A Parent’s Guide to Ayurveda for Kids

A Parent’s Guide to Ayurveda for Kids

Alternative medicine is making a comeback! 🎉

From diets to lifestyle to the contents of medicine cabinets, people are learning to detox their bodies with natural immune-boosting supplements that support good health. We are seeing a natural health revolution!

Take a look at what hospitals are saying about Ayurveda and how pharma made a profit with the Flexner Report.

Ayurveda’s revival has brought about countless health benefits for adults - but what about children? We’ve been asked by hundreds of parents whether their kids can use Potion’s products and how Ayurveda can benefit their young bodies.

Ayurvedic Medicine for Kids

This one is for all the parents who want to nurture their child with nature! 🙌

With the comeback of holistic health, many parents are seeking out alternative solutions for their children instead of just giving them synthetic medicine or antibiotics. Children’s immune systems are still developing, and the adults in their lives want to give them their best foot forward when it comes to health.

However, children can’t always use the exact same medicine as adults. So is it safe to use Ayurvedic herbs and remedies for your children?

Can Ayurveda Help Boost My Child’s Immunity?

You’ve probably heard the phrase, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Well, it’s true! Preventing disease and health problems from occurring in the first place saves money, time, and long-term health and immunity. Since children are still developing their immune systems, helping them stay strong will set your kids up for a lifetime of better health.

Now, following an Ayurvedic approach is not a one-size-fit-all solution. Ayurveda is individualized for every person, which is perfect for kids. Every child is born with a different constitution, or health blueprint. Our constitutions shape our physical structure and functions, our preferences and aversions, our inclinations and behaviors.

Ayurveda takes a natural approach and uses your child’s specific constitution to boost immunity and defend against disease. This constitution is a combination of the three doshas - Vata, Pitta, and Kapha - that manifest in a completely unique way for every individual.

Your Child’s Dosha Type

How do you know what your child’s dosha type is? Below are some ways you can sleuth out your child’s constitution.

  1. Physical and Behavioral Traits: Notice your child's physical features, temperament, and behaviors. Children with Vata dominance often have thin frames, Pitta-dominant children may have a medium build with a strong appetite, and Kapha-dominant children tend to have a solid build and slow metabolism.
  2. Digestive Patterns: Pay attention to your child's digestion. Vata-dominant children may have irregular digestion, Pitta-dominant children often have strong digestion but may be prone to acidity, and Kapha-dominant children may have slow digestion and feel heavy after meals.
  3. Response to Climate and Seasons: Note how your child responds to different seasons. Vata-dominant children are sensitive to cold and dry weather, Pitta-dominant children may be sensitive to heat, and Kapha-dominant children may struggle with damp or cold weather.
  4. Behavioral Preferences: Observe your child's preferences in activities, food, and routines. Vata-dominant children enjoy variety and creativity, Pitta-dominant children thrive on challenges and competition, and Kapha-dominant children prefer routine and stability.

Vata Dosha in Children:

  • Vata is associated with the elements of air and ether (space).
  • Children with dominant Vata dosha tend to be creative, energetic, and imaginative.
  • When Vata is imbalanced, children may experience anxiety, restlessness, irregular digestion, and difficulty focusing.
  • Physical characteristics of Vata imbalance in children can include dry skin, constipation, and variable appetite.

Pitta Dosha in Children:

  • Pitta is associated with the elements of fire and a little water.
  • Children with dominant Pitta dosha are often sharp-minded, enthusiastic, and goal-oriented.
  • Imbalanced Pitta in children may manifest as irritability, impatience, and excessive competitiveness.
  • Physical signs of Pitta imbalance in children can include skin rashes, inflammation, and digestive issues like acid reflux or diarrhea.

Kapha Dosha in Children:

  • Kapha is associated with the elements of earth and water.
  • Children with dominant Kapha dosha are usually calm, affectionate, and steady.
  • Imbalanced Kapha in children can lead to sluggishness, resistance to change, and tendency to gain weight easily.
  • Physical indications of Kapha imbalance in children may include respiratory congestion, excess mucus, and lethargy.

Ayurvedic Herbs for Children

The question arises - is our Immunity Potion safe for children to take?

The answer is… YES! Our Immunity Potion is made entirely from clean, organically sourced, plant-based ingredients. At Potion, we believe that nature is medicine, and nature’s pharmacy is open to everyone. We’ve received amazing reviews from parents who have added our Immunity Potion to their children’s routines, and have hundreds of loyal family-based customers!

Please keep in mind, none of our advice can replace the insight of a qualified health professional or pediatrician - we always recommend checking with them before starting any supplement, especially in case your child has a health condition or prescription that could interfere with natural remedies.

And don’t forget, moderation is key when giving Ayurvedic herbs to children. Start with small doses and observe how your child responds. Some herbs may have stronger effects on sensitive systems, so proceed with caution before increasing dosage.

What are some herbs that are especially beneficial for kids? Here are just a few:

  1. Tulsi (Holy Basil): Tulsi is revered in Ayurveda for its numerous health benefits. It is known for its immune-boosting properties and its ability to ease respiratory issues such as coughs and colds - which are bugs that children seem to always catch!
  2. Ashwagandha: Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb that helps the body cope with stress. It supports overall growth and development in children and enhances resilience in little bodies. Looking for a way to improve energy levels and concentration in your child? Give Ashwagandha a try!
  3. Amla (Indian Gooseberry): Amla is a potent source of vitamin C and antioxidants - nutrients that pack a punch in keeping your child healthy! Vitamin C intake helps strengthen the immune system, making children less susceptible to colds, coughs, and other illnesses.
  4. Ginger: Ginger is a versatile herb with digestive and anti-inflammatory properties. It can be grated and added to soups, teas, or warm water to help digestive issues or nausea in children.
  5. Giloy: Giloy is a powerful immunomodulator and helps strengthen the immune system in children. It supports the body's natural defense mechanisms against infections and allergies.

All of these and other immune-boosting herbs can be found in our hero product, Immunity Potion! We believe that health and immunity are essential for the whole family - Potion is an expression of love not only to yourself, but to your children as well! 💖