5 Life-changing back to school herbs

5 Life-changing back to school herbs

How would you like to boost your child’s immunity this fall with safe, effective, herbal remedies?

Imagine what it would be like with fewer doctor’s visits, missed days of school, and a full night’s sleep!

If you love being prepared… consider stocking your medicine cabinet with these five botanicals.

Here are my favorite herbal remedies for children’s health.

Herbs For Kids

5 Botanicals To Boost Your Child’s immunity

#1 Andrographis

  • Primarily used in Chinese medicine, Andrographis has been known to help reduce secondary infections; like pneumonia.
  • The botanical is bitter and cold and I would use it during signs of heat; such as a fever. As an antimicrobial, it kills bacteria, and reduces sore throats, coughs, and fevers. Source.
  • Use this for colds, and coughs, and to prevent pneumonia.

👉You could blend THIS with elderberry syrup for kids.

#2 Echinacea

  • Effective for both viral and bacterial infections, it is the prime remedy to support your child’s body.
  • Great for upper respiratory tract illnesses such as laryngitis, tonsillitis, and congestion of the nose and sinuses.
  • I’ll also use Echinacea at the first for a sign of a cold or urinary tract infection.

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#3 Elderberry – Sambucus nigra

Filled with Vitamins A, B, and C, Elderberries act as an antioxidant and has been proven to reduce flu symptoms by four days in this study.

👉Kids love the taste of Elderberry Syrup and we often make this one Or Purchase Gaia Elderberry Syrup

Elderberry Syrup For Kids

#4 Ginger

  • The fresh rootstock of ginger is used as a diaphoretic to heat the body and rid it of infection naturally by raising your body temperature.
  • It’s also used as carminative aiding digestion and elimination soothing the gut wall and easing gripping pains. Keep in mind, that the dried ginger root may be too strong for children!!!
  • 👉Personally, I will make Fresh Ginger Root tea for myself or dried ginger tea.
  • For the kids, I’ll make an herbal syrup with ginger or use Herb Pharm Immune Avenger so it’s not too spicy for them!

#5 Astragalus

  • Known for its immune-supporting properties, Astragalus is deep immune support when used for long periods of time. Not for when you just get sick!
  • Start by adding Astragalus root to your soups and teas before your little one gets sick.
  • “Astragalus herb also supports deep immune function by promoting normal levels of specific immune cells and aids in their function.
  • Astragalus appears especially effective when immune function is stressed by environmental or endogenous challenges.” Source
  • 👉LOOK FOR Astragalus root slices when purchasing. We like mountainroseherbs.com but you may find it at your local herbal grocery shop.

Herbal Tea For Toddlers

Astragalus Apple Juice


  • Astragalus root slices
  • Apple Juice {optional}


  1. 1. Take 3 cups of boiling water
  2. 2. Add 3 Astragalus root slices to the water
  3. 3. Cover and let steep 20 minutes
  4. 4. Strain, cool and add apple juice to taste
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Other tips to keep your kids healthy all year

  • Add Vitamin D daily for your child’s health in the winter months – THIS WAS A GAME CHANGER. I love this company https://amzn.to/33XMWE7
  • Consider adding Vitamin Zinc – always take it with food as it can cause nausea
  • >>>>wash, wash, wash their hands every single day when they get home from school- I think we learned this with Covid!
  • >>clean the sippy cup straws!
  • encourage fruits and vegetables
  • boost their immunity with Vitamin D., Vitamin C, and probiotics
  • consider taking out dairy if they continue to get ear infections
  • encourage sleep with herbal remedies
  • skip the sugar as it lower’s their immune system



If your children are getting sick a lot, notice their diet first! Often our picky eaters love cheese and bread! See if you can sneak in high-quality foods in shakes and soups – even if they have to watch TV while eating them!

Start with the Astragalus juice recipe, then consider sneaking in Echinacea to their juice or sippy cups With time, your children will grow to love herbs as medicine.

Be patient. Try one herb at a time. Take notes. Your children will learn to love making tea with you.





  • Hoffman, David; The herbal handbook, A user’s guide to medical herbalism
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4032030/
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15080016


5 Ways to boost your child’s immunity

5 Ways to boost your child’s immunity

What if our children…

  • got over illnesses faster
  • had fewer allergies, asthma, or autoimmune conditions
  • had little need for Ibuprofen or Tylenol (these drugs impact their gut health)
  • need fewer surgeries (like a tonsillectomy, etc.)
  • experienced fewer secondary infections; like pneumonia

This is what is possible when our children are fully nourished and don’t have any nutrient gaps. They’re resilient.

The truth?

Diet is always first, but we all know how our children are picky eaters – they love bread and cheese.

So, how do we keep them healthy all year?

First, sneaking in veggies to their shakes and sweet treats. But, second integrating herbal medicine can help fill this nutrient gap they’re experiencing.

Before we dive in, try to avoid these seven things that weaken your child’s immunity.

