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Herbs to Help Your Kids Do Their Best This School Year

The start of a school year can be a challenging time for kids and parents under typical circumstances, as children of all ages feel the effects of occasional stress in their ever-changing bodies, minds, and environments. And this back-to-school season is shaping up to be unlike any experienced before as children are transitioning back to school either in-person, learning remotely, or somewhere in the middle due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With so many uncertainties around this academic year, there is one thing that is certain — you want your kids to learn and thrive so they can reach their full potential.

In order to do their best this school year, your children need to feel good in their bodies and this is where natural, plant-based, herbal supplements may be able to help.* Here are five common challenges that can make it hard for kids to shine at school, and some herbal products to consider adding to your children's wellness routines.*

Herbs to Help with Occasional Anxiousness & Nervousness*

Most kids feel nervous at the beginning of a new school year. But some particularly sensitive children are prone to feeling occasional jitters throughout the year. If your kids are feeling tense, GaiaKids® Calm Support may be able to help them relax.* Developed by a Pediatric Naturopath, this great-tasting extract features a blend of calming, relaxing herbs with long traditions of use, such as American Skullcap, California Poppy, Lavender, Lemon Balm, Passionflower, and Vervain.*

Herbs to Help Maintain Focus*

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Do you have a child who just can't seem to pay attention? It's a common problem that affects many kids, and even more so with remote learning situations. Our doctor-formulated GaiaKids® Focus offers great tasting support for cognitive function.* It features Gotu Kola, a regenerative nervine herb traditionally used for mental focus, combined with a blend of other gentle relaxing herbs such as American Skullcap, Chamomile, Lemon Balm, Passionflower, and Oats to help maintain concentration.*

Herbs to Help the Occasionally Upset Stomach*

A little one who's suffering from an upset stomach probably isn't going to make it to school, let alone learn there. If your child experiences an unsettled stomach, our doctor-formulated GaiaKids® Tummy Tonic may be able to help.* This great-tasting formula was developed using traditional herbal wisdom and contains a blend of soothing herbs such as Catnip, Chamomile, Fennel, Ginger, Spearmint, and Gaia-grown Lemon Balm.* This herbal combination helps calm an upset or distressed stomach and supports comfortable digestion.*

Herbs to Support Immune Health All Year Long*

Keeping children healthy is one of the most important and challenging goals for parents. The state of a child’s health typically impacts a parent’s health as well because the child’s needs frequently take priority. Help your children stay healthy throughout the school year with GaiaKids® Black Elderberry Syrup.* Black Elderberries have been used traditionally for centuries for their immune supportive properties. Our delicious Black Elderberry Syrup is made with organic Black Elderberries, fresh-pressed shortly after harvest and is lightly sweetened with honey for a taste that kids love.*

Another popular choice for daily immune support to help your children stay feeling well all year round is GaiaKids® Echinacea Supreme.* This doctor-formulated liquid extract contains a harmonious blend of Echinacea purpurea and Echinacea angustifolia grown on our own Certified Organic farm. This combination of these two specific varieties of Echinacea is known to support the body's immune defenses.*

Herbs to Help at the Start of an Immune Challenge*

GaiaKids Bronchial Wellness Syrup

Every parent dreads hearing the words, “I don’t feel good.” When your child is not feeling well, it can affect the entire household. GaiaKids® KidsDefense® provides great-tasting, doctor-formulated immune support for little ones when they need it most — at the beginning of an immune challenge.* This formula is made with Black Elderberry, Ginger, Bayberry, Irish Moss and Gaia-grown® Echinacea & Marshmallow.*

GaiaKids® Bronchial Wellness Syrup is another great herbal option that can help keep your child's throat feeling well.* Made with a comforting blend including Plantain leaf, Eucalyptus, Grindelia, Helichrysum, and soothing honey, this formula contains only pure, clean ingredients without any artificial sweeteners, corn syrup, colors, or flavors added.* This USDA Certified Organic syrup supports overall throat and lung health for your little one.*

Natural Herbal Support Parents Can Feel Confident About

Many of the formulas in our GaiaKids® line were developed by Dr. Mary Bove, a well-respected Pediatric Naturopath and the author of An Encyclopedia of Natural Healing for Children & Infants. Our entire GaiaKids line provides natural plant-based support that you can feel good about giving to your kids. We do not use any artificial sweeteners, corn syrup, colors, or added flavors in our herbal extracts and our formulas are vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, and soy-free. And as a reflection of our commitment to protecting the planet, our entire GaiaKids line uses eco-friendly, recyclable glass for its packaging.

New School Year, New Possibilities

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It's the beginning of a new school year, full of challenges and possibilities. Choosing the right herb, or combination of herbs may help improve the overall quality of life of your child or teen, and ultimately the entire family this academic year. As your kids transition back to school, embrace this new school year as an opportunity for learning and fun.

"Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world." - Malala Yousafzai