Medical science has yet to come up with a cure for the common cold, and when your child contracts it, it can be uncomfortable for them. You don’t want to see them unhappy, so you’ll want to pursue any treatment to help them get over it as quickly as possible.
Many different medications can benefit your child when they have a cold, and there are ayurvedic solutions as well. What are ayurvedic solutions? The term refers to a kind of pseudoscientific medicine that came from the Indian subcontinent.
Several ayurvedic treatments can help with the common cold and get your child feeling better again.
When a cold strikes, you’ll want to quickly leap into action and make your child well again. One option is peppermint steam. For this treatment, you will need:
- Peppermint oil
- A large bowl
- Hot water
Take 2-3 drops of the oil and add them to a heated bowl of water. You can easily heat the water in the microwave or boil it on the stove. It should be hot, but not so much that you might injure the child.
Place a towel on the child’s chest, and when the water is sufficiently cooled, let the bowl rest there for a few minutes. The child can inhale the steam, relieve their nasal congestion, and get the phlegm moving.
A Garlic Oil Body Massage
You can also give your child a massage with garlic oil. Garlic oil has many useful properties. You will need:
- Sesame oil
- Fresh garlic cloves
- A frying pan
Take 4-5 garlic bulbs, and fry them in the pan using the sesame oil. Cook them at high heat until they are deep-fried. Then, remove the bulbs from the pan.
Take the pan off the burner and strain the oil. Wait until it cools somewhat, and, while it is still hot, massage the soles of the child’s feet, back, and scalp. Dip your fingers in the oil, and put them under the child’s nostrils, telling them as you do to inhale deeply.
Much like the peppermint steam, this will relieve congestion and allow the child to relax. You can bathe them afterward in cool water to get rid of the smell.
These are two juices that Eastern medicinal traditions know, but they might not be so familiar to Westerners. You can find amla juice and Giloy juice at some Asian or Indian food markets. You can mix the two, or sometimes you can find it pre-mixed.
You can also order them online if you can’t find them at a market or the ethnic food section at a grocery store near your home. These juices treat bronchioles infections and increase immunity, as well. You can also find raw amla sometimes and make juice from it if the premixed juice is not readily available.
You can also use Amla oil for things like hair loss.
Cinnamon and Licorice
Cinnamon, called dalchini in the Ayurvedic tradition, and licorice, also called mulethi, can benefit a child with a cold. Take a piece of fresh cinnamon that is half an inch long, and boil it in a cup of water. Wait until about half the water has boiled off.
Now, add two pinches of dalchini powder to the cinnamon extract, and mix well. Once you have cooled it down to room temperature, you can feed it to your child. Indian doctors recommend two tablespoons per day until they’re feeling better.
One more helpful combination when your child has a cold is ginger and Tulsi. Together, they can expel phlegm, which the body produces during illness.
You can buy the Tulsi leaves at most Asian or Indian markets, or you can also buy them online. Take a few of the leaves and crush them using a mortar and pestle. Put them in a pan, along with two cups of water.
Boil until you’ve reduced the water. Add a couple of ginger powder pinches, and set the mixture aside to cool. Once it has, stir it, and then give it to your child 3-4 times per day.
These remedies might seem unconventional in the Western tradition, but Ayurvedic medicine has been around for thousands of years, and doctors use these treatments all the time in parts of Asia. If you want an alternative to pills you might get at a pharmacy, you can try these natural solutions. They have a long and proven success history, and the ingredients are inexpensive and widely available.