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It is a known fact that health is wealth. And being healthy is not easy in this fast lifestyle where every sickness is treated with a medicine. I can recall the time when my daughter Cherry was affected by flu and was suffering with high fever. Unlike India where help was quick especially with elders beside us, here in UK getting a doctor's appointment is not that easy. Usually we get an appointment only after a week which in fact is a blow to a mom like me seeing Cherry suffering without any help. Also, getting medicine from the pharmacy without a doctor's prescription is not that easy.

All we were advised is to keep her body hydrated and put her in complete rest. Thankfully, we had paracetamol in our first aid kid which helped to lower her temperature. But, after two days, the flu just went worse and we had to run to the walk in centre where again we were to wait in a long queue for about 5 to 6 hours. At that time, I really missed India where I really felt safe. Finally the doctor visited my daughter. We had very less conversation and he prescribed an antibiotic for we had been told that she had been affected by bacterial infection (that was late). It was only after a week passed, Cherry was alright and went back to school. I still cannot believe how I survived those days with sleepless night running to the toilet and room cleaning up the mess of vomiting and diarrhea. Our home was a complete mess then and it was only after she was back to health, I was relieved to do my usual chores in home bringing it back to shape. I also understood medicines especially antibiotics are strictly prohibited in UK unless required for real emergency due to antibiotic resistance increasing at a faster rate.
antibiotic resistance
Source: Antibiotic Resistance
Also, I can recall incidents for my first born where I had been getting advise of goodness of various foods through my mother, grandmother and other visitors who shared their own experiences without the use of medicines ranging from the use of gripe water for colic pains in babies, greens for relieving constipation in babies to the use of the sweet flag to keep germs at bay,

I have understood the importance of giving healthy food for a healthy body and the stories I have heard as a child about the medicinal plants and herbs and their uses still haunt me. But finding such medicinal plants now is not feasible but there are some available plant foods which does the job. The goodness of taking lion dates and syrup for increasing the iron content of my body can be done by eating raw dates or making dates syrup at home. 

Also, as a child I remember taking Dabur Chyawanprash, an age-old formulation having a distinct taste to increase the immunity of my body with number of herbs like Amla, known to be one of the best antioxidants, Giloy (Guduchi), known to have immuno-modulatory properties, and more than 40 other natural ingredients and it is still available now. Moreover, the food I ate a decade back was much better in terms of quality and storing rich content in the process of cooking. The variety foods we modern mom cook often don't fall in balance with the five elements which is the principle for Siddha medicine. Also, the food we get now is grown much faster and comes with less nutrients that is not enough for the body. This is where we lack in today's world. And to balance it, we need to take in supplements like Dabur Chyawanprash which is said to contain natural Ayurvedic ingredients to fight illness.
Now, I am much experienced as a mom and I do trust my health of kids with the food they eat. I always believe that Indian kitchen is a store house of medicinal herbs and spices. And for making my home better, I started learning the use of every spice/herb from my mom, using google search and books to use in my cooking for the beneficial of my family. I also use a lot of curry leaves, turmeric, ginger, herbs, cumins, fenugreek and other beneficial spices in my everyday cooking so that the goodness of these spices and herbs reach my children body through food. And as the saying goes, it must be remembered that we are what we eat.

Do you know or read about any new spices or recipe that you think is beneficial for the health? If so, do share in the comments below.

2 comments:

  1. Good to know that she is doing better now, I too have the same issues here, seeing a doctor is not that easy. Like you I make sure I have fever and cough medicine at hand. I also make chicken noodles soups or warm foods like pepper rasam etc to give the kiddos a little relief :)

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