Tea-time is a perfect time to make meaningful connections with our children. You’ll be making memories as you heat up a warm cup of tea for a tea party, bring a soothing cup to your child with a sore throat or offer a cup of tea to your late-night studier. You’ll also be teaching your children the healthy habit of self-care.
Children of all ages can drink tea. This is the case in many countries around the world. In Japan, children are often served green tea as part of their regular diet. Houjicha is a mild, low caffeine green tea that is often given with meals or before bed. In Turkey, children often drink light black tea with lemon and sugar. In Ireland, weak black tea with plenty of milk has long been served.
Tea is an excellent sugar-free alternative to juice and soda. However, it is important to know that many teas contain some caffeine. Experts agree that it is not advisable to give a child full strength, caffeinated tea. Too much caffeine can lead to hyperactivity. The medical literature states that caffeine can be somewhat safe for children age 12 and older if they have no more than 100mg per day* (2 cups of tea) and tea without caffeine can be safe for 3-year-olds.
The Tea Can Company would like to recommend these five natural teas and herbal blends. These teas offer a flavorful mix for an enjoyable pick me up and they can also support your child’s health:
- CHAMOMILE COMFORT TEA – Ingredients: Chamomile Flowers, Lemongrass, Spearmint Leaves and Lavender Flowers, Caffeine-free.
Chamomile supports digestion. If your child has an upset stomach, this tea is helpful. Chamomile relaxes the nervous system and acts as an anti-inflammatory. This tea is great for teething children (can be frozen into ice cubes) or a child who is hyper or stressed. A cup before bed can prepare for sleep.
- CINNAMON APPLE BLOSSOM TEA – Ingredients: Red Rooibos, Apple Bits, Cinnamon Chips, and Natural Flavoring, Caffeine-free.
Fruit teas are a fun way to introduce kids to drinking tea. The flavors are familiar and have a touch of sweetness. Fruit teas are available in flavors like orange blossom, raspberry, passion fruit and of course apple. A little bit of cinnamon is always complimentary.
- ROOBIOS CHAI TEA – Ingredients: Rooibos, Ginger, Cinnamon, Green Cardamom with Natural Vanilla Flavor, Caffeine-free
Rooibos tea is naturally sweet. This particular tea is good with milk. It is known to provide some essential minerals for kids and can help with tummy trouble. It comes in many delicious flavors like vanilla and fruit flavors.
- HIBISCUS FLOWER TEA – Ingredients: Hibiscus Cut and Sifted, Caffeine-free
Hibiscus is a flower that grows in warm climates. It is best used for immune support. It helps children who have a cold and a lot of phlegm. It is high in antioxidants and vitamin C. Children love its pretty red color and sour taste. One caution is that this tea can act as a very mild laxative. This could also serve a positive purpose if children are having elimination concerns.
- MOROCCAN MINT TEA – Ingredients: Green Tea with Peppermint Leaves and Natural Peppermint Flavor, Contains Caffeine
Peppermint is great for children who are constipated, have gas, bloating or cramps. This brew does contain caffeine so steep briefly for a weaker yet flavorful cup of warm tea.
Here are a few other natural flavors that you can also find in some teas which can provide healthy benefits for children:
Ginger – Helpful for easing congestion. Helps a sore throat and aids digestion.
Catnip – Helpful for headaches or insomnia. Support immune system and relaxes nervous system.
Fennel – Helpful for nausea and vomiting. Drink in small sips.
The Tea Can Company has the perfect teas for all ages. We offer teas for individuals at all of life’s stages. Contact us at 215-766-2746 to learn more.