A part from adorning Lord Vishnu, the tulasi has other uses. The Krishna tulasi (the dark tulasi, the most difficult to grow among the tulasis), has been used by our ancestors for more than 5,000 years for medicinal purposes. We share a few tips that can come in handy for your child:
For general health
- To maintain your toddler’s health, give 2g of tulasi juice three to four times a day. This will prevent many types of sicknesses.
- Ayurvedic soaps using Krishna tulasi as the main ingredient can prevent skin ailments in children during the monsoon.
- A mixture of a teaspoon full of tulasi juice and half a teaspoon full of honey will bring quick relief to cough and sore throat.
- In case of fever caused by a cold, smear the tulasi juice on the child’s chest and forehead. He should inhale the vapours emitted by the juice.
For stomach problems
- For diarrhoea that accompanies teething, give powdered tulasi leaves with pomegranate syrup to the baby.
- Boiled water extract of tulasi (leaves and stalk), sweetened with sugar, will relieve constipation and distension of the stomach.
- The boiled water extract is also an effective remedy for liver disordersin children.
For skin infections
- Apply a paste of the tulasi leaves and lemon juice to treat ringworms and other fungal infections.
- Grind together some leaves of tulasi and neem, with a few drops of water mixed with turmeric powder and make a paste. This works particularly well for skin infections between the toes and fingers.
For healthy skin
- Rub dried leaves of tulasi on your children’s faces as you apply talcum powder; this makes the skin healthy.
- Mix crushed tulasi leaves in bath water. This will not only make your child’s skin radiant, but also help prevent skin infections that are caused by pollution.
- A mixture of tulasi juice and coconut oil, will give quick relief from blisters (from burns), wounds and rashes.
- Apply tulasi leaves ground in distilled water to make skin eruptions subside in a short time.
Navin Sharma is the head of research & development at cholayil, a company known for its ayurvedic products.