During the Day - For many children, it’s not necessarily the sweetness that attracts them to drinking soda pop or Kool-Aid. It’s the fact that it has some kind of taste. Although certain teas may have an acquired taste to them, many children will easily gravitate to drinking more natural teas than commercialized soft drinks. Depending on what kind of pop you are currently buying, tea can be significantly cheaper than filling your fridge with aluminum cans.
2. Natural - By simply boiling the leaves of plants, you can provide your child with a natural alternative to chemically enhanced sleep aids. Plants like chamomile and spearmint can help act as a natural muscle relaxer to help virtually anyone unwind before bed. In fact, Celestial Seasoning’s Sleepytime Tea can work wonders as it’s made from chamomile, spearmint, orange blossoms and other plants in order to create the perfect mixture for anyone to drink.
3. Non-Addictive - How often do you read in the paper about a child being addicted to tea? Although drinking tea can be habit forming for many, it’s not a habit that will have negative unhealthy consequences. Your child won’t suffer from withdrawal if there is no tea left to drink. While some teas have caffeine in them, those that promote sleep obviously do not. As many parents constantly worry about what they give their children in terms of foods, teas are one of those things that can be easily made from home using your own garden.
4. Easy to Make - Although younger children may need help preparing a cup of hot tea, this beverage is incredibly easy for an older toddler to make. Whether it is hot water from the faucet or a cup put into the microwave for one minute, a simple tea bag is all that is needed. Some teas don’t even require the bag as you simply drop a few leaves into the hot water. If your child likes to sweeten his or her drinks, then there are many organic products in single packets that can be added to the cup without the unhealthy side effects. As a parent, you can even load the coffee maker with chamomile tea for the whole family for an after-dinner beverage.
5. Variety - The variety for types and flavors of teas is so great that virtually anyone can find something they like. While the sleep-inducing teas have similar tastes and aromas, there is still enough of a variety that can tempt the pallet. You could even go so far as to make your own using the herbs and plants you have available in order to create something completely unique.
Teas are one of the most natural and easy to create of beverages – aside from water itself. You don’t have to be a tea fanatic in order to appreciate the health benefits these drinks provide. Give your child some chamomile or other sleep-inducing tea at night for a week and find out for yourself if this will be an acceptable alternative to chemicals.
Always curious, Ashley Hardway is constantly learning and passionate about sharing what she learns with others. Based in Houston, Texas, she loves to help families grow stronger, help their environments and communities, and keep moving forward! Check out @NannyLady on Twitter to connect and find out more.