Parents are always on emergency duty, tending to aching tummies and leaking noses. If your child has been unwell for a few days, you must contact your paediatrician. But for more minor situations, traditional home remedies often do the trick.
These particular remedies were sent in for publishing in RobinAge by this writer's Nani. Still not quite savvy with e-mail, she hand-wrote the article and sent it to us by post (another tradition we must pass on to kids!).
Coughs and Colds
- To cure a cough and cold, take 1 cup of water and add a piece of cinnamon (dal chini) to it. Boil and reduce to half. Add 1 or 2 teaspoons of honey and sip like a tea.
- Another cure for cough and cold is to mix 1 tablespoon of turmeric powder and a little sugar in hot milk. Drink it before going to sleep at night.
- Mix a little juice of ginger with black pepper, add a teaspoon of honey and take it to soothe coughs.
- If you or your child has an itchy rash on your skin, dilute a little alum (fitkari) in water and wash the skin with it 3 to 4 times for immediate relief.
- For indigestion, add 1 teaspoon of mustard powder to a glass of cold water and drink it.
- To treat nausea sprinkle a little sugar, black pepper and cumin seed on half a lemon. Roast this on a direct flame and suck on it.