Whether we are parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, or well-wishers of children, we want to see our little ones healthy and happy. Ayurveda has a specialized branch of Pediatric medicine known as BalaTantra or Kaumarabhritya. This ancient science offers some simple, natural
wisdom to keep kids healthy and happy in today’s fast-paced world.
Establish A Consistent Daily Routine – Early to bed and early to rise is the best Mantra for good health. Then comes the eating meals in harmony with nature’s rhythms, which is an importantfoundation of good health. Children feel a sense of safety, self-confidence, and less anxiety when they know what to expect daily.
Warm Oil Massage ( Abhyanga ) – Touch provides a sense of love and works as a therapy. A daily Abhyanga massage before bath time greatly boosts children’s immunity, calms their nervous system, and improves the quality of sleep. Abhyanga also creates the very much needed bonding in this fast pace era.
Freshly Cooked seasonal and Wholesome Foods – Nutrients have a definite impact on immunity. Ayurveda opines diet-as best medicine Feeding kids warm, nourishing meals such as hot cereals, stewed fruit, vegetable soups, and kicharee provide them with nutrients that are
easy to digest. Introduce small pinches of digestive spices like cumin, coriander, fennel,cinnamon, and turmeric to help with digestion and clear toxins.
Lifestyle – Immunity is influenced to a greater extent by lifestyle. Ayurveda advocates daily exercise for longevity and immunity. It should be done up to 50% of one’s exertion capacity. Regular exercise enhances vigor, vitality, digestion, tissue metabolism, and promotes immunity.
Apart from diet, adequate sleep is also very essential in maintaining the immunity of the body. For enhancing the immunity of children, simple formulations of amala can be prepared and used.
A simple formulation is as follows:-
Amala fresh juice: 10-20 ml
Honey: 03 ml
Sugar: 02 grams
Ghee: 01 grams
All these ingredients should be mixed well so that it becomes a homogenous mixture. This compound should be prepared freshly for better results. Its regular use is helpful in the prevention of recurrent upper respiratory tract infections in children.
Honey & Ginger Home Remedy –Raw, organic honey helps to expectorate excess mucus, and the ginger juice keeps agni, or digestive fire strong. A daily teaspoon of this combination (plus a pinch of turmeric) can ward off common colds, flu, and allergies.
Warm Milk – Ayurveda knows the nurturing, Ojas producing qualities of milk. Organic whole milk cooked with spices like cardamom, ginger, turmeric, nutmeg, saffron, natural date sugar, and a dab of ghee has lots of benefits. One cup before bedtime balances emotions and induces sound sleep.
Single-serving Golden Milk
1 cup of milk
1-2 saffron strands
Pinch cardamom powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
Pinch of ginger powder
Pinch of nutmeg powder
½-1 tsp of natural date sugar (optional)
Directions -In a Small Saucepan, warm milk just before it simmers. Whisk in all the spices, let it boil completely. Once boiled, remove from heat and enjoy warm.
Sensory Impressions – Overstimulation from TV, movies, computer games, and commercial advertisements leaves lasting impressions on kids’ minds. Their delicate minds should be sheltered from these assaults, which go deep into their psyche and disturb Prana, affecting their emotional and spiritual growth.
Outdoor Play– Playing with children stretches their bodies and provides exercise while
developing their creativity and imagination. Most of all, their souls are satisfied by the love and attention.
May you be well nourished!
Meenakshi Gupta BAMS, MD Ayurveda (Gold Medalist), RMAS, AD, Panchakarma Specialist, International keynote speaker Founder, Director AyurRoots Ayurveda Wellness, Dallas/Fort worth Area.