Another great Ayurvedic tonic is Balguti. Balguti is a remedy whose efficacy has been experienced countless times. It helps ensure proper digestion and bowel movement and improves the immune system, preventing colds, coughs, and fever. It helps the baby gain weight, and supports nourishment and helps in the overall development of the baby. Besides these benefits, several herbs in Balguti also strengthen the brain and bones, and help guard against worm infections.
The herbs used in Balguti, work best when ground in mother’s milk. Alternatively, they may also be ground with gold-infused water. The herbs should be used whole, wiped dry, and stored in an airtight container. Ideally, Balguti should be given to the child daily until it is 15 months old, and for the first eight months at the minimum.
In addition to all these rasayans, other herbs which nourish the brain, increase intelligence,grasping power and memory, such as brahmi and jatamansi, could also be given to your baby. One such lehya preparation that contains these herbs and can be easily administered to the baby is Santulan Brahmaleen Ghruta (add a few drops of honey for taste and give it your baby like chaatan described earlier). Since babies do not have teeth, lehya (softened paste) preparations are obviously very helpful in terms of delivering these important herbs to the baby.
This is the fastest period of growth and development in human life. You can imagine how helpful such potent food supplements will be in the baby’s system at this age. Not only will the baby absorb these rasayans faster, but they will also have a greater and longer lasting effect on the baby’s entire life, than if they are taken in adulthood. Rasayans are an imperative part of child care that bring lifelong positive results.
Ayurved says that if in the first six months, the baby is regularly given gold ground in honey, the baby will be intelligent and have an excellent memory.
In general, infants do not need water for the first six months, but drinking water is necessary, as they grow older, especially in summer.
The water should be boiled with gold, and a pinch of ajwain (Carum copticum), balantshop (Peucedanum graveolens), vavding (Embelia ribes) and fennel seeds.