Moringa is one of the best plants to use for a holistic health experience. It can lead to numerous benefits as it contains more than triple the amount of nutrients found in other common plants, fruits, or vegetables. It has extremely powerful antioxidant properties and can protect your body from various problems such as chronic diseases, eye related problems, lung disorders, stomach, colon, and lung cancer, hypertension, and diabetes. It is known for having great anti-inflammatory properties due to which is considered just as effective as any store-bought drug that you might use. It balances out your hormones, which is particularly beneficial for women who have just been through menopause. As it is a good source of estrogen, it can also keep you looking young for much longer and fights the effects of ageing and oxidative stress. It improves the overall digestive health and also detoxifies the entire body. As a result, it is good for prevent kidney stones, dealing with constipation, and ensuring that your blood remains purified and free of any toxins that might harm your system. It is good for patients with diabetes as it can help regulate the level of sugar in the blood. It is an extremely effective mood stabilizer as well and promotes the secretion of serotonin. It is really good for your skin and can help prevent acne, dandruff, and skin infections that can be bacterial or fungal. It can also help you fight against allergies and asthma, deal with chronic headaches, and is a good remedy for anemia and epilepsy. This is why it is classified as a super food.
Although Moringa has recently become all the rage when it comes to substances that are vital for holistic and organic health, not many people have heard of this herb. It has been in use for thousands of years and also goes by the name Ben Oil Tree. The National Institute of health even called this tree “Plant of the Year” back in 2008 because it has so many health benefits for your body. It is used all over the world to treat many illnesses and is mainly known for the fact that it is extremely good at healing.
Any tree that’s been called the “Plant of the year” is bound to have a whole host of nutrients. When compared to any other good source of the same nutrient, this plant is certainly miles ahead. For instance, moringa leaves contain 220 mg of Vitamin C in them, while oranges, which are a good source of vitamin C, only have 30 mg. Similarly, moringa leaves have 440 mg of calcium, while cow’s milk only has 120 mg of the same. It has 259 mg of potassium, while bananas only have 88 mg. Finally, it has 6.2 g of protein while cow’s milk only has 3.2 g of the same. Thus, as you can see, moringa provides more nutrition than any other plant or food item out there and can therefore be extremely beneficial for your health.
Often, people avoid herbal medication because it is either not as fast-acting as regular medication, or contains a milder dosage of the nutrients that they need in order to get better. With moringa, this is not true. Moringa has anti-inflammatory properties that can be compared to regular drugs that are bought from the pharmacy. It is filled with amino acids, phytonutrients, and antibacterial compounds.
Antioxidants are extremely important for the body. They help fight free radicals and boost the immune system, which basically leads to a healthier, sickness free body. Antioxidants also help fight against certain types of cancer and are extremely good for you. Moringa leaves are filled with anti-ageing properties. They lower oxidative stress and inflammation in your body with the help of vital nutrients like Vitamin C, quercetin, beta-carotene, chlorogenic acid, and polyphenols. As a result, you will be less likely to develop problems like chronic diseases, eye related problems, lung disorders, stomach, colon, and lung cancer, hypertension, and diabetes.
Imbalanced hormones can lead to a host of problems. Using moringa leaves can help women who are going through menopause as they reduce the overall oxidative stress and inflammation in their bodies. Moreover, it helps to slow down the effects of ageing as it balances out the estrogen in the body and keeps you looking and feeling younger. They also increase the antioxidants in the body, which is always good.
As moringa is commonly known for its anti-inflammatory properties, it is widely used in Ayurvedic medicine in order to improve digestive health. I can help treat ulcers in the stomach, fungal and yeast infections, kidney damage, and liver damage.
Moringa oil is a commonly used oil in order to boost the function of the liver. It removes harmful toxins like heavy metal toxins from the body and can ensure that the entire system is clean and healthy. Due to the fact that it detoxifies the body, it can also help prevent related issues like kidney stones, constipation, urinary tract infections, fluid retention, edema and diarrhea.
Moringa leaves contain chlorogenic acid. This acid can help regulate the sugar levels in the blood as it allows the cells in the body to take up or release sugar, as needed. As a result, moringa is extremely good for patients with diabetes. Moringa also contains isothiocyanates, which are known as nature’s protection against diabetes.
