This post is part of the Indiblogger Happy Hour campaign and is my entry
for Dabur India’s Chyawanprash which increases a child’s immunity threefold.
Children today face a lot of germs in crowded school buses, playgrounds and class rooms. While it is impossible to keep a child away from germs, it is possible to give the child enough immunity to not succumb to every germ it comes into contact with. A sick child is miserable not only because he is kept at home, but also because he physically suffers the disease that is ravaging him. And we all know how a sick child can throw your entire routine out of gear. It makes you sad, miserable and tetchy to deal with a child who is feeling out of sorts.
So the next best thing to do would be to ensure that your child remains healthy with good nutrition, proper rest and of course healthy happy genes. While the last is not in your hands, the first two definitely are and it won’t hurt if you take some help from supplementary foods that go by the fancy name of nutraceuticals. In fact, long before this trend became fashionable, Dabur’s has been keeping Indian homes happy and healthy with their wide range of healthcare products particularly Dabur’s Chyawanprash which is made up of natural herbs.
Traditional Indian medicine has long used herbal remedies to deal with day to day hiccups in one’s health. Dahi bhaat or curd rice is a standard remedy for an upset tummy especially when the rice is overcooked to mush, the dahi added is sweet and the dish mixed with love and care. When you feel the appetite returning, you can add some popped mustard seed seasoning or even a bit of chopped onion and coriander to see that smile come back to your child’s face.
Similarly, a standard recipe for convalescents is the mildly spiced khichadi or moong daal and rice mix that is also overcooked and flavoured with home made fresh ghee. A crisp fried papad is all that is left to make even the most reluctant sick child want to eat it.
What is more important than treating a sick child is keeping a child healthy and happy.
One of the first things we are taught is to eat right – giving importance to quality and quantity of the food that we consume. Our grannies tell us that we should have only five almonds soaked overnight and eaten first thing in the morning to ensure strong memories and good marks in exams! Similarly, we are encouraged to eat pure ghee made from cow’s milk to ensure that our supply of good fats is built up early in our lives.
We are encouraged to eat spinach and leafy greens to get our daily requirement of iron and other trace elements. Citrus fruit contribute our requirement of Vit C and sprouted beans folic acid. Each and every ingredient in our humble kitchens are rich mines of good health. But won’t it be better to have them all in one simple teaspoonful? Especially when fruits and vegetables are seasonal?
So our Ayurvedic system developed recipes to keep goodness all year round. Every winter my mother-in-law brings home heaps of big Indian gooseberries (amla) and cooks them for hours on end in a sugar syrup till they become one big, black goopy mess of morawala or gooseberry jam which she claims has the largest concentration of Vit C. One winter she collected all the rose petals from her garden and made some home made Rose Petal Jam or Gulkand which she claimed was good for one’s general well being.
But when one considers the convenience of pre- made goodness packed in a jar like Dabur’s Chyawanprash, why toil over a kitchen stove?
Healthy children are happy children and happy children make happy homes so make your child healthy today.