Follow these simple Ayurveda home remedies to keep cold and cough at bay for your children.
By Amruta Deshpande
Children, you will find, are most prone to cough and cold. This is partially because their immune system is still developing. As adults, we often pop an over-the-counter medicine. But as per the FDA, these quick fixes may not be the best for kids. There are natural non-invasive remedies for common cold right in your kitchen cabinet that you can administer to your kids to ease the symptoms!
Ayurveda Kitchen Tips
Concoctions like lukewarm turmeric milk; lemon juice and honey in lukewarm water are beneficial for all age groups. Clear vegetable soups with ginger and garlic work well for age groups beyond five years of age.
A pinch of turmeric, plus a pinch of black pepper powder in a teaspoon of honey works wonders in cases of dry cough.
Ghee and black pepper in warm rice is very healing and can really help with throat inflammation.
Foods to eat and avoid
Fixing your diet is considered the most important medicinal tool to being healthy in Ayurveda!
Avoid giving your child sweets, sour fruits, deep fried items, refined flour products, ladies finger, and soft drinks.
Try to include the following in your child’s diet to boost their immunity:
- Nuts like almond, pistachio, cashew, among others provide essential nutrients and help keep the body warm.
- Vegetables like bitter gourd, spinach and drumstick are highly nutritious and are easily digested.
- Sprouts are high on fibre and protein, and light on the stomach.
- Spices like black pepper, cumin, coriander, ginger, and asafoetida.
Pranayama, Yoga and Mudras
Simple breathing techniques can help to harmonise the mental, physical and emotional imbalances, clear up the nasal passages and increase the energy levels in the body. The Nadi Shodhan Pranayam or Alternate Nostril Breathing, Kapalbhati and Bhastrika or bellows breath can help to improve respiration.
Yogasanas like Suryanamaskar, Bhujangasan, Setu Bandhasan help fortify and regulate all the different systems in the body. This leads to faster recovery.
Mudras are gestures of the hands and fingers which function as the healing modalities. The Agni Mudra and the Vayu Mudra help increase body heat.
Mudras can be practised from the age of five years onwards, while Pranayama and asanas are best practiced from the age of seven years.
Boosting the Immune System
Ayurveda has a very special medication called as “Suvarna Prashnna”. This can be administered from six months to 14 years of age. Usually, babies are vaccinated for specific diseases like polio, diphtheria, etc. These vaccines protect babies only from that particular disease. But Suvarna Prashnna, which is Suvarna Bhasm or gold ash combined with herbs, helps in overall immunisation. Additionally, it also develops the mental faculties of intellect, memory, concentration powers and overall physical development. Kids sometimes throw a lot of tantrums. They go from anger to tears to smiles in just a few minutes. Suvarna Prashnna helps in the psychosomatic development of the kids and makes it easier to manage them.
Chyavanprash, Tusi Arka and Shakti Drops, which have essential extracts of yashtimadhu, shankhapushpi, amla, among five others are the best for boosting immunity levels. They can be consumed by all age groups on a regular basis to maintain good health.
(With inputs from Art of Living’s Ayurveda Expert and Head Doctor at Sri Sri Tattva Panchakarma, Dr. Mitali Madhusmita)