Another great benefit of Moringa is that it can protect and nourish your skin. It has antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial compounds which can protect the skin from rashes, irritants and other problems like infections. Moringa can be used to treat various skin related problems like athlete’s foot, acne, abscess, dandruff, bites, warts, burns, and wounds. When moringa oil is applied to the skin on a regular basis, it can work as a great natural moisturizer. It also helps reduce body odor as it has a pleasant natural smell that can mask your natural odor.
Moringa is not only good for your body, but is also good for your mental health and brain function. Moringa is a high protein food and is a very good source of the amino acid tryptophan. Thus, it benefits various neurotransmitter functions and can stimulate the production and release of serotonin, the hormone that induces happiness. Moringa is also filled with various compounds and antioxidants that affect your thyroid health. As a result, it can help you combat problems related to your libido, depression, fatigue, insomnia, and mood swings.
Moringa is also used for a variety of other ailments and illnesses. It is a good natural cure for asthma and allergies, mainly because of its high anti-inflammatory content. It can help you fight against anemia and purifies your blood as well. It is a good remedy for epilepsy. It is a good remedy for arthritis and can help with joint pain. It can also be used to treat chronic headaches.
Moringa tree has been used all over the world in order to combat the symptoms of malnutrition in children in underdeveloped nations. This is because it can grow well in undernourished soils, making them ideal for certain countries like Somalia and India. Often, the moringa tree is used to bring back fertility to the soil. It can be used for its health benefits in many ways such as directly in its powder form, moringa tea, moringa oil, and moringa seeds.
As this is a totally organic substance, moringa does not have any notable side effects when you ingest it orally or apply it on your skin for skin care. However, since this plant is so popular and has been around for such a long time, you’re likely to find a lot of supplements or synthetic versions of the same that can be harmful. Therefore, always strive to use the purest version of this plant for its health benefits and to avoid any problems. Pregnant women and women who are nursing should also avoid this plant as not much research has been conducted in this area and therefore, it is unclear whether or not it will affect you or your baby adversely. On the whole, it is pretty safe to use this plant in all the forms that it is available in. You just have to source it from a trusted source or brand.
Moringa tree grows all over the world in areas with dry, or undernourished soils. Therefore, it is most commonly found in countries like Africa and India. This tree grows all year round and can be harvested for its numerous benefits at any given time.
Home remedies for babies up to 6 months
Cold & Cough remedies
1. Breast Milk
Breast milk is best home remedy for curing each and every disease in infants. Some children don’t latch properly when suffering with cold & cough. Don’t worry, keep offering breast milk. You don’t really have to give any other medicine for simple cold and cough. Breast milk will solve the problem.
2. Squirt Breast Milk in Nose
Lessor known use of breast milk. Some moms put few drops of breast milk in nose of child, and it helped in fast curing from cold.
3. Saline Water
If you don’t know, saline water is salted water. You can even make it at home but I recommend you to buy it from market because packed saline water has appropriate ratio of salt & water. Put few drops in the blocked nose of your child. Saline water will help unblocking the stuffy nose of your child. Keep cleaning the nose.
4. Nasal Suction with Pump
Suction pump is used for cleaning the nose of infants because cloth based hanky cotton based face towel can make rashes on soft nose of new born baby. Make sure to wash suction pump after every use.
5. Garlic & Ajwain Fumes
Roast 2–3 big cloves of garlic & few pinches of Ajwain on tawa for just one minute. You will be able to smell powerful fumes. Let the mixture cool down and keep near your child. The smell of mixture will heal the cold & cough of your child. You can also bind the mixture in pouch for better handling.
6. Light Steam
Inhaling steam is a natural way to provide relief for blocked nose, chest congestion & cold.
I will not recommend proper steam for infants using steamer. Rather keep your room little steaming by placing a steamer or boiling water near your bed.
You can also make your bathroom steamy by running hot water tap for some time. Sit in bathroom for 10–15 minutes by taking your infant in your lap.
7. Cover chest, head and feet
You know better how to protect your child from cold. All kids are not same, so it’s better to observe your child. My son gets cold from chest and we take utmost care in winters to cover him with cloths, especially his chest. He remain okay without hat or socks.
8. Sanitizing hands
Once anyone in house is caught up with cold, make sure everyone keep their hands sanitized. It’s not rocket science but people spread infection by not keeping hands clean. It’s simple home remedy to protect your family from cold & cough.
