Have you ever wondered whether or not it was safe to use herbs to detox your child?
I mean, most detoxes are geared towards adults, but children are exposed to toxins just like we are. These toxins also build up in their bodies and cause problems.
Now, there are quite a few differing views and opinions on using herbs to detox children, but I believe that detoxing children can be a fine thing if you do it safely. Now, I’m not going to go into the details of how to detox children in this post. You’ll have to wait a bit for that one, but it is coming. Cross my heart!
Today, I’d like to give you an easy recipe for an herbal detox tea for children (or yourself if you’d like). I call it, “Gentle Detox,” and it’s a perfect tea to use with children on a daily basis if you wish to gently cleanse their system of toxins.
An Herbal Detox Tea For Children
I like to call this blend, “Gentle Detox” because it’s truly that. It’s gentle and safe for children so much so that it can be used on a daily basis to gently and effectively cleanse the body of toxins.
Now, just because this tea can be used on a daily basis doesn’t mean your kid should drink it every day for the rest of his life. No, no. It’s meant to be used to occasionally help to cleanse the body when you think your child needs it. Over time, toxins can build up in the body and can lead to health problems. Cleansing these systems can help eliminate that build up and remove these obstructions in order for health to be maintained.
This blend is centered around dandelion which has several cleansing actions on the liver, the digestive system, and the kidneys. Not only is it bitter and stimulating to gastric juices which benefit digestion, but it stimulates the liver to produce more bile while at the same time encouraging the bile to flow. Dandelion also works well to flush the kidneys without removing important minerals as it has a high mineral content (Wood, 2008). This herbal detox tea works by cleansing the colon and kidney pathways in nice, easy, gentle way.
The other ingredients in this blend support dandelion by helping it to work better, nourishing the body, and improving the taste of this blend.
You can learn more about formulating your own herbal blends here.
Gentle Detox Tea Blend
- 3 tablespoons of dandelion root
- 2 tablespoons of dandelion leaf
- 2 tablespoons of green tea
- 2 tablespoons of nettle
- 1 tablespoon of licorice root
- Combine all herbs together in a bowl. Mix well.
- Label and store herbs in a cool, dark place.
Add 1 tablespoon of “Gentle Detox” to 1 cup of boiled water. Steep 5-10 minutes. Strain and compost herbs. Sweeten tea as desired. Adults can drink 3 glasses a day (use weight-based dosing for children) for a month.
If you or your child have heart or kidney troubles, consult a medical professional about the licorice in this blend as it’s been known to cause water retention which can worsen these conditions. Feel free to leave it out or replace it with another tasty herb.
How To Create Herbal Tea Blends Using A Tea Blending Triangle
The above herbal blend was created using a tea blending triangle for my mini-course, How To Create Herbal Tea Blends Using A Tea Blending Triangle. There I share details about the herbs in this blend as well as why I chose them.
You can learn more about my courses here.
Have you ever detoxed your child? If so, tell me about it in the comments below. Why did you do it? What did you use? How did it go for you?
- Wood, M. (2008). The earthwise herbal. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books.
6 thoughts on “An Herbal Detox Tea For Children (And Adults Too!)”
Meagan is it wrong to add dandelion root to other herbal blend?
I wouldn’t say it’s “wrong,” Monica. It really just depends on what you want the blend for. What other blend are you referring too? What else is in it?
Is Licorice root safe for frequent use? I want to add it to a tea blend for allergy help, but just want to see how safe it is. Thank you!
Is dandelion root tea safe to drink while nursing?
Can I take this while nursing?
Detox herbs aren’t recommended while you’re nursing as they can pass through mama’s milk and on to your baby. Seeing how your baby doesn’t need any detoxing, it’s best to wait until you’re finished nursing to take these sorts of herbs. With that said, nourishing herbs (minus the dandelion root in the recipe) are perfectly fine to take while nursing, and sometimes, those herbs have very mild cleansing properties. Hope that helps.