Children fall sick every time there's a sudden shower or a chill breeze. If you're looking at alternative ways to protect your child from changes in weather, check out these time-tested recipes
Sneha suffered from allergies whenever there was a change in the climate. When spring turned to summer or the rains gave way to winter, the little girl would wake up with a stuffy nose and itchy eyes. The stuffy nose would turn runny as the day progressed and she set off her torrent of sneezes, much to the amusement of her classmates. The allergic reaction only got aggravated further by the pollution.
Sneha's mother, Asha, had watched her suffer year after year and come to realize that allopathic medicines did not bring her any relief. Desperation to see her child get better led her to seek information about the use of home remedies in treating allergies from the grandmothers of her apartment complex.
Soon, Asha had gathered enough information about the use of various herbs and spices off her kitchen shelves in the treatment of common illnesses including the dreaded seasonal allergy her dear daughter suffered from. Asha tried the tips she had received to stop the runny nose and ward off the sneeze in a judicious manner. She experimented with one herb at a time and gradually mastered the art of administering home remedies.
Our ancestors have laid enough emphasis on the benefits of using herbs and roots in our daily cooking. Renowned herbalist, Laurel Vukovic, in her book, User's Guide to Echinacea/Cold Flu Fighters: How Vitamins and Herbs Can Get You Back on Your Feet Safely and Quickly, reinforces the efficacy of these herbs by stating that, "Warming herbs such as ginger (Zingiber officinalis) and cinnamon (Cinnamomum zelandicum) make delicious tea's for helping to chase the chills that often accompany a cold or flu. Ginger, cinnamon and licorice root have infection-fighting properties, and lemon adds a healthy dose of vitamin C. Honey has expectorant action and helps to loosen congestion."
Here's Vukovic's recipe to make 'chill-chasing herbal tea'
The National Health Portal recommends the management of common cold caused by seasonal changes with kitchen-based preparations. Inflammation of the nasal passage, sniffling and excessive sneezing can all be managed with this simple drink
You may wonder about the scientific proof of the benefits of these remedies, but it would help to rely on the age-old wisdom that backs this treatment. Try them and your child will build immunity against the allergies helping her live a normal, healthy life.
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