Cold is very common in children when there is a change in the weather. When a child gets common cold, it is usually accompanied with headaches, fever and a runny nose. This can cause your child to get cranky and uncomfortable. While giving usual allopathy drugs can cure the cold instantly, it is always best to avoid excessive usage of chemical drugs. For something as common as common cold, one can safely choose natural alternative treatments to get the desired effect.
According to ayurvedic experts, turmeric in an excellent herb that can help treat common cold in children and can be taken on a regular basis without causing any weakness and adverse effects.
Turmeric, which is scientifically known as curcuma longa, is a rhibozome (root) and belongs to the Zingiberaceae family (a plant family). Since ancient times, turmeric has been widely used in the Ayurvedic and Chinese medicines for its versatile medicinal properties. Drinking turmeric milk when suffering from common cold is a popular age old home remedy.
The major medicinal value and health benefits of turmeric are due to its main ingredient curcumin. Curcumin serves as an anti-inflammatory agent and also possesses anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. These properties make it a powerful healing agent in conditions like common cold. The anti-inflammatory action of curcumin aids in relieving the chest congestion which typically accompanies common cold. Curcumin also helps in boosting immunity and hence makes children less susceptible to such infections.
When taken with milk, the absorption of curcumin in the body is enhanced significantly leading to a quick relief from common cold.
So the next time you have a sneezy wheezy kid, you now know that he or she is longing for THE glass of milk.