What is Balguti?
Balguti is a great Ayurvedic tonic for your baby. It helps to ensure proper bowel movements and provides immunity to the baby. It is also helpful in preventing minor health problems like cold, cough and fever. As you may have already experienced, cold and cough is very irritating for the LO (little one) and we do not have the luxury to give them the western medicines as they may be harmful to the little one. It is better to use this ancient Ayurvedic recipe which is free from any side effects and the effects are long lasting.
However it is advisable to give only after your infant turns 2 month old.
There are 9 major ingredients to make the Balguti. Let’s discuss them in detail.
1. Grinding stone
If you have the big grinding stone available at your home feel free to use it. Alternatively you can buy a small 5 inch grinding stone here.
1. Mother’s milk
Take some fresh mother’s milk around 10-15ml in a small bowl (preferably silver bowl). Some women face an issue where they have difficulty producing milk. In such cases even cow’s milk is good for the baby. But overall mother’s milk is best since it is the best form of food that can ever be fed to the baby!
I have seen many people feeding formula milk even though mother’s milk production is not an issue. Please do not that! There is a reason why nature supplied mothers with milk. Formula milk should only be used in cases where mother faces difficulty in producing breast milk. We can discuss the importance of breast milk in some other post. For now let’s move on to the next ingredient 🙂
2. Murad sheng (Indian screw fruit)
Murad sheng is usedful in treating intestinal complaints, colic pains and flatulence.
Here you must buy whole turmeric roots (and not powder). People following my blog already know how big of a fan I am of turmeric. Turmeric is a panacea of all ills. There is a separate post I have written to outline it’s importance. Click here to view how it is helpful to all adults.
4. Khajur (Dates)
Dates provide remedy from gastrointestinal disturbances like ulcers, protection of liver, promotion of dental health, nourishment in fevers, remedy for dysentery and has natural laxative property.
5. Sunthi (Dried ginger)
Another miraculous herb in Ayurveda. This definitely deserves another post as the benefits are enormous. It prevents cold & cough in infant, cures diarrhea and help build the overall immune system in your LO.
6. Badam (Almond)
Almonds contain various nutrients that help the health and development of your baby’s brain. Eating almonds will also promote your baby’s intelligence levels.
7. Jaifal (Nutmeg)
Jaifal can act as good sedatives. It can help your child get relief from chronic pains.
8. Mulethi (Liquorice)
It is valuable in the natural treatment of bronchitis, sore throat, cough, chest congestion, mouth ulcers, peptic ulcers, kidney problems, lethargy and hair loss.
9. Balhirda (Chebulic Myrobalan)
Useful in the treatment of skin allergies, constipation and cough.
1. Take 10-15ml of fresh mother’s milk / cow milk in a bowl.
2. Pour small amount of milk on the grinding stone so we can rub the various ingredients on it.
3. Rub all ingredients mentioned above one by one namely murad sheng, turmeric, khajur, sunthi, badam, jaifal, mulethi, balhirda in small quantities on the grinding stone in circular motion.
4. Mix the milk on the grinding stone back in to the bowl and feed the LO.
1) Rub a bit more quantity of dates while preparation which will make the liquid slightly more sweet. Otherwise your LO may make strange faces while consuming especially if you rub the turmeric more 😀
2) Cut turmeric roots into small pieces such that each piece can be utilized in one shot of Balguti. The reason is if you utilize the same piece of wet turmeric daily there are chances that it may catch fungus which is harmful for baby’s health.
Some points to consider
1. We live in an era where we are super short of time. People nowadays are so lazy that they want to freeze everything! Please do not do that with Balguti. I have personally seen some people where they would prepare Balguti, store it in the refrigerator and feed the same to the LO for days together. I would never advise that! Always prepare fresh Balguti daily. If you have left over then it is better to dispose it but I repeat do not refrigerate it.
2. Avoid giving Jaifal (Nutmeg) and Haritaki (Terminalia chebula) both together. Jaifal controls the bowel movements and Haritaki on the other hand promotes bowel movements. So if you give both you may not notice the benefit of either of them as they are contradicting each other!
3. Always dry all ingredients after use. Keep them under sun for a good 30-60 minutes.
Where to buy?
You can buy all the above ingredients in any local Ayurvedic shop. Alternatively if you wish to buy a product which has everything combined I found the following products to be good:
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