9. Keep babies head elevated
Babies feel difficulty in sleeping when suffering from blocked nose & cold. Elevate your baby’s head with help of pillow or cushion while she is sleeping to minimize the discomfort of blocked nose. Other home remedies can work better when child is at rest and sleeping.
10. Oil Massage
Light massage of mustard oil or coconut oil will help your baby to get relief from cough. Do massage on chest & back of your baby.
11. Coconut Oil with drumstick leaves
Warn up coconut oil and put some drumstick leaves (moringa). It is effective home remedies when applied on hair of child who is suffering from cold.
12. Herbal Coconut Oil Massage
Warm up coconut oil and add tulsi leaves. Tulsi will leave its healing properties in the coconut oil. You can also add a pinch of camphor. Mix well to dissolve camphor into coconut oil. Massage the oil on chest of your baby before sleep. You can also do hair massage with same oil. It will give relief from cold and cough.
13. Diffuse Essential Oils in Room
Essential oils (EOs) are extracts of plants. They can come from the roots, leaves, flowers, stems, or a mixture of these. Don’t get confused with many type of fragrance oils found in the market. Fragrance oils are synthetic, they do not have the healing properties or effects. The essential oils that are good to diffuse to help with congestion are: Cedarwood, Clove, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Lemon, Melaleuca (ericifolia), Peppermint, Rosemary, Sandalwood and Thyme.
Dilute essential oils with water and put in diffuser for better results.
Home remedies for fever in babies (upto 6 months)
14. Breast Milk
Again, breast milk helps in fighting with fever (and it’s root cause). Don’t stop feeding your little one even in fever.
15. Skin to Skin Contact with mom
Most of people ignore the power of child’s connection with mom. Child remains inside mother’s womb for 9 months and always feel comfortable near mom. We have experimented it several times since the birth of our child. A direct skin to skin contact with mom gives tremendous relief to child. Give a close hug to your child without any cloths in between.
16. Lukewarm Bath
A warm bath helps bringing temperature to normal. Give your child a lukewarm bath in tub or by sponge.
17. Vinegar Sponge Bath
Add some vinegar to lukewarm water & give the bath to your little one. Soon your kid’s fever will be down.
18. Diluted Lavender Oil Massage
Like I mentioned in cold & cough remedies, oil massage helps in fever as well. Scientifically you have to give comfort to your child. Fever will go away when your child is in harmony. Dilute lavender oil in mustard or coconut oil. Give a light massage to your baby from head to toe.
19. Onion in Socks
Traditionally onions are used to cure fever in India. Cut the onion into 2–3 pieces and put under the feet, inside the socks of your child. Works best when the child is sleeping.
Home remedies for gas in stomach (upto 6 months)
20. Burp after every feed
You have to understand why babies have gas problems more often than elders. When infants drink milk, air stuck into their throat & stomach. The sound of burp happens when the air is released from stomach.
As they said, prevention is better than cure, always burp your baby after every feed and in-between the feed.
21. Exercising baby’s legs
If baby is feeling uncomfortable with gas problem, then help her in exercising by cycling legs for two minutes. Don’t do this exercise immediately after feeding but give a time gap of at least 30 minutes. Folding and pressing both legs towards stomach will also help releasing gas. We tried both methods and it worked most of the times.
22. Stomach massage
Light massage on stomach will help soothing your child. You can use any baby oil but I prefer mustard or coconut oil. Do tummy massage for five to seven minutes with light hand.
23. Hing (Asafoetida)
Hing is very effective Indian home remedy for gas related issues in children. Take a spoon of warm water and put a pinch of hing into it. We can not give hing to infants directly by mouth so apply the hing water on your child’s abdomen or around baby’s navel in anti-clockwise direction.
24. Warm Towel
Boil some water in the pan. Soak a clean hand towel into hot water and squeeze out excess water. Check the temperature and make sure towel is not too hot for the child. Place the warm towel on the tummy of your child and it will start giving relief to your kiddo from gas problem.
Home Remedies to cure vomit & loose motion in infants (upto 6 months)
25. Breast Feeding
Whatever the issues are, breastmilk is proven medicine for infants. Keep your child hydrated by breastmilk. Don’t give any other type of external milk, not even cow’s milk.
You should also look for reasons of vomit or loose motion. It could be because of some infection, teething, or just because of climate change. Try to recall what child has eaten in past 24 hours?
