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Herbal Treatment for Kids on the Go

Updated on February 9, 2011

Wound-Prone Kids

Ever heard of wound-prone kids? I was like that. I was energetic and active and rowdy at times that I ended up getting ugly skin scratches or serious wounds. I would climb trees and walls and fall or run like mad and crash on to something. Wounds were part of being a kid, old sages assured me, and they had a herbal treatment for kids on the go like me. 

Herbs were not actually used for this "herbal treatment" but leaves from a fruit tree. But that was what the old sages called it--herbal. And it was probably due to the use of fresh new leaf sprouts of the fruit tree that made it herbal. In deep Asia, anything from plants was considered herbal, even alternative medicine from tree barks.

A Knee Cap or Foot

It was either a knee cap or foot that was wounded. Sometimes I'd get boils, too, and the herbal treatment "for kids on the go," as the adults were fond of saying, applied too. In fact, it applied to any type of wound--both for kids and adults. I used it to treat my circumcision wound as a teenager.

Once I was walking on top of a fence when I fell and hit my face on a pointed steel railing. I didn't notice that blood was oozing out from the wound until I noticed how folks who saw me reacted. This, too, was treated with this herbal remedy. I've seen it used for raptured cystic acne as well. As I've said, it's an all-around herbal treatment.

Guava Leaf Sprouts

The herbal treatment is sourced from new Guava leaf sprouts. It's easy to grow a guava tree. It needs enough sunlight and water. It almost always survives any harsh environment--I've seen guava trees growing in the most unexpected places. But of course, caring well for them ensures better fruits and healthier leaves. Healthy guava trees produce more new sprouts. That's what we need.

Mom would pick tiny little leaf sprouts--which were often on top of the tree--and wash them well. These sprouts were supposed to produce more herbally potent juices when boiled compared to old leaves. Well, old leaves would do, but the potency is lesser. Make sure to pick fresh sprouts. Leaves kept in the fridge for use another day would not be as effective.

For Circumcision?

In Deep Asia, especially in the deep hinterlands, boys lined up for free circumcision done by a local herbal circumciser. The only tool was a sharp blade and a wooden hammer to tap the blade with. That took care of cutting the foreskin. While the procedure was being prepared, the boys were required to munch enough fresh guava leaf sprouts. Right after the circumcision, the boys spat the munched leaves on the wound and the herbal "doctor" wrapped the wound with the ground leaves and spit with a clean cloth. Then the boys dived into the nearby creek.

It has been the procedure for manhood for generations in Asia, and they claim that it works. Guava leaf sprouts and the fresh water from the creek healed the circumcision wounds faster. Thus, it's the herbal treatment for kids on the go.

The Treatment

How does this herbal treatment for kids on the go work? Simple:

1. Pick fresh Guava leaf sprouts and wash them thoroughly.

2. Put in a pot or kettle. For a regular-size pot of water, put in a fourth of leaf sprouts. Fill with clean water. Bring to a full boil and then pour water in a clean basin.

3. Wash the wound with clean water and germicidal soap.

4. Have Tom (the wounded energetic kid) sit comfortably on a chair. Put the basin with the Guava herbal remedy directly under the affected leg, foot, etc.

5. Let the concoction cool down a little--to something Tom could endure. Stirring it would help.

6. Using a huge ball of clean cotton (about the size of a fist), dip it into the concoction and drip some of the water from it on a foot--to test if the hotness is tolerable enough. If it is, gently squeeze the Guava leaf tonic on the wound over and over again--clean the wound with it-- until the water in the basin loses its warmth. 

7. Apply doctor-prescribed medication, bandage, and that's it.

I always enjoyed the soothing effect of the very warm Guava concoction on my wounds when I was a kid. It was a special bonding time with mom; besides, I enjoyed the relaxing effect. It was like some kind of a spa. Try this herbal treatment for kids on the go. ;)


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