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Herbal Remedies Saved My Babies

Updated on August 25, 2016


Kava root

Fried grated coconut

I do appreciate modern medicine and doctors, but at one time in my life, it was an herbal combination that saved my baby girl and baby boy's lives. We lived in a small island in the South Pacific. Being fairly new to this environment, I was unaware of the many medicinal plants that the natives relied on almost daily.

My two children became very ill one day with thrush in their mouths. Thrush appears as small lesions on the inside of the mouth on the tongue, uvula, roof of his mouth and inner cheeks. It can also cover the tonsils, gums and throat. If it gets past the esophagus, it can cause fever and makes it difficult to swallow. It can be quite painful and both of my babies were unable to drink their bottles and would cry most of the time and could not sleep. Thrush can also go through the whole system and even cause diaper rash.

I took my babies to the American doctor that served the Peace Corps on the island. He prescribed Nilstat drops. I followed his instructions but the babies were not getting any better. They would not eat anything and were very miserable. Being a young mother, I started to panic as I saw them deteriorate quite quickly. I returned to the doctor who gave me another prescription for Diflucan, but that did not work either. I was getting desperate. My babies were fifteen months apart and both under two years of age. Of course there was no sleeping for any one in the house day or night because the babies were in such pain.

My mother in law was worried also and suggested to me that we take the babies to the local witch doctor. Since I had seen no improvement from medical treatment and I trusted her judgment, I allowed her to take the babies. She suggested I stay behind and get a little rest. She later reported that the witch doctor took a mixture of noni (otherwise known as Indian mulberry), kava, and fried grated coconut and covered the babies gums, inside cheeks and tongue with it. It was very bitter so the babies did not like it and cried from being held down.

But, the result was quite drastic. Where before the swollen gums had almost completely covered their teeth, now they were receding and the white lesions started to disappear. Within one day, the babies were much improved and started to take nourishment. I was so happy and relieved. I gained a respect for local traditional medicine.

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Healing thrush on baby bottom

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The Polynesians are very aware of their environment and which herbs, plants and trees can help with health related issues. They even believe that some can chase away evil spirits. These healers are sought out when modern medicine fails. Some forgo seeing a doctor and go directly to the local witch doctors and swear by them.

These healing skills and powers are passed from one generation to another. It is interesting to watch as herbal medicine is becoming more popular.

Contemporary Polynesian Healers are mostly middle-aged and elderly women. They believe their healing art and herbal medicines are gifts from God. They also believe their remedies will not work for others without their permission. They are trained in healing assisting older healers.

The kava plant, Piper methysticum in the pepper family Piperaceae is currently prepared into medicines used to induce sleep, as a tranquilizer and also a pain killer.

My precious babies saved by herbal remedies


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  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    I appreciate your positive feedback Notasheep. Yes, God has given us great resources for our health. Best wishes to you and yours.

  • Notasheep profile image


    7 years ago

    I am touched by this story, thank god for natural remedies, they are gods miracles. just wrote a hub on them and this just confirms my points even more so! Thank you and the best of wishes to you and your babies, god bless.

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    I agree JannyC with your comments. There is so much more to learn about the human body and herbal remedies. Modern medicine does not have all the answers yet.

  • JannyC profile image


    8 years ago

    The wonders of natural medicine! I love the native people and their knowledge of natural healing. We use nature to heal our wounds for many years before modern medicine and man made stuff and we got a bit arrogant in my opinion. Sometimes the best way is the simple way.Natural medicines and moderen medicine I hope will join together one day.The world is full of magic wonder and healing if we take the time to see it. Wonderful hub about natural healing. Witch doctor has such and negative image too.

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    I appreciate your concern and would not have done it if there was a better alternative. We were fortunate it had a happy ending indeed. Aloha!

  • TINA V profile image

    TINA V 

    8 years ago

    Your article showed a natural way of healing. It's good to try herbal remedies. However, extra precautions must also be taken for possible risk of complications. Although it was quite risky to go to a witch doctor, but I am glad to read at the end of your story that your 2 babies were treated well. Nice hub!

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    I appreciate your insightful comments LianaK. Yes, whatever was in those ingredients sure did the trick. Maybe it scared the thrush out of the babies.

  • LianaK profile image


    8 years ago

    Thank you for the wonderful read. There is a synergistic energy in the ingredients that were used to heal the thrush. I started a research project on this topic but never got to finish it. Great post and wonderful resources.

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thanks Hello, hello and prasetio30. Yes, we need to rediscover the use of all that the Lord has created. Appreciate your stopping by to read.

  • prasetio30 profile image


    8 years ago from malang-indonesia

    This is really natural. God give us anything to use as a medicine. God give us disease there must be a healing for that. Thanks

  • Hello, hello, profile image

    Hello, hello, 

    8 years ago from London, UK

    Thank you for a great read.


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