Measles is a respiratory infection that is caused by a virus, called paramyxovirus. It usually affects children, but sometimes strike adults too. The virus mainly attacks a person with weak immunity that is resulted due to vitamin A deficiency, malnutrition, unhygienic living conditions, etc. The primary symptoms of measles are similar to that of influenza or cold. Some among them are- runny eyes and nose, conjunctivitis, tiredness, cough, fever, rashes on the face, neck, forehead, and feet. Sneezing, irritability, and disliking for bright light are some other warning signs. Unfortunately, there are no drugs available to get rid of measles, till date. Therefore, it is essential to take preventive measures; else it results in some serious complications, such as respiratory infections (like pneumonia), ear infection, dehydration, etc. Now, one question might be hovering in your mind- how to get rid of measles?
Vaccination is the one and only preventive measure against measles, which is often combined with vaccines of rubella and mumps. Every child should be vaccinated in the first year. Persons inflicted with measles once, develop immunity to this disease for their entire life.Here,we have discussed some home remedies to cure measles at home.
Home Remedies for the Treatment of Measles
Barley is packed with abundant minerals, vitamin C and antioxidants. It contains high amount of zinc that helps healing the disease faster. Take one cup of barley and mix it in 3 cups of water. Boil it on low heat, until the water reduces to half. After the mixture cools down, strain it. Add salt and sugar to taste. Drink 2-3 glasses daily for 30 days. It will surely give you relief from the cough caused due to measles. Alternatively, you can flavor this drink with some drops of sweetened almond oil.
2. Calendula Flower
Calendula flowers are loaded with several essential minerals that speed up the healing process of the body. Boil 3 cups of water, and then add 1 tbsp of the powdered flower. Drain this solution and drink it two times a day till the symptoms persist. You can add peppermint oil and/or sugar for more effective results.
3. Tamarind Seeds and Turmeric
Turmeric is popularly known for its healing properties, as it can cure a number of ailments along with measles. Take a glass of lukewarm milk. Add 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder and honey to it. Drink it two times a day regularly for a month.
- Or else, make a powder of tamarind seeds and mix it with turmeric powder in equal proportion. This mixture should be given 350gm to 425gm three times a day, in order to effectively cure measles.
Crush some garlic cloves and mix it with honey. Consume it daily for better results.
- Make an infusion by adding Valerian herb and garlic in water. Consume it after filtering. Honey can also be added for taste.
- Alternatively, apply garlic oil on the affected area.
5. Lemon Juice
Squeeze some lemon to get 15-25ml juice, mix it with water and drink it several times a day. Alternatively, application of lemon juice on the affected area would soothe your skin rashes and reduce itchiness.
6. Bitter Gourd and Turmeric Root
Bitter gourd is packed with zinc, vitamin C, iron, potassium and dietary fiber, which boosts up the immune system. Dry some raw turmeric roots in the sunlight. Then grind them to make a fine powder. Now, extract the juice of one bitter gourd. Mix one tbsp of bitter gourd juice with one tsp of honey and ½ tsp of turmeric powder. Take it thrice a day for 2-3 weeks.
Coconut water has plenty of nutrients and comes with natural sugar that flushes out toxic elements from your body and helps you recover fast from measles. You can also eat its flesh that is rich in antioxidants.
8. Orange Juice
Orange is a tremendous source for healing measles. A patient of measles generally experiences loss of appetite. Since orange juice is rich in vitamin C, it perks up the taste buds and boosts the appetite. So, consume it two times a day.
Blend some butter and sugar candy in equal amount. Lick two teaspoon of this mixture in the morning to get rid of measles.
10. Pineapple Juice
Pineapple is a good source of manganese and also contains a significant amount of vitamin B1. This juice will surely help you overcome the symptoms of measles.
11. Fenugreek Seeds
Soak fenugreek seeds in water for two hours. Strain it and drink 3 teaspoons of this water after every 30 minutes.
Herbal Remedies for Measles
12. Aloe Vera
Take some aloe vera pulp and apply it on the affected areas. It reduces skin rashes and also soothes inflamed or red skin. It is one of the quickest methods of healing measles.
Being rich in antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties, licorice effectively treats measles. Make a powder of licorice. Mix ½ tbsp each of honey and licorice powder in a glass of lukewarm water. Drink it once in a day to soothe a sore throat and reduce cough. Alternatively, take one or two licorice candies daily.
