by Suditsha Sanyal
Check out 5 mind-blowing home redies using honey in treating common illness in kids
As a parent, it is often painful and disturbing whenever your little one falls ill. And with the rising pollution, changing lifestyles and weather variations, kids are all the more prone to common ailments.
What it also means is the frequent intake of medicines and strong antibiotics, making us skeptical because of the kind of side effects they might have on children. At times, it may be desirable and preferable if diseases get cured naturally without the intake of medicines.
Honey is a wonder-product in such instances with wide-ranging uses. Honey, the sweet, thick, viscous thing which is a common ingredient in every household has been used both as food and medicine since ancient times. Interestingly, honey has got enormous health benefits and one can even find the medical properties of honey documented in the world’s oldest medical literature. Not only honey possesses antimicrobial and antibacterial property which helps in healing wounds, but it is also loaded with antioxidants.
Listed below are some of the ancient and time-tested top five honey based home remedies for kids which can act as a timely rescuer from much common illness.
1. A sore throat, flu, and cures a cold:
Honey syrup mixed with ginger, herbs, spices and citrus fruits works wonders for tonsillitis and common flu. It also cures blocked and running nose. All it requires is honey mixed with lemon juice. This mixture has to be taken twice a day in case of blocked or running nose.
2. Calms an upset stomach and indigestion:
For calming an upset stomach all you have to do is mix ginger juice with honey syrup and take one to two teaspoons of this mixture. This brings immediate relief. Similarly in case if your child is suffering from constipation or indigestion then the best way to fight the acid reflux is to give this natural tonic made of apple cider vinegar and honey.
3. Fights dehydration:
A simple and healthy drink made of coconut water and honey helps in fighting dehydration, calms down sore muscles and boosts energy.
Do you know, a simple herbal tea made with a teaspoon of honey and holy basil (Tulsi) leaves can work wonders in curing chronic fever.
5. Controls a toothache:
This simple home-made recipe can come as savior, especially at odd hours, in case your child suffers from a severe toothache. All you need to do is just store clove sticks dipped in honey. If a toothache crops up suddenly just chew the clove stick or keep the clove stick in between the painful tooth. This remedy helps in providing a soothing and calming effect and reduces pain.
Let us know if you know of any/many more of such home-made recipes using honey!
Disclaimer: Babies younger than1-year-old should not be given honey. Clostridium bacteria that cause infant botulism usually thrive in soil and dust. As kids get older, they can have honey because their mature digestive systems move the Clostridium bacteria spores through the body before they can cause harm. Do check with your child’s doctor before giving it to kid older than one-year of age!
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