Prep: Generally Tulsi and Karpooravali can be taken as fresh leaves or in the form of kashayam (herbal drink) where the leaves are boiled in water. For toddlers give a maximum of 2-3 leaves at a time.
2) Omam ( Ajwain)
Use: To combat digestive problems, vomiting and stomachaches.
Prep: Omam is generally dry roasted and eaten as a powder. For the age group 2-5 years, not more than 1/4 – 1/2 tsp is recommended.
3) Vepam Phoo (Neem Flower)
Use: To control diarrhoea.
Prep: Vepam phoo should be roasted in ghee and then mixed with rice and eaten during a mealtime. Don’t exceed a dosage of 1/2 tsp at a time.
4) Guduchi (Tinospora Cordifolia)
Use: To fight fever and build immunity.
Prep: Guduchi is generally made into a kashayam (herbal drink) where about 2 leaves of the plant are boiled in 1 glass of water. This is quite bitter and 10ml at a time is the maximum recommended dose.
5) Honey and Ghee
Use: To build immunity, similar to a vaccination.
Prep: Mix 1/2 tsp of honey and a 1/2 tsp of ghee to create a paste. This should be eaten as is.
6) Haritaki (Terminalia Chebula)
Use: To handle constipation.
Prep: Haritaki is taken as a tablet or powder. Maximum dosage at a time is 1/4 – 1/2 tsp.
7) Draksha (Raisins)
Use: To help with constipation.
Prep: Soak 5 raisins overnight in water. Hand blend the water and soaked raisins together in the morning, using a fork, to make a concentrate. Drink as is.
8) Yashtimadhu (Glycyrrhizia Glabra)
Use: To address a sore throat or cough.
Prep: Yashtimadhu is generally sold in the form of a powder and 1/4 – 1/2 tsp is the usual dosage.
9) Vacha (Acorus Calamus)
Use: Helps develops the intellect.
Prep: Vacha is usually found in the form of a powder. 1/4 tsp is the recommended daily dosage.
10) Turmeric (Curcuma Longa)
Use: Aids in reducing chronic inflammation.
Prep: Use in daily cooking. Best absorbed when mixed with freshly ground black pepper and ghee, though this may be difficult for toddlers to consume.
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