Winters make me very nostalgic, especially during late
afternoon and in the evening. I cannot help but look out of the window with my
coffee mug in my hand and take a fascinating stroll down the memory lane which
takes me back to my school days and college days. School days they say are the
best days of life when you can put aside all the worries and enjoy your
childhood and carefree adolescence. I had an extermely wonderful childhood and
most of it was spent playing outdoor games with friends after returning from
school.. we had a great time riding bicycles, playing cricket, badminton,
pitthu, gulli-danda, dodge ball etc etc. This also meant eating right and
healthy since falling sick would mean missing school and also no play which was
Our guardians (moms who were mostly hands-on), had a tough
task at hand of keeping their children disease-free and they depended mostly on
natural remedies. I remember our mornings would start with juice of chirota/
chirayta (SWERTIA CHIRATA) , every alternate day and a teaspoonful of Dabur Chyawanprash . This worked wonderfully well for the immune system and later
when we attained adolescence this ayurvedic medicine prevented the skin
breakouts with pimples and acne. When I was a toddler my mother used to massage
me with an uptan of freshly pasted haldi/turmeric, Dabur Honey and milk which
had a long lasting benefit, and trust me I never encountered a pimple outbreak
in my growing up years.
I must mention that when I was doing my graduation, my
grandmother would take lot of pain in preparing masoor dal and Dabur Honey
paste in summers and a mix of Dabur
honey, rose water and glycerine (all in equal proportion) in winters. At times
I would be too tired to go through all the fuss of applying the pack but she
would coax me till I applied the pack. When I look back I can hardly stop
marvelling at the patience she had after a long day's work to do so much for me
and that too with a smiling face.
This practice was handed down to me by my grandmother and
mother and I used to apply the same pack along with Dabur Lal Tail when my son
was a toddler. It worked better than the baby products available then in the
market.. Also when he started taking food supplements like cerelac and
lactogen, I would dab a little piece of gauze in Dabur honey and wipe off the
milk residue from his tongue with that. The sweet taste of honey made the
process easy and the goodness of honey protected him from cold and cough.
There are no short cuts in life really, in nothing that we
do. It really petrifies me when I find these teenagers depending so much on
artificial and chemical based products to look beautiful. Out of ten atleast
seven have artificially straightened hair which is also artificially coloured.
The excessive use of eyeliners and make up is also very common amongst these youngsters. This should not be encouraged.
But honestly children nowadays are little disobedient,
becoming couch potatoes with ample access to television, mobiles and computers
to mention a few. Then there is an added pressure to compete in various exams,
projects, coaching classes and extracurricular activities.The stress generated
as a result affects the immune system and we make umpteen rounds of the doctors
In situations like these we as parents feel very helpless.
Dealing with children is very challenging at times and one feels clueless when
it comes to convincing them about the natural remedies. I am an ardent fan of
natural products and herbs and believe in eating a balanced diet, therefore as
and when required I put my foot down if my child refuses to listen to me. Its
Dabur Honey all through the year, in a glass of warm water, lemon juice, on
breads, with chapatis and also sometimes I add it in his favorite chicken and
prawn also. He likes it. In winters I make it a point to bring home a bottle of Dabur Chyawanprashand Honitus is a must.It substitutes for the extract made
from crushing the tulsi leaves and adding it to honey to cure cold and cough.
The foundation has to be strong if we want to build a mansion. So healthy
children would mean better future...
Since my son has a sensitive skin, I also give him a cotton
ball dipped in Dabur Gulabari whenever he is playing games on internet so that
he can at least wipe his face with that while continuing with the mindless
video games. Believe me it has had brilliant effect on his skin. The skin looks
cleaner and clearer. In a life so fast paced and busy if we can keep aside just
a few minutes for ourselves and instil the same discipline in our children,
then life will certainly become more beautiful. We can also save time and money
by avoiding endless trips to the hospitals.
An expensive facial or a face lift can give you a beautiful
face but only for a specific period of time that too with hundreds of side
effects. Botox, age defying creams, fairness creams etc are nothing but
artificial means to an end. It is better to age gracefully, eat healthy and stay
away from diseases as much as possible. What could be more better than
incorporating some natural products in our regime. A spoonful of Dabur Chyawanprashand Dabur honey in the morning and littlebit of Dabur gulabari for
the skin should take of our body. Then we have Hajmola to take care of
indigestion. Actually, Ayurveda has solutions to all our problems, all that WE
need is a little bit of patience. Discipline is the key word, the results take
time to show but they are very long lasting unlike the chemically enhanced
products. Truth is, nature is the best doctor, who helps us to make ourselves
beautiful inside and out....