Vasambu is a popular natural and medicinal herb widely used
for infants and babies for different problems. The plant is called as Sweet
Flag in English. It is also known as 'Pillai Valarpan' or 'Pillai Marunthu' in Tamil Nadu as it helps mothers to raise
their infants and babies without illness.
Specific herbs like vasambu (sweet flag) mixed with honey is
orally administered for the general well-being of the baby.) Although these
herbs might have great health benefits, paediatricians now advise not to give
anything other than breast milk and prescribed medicines to babies.
There are different ways one can take vasambu internally.
Some ways are:
1. Crush Vasambu and boil it in water. Boil
till the water is reduced to half quantity. Filter and drink the boiled water.
2. Dip Vasambu in water. Swipe it on a stone and use. For
babies and infants, this is one of the best way to give.
3. Show Vasambu directly on flame till it is burnt and
become black. Use a tong or pot holder to heat on direct flame. You can swipe
it on a stone and use it. Or you can grind the burnt vasambu and store the
powder in an air tight container. Some people coat the vasambu with castor oil
before showing it on fire. You can mix vasambu with honey to consume it.
Usages: Vasambu for acid reflux, indigestion and stomach
problems. Vasambu for babies and Infants. Vasambu helps to protect our houses from
various insects, bed bugs, cockroaches, mites.