Naturopathy is a boon for everyone, especially for mothers like us, who do not want to put our kids on medication every time they fall prey to common ailments like cold, cough, congestion, etc.
My daughter used to fall victim to cold and cough so often that I had to look for an alternative treatment to antibiotics, antiallergics and what not. And during that period I discovered this magic.
Before moving forward, we must understand that each child and his body type is different, so there may be things which may do wonders with the health of one child and in some kids may not work at all. But one thing assured that natural things consumed in the right quantity can never harm anyone.
The beauty of Naturopathy is that everything is made of natural things and hence have least side effects. I have jotted down a few remedies that are basic and very simple, that I use for my little one.
Tulsi leaves for cough
Take 4-5 leaves of Tulsi(for 2 years and above), 1-2 leaves (for kids below 2 years) and use a marble mortar pisser to make a paste of the leaves. Add this paste to one third teaspoon honey and give it to your ward. Make sure that your ward doesn’t drink water for at least 15 minutes after eating this.
Honey and Ginger for cough
Squeeze out a few drops of ginger(just about 3-4 drops for toddlers) and add to a half teaspoon honey. Again try to avoid giving water to your child at least 15 minutes after it’s intake.
Ajwain for congestion
If your child’s chest sounds congested, boil a ½ teaspoon of ajwain in one-litre water and make your child drink it regularly for a few days.
Ajwain for the blocked nose
Roast a teaspoon of ajwain in a pan and put in a piece of cotton cloth or cotton handkerchief and tie a knot to form a potli. Now dab this potli on your child’s nose, forehead and chest for few seconds.
Immunity boosting concoction (kadaa)
Put 6-7 tulsi leaves, 1 clove, 2 black peppercorns, a pinch of turmeric, 1 teaspoon jaggery, and 1 cup water to a pan and boil till only ¼ cup of water is left. Sieve it and let it cool down a little. Try to give 2-3 teaspoons of this concoction(lukewarm) to your little one before going to bed. Avoid giving water to your child for at least 30 minutes. You can even add milk to this concoction and offer it to your child before going to bed.
Take 30 grams of piplamool (Indian long pepper), roast it in a pan with little ghee(clarified butter). Once it cools down, add 30 grams of peppercorns and 30 grams of dried ginger and grind all the ingredients together. Now take a ⅕ teaspoon of this powder and add to 1 teaspoon honey. Give this to your child to fight cough and congestion problems.