Ayurvedic Home remedy for baby care – A traditional method

Babies do not need anything but mother’s breast milk for initial six months. But in the initial few months, baby care is very important as   a growing baby faces a few health worries such as baby reflux, baby cold etc. For this, in South Indian customs, a traditional method of home remedy is adopted. This is practiced not only during the health problems of the baby, but as a daily routine starting from 15th day to up to 4  – 5 months. 

How to prepare home remedy for baby?

A sandalwood flat piece is taken. If that is not available, any clean, sterile flat surface is sufficient.
1 – 2 spoons of mother’s breast milk is put over it.

The following herb pieces are taken – as much as available –  Licorice, Ashwagandha, Turmeric, Dry Ginger, Betel nut, Clove, Pepper, Nutmeg, Long pepper, Dry Amla, Dry Brahmi root, False black pepper (Vidanga, Vayuvilanga), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula).

These clean medicinal herbs pieces are taken and with each herb, a circle is drawn, with mild force, so that a very minute particle of the herb gets into the milk.

One circle of each herb is drawn. and finally a thin semisolid stuff will be produced, containing very small amounts of these medicinal herbs  in the milk media. The baby is made to lick this semisolid stuff.


  • It is a very good baby cough home remedy & baby cold home remedy
  • It is a very good home remedy for baby reflux and infant reflux.
  • It takes care of the digestive problems and the respiratory problems of the baby.
  • Helps build a strong immune system.
  • Good for overall baby health maintenance.


  • All the herbs and materials should be very neat and clean.
  • Look for abnormal spots, bad smell of the herbs. If present, do not use it.
  • One herb piece can be used for 4 – 5 days, IF preserved in very clean condition.
  • There is no chronology of herbs for drawing circles.
  • No side effects, but usually babies will not like it, as overall taste will be slightly bitter.
  • Usually given in the morning, after breakfast (=breast milk feeding)

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  1. Can we give it for baby of 2+ age? If yes, how much quantity and how much time/days it take to effect?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      For a 2 + kid, this remedy will be too mild and lesser effective.
      A simple water decoction of above mentioned spices might work well for kids.



    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, It is suitable only for kids upto one year. For a 4 year child, it is better to consult an Ayurvedic doctor directly for medicine advice.

  3. can we give dabur janam ghutti instead of this?

    each 100 ml contains
    Most items (4.5g)
    palash beej
    unnab (zizyphus sativa)

    Madhu – 8g
    Mishreya satva (foeniculum vulgare) – 0.014ml
    Yavani satva (trachyspermum ammi) 4.54 mg
    shatapatrika ark – 3.05g
    palatable base – q.s. to 100 ml
    preservative – sodium benzoate

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      You will have to consult your Ayurvedic doctor for right advice. Online advice regarding a baby’s health cannot be given/ guaranteed.

  4. Irayya S Mathapati says:

    three month old baby suffered the subdural hamhaerage(SAH).How to resolve it by adding Ayurveda medicine to the mother food.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Adding aloe vera and food rich in Vitamin E helps. – Sunflower seed, almond, pine nuts, peanuts, spinach, taro root, flaxseed oil, soyabean, pistachio.
      Broccoli, carrots, chard, mustard and turnip greens, mangoes, nuts, papaya, pumpkin, red peppers

  5. Hi
    Can we also add gold in the mix??

  6. My baby is 9 mnths old n he is just 7kg since 3 mnths…he is nt gaining weight..pls suggest something…

  7. aditya awasthi says:

    My baby boy is 5 months old. he frequently suffers loose motion from the last 15 days. This time its like diarrhea. We are going through a child specialist. But i want to know if i have done all vaccination for him including rotavirrus. hows chances are there for such chronic loose motions.