26. Change to soy based milk powder
If your child is taking formula powder then shift to soy based formula. Your child will have lesser rashes with soy based formula and it will help in fast recovery from loose motion.
27. Gripe Water
Gripe water is effective remedy for diarrhea in babies. Gripe water gives relief to stomach and help curing loose motions.
28. Curd and Buttermilk
It’s not recommended to children below 4 months but if your child is able to sit and started consuming semi-solids then give some curd and buttermilk. Curd has natural probiotic that help curing stomach related issues.
Home Remedies for babies more than 7 months
Cure cold & cough with home based remedies
Prevention is always better than cure. Try these super effective immunity boosting foods to stop the cold and cough before happening at the first place.
Steam is the first thing you should try in case of cold & cough. Inhaling steam helps to clear baby’s blocked nose and open blocked airways. It helps your baby to sleep better and speed up recovery from cold , cough & congestion. You can use room humidifier or steamer to keep room air moist. Avoid to keep your baby close to hot & steamy water.
30. Garlic Ajwain Potli
Dry roast 2–3 garlic cloves & one tablespoon of ajwain on dry tawa or pan. Once its roasted, switch off the flame. Make a potli out of it. You can place potli around baby’s bedding or in his cradle during sleep time. The garlicky ajwain smoke helps to get relief from blocked nose & chest congestion.
31. Dry roasted turmeric rub
Turmeric is one of popular home remedies for cold & cough. The antibacterial properties of turmeric makes it an effective solution to treat cough and cold naturally. Take a dried turmeric root, burn it and make a turmeric powder from it. Apply the turmeric paste(turmeric powder & few drops of water) on the baby’s nose to get relief from blocked nose.
32. Turmeric paste
Make a turmeric paste by mixing half teaspoon of turmeric powder with 1 tablespoon of water. Heat it up on flame & apply the warm turmeric paste on baby’s chest, neck, feet. As turmeric has antibacterial properties, it helps to get relief from phlegm, congestion & cough.
33. Garlic & Mustard Oil Massage
Mustard oil has medical & antibacterial properties. Its a safe & effective way to cure cough & congestion in children. Put one or two garlic cloves in mustard oil and heat the oil. Once the oil is lukewarm, rub it on baby’s chest & feet. Warmth & smell of mustard oil helps to get quick relief from nasal congestion and cough & cold.
You can also heat the mustard oil with a teaspoon of rock salt into it. Once the oil is lukewarm, rub it on baby’s chest, back & feet.
34. Nilgiri Oil
Nilgiri oil, also known as eucalyptus oil, a good remedy for a cough and cold. Eucalyptus oil helps increase circulation in the body, helps expel phlegm and decongests the blocked airways. Nilgiri oil helps to keep nose moist. Just sprinkle few drops of nilgiri oil on baby’s clothes or on some handkerchief n keep it around baby.
35. Rub Essential Oil
Add one or more essential oils to a carrier oil and run some on your baby’s feet or chest. A few that should be safe to try are eucalyptus, lemon, and sandalwood (peppermint is not recommended).
36. Use Vaporub
Rub Vicks Vaporub to bottom of your baby’s feet and chest at night, cover her feet with cotton socks. Your baby will get instant relief from cough. VapoRubs actually don’t remove congestion, it makes baby feel better with its cooling action.
37. Tulsi Water
Tulsi juice helps to get relieve from cough, cold and fever. Boil few leaves of tulsi into water & give this water to your baby or you can add 2–3 spoons of tulsi water into baby’s milk.
38. Boil tulsi and badi Elachi
Boil 4–5 tulsi leaves and one badi elachi (black cardamom) in one cup of water. Once boiled, strained and let it cool down. Feed two teaspoons of this water to your baby.
If you are giving top-up milk / formula to your baby then you can add 2–3 teaspoons of it to milk.
39. Panikoorka Juice
Panikoorka is an Ayurvedic herb, commonly used in south indian states to cure cough, cold, sore throat, nasal & chest congestion in children.
Boil the leaves of panikoorka for 4–5 minutes in 1 cup of water. Once cool down, feed 2 tablespoon of water to children. Its a very effective remedy to treat excess phlegm.
40. Warm water with ajwain
Water boiled with ajwain seeds is a good remedy for cough. Give this water on regular interval to your baby to keep him hydrated.