After School Teas

Yesterday…

Outside a light drizzling haze of rain has begun which promises to give way soon into a steady downpour.  Walking home from the bus will likely be a wet adventure in worm hunting with rain drip dropping on each of our umbrellas.  When my kids get off the bus they are worn out, ready to relax and let down their guard.  Ready to be home.  I love to support and help them relax with nourishing snacks and a hug.

With the chilly rainy day I am looking forward to making a delicious tea to warm their bodies, ease their minds and gently stimulate their immune systems.  Today it will be Sunshine Tea.  This is a family favorite made with chamomile and St. John’s wort flowers.   It soothes a sadden heart and quells a worried mind, like a hug that let’s you know everything will be okay.  Some other day  homemade herbal chai with warming herbs and  antioxidant rich roobios could hit the spot.   Another afternoon could call for peppermint and lemon balm to refresh yet relax the brain and body.

chamomile blossoms

My children enjoy tea in a few ways.  We have a small lovely tea set complete with cups and saucers.  They love to sit at the table for a quaint tea party resplendent with pinkies in the air and a bit of practicing our English accents.  It is great fun and a lovely way to spend a bit of time together.  We also have some wonderful personal sized tea pots, one for each of us, each with it’s own brewing basket.  The kids were gifted these from grandma one Christmas.  The pots are very cheery and feature the kid’s favorite colors.  They feel very big indeed to have their own pot to pour from into their favorite cup, a kitty cup for one cutie and a puppy cup for the other.

Here are a few of our favorite recipes.  Herbal teas offer a great way to provide healthful vitamins and minerals, boost a stressed out immune system and ease a tense mind.  Just the aromatic fragrance when sipping tea is good medicine.

Sunshine Tea ~

Combine equal parts of chamomile and St. John’s Wort with the lavender, about 1 tablespoon of each herb per cup of water.  Cover with boiling water and a lid to keep in all the yummy therapeutic essential oils.  Steep for 3 to 6 minutes, no longer.  Strain and add honey to taste.  My kids love it with Lemon Balm Honey!

Herbal Chai ~

  • 12 to 18 Cloves
  • 14 to 18 Cardamom Pods
  • 2 sticks of Cinnamon or a palmful of Cinnamon Chips
  • 4 nice size slices of Ginger Root
  • 2 teaspoon Fennel Seeds (opt.)
  • 2 tablespoons Roobios
  • 5 cups of water
  • 2 cups of milk
  • Honey

Smash all the herbs in a mortar and pestle until they are busted open.  Give ’em some love while you grind.  This is a great time to put love into your tea.  Then put the herbs in the water and slowly simmer for at least 20 minutes, I like to do more if I can.  Add the milk and warm then take off the heat and add the roobios.  Steep for 10 minutes and strain.  Add honey to taste!  Delicious healthy tummy loving!!

Peppermint Lemon Balm Tea~

Combine equal parts of peppermint and lemon balm, about 1 tablespoon of each herb per cup of water.  Cover with boiling water and the a lid to keep in all the yummy therapeutic essential oils.  Steep for 15 minutes or longer.  Strain and enjoy!

How do you welcome your kids home from school?

Shared on: The Kid’s Co-op, Sunday Parenting Party, Afterschool Party

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Categories: Back to School, Chamomile, Herbal Medicines, Herbal Tips And Tricks, Herbs For Kids and Mamas, Ingredients And Herbs, Lemon Balm, Natural Family Care, Parenting, Peppermint, St John's Wort | Tags: , , , , | 10 Comments

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10 thoughts on “After School Teas

  1. Love this post. We are big tea drinkers in this family too, and my son and I love having tea parties of both the real and imagined variety together. 🙂 Thanks for sharing these recipes.

  2. Susan Massey

    What a lovely way to transition your children from school to home time.
    Since we walk home from school we play our own little version of “Eye Spy” Mom or Dad will name something, whether it’s a red flower or a dog and the first person to find it get’s to choose the next item. Once we get home, we have a little quiet time and then decide how to spend the rest of our afternoon.

    • Susan, how fun!! That is a great way to welcome your kiddo home. One of my little one’s LOVES “Eye Spy” too and I love learning about the things she notices. Thanks so much for sharing.

  3. How fun! My daughters love tea parties. And when their is real tea it’s all the more fun!

    • Yeah!! It is so fun. And such a great time the hear those wonderful little tidbits about what is on their minds!
      Thanks for visiting.

  4. Kiesha

    I hadn’t really thought of doing tea afterschool. I usually give thems omething at what we call “wind-down time” which is about a half hour or so before bed time. This is a great idea, I will be sure to try! Also, great touch with the tea set. 🙂 Thanks for sharing. Love your site.

    • Hi Kiesha,
      I am so glad you found me and am very happy to have you here. My kids do great with tea after school, it kind of contains them if you know what I mean. Tea before bed is great too. What are your
      favorites for “wind-down time”?

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