Happiness is health. More particularly healthy children.

I am a father to two boisterous little boys. Boys being boys they are possessed with immense restless energy keeping us parents on the tenterhooks, almost all the time. The only time when we get the peace that we crave is when they go to school or when they are asleep. It almost always makes us wish why we weren’t blessed with at least one daughter to keep the loud energy in the house to manageable limits. And then again we think, immediately, that we wouldn’t have it any other way even if given the choice. 🙂

And there are times in the house when this loud and restless energy abates. When one or both of the kids are down with cold, cough or fever. And it is no time to rejoice. It is unimaginable to see our bundles of energy down with common cold or fever. You pray never to wish again for this kind of peace in the house. You would do anything to have them making the noise that they usually do.

Being the analytical mind that I am I got thinking about the pattern in which they fall ill. And I could put these in a few categories like below:

  1. Infections picked up from school: These infections have no other cause to explain them other than this. It’s possible my boys might be giving infections to other kids at school too.
  2. Change of weather: Bangalore is known to have 2 to 3 seasons in one day. 🙂 The rapid way in which the weather here changes takes its toll on the kids.
  3. Allergy Seasons: There are seasons and there are allergy seasons. An allergy season is characterised by excess pollen in the air. And truth be told, Bangalore is right at the top for having allergens in the air.

We have taken the kids to the doctors and asked them to recommend something that can keep them prepared for these eventualities. We don’t want to go over the same old courses of paracetamols, allegras, etc. We want something more natural and more reliable. And the verdict was unanimous. Fortify them with the age old Indian recipe for such things, the one and only Chyawanprash.

I did some research on Chyawanprash and came up with this: It is a recipe which can be found in the manuscripts of Ayurveda written centuries ago – Ashtangahridayam, Charakasamhita, Sangandharasamhita. Two of the most important ingredients of any Chyawanprash are Triphala and Amla(Indian gooseberry). This makes Chyawanprash very high in Vitamin C. Of course, there are other ingredients in a Chyawanprash which lend it their own benefits. But Vitamin C alone keeps the common ailments like cold, cough and allergies at bay.

It has become a habit at home for us and the kids to have one spoonful of Chyawanprash every day morning along with the breakfast. We have developed a special liking for Dabur Chyawanprash as the kids too like it. And I have noticed that after starting this habit the kids are falling ill less often. This is one of the secrets of our Happiness at our home. 🙂


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