14. Olive Leaf
The antiviral and antimicrobial properties of olive leaf kill the virus, which causes measles. Grind some olive leaves to form a thick paste. Now, apply it on the affected skin area and wait for 30 minutes. Later, wash off with lukewarm water and then pat dry. Do this once or twice a day for at least two weeks. Moreover, olive oil can be applied on the affected areas.
15. Mint or Basil Leaves
Mint and basil, both are known for their cooling effects. Being anti-inflammatory and antiseptic, mint and basil help to reduce rashes on the body. Make a paste of mint leaves or basil leaves, and apply it directly on the measles.
16. Eggplant Seeds
Eggplant seeds, due to their antioxidant properties, are generally used to develop immunity against measles. Take around half to one gram or about a quarter ounce of its seeds daily for at least three days.
Take one or two cups of raw oatmeal and add it to the bathing water. Soak it for a short while. Then bathe with this water. This natural cure will definitely provide relief from the skin rashes and itchiness caused due to measles.
18. Baking Soda
The healing properties and soothing fragrance of sandalwood paste are excellent for skin rashes caused by measles. It is packed with antiseptic and antiviral features, which prevent further infections. Make a paste from its powder and apply on the affected skin.
20. Mud Packs
Mud packs provide valuable treatment for healing several aliments, like measles, influenza and scarlet fever. Make a paste by mixing clay with warm water. Let it cool down. Apply it on the affected area. Later, wash it off with plain water after 20-30 minutes.
Sage is a well-known herbal remedy, widely recommended for combating measles. Boil 1 pint of water and add one ounce of dried sage leaves in it. Steep for 15 minutes and then filter before you drink this solution. Sugar and lemon juice can also be added to it.
Note: Avoid too much doses during pregnancy, as it may cause miscarriage.
22. Goldenseal Root
Boil one cup water in a nonmetallic container, and add 1 teaspoon each of goldenseal root and marshmallow root. Steep them for 30 minutes. Later on, strain the infusion. Take at least one cup a day. Drink either the whole cup at once or a tablespoon at a time, as per your convenience.
23. Echinacea Root
Boil one cup of water and mix 2 tsp of Echinacea roots, 1 tsp of mullein leaves, 3 tsp pau d’arco bark and 3 tsp of yellow dock root in it. Steep for 20 minutes and strain afterwards. Take at least 2 cups of this tea a day. Drink either two cups at once or one tablespoon at a time.
24. Lobelia & Yarrow
Infuse both these herbs in hot water. Steep them for 20 minutes. Strain and drink it as tea.
Brew a cup of chamomile tea to relieve your body from several ailments. It is well-off in antioxidants, which stimulate the immune system and reduce fever. Boil 8 ounces of water. Add 2 tablespoons of dried chamomile flowers to it. Simmer it for a few minutes. Strain the solution. Take a single dose of this tea twice a day.
- Add lemon balm leaves to chamomile flowers, along with some peppermint leaves, in order to make a soothing tea. You can also add licorice root and elder flowers for enhancing flavor. Sweeten this infusion with honey. Drink it 4 times a day for at least 3 days.
26. Wild Bergamot
Simply take a cup of boiling water and pour it into the bergamot herb. Let it steep for 10 minutes. You can prepare this tea using fresh, dried leaves of the herb, or even its seeds. Sweetener can be added as per taste. Drink it before bedtime. You can also use bergamot oil to treat the skin rashes and infections.
- Women with menstrual disorders and pregnant women should avoid this tea.
- Don’t consume it continuously. Drink it for 8-10 days, and then stop consuming it for one week, then start again.
27. Corn Silk Tea
Corn silk tea is an effective way to detoxify your body. Take a handful of corn silk leaves and pour them into the boiling water. Let them steep for 10 minutes. Strain afterwards. Take it 2 times a day.
28. Wild Cherry Bark Tea
Wild cherry is normally used for whooping cough due to its expectorant, sedative, drying, and cough-suppressing properties. Simply boil one cup of water and remove it from the heat, after it gets fully boiled. Now, add one tsp of finely ground wild cherry bark. Cover it with a lid and let it steep for 10 minutes. Now, strain the infusion and add honey to sweeten. Sugar and lemon can also be added, if required.
- Take it under specialized supervision.
- Avoid overdoses of wild cherry bark.
- Don’t consume it, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- Not recommended for children below 2 years.
Spicebush is known for its medicinal properties. Take 2 tbsp of twigs in a heatproof container and pour one cup of boiling water in it. Cover it with a lid and let it steep for 15 minutes. Filter the solution and add honey to sweeten the taste. Sip it at least once a day.
