Children in South Africa grow up drinking Rooibos Tea. In fact many schools there serve the tea to students for it's high mineral content and nutrients. American's hardly consider giving their children tea. But really it is a great alternative to our sugary juices, sodas, or drinks filled with dyes and chemicals. It's naturally sweet and caffeine free while providing a lot of extra benefits. We should consider serving this tea or at least watering down and diluting fruit juices with it.
One of my favorite child rearing books is "Baby Sense" by Megan Faure & Ann Richardson which mentions using and introducing rooibos to your baby. This practice has been going on for years in South Africa, the only place this tea is grown. Below are just a few of the tips and benefits of rooibos tea for tots and children.
- You can start once your baby is 4 – 6 months old. Before this breast-milk is the best for your baby. It is a healthy beverage that you can give your baby alternately with water.
- You can give your child herbal rooibos tea. You can also serve it as an iced tea or popsicle. It acts as a good pacifier for babies suffering from colic. There is no need to add sugar as the tea is naturally sweet.
- Rooibos tea is rich in antispasmodic agents. These help in calming your baby’s digestion. It is very effective in treating diarrhea in your baby and hydrating your baby if he/she is constipated. This is due to the presence of high amounts of flavinoids present.
- Rooibos tea is a safe and natural remedy for treating colic in babies. The antispasmodic agents present in the tea helps calm your baby’s stomach. It is also very good at getting rid of stomach cramps. Letting your baby have rooibos tea regularly can go a long way in treating colic pains. It also allows your baby to sleep peacefully by providing relief.
- This herbal tea is also great for topical application It is used for its anti-inflammatory properties to provide relief from irritated skin conditions in your baby. These can include diaper rash, sunburn, and eczema. It helps relieve your baby’s skin from itchiness. This is a far safer option for your little one as there are no harmful chemicals to worry about.
- Rooibos tea is naturally sweet. There is no need to added artificial sweeteners. This is great news for mothers who worry about the amount of sugar ingested by their baby. It is also less acidic than processed fruit juices which makes it a healthy and tasty alternative beverage for your baby.
These are just among a few of the benefits to giving your child rooibos tea. We recommend our Peach Flavor tea for it's great aroma and taste. Your kids will love it or try our recipe for Arnold Palmer Rooibos Ice Pops.
Caution for usage:
Generally speaking rooibos tea is very safe. Although there are certain side effects they are very rare. You should still be careful about the amount consumed by your baby.
Be sure to consult your doctor before you introduce this or any other new item of food in your child’s diet. Remember to wait three days between any two new items in your child’s diet. This way in case there is an allergic reaction you will know which item caused it.