Ayurvedic Home Remedies That Fight The Flu, Settle Stomachs and Build Immunity

Given the propensity of children to fall sick during the late winter to early spring months, Veranda School decided to kick of their Thinnai Talks series with a talk by an Ayurvedic Pediatrician.

Dr. Madhumitha Krishnan, focused on Ayurveda for Toddlers and covered a range of topics from first foods to building immunity, naturally.

Every parent was given a small set of sample herbs to start their little one on a lifelong journey of good health, the natural way.
Dr. Madhumitha, Ayurvedic Pediatrician, addresses Veranda parents on the grounds of their mini-park

For those of you who couldn’t make it to the talk, here is a simple list of Indian herbs and how to use them to protect your children, the natural, Ayurvedic way. This is the Veranda way as well:

1) Tulsi (Indian Basil) & Karpooravalli (Plectranthus Amboinicus) 

Use: To fight common cold and cough.

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.
The Directors of Veranda School with Dr. Madhumitha, Ayurvedic Pediatrician at their 1st Thinnai Talk

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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Dr. Madhumitha, Ayurvedic Pediatrician, addresses Veranda parents on the lawn of the school’s mini-park

 

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