This weekend was just gorgeous.
Amaressa and I played outside as much as we could (which reminds me, I need to make sunscreen because I'm running out).
Ressa could spend all her time outside if she could. She is very adventurous.
We found a bunch of clovers and she wanted to sniff them all. Maybe she thought they would smell like flowers? I wander what goes on in her mind.
So for Mommy Monday, I wanted to offer a nourishing infusion/tea that is beneficial for both babies and their mommies. This helps add extra nutrition!
Calendula is super soothing. It is antibacterial and antimicrobial. It helps to increase to increase the immune system. Calendula (like so many tonic herbs) is particularly helpful for digestion, it helps prevent and soothe symptoms from ulcers. But most of all, it is very nutritious. It contains large amounts of beta carotene.
Nettle leaf contains antihistamines, helpful with spring allergies and hay fever. It's rich in iron and calcium. It also contains silicon and magnesium, making it great for children who are growing.
Rooibos tea is delicious and naturally caffeine-free. Rooibos has over fifty times more antioxidants than green tea. It is rich in magnesium, potassium, calcium, and Vitamin C. It has a naturally sweet taste so children love it!
It is always important to watch your child when introducing a new food or herb. Watch for a rash on the skin or around the mouth. If this happens, contact your doctor and do not feed the child that food again.
You can find all these ingredients at your local natural health food store or Mountain Rose Herbs.
Nourishing Calendula Infusion
1 tsp dried nettles
1 tsp rooibos tea
1 tsp dried calendula petals
1. Boil water and pour over herbs. Steep 12-15 minutes for all benefits.
2. Drain and serve.
I recommend just serving your child a teaspoon the first time. Afterwards, you can give them a couple teaspoons. Mix with water or serve plain.
*And last but not least, I'm not a doctor. I'm not licensed to diagnose or prescribe. This is for educational purposes only This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Use information at your discretion, taking into account medical history.