Summer is here and popsicles or ice candies are a favourite with my kiddies and me. During the regular school days I am a bit cautious with letting the kids consume cold goodies, but I let them indulge during the holidays.  Another change that comes with the holiday season is the frequency of eating out.

So while it’s fun to break some kiddy rules, the last thing we want is for them to fall ill. So, over the years with the 2 kiddos I have these 3 herbal powders which help in improving the immunity of the kids as well as for certain symptoms as explained below.


Sitopaladi Powder

Ingredients : This is made of misri (crystallized sugar), Vamshalochana (Inner white light part of bamboo tree, Pippali (long pepper),  Cardamom and Cinnamon.

This is available in various brands like Zandu, Baidyanath, Patanjali etc.and they all use the same ingredients. So the choice is yours :).

I use this powder for cough and during congestion. The moment you notice the beginning of a cough- dry or productive you can start this. I generally give it twice or thrice a day. You can mix it in ½ cup warm water or with 1 tsp of honey. My kiddies prefer it in warm water.

This powder is recommended for seasonal cough and cold, as expectorant. It Increases the appetite, helps digestion, and provides strength to the body. It acts as an excellent soothing aid in both dry and productive cough. Reduces pharyngeal and chest congestion by stimulating melting of thickened mucous in airways. Moreover, its yum to taste with honey so the kids love it.


Sudarshan Churana Powder

Ingredients : This is made of many many herbs. Listing them here just for reference. Kaleeyaka , turmeric, Deodar, Acorus, Cyperus rotundus, Hareetaki, Dualabha, Karkatashrungi, Kantakari, Ginger, Trayamana, Parpata, Neem, long pepper root, Balaka, Shati, Pushkaramoola (root of Inula racemosa), Long pepper, Murva, Kutaja, Licorice, Drumstick seeds, Kutaja seeds, Asparagus, Daruharidra (Berberis aristata), Rakta Chandana, Padmaka, Sarala, Usheera, Cinnamon Saurashtra, Shalaparni, Ajowan, Ativisha, Bael bark, black pepper, Tejapatra, Amla, Giloya, katuki, Chitraka, Patola leaves, Prishnaparn

This powder is one of the widely used Ayurvedic medicine for fever. It is also good for liver, spleen. Personally I use this when I start to notice that the kids are starting to show signs of a viral – weakness, starting of a runny nose or cough. ½ tsp of the powder with honey sine it is quite bitter and honey helps to sweeten it.


Somva 34 powder

Ingredients – This is made of 34 herbal ingredients. Again listing these for reference. Ajmoda, Harr, Pipper, Atis, Suwa, Jeera , Pipperimool, Nagarmotha, Sunth, Kalimirch, Waiding, Giloy, Wapunba, Pittapapad, Kalajira, Kanchur, Chirayatu, Kutaki, Hingu, Alawa, Indrajawa, Kadachhal, Balwach, Ajwain, Awala, Behada Chhal, Mulhathi, Hardi, Kakada shingi, Mardasing, Jawantri, Sonageru, Sanchal.

These ingredients are good for the digestive system and help in relieving gasses and constipation. This is salty to taste and can be given with honey or warm water. Depending on the level of constipation this can provide immediate relief. Also, this has been helpful with our kids when they complain about stomach aches due to indigestion.

These powders are always present in my medicine cabinet and used in cases when the symptoms are mild. In case they do get chronic, then always consult your doctor.

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I am a stay at home mom, having worked in the software technology services space for over 10 years. In my professional life I used to enforce quality standards like CMMi & Six Sigma to make developers and testers jobs easier & process oriented.In my current stint I am using similar techniques coupled with age old wisdom from my mom and grand mom to make our living healthier and medicine free. To start any new stint it helps if you read and train and so I got myself a diploma in Naturopathy from Mumbai.

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