Home made cough medicine

Ever since I started blogging, I treat this place equivalent to any other religious places I visit. When in difficult situation, most of us or a generation before us usually pray to god and bribe him. We call it 'harake' (Kannada)/Mannat (Urdu, but also used in Hindi)/mokku (telugu). You can use any language but the meaning and devotion is same. You must be wondering, what has this got to do with my cough medicine and blog ? I have developed this habbit of taking oath that if "this works" I will blog it!!!! ....

Couple of days ago, my younger one got sick and his cough medicine prescribed by our GP refused to work I was terribly upset. It is a great pain to see children suffer. I sat thinking of some home remedy and scratched my head till it went red! Oh yaa....I have hippali I screamed, atlast my brain worked after subjecting it to a stressfull condition. I went and searched nook and corners even scolded our helper if she threw it. I remembered once she asked me "what is this madam? looks like hula hula" My M-I-L was successfull in teacheing her few words in Kannada and hula (worm) was one among them. The way she pronounces it, makes it more funnier to hear.

I was on a major combing operation of kitchen cubicles and my helper was staring at me imagining the post-combing operations work load. Finally the plastic bag was found behind few boxes which was forgotten for eternity. I took it out and inspected it carefully. Haa..it was in good condition (well, it was only 6 months old!) and I also saw a small tube of Srikara Kasturi Tablet of Sadvaidyasla.

I offered a silent prayer to my blog and made a harake "If this medicine works, I will blog and share with the rest of the world". Blogdevathaya namaha I recited. We gave him the mixture and he seems to be responding well. Itt has been 3rd day today and he looks fine and has not coughed since today morning. Here I go fulfilling the harake by sharing the cough medicine which was home made.

What you need :
Hippali - 2 tbslespoons
Srikara Kasturi tablets : 8- 10 (they are very tiny pills)
Dry ginger powder: 1 tsp

I warmed up hippali in a pan. I don't know the rationale behind warming the hippali. But I did it as it was kept in a plastic bag for long time. Took this hippali, added kasturi tablets and dry ginger powder in a blender and made powder of it. Stored it in a dry and tightly closed container.

How did I administer : Mixed half or 1/4th tsp (depends on the severity of the cough, age and body weight) powder with honey. I fed him this paste. We religiously did this for 2 days. He slept well at night without coughing, the next day the cough started to come down.
P.S. His paediatrist had given us some medicine which had dried ivy leaf extract which was given twice. However this medicine alone was not effective though.

NOTE : The proportion of the ingredients is not written in any pharmacy books nor am I a practitioner. I followed my 'pharmacy instinctins' (aah..yes I am a pharmacist by education) to prepare this. Use it at your own risk.
Thank you for reading it and making my harake come true....... :D Till next post, take care. Health is Wealth.

16 comments:

Indrani said...

Lovely post,LG...loved to read, I know what were u going thru when ur son was sick, I also feel so helpless when medicine don't work, for my kids' cold & cough I don't use pharmacy medicine...I use this mix : Tulsi/basil leaves juice, ginger juice and honey mix in a spoon and warm it a little, give this 3 times a day, it always works.

sowmya's creative saga said...

my Bro in law owns a ayurvedic medicine factory(sadvaidyasala) or whatever you call it in nanjangud, I always bring back a bottle of kasturi pills..a small microgram of it with honey is quite effective among the kids for bad cough and cold..not sure but what is hippali..I will ask him to bring that when he comes here..thanks for sharing this info..good one..

LG said...

@ Sowmya,
Woow..about the first piece of information. ;) I should contact you for more sadvaidyasala medicines as I believe in them. Thanks ya.

@Indrani,
Ya, I was in such a helpless condition!

notyet100 said...

can imagine how u must have felt,.glad to know he dng good now,.tk care

Srivalli said...

Nice one Lakshmi...hope your lil one gets off the cough completely..even my twins are down with cough..athamma makes some kashayam for them..your motto tells me that I should blog on that too..:)..it always work for the lil ones..

LG said...

@Srivalli,
So nice to have you here. Please blog it, the intention is to share home remedies.

Leena said...

Nice info Lakshmi,thanks for sharing...even i use kasturi matre/pills for my son when he gets cold n cough which always works..

Priya said...

Wonderful home made medicine,hope ur lil one feels better now..

Saraswathi Iyer said...

Nice post. I too use sukku and pills but not hippali.

kittymatti said...

h,mmmmm..this is quite informative...Nice to know that u r a pharmacist!

Kannada Cuisine said...

Looks like we are on the same boat Laskhmi...my little one had cold! I did not want tot give him Allopathic medicine for cold and such minor aliments ...Gave him some Kasturi + Honey and he got better...

Cham said...

I don't know the first two ingredients- guess they are natural medicine!
Glad the medicine worked!

Jayasri Ravi said...

Hi Lakshmi, I too used to this medicine for my kids, Last time when my friend visited me I got some Kandathippli or Hippli from Bangalore, I have fallen sick with a bad cough, I had completely forgotten that I have it at home:), this post made me remember it, I should get some Kasturi tablets this time, good post and a very valuable post. This is my personal experience, I never gave kids Allopathic medicines when they had cough and cold I always gave them either Ayurvedic or Homeopathic which really work fast and helped my kids to retain their strength back, hope your kid gets well soon dear.

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Prathibha said...

Hmm...nice psot..glad that ur son is feeling better now..:)

aipi said...

These homemade remedies are invaluable- in fact I prefer tem mostly over the commercial ones. Thanks for sharing :)

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