Kids Native American Healing Teas


Kids can explore the fascinating Native American tradition of nutritious healing foods. Native Americans have a deep and nurturing connection to the earth and the natural world with centuries old traditions. Raspberry leaf tea, delicious with a little honey, is mild enough for babies as a digestive aid and mild skin therapy and is helpful for pregnant mothers. Dried mint tea is good for digestion and adds a cooling analgesic effect. Sunflower seeds are very high in vitamin E, omega 3 and 6, making yummy snacks, and a high quality unsaturated fat cooking oil. The smooth young inner bark of the slippery elm or willow tree can be made into a light tea for a good pain reliever. It can be rubbed on the skin to relieve diaper rash or chapped irritated skin and can be made into a salve when added to ginger root, sunflower seed oil, and beeswax. Many of the healing herbs that are now widely used around the world today have been pillars of Native American healing traditions for centuries, such as echinacea, ginseng, arnica, evening primrose, and saw palmetto. Kids can pick ½ cup fresh healthy organic raspberry leaves or mint leaves from their backyard garden with 16 ounces of boiling water and honey to taste for a pot of refreshing healing tea.

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