  8. My baby is 6 months old and has formed pus in her ears. She was previously having sardi after which we took her to doctor and the alopathy medicine seems to kill down symptons of sardi but this new problem of pas formation has started. It has been 3 days now and it started with one ear and now in both the ears.
    Is there anyway to diagnose as there are no ayurvedic doctors here in singapore.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Kerala Ayurveda Centre (Centre for Traditional Ayurvedic Treatments)
      444 Serangoon Road Singapore 218136
      Phone: +65 6392 4158 (Opposite to Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple, Singapore)
      Dr. Joshi (graduated from University of Madras) is the Doctor here.

  9. Please give the tamil names of all these ingredients.

  10. Hi doctor, m very grateful to your suggestions. Very nice informations are available here.

    My question is, we have done all herbal medicines to my daughter for up to 2 months, now she is 5 months old, can we again start this “sttoushadhi” now?. Please suggest.


  11. .

    Hi Doctor,

    Thanks for the method you described in this writing.

    it will be very hard for me to gather all the mentioned things for the formula.

    Can I simply use Homeopathic Mother Tinctures instead?

    I decided I will not allow my baby (45-days Old) getting Vaccinated because through my Internet search/research, I believe, Vaccination are simply marketing/disease generating policy of Big Pharmaceuticals.

    What do you think Doctor? Do you suggest/recommend Baby Vaccinations?



    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, basic vacination schedule involving DTP, OPV, MMR and Hepatitis B are required, as per my belief.

  12. my son is not eat he is 6 year old and he so week thats way i need a tonic for her so than he got a good health gain.

    • Dr Malini Bhat says:

      Hello sir, Would like to know his weight and height so that we can prescribe the medicines accordingly. Or do consult a ayurvedic physician for the same as he would prescibe the medicines accordingly.

  13. Dear Dr. Hebbbar,

    Would this apply for my son who is 1 month old now?

    My wife regularly rubs dates, badam and breast milk and gives him daily.

    He has been loosely diagnosed with GERD/ reflux, so will the above work or is it contra-indicated?

  14. Dear Sir,

    Can you please suggest me a doctor in Vasant kunj, Delhi?


  15. Hello Doctor,

    My daughter is 3 months old and vomits a lot and is unable to put on weight.

    Will this remedy help her or does it any alteration?

    Also, what if we can’t find any particular herb? Will it be still ok to give this remedy?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      You may use this only after directly contacting a doctor. This remedy can be done with whatever the herbs are available.

  16. Hi sir,
    my baby girl is 5 month , 15 days old. I haven’t given her anything other than breastmilk . Tried to give her readymade ayurvedic powder in breastmilk at 1 month. She passed blood in stool. So stopped.

    Can I give her the above mentioned ayurvedic home remedy.will it be useful for her at this age ?

    Please suggest home remedy for cold and cough for my baby girl.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Yes, but better to consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.
      For further personal health advice, please consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.
      If you want my help in finding a good Ayurveda doctor for you, then let me know your place.

      For email advice (not a reliable option, we do not promise any cure), please write to our health experts here (paid service) – http://easyayurveda.com/consult/

  17. Hi doc my baby is 11months old Juz 8kg..loads of spitting up.. Nd whatever he eats he z going motion am giving korosanai for past 15 days his hands n legs r shaking while sleeping.. Wat shld I so nw

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Bonnisan drops – 5 drops two times a day is usually beneficial for 10 days time.

      For further personal health advice, please consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.
      If you want my help in finding a good Ayurveda doctor for you, then let me know your place.

      For email advice (not a reliable option, we do not promise any cure), please write to our health experts here (paid service) – http://easyayurveda.com/consult/

  18. Hemanth Shah says:

    which ayurvedic toothpowder / toothpaste do you recommend for infants? as they swallow them?

  19. Hello doctor
    My baby is 14 months old
    He has extremely dry skin..
    All over d body
    Plz suggest what can be given
    Some one suggested bal harad for him
    Plz comment

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Bala harad might not be effective. Please use nalpamaradi oil for massage everyday, 10 minutes before bath

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