04 November, 2013

Traditional knowledge for natural growth

Traditional knowledge comes in handy many a times, especially when we have children in our house. Even a small illness in very young children becomes a problem, as they cannot express it like elders do. For example, think about cold and problem in breathing for a kid of 2 years or below age. We cannot give strong allopathic medicines to them, as they are very sensitive. This is the reason people follow and use the knowledge they receive from elders and forefathers of the family.

India is an ancient country and 'Ayurveda',  which means 'Science of Life' , an Indian system of medicine is originated from here. So, there are many practices and traditions followed here based on Ayurveda to improve health and lead peaceful life. I never thought about these Ayurvedic and homeopathic treatments earlier, though we used to follow them in our family from childhood. But, now being a parent of young kid, i realize the importance of them.

Some customs which help in good health:

1. Oil massage - Elders do oil massage to the children daily before bath to make their muscles strong and bones flexible.  This helps in overall physical growth of babies. Dabur Lal Tail is being used by many for massage of babies and here is the link about the medicinal benefits it gives. Dabur Lal tail is seesame oil with ayurvedic ingredients like camphor, ratanjyot, sankhapushpi and urad.
Oil massage before bath during festivals is also a tradition here even for adults.

2. Deworming for children - As a tradition, my grand mother used to prepare a paste of neem leaves, make it a small ball and used to give us once a year. Even though we hated those days, it was said to be a good de-worming agent. Other De-worming agents are Ajwain, garlic, turmeric, black pepper, asofoetida etc.,

3. Natural hair growth - I have a long black curly hair from childhood and it is very difficult to manage. I used to wonder how it was that black and shiny on those days. My grand mother used to apply hibiscus flowers paste before hair wash, which used to make it smooth, shiny and black. 

4. To avoid viral fevers, cold and cough: Grounded tulsi leaves are given to children regularly to make them immune to frequent cold and coughs. Massaging on chest with hot oil with melted camphor, making kid drink water boiled with ginger, jeera and karakkaya(Indian galnut or inknut) powder with honey are some of the tips to avoid cough.

 Above tips are a few examples of traditions which were set to improve our health. I know, there are many others.. Sometimes, it is good to know these tips and follow them for better results instead of only relying on vitamin tablets. What do you say? Please share your opinion in comments :)

Until next time,

This post is written for indiblogger contest by Dabur Lal Tail.


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  2. Thanks for dropping by Dr.Lawrence.. surely will read your post :)

  3. Anonymous10:54 PM

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