From our weekly series: The Sunday Steep
Recently, my energetic co-worker, Mason, and I were chatting about the joy of the Toddler Tea Party! As the proud papa of a three-year-old, the daily tea parties have become a cherished part of his life. This brought back a flood of memories of raising my own kids, as they used to love tea parties or just the special comfort that a hot cup of tea could bring. In fact, all my adult kids are still avid tea drinkers and I like to think all those adorable tea parties helped lay the foundation for the joy of a good, flavorful cup.
As a student at Columbines School of Botanical Studies, Mason has been learning a great deal about plants, herbs, and the offerings of the natural world. I tend to be more of a cook and gardener, so between the two of us, we had a variety of ideas about what makes for great tea for young kids. I asked Mason if he'd be willing to share one of the recipes he makes for his daughter and we also came up with some suggestions for other tasty and soothing tea herbs to share with kids. Here are some ideas for creating a fun, festive and yummy:
Smell Good + Taste Great Tea
- 1 teaspoon Organic Lemon Balm
- 1 teaspoon Organic Peppermint
- 1 teaspoon Organic Oatstraw
- 1 teaspoon Organic Lycii (Goji) Berries
- 1 teaspoon Organic Red Clover
Combine herbs in a tea infuser, bag or tea nest and pour 2-4 cups bowling water over. Just the right amount for one of our colorful porcelain tea pots. Let steep for 3-5 minutes and enjoy. Add a little lemon, milk, or honey, if desired.
Pretty Tea Party Recipe
- 1 teaspoon Organic Spearmint
- 1 teaspoon Organic Hibiscus
- 1 teaspoon Organic Chamomile or Organic Lavender
- 1 teaspoon Organic Sage
- 1 teaspoon Organic Lemon Peel
Combine herbs in a tea strainer, bag or infuser and pour 2-4 cups of boiling water over. Let steep for approximately 3-5 minutes. Feel free to add milk or honey and allow to cool until safe for kids to drink. This tea makes a delightful iced tea too!