What Spices and Herbs Are Good for Children

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Spices-and-HerbsUsually we try to avoid giving spices and herbs to babies and children. But some of herbs & spices can be good for children, cure their diseases and illnesses, aid digestion and so on. The only rule is: do not give herbs & spices to babies younger than 8 months. And also try to give children only natural spices. Some herbs and spices (like garlic, basil, rosemary, dill, mint) you can plant and raise yourself. Also give children such  herbs & spices: ginger, lemon zest, oregano, cinnamon, nutmeg, anise, vanilla, pepper and so on.

Spices have specific health benefits. It is believed that cardamom, for example, can relieve indigestion and can be used to aid coughs and colds. Cinnamon can help indigestion, diarrhoea and relieve nasal congestion and turmeric can help calm inflammation and relieve indigestion.

Herbs have many medicinal properties. Parsley contains vitamin C and iron and chewing on parsley is a good breath freshener, especially after eating garlic. Chewing thyme is thought to help soothe sore throats and oregano as an infusion is thought to aid digestion and relieve cold symptoms.

Ginger aids digestion and is also a good remedy for nausea, particularly travel sickness. Grated fresh ginger in a hot lemon and honey drink can help alleviate the symptoms of a cold. Mix together the juice of half a lemon, some fresh grated ginger and a teaspoon or two of honey in a mug and top up with boiling water.

Mint aids digestion, which is one of the reasons why some people like to drink mint tea.

Basil can aid digestion, easing the symptoms of wind, stomach cramps, colic and indigestion.

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+1 #2 Kevin Kruger 2011-10-26 14:24 There is no medical reason to restrict your children to only small amounts of herbs and spices. "Medicinal", maybe - but no need to restrict culinary herbs and spices. There are too many children in the US raised on bland food that grow up into adults with unsophisticated palates and no sense of what good food tastes like. Quote
 
 
+1 #1 Julia 2011-10-12 09:53 I agree that it's best not to give your child medicinal herbs, or culinary herbs in large quantities.

There is no medical reason not to give them SMALL amounts of herbs and spices to flavor food.

It even might be a good idea. Herbs and spices are high in antioxidants (many used to be used to preserve food).

They can also be used to teach children to like different kinds of food. See this article for more on this
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