Note – Do not boil the twigs, as it will make the beverage bitter.
Cut the Sassafras roots and wash them properly. Boil a cup of water and add 2 to 4 ounces of roots to it. Simmer it for 20 minutes. Let it steep for a few minutes. Strain the solution and add honey (or sugar) to taste.
Mullein has great medicinal value due to its high content of mucilage and saponin. It soothes the respiratory tract because of its anti-inflammatory properties. Take one cup of boiling water and pour it on 2 tsp of dried mullein leaves and flower. Steep it for 15 minutes by covering with a lid. Strain the infusion. Add honey to sweeten the taste. Drink at least 3 cups of mullein in a day.
32. Saffron Tea
Just boil a cup of water and add 10-20 threads of saffron to it. Steep it for 15 minutes. Strain and drink it. It cleanses the body toxins. Moreover, you can add fresh mint, cardamom, honey, lime, ginger, green tea leaves, and orange blossoms to give a unique taste to the saffron tea.
33. Elderberry Tea
It helps bringing down the fever. It is also considered ideal for treating flu and colds. Add 1 to 2 tsp of dried berries in one cup of hot water. Steep it for a few minutes. Strain the infusion and sweeten it with honey. You can also mix peppermint, cinnamon stick, cardamom pods and cloves to it.
Note- Overdose of elderberry tea can cause nausea and digestive intolerance.
34. Sweet Violets
Sweet violet flowers are used for several medicinal purposes.
Pour one cup of boiling water in 1 tsp of this herb. Let it infuse for 10 – 15 minutes. Strain it and drink one cup of this infusion 3 times a day. Alternatively, you can also take 1 – 2 ml of its tincture.
Parsley has anti-inflammatory properties and contains essential volatile oils which are beneficial for health. It is the richest herbal source for vitamin K. Take fresh and clean parsley leaves and add them to a cup of hot water. Allow it to steep for 5 minutes. Sweeten it with honey. You can also add a bit of lemon juice to enhance the flavor.
36. Ginger Tea
Ginger is an anti-inflammatory agent that reduces fever and improves your immune system. Peel the ginger root and crush it. Boil 4 cups of water. Add 2 inch crushed ginger. Cover it with a lid and simmer it on low heat for 15-20 minutes. Filter the tea. You can add honey and lemon to taste.
- Avoid it during pregnancy.
- If you are taking it to treat cold or flu, sweeteners are not recommended.
- Excess consumption of ginger tea can cause diarrhea, nausea, irritation, and heartburn.
37. Indian Lilac
Indian lilac is loaded with anti-allergic and antibacterial properties that can effectively relieve an affected person from itching caused due to measles.
- Soak a handful of Indian lilac leaves in a bucket of water and put it in the sun for several hours. Bathe with this water. It gives a soothing effect to your body. Use this remedy regularly for two weeks.
- Alternatively, crush a handful of fresh Indian lilac leaves to form a paste. Now, apply it on the affected skin. Wait until it dries. Afterwards, rinse it off with lukewarm water. Do this daily for 2 weeks.
38. Indian Gooseberry
Indian gooseberry is loaded with vitamin C, which boosts the immune system, and high antioxidants heal the measles.
- Simmer 1 cup of dry gooseberries in 4 cups of water for 10 minutes. Let it cool down. Afterwards, add it to your bath water and soak yourself in this water two times a day to get rid of itching and burning sensation caused due to measles.
- The powder of Indian gooseberries can also be mixed with water to wash the body.
- Alternatively, take ½ cup of water and mix one tsp of Indian gooseberry juice to it. Drink it 2 times a day for one month.
- Take complete bed rest.
- Drink plenty of warm water, as it flushes out the toxins. Measles causes dehydration, so consume lots of fresh fruits which are high in water content.
- Get ample vitamin C.
- Ensure that your place and surroundings are clean.
- Eat light food that is low in fat.
- Use dim light in rooms, instead of bright one.
- Have a balanced diet.
- Avoid sunlight as it may cause watery eyes since measles damages the eye tissues. However, use sunglasses if you go out in the daytime.
- Since it is a highly contagious disease, the affected person should avoid participating in social gatherings.
- Don’t consume milk or other dairy products.
- Refrain from junk food and spicy foods, until you recover completely.
- Avoid watching T.V and reading books, as this may give stress to the tissues of eyes.