Are you worried about your child getting sick over and over again, and you wonder how you can help build their immunity?
They say “prevention is better than cure” and so it is essential to go that extra mile to ensure that your child’s immune system is healthy, the natural way. Including herbs is an easy way to increase the immune-boosting properties of the food while adding variety and flavor to it.
There are quite a few herbs and spices for spicing up your child’s meal and their immunity.
- Turmeric: This wonder spice is a potent immunity-boosting food that is widely used in India for both cooking and medicinal purposes. The best part is that it can be easily included in your diet to equip your child’s body to fight maladies. The best way to include turmeric in your child’s diet is by shaking up a ‘Turmeric Latte’ – the golden milk, which is an age-old recipe to treat cough.
- Aamla – Indian Gooseberry: Aamla or the Indian gooseberry is the richest source of Vitamin C. It boosts the body’s resistance power with its unique rejuvenating and revitalizing properties. Children may not prefer eating raw Aamla. No need to fret, as you can let them feast on aamla chutneys, jams or candies and aamla juice.
- Tulsi – Holy Basil: Tulsi leaves, also known as the holy basil, help combat cold and flu symptoms and boost your child’s digestive health. It also works as a great natural appetizer and helps to build respiratory resistance. It can be consumed in the form of juice by adding a few drops of honey along with it. If you don’t find fresh tulsi leaves, you can buy powdered tulsi.
- Fenugreek: Fenugreek has a unique effect on body. This warming bitter herb is a natural tonic and aids in digestion, bloating or constipation in both adults and children. Fenugreek is available as leaves, seeds and powdered. The seeds can be included in kids diet after they are a year and half old.
- Neem or Indian Lilac: This cure-all herb protects the body from exposure and susceptibility with its anti-bacterial properties. It also helps to purify blood and is a great detoxifier. With regular use it rejuvenates and nourishes your child’s skin as well. You can use whole neem leaves or its powdered form.
Adding natural herbs to your child’s diet is a great way to ensure that they get nutrient-rich food along with its immune-boosting properties. So, go ahead and give it a shot. Let your children be “fighting-fit” to defend against viruses and bacteria.