baths can be given every day to ease itching. Addition of extracts of
neem leaves to this water will prove
For pain and itching
relief and to promote healing, soak cotton balls in
milk and apply to the skin.
Coconut milk can be especially soothing and has antibacterial and
antifungal properties to avoid infection due to scratching.
As the condition improves, the child can be placed on an
all fruit diet for a further few days. Thereafter he may be allowed
to gradually embark upon a well-balanced diet.
Certain home remedies have been found beneficial in the treatment of
measles. The most valuable amongst these is the use of orange. When
the digestive power of the body is seriously hampered, the patient
suffers from intense toxaemia and the lack of saliva coats the
tongue and often destroys thirst for water as well as desire
The agreeable flavour of
juice helps greatly
in overcoming these drawbacks. Orange juice is the most ideal liquid
food in this disease. The juice of
lemon is another remedy.
It also makes an effective thirst-quenching drink in measles. About
15 to 25 ml. of lemon juice should be taken diluted with water for
Tangerine juice maybe be more agreeable if the
stomach is upset.
Natural food remedies
Aubergine: The seeds of aubergine
are stimulant. Intake of half a gram to one gram of these seeds
daily for three days can help to develop immunity against measles for
Barley water: The use of barley water has proved beneficial for a troublesome cough in measles. This water should be taken
frequently sweetened with the newly drawn oil of
Coconut water has nutrients that help to cleanse and rehydrate the body which makes it very effective against the measles virus and coconut flesh is rich in anti-oxidants.
Garlic is an effective natural cure for measles. Powder the cloves of garlic and leave to stand for 15 minutes then mix with honey. It may be better to lightly simmer the sliced garlic first to avoid an upset stomach.
Lemon juice: The freshly squeezed juice of one lemon mixed with water can be an effective cure for measles.
Tamarind seeds and
turmeric: Grind the tamarind seeds to a fine powder. Mix equal portions of the tamarind seeds powder with turmeric powder. Add 350 gm to 425 gm of this powder to some pure organic local honey and give three times a day.
Turmeric is beneficial in the treatment of measles. Raw roots of turmeric should be dried in the sun and ground to a fine powder. This powder, mixed with a few drops of
honey and the juice of a few bitter
gourd leaves should be given to the patient suffering from measles.
The herbs below are effective at fighting off the virus and can be useful as a respiratory tonic:
Ashwagandha assists with recovery, energy and stamina.
Chinese rhubarb root: The anthraquinones in Chinese rhubarb root are effective agents against the measles virus.
Liquorice root: Powdered liquorice root
has been found valuable in relieving the cough, typical of measles.
The child should be given this mixed with
Marigold flowers contain many essential minerals that can help speed up the healing process of measles. Boil three cups of water and add one tablespoon of the powdered flowers. Strain and drink twice a day till the symptoms of measles subside. A teaspoon of honey and freshly squeezed lemon juice can be added for more benefit and to make it more palatable.
NATURE CURES REMEDIES TO REDUCE FEVER
of bottled still mineral
Any of the following can be added to warm water with freshly squeezed lemon, ginger and a teaspoon of honey.
Steep two or three or more of the following ingredients in hot water
for 20 minutes, strain and then sip slowly (three cups a day).
DIET FOR RECOVERY FROM MEASLES
or pink Himalayan salt crystals
can help during fever and recovery as they contains 92 minerals which the body
can lose during sweating and illness. Normal table salt and most sea salt
has been refined and stripped of all its essential minerals.
Yoghurt (plain with live cultures)
Coconut water, fresh pineapple juice and simmered
barley water with
lemon juice and
a teaspoon of
Ash gourd leaf juice
recovery a micro-diet of sprouts can provide high nutrition in small
portions. See the
Sprouting page to find out how to grow sprouts in a jam jar on
the window sill in five days with just a daily rinse of tap water. This
is highly beneficial for children with small appetites.
A slice of raw
onion or crushed
olive oil held in place with medical tape and lint on the soles of the feet can bring down the fever.
Chamomile or marigold added to the bath water can soothe the symptoms.
Honeysuckle can be used in a warm bath to relieve the itching.
Indian gooseberry powder mixed with water is very effective in reducing the itching and burning sensation of measles.
Mud packs can help to relieve itching.
Neem leaves ground and made into a paste with water can relieve itching. They can also be added to hot bathing water to relieve itching. Patient should be immersed in the water for at least 20 minutes, for best results.
Rice flour as a poultice can relieve the inflammation of the skin
NOTE: Children with measles should be given
complete rest. Hygienic conditions along with the above mentioned
treatment will lead to speed recovery. Wash bedding, towels and
clothes daily. Unnecessary medications should be
strictly avoided especially aspirin and anti-inflammatory pain killers such as neurofen and ibuprofen.
"Nature cures not the physician..." Hippocrates 460 BC
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