7 Things that weaken our immune system

Before raising resilience, we have to ask, “Why are our children so sick?”

  1. Reduce the number of toxins in their environment & pesticides. There is an increase in the number of pesticides in our food. Even when washed, these chemicals remain and are known to cause negative effects on our bodies and affect our immune systems. Children absorb more chemicals due to their size and immune system.
  2. Reduce C-sections. The rate of C-sections has increased three times since the 1990s. Studies have shown that children delivered via C-sections have lower immunity than natural birth.
  3. Reduce antibiotic use. The amount of medication a child receives has increased. Dr. Aviva Romm suggests “By the time they are 20, they may have had 19 rounds of antibiotics”
  4. Reduce stress. There may be increased stress in the home with both parents working.
  5. Improve their diet. Children are notorious for being picky and having a poor, unbalanced diet.
  6. Improve pregnancy diets. During pregnancy, a mom’s diet changes. She’s eating less wheat, dairy, peanuts, and other top allergens.
  7. Try breastfeeding. Your child may or may not have been breastfed. Mother’s milk contains rich nutrients that not only nourish a child completely but also boost a child’s immune system.

So, what can we do to improve our children’s health?

How to boost your child’s immune system quickly

#1 Diet is always first

  • We know 70-80% of all adult cancers can be avoided with a plant-based diet. But picky toddlers are known to choose processed foods over natural, plant-based, healthy foods.
  • An increase in their sugar and processed-food consumption decreases their immune response and may lead to a condition called “Leaky Gut Syndrome.”
  • This condition happens when gaps develop in the intestinal wall start to loosen and allow harmful substances like bacteria, toxins, and undigested foods to pass through into the bloodstream.

It would be ideal to have our children eat 2-3 fruits and vegetables at each meal. This can be a huge challenge when you’re a working parent and have more than one child.

#2 Reduce Medications

Some medications can lead to a condition called “Leaky Gut Syndrome.” If your child is experiencing this, you may notice that they have more food sensitivities, more allergies, more rashes, and may have been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD.

Medications that lead to Leaky Gut Syndrome in kids are:

  • Antibiotics
  • Steroids
  • NSAIDs
  • Acid reducing medication

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10 Signs of Leaky Gut Syndrome In Children

    1. Chronic diarrhea, constipation, gas or bloating
    2. Nutritional deficiencies
    3. Low immune system
    4. Headaches, brain fog, memory loss
    5. Excessive fatigue
    6. Skin rashes and problems such as acne, eczema or rosacea
    7. Cravings for sugar or carbs
    8. Arthritis or joint pains
    9. Depression, anxiety, ADD, ADHD
    10. Autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and celiac disease

#3 Add in supplements

As children’s diets are typically poor, we may need to give supplements to “fill the gap”. The three supplements I would add to your child’s diet if their eating is poor are:

#1 Zinc Citrate
    • Zinc Citrate is an essential trace element responsible for the proper immune function and the health of the gut
    • Zinc citrate, given continuously for more than 3 months, has been proven to decrease the risk of pneumonia in children under 5 years of age. ²
    • Food sources: Oysters and Pumpkin Seeds are two rich sources of dietary zinc
#2 Vitamin D3
    • Vitamin D3 has been shown to reduce cold & flu symptoms by 45%
    • This is found in oily fish (tuna, salmon, etc.), butter, and eggs, sunlight
    • Vitamin D3 supplements
        • kids under 7: 400- 800 IU
        • kids 7-12: 800-1000 IU
        • kids 12+ and adults: 2,000 IU
#3 Probiotic

#4 Add in botanicals

  • Herbal teas provide many minerals and nutrients your child lacks in the classic American diet.
  • A safe, effective herbal tea is called Astragalus.

It has been said… if you take astragalus daily in the fall and winter, you will not get sick!

Read more about making this nourishing juice for your child here 👇

  • https://taragregorio.com/astragalus-apple-juice/

#5 Heal Leaky Gut in Children

  • If your child has Leaky Gut Syndrom and/or allergies, you may want to consider healing their gut with the 4R approach. See this post.
  • You also will want to learn about integrating natural remedies to reduce antibiotic use.
  • Healing the gut is more than an elimination diet.
  • You remove the top allergens and then you add back in nutrients and gut-healing herbs to soothe the digestive tract.

Your child doesn’t have to suffer, learn how to heal their gut so they have fewer…

  • food sensitivities
  • allergic reactions
  • behavioral problems and
  • fewer asthma attacks


Getting to the root of your child’s immunity is important. Have they had antibiotics? Have they taken many doses of NSAIDs? Do they have any allergies? Do they need to heal their gut?

Once we figure this out, then adding in botanicals can “boost their immunity” and reduce food sensitivities for years to come.

xo Tara


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Obsessed with natural remedies, Tara Gregorio is a Certified Women’s Herbal Educator located in Cold Spring, NY. She loves helping women reduce their medications with botanicals. Her favorite herbal recipes can be found on Pinterest and Instagram. https://taragregorio.com/