10 types of plants (and plant mixtures) suitable for children’s age
Measures for herbal teas – A third of the dose for an adult and the maximum dose for a child from 3 to 7 years of age. Half the adult dose is acceptable for a child over 7 years of age.
Natural remedies (including herbal teas or teas made from herbal mixtures) are safe, effective and proven through many previous generations.
Doctors confirm the effectiveness of phytotherapy for children as well. It is a condition that parents/guardians consult experts beforehand (because some harmless plants can be poisonous to children).
Some plants can be useful even for babies as young as one month old
Chamomile, for example, effectively solves colic in babies’ stomachs. A linden flower bath will get rid of rashes (diseases) on the delicate skin of babies.
However, most plants are too toxic for children (although they have a completely different and even positive effect on adults). The baby’s fermentation system is not stable enough because it is still forming. That is why herbal teas can cause strong allergic reactions. Even mint (which we normally consider a safe plant) is poisonous to children under 3 years of age because it negatively affects the work of the central nervous system. It causes cramps and vomiting.
Not recommended for children
- forest strawberries, even in small quantities, often cause allergies in children, while the alkaloid fragarine (in strawberry leaves) has a negative effect on the child’s nervous system.
-castor oil, hay, rhubarb and buckthorn contain anthraglycosides that have a negative effect on the liver and kidneys. These species have a strong laxative effect and cause problems in the children’s gastrointestinal tract.
- all laxatives based on anthraglycosides, salts and phenolphthalein are prohibited in most countries of the world or are strictly limited in circulation due to safety reasons.
- coffee, black and green tea contain caffeine (an alkaloid that overstimulates the central nervous system of children, causing nervousness, anxiety and insomnia).
-menta contains menthol, which can cause breathing problems in children under 6 years of age
- cranberry and grape leaves contain glycosylated hydroquinone (arbutin), which causes kidney damage – St. John’s Wort, Wormwood and St. John’s wort contain a large amount of alkaloids that are dangerous for children
- licorice contains the glucoside glyciram, which stimulates the activity of the adrenal gland cortex and acts like corticosteroids, which can cause muscle atrophy and childhood osteoporosis
- cypress, sycamore, jasper and juniper contain pyrrolizidine alkaloids (extremely toxic compounds for children’s liver. Liver damage is manifested by a characteristic toxic lesion of the small veins of the liver with proliferation of the inner lining of the liver veins).
10 plants that are safe for children
- Lemon balm and cloves – are used for teething in children
- Calendula and sage are used for children’s sore throats
- Chamomile, thyme and orange peel are used for coughing
- Rosemary, chamomile, thyme and yarrow are used for sneezing
- Linden, lemon balm, chamomile and dill are used for stomach cramps
- Dandelion, rocket, linden and lemon balm are used in children who have digestive problems.
Yeah! Cranberry and lime protect us from so many infections