I’ve been away for a while. The first part of my absence was fun - I went home, caught up with the family, and had almost zero time (or internet access) to get any work done. But the second, enforced part of my time away from work and The NRI was because my kidlet, Mir, was sick, with high fevers and a sore throat that eventually landed him in hospital for dehydration. While sitting in a dark hospital room, rocking Mir to sleep and waiting on the crack IV team, my dear friends, mummy guilt and parental anxiety, came a-knocking, assuring me that I hadn’t exhausted every avenue, that there must have been something else I could have tried, some way to spare the kidlet the trauma of a third IV attempt.
In the light of day, I know kids get sick, fevers happen, and sometimes, you just have to go to the hospital. But I’m determined to be as prepared as possible for the next time Mir is sick, so I’ve been collecting Indian home remedies. Of course, I don’t know if any of them work, I’m clueless about Ayurveda, and I fully intend to take the kidlet to the doctor’s the moment he comes within fever pitch, but here are a few from my list so far.
- mix half a glass of grapefruit juice with half a glass of water to help take away the burning sensation of fever
- eat or suck on oranges, or drink orange juice
- make basil tea by boiling 12 grams of basil leaves in half a litre of water and drink once daily.
- make saffron tea with 30ml boiling water and half a teaspoon of saffron. Drink just a teaspoon every half hour.
- soak raisins in half a cup of water, then grind up and strain. Add half a teaspoon of lime juice, then take twice a day. Add ginger for an extra kick.
- drink a glass of fresh-squeezed apricot juice with a teaspoon of honey.
- make a tea out of a teaspoon of turmeric and black pepper, ginger, diced onion, lemongrass, and a few basil leaves and drink three times a day.
- mix the juice from tamarind leaves with a pinch of turmeric and cold water to taste.
For a Sore Throat & Tonsillitis:
- make a paste 2-3 cloves of garlic, then mix with one cup of honey. Take one teaspoon three times per day.
- warm a cup of milk, then add a pinch of turmeric, and take before bed each night.
- boil water, then add a teaspoon of honey, a squeeze of lemon, and a teaspoon of black pepper to soothe a sore throat or cough (this is my dad’s remedy).
- make a cup of milky chai, with ginger, black pepper, cloves, and honey.
- gargle with salt and warm water twice a day (another family favorite).
Mir has also lost some weight, and is refusing to eat almost anything except dal, blueberries, and goldfish crackers--and even those in small amounts. What foods do you use when trying to bribe your kids to eat? And what are your favorite home remedies?