Measles also known as rubeola is a highly contagious viral infection. This causes respiratory infection in the affected person. It commonly affects children.

Symptoms to look for:

  • Fever
  • Dry cough
  • Diarrhea
  • Sore eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Sore throat
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Loss of appetite
  • Skin rashes in form of round spots
  • They appear around face and neck and then spread to other parts of the body
  • Initially pink, the spots darken as the condition progresses

Causes of Measles

  • Infection by virus
  • Wrong eating habits
  • Unhygienic living conditions
  • Personal contact with an infected person
  • Droplets from coughs and sneezes
  • Immunodeficiency, due to HIV/AIDS
  • Malnutrition
  • Vitamin A deficiency
Certain home remedies have been found beneficial in the treatment of measles. . Here are some natural home remedies for measles.


1.Fresh Fruit Juices 

In the beginning of the treatment, the patient should be given juices of fresh fruits like orange and tangerine frequently. The citrus flavor of these fruits can offset the loss of appetite brought on by the infection. Orange and tangerine juices also help reduce dehydration and boost immunity with their vitamin C content. Intake about two glasses of the juice per day. This is sufficient as the child suffers from lack of appetite during this period. Orange juice is the most ideal liquid food in this disease. Tangerine juice may be more agreeable if the stomach is upset.

2.Turmeric Powder, Basil Juice

Mix well 1 tsp turmeric powder in 2 tbs extracted juice of basil and take it twice a day.

3.Fenugreek Seeds

Soak 2 tbsp of fenugreek seeds in a glass of water for 2 hours. Strain and drink 3 tsp of this water after every 30 minutes.

4.Lemon Juice Diluted

Lemon juice is known to be beneficial for treating measles. It also makes an effective thirst-quenching drink in measles. Juice from at least two lemon and diluted with at least 30 milliliters of water will help your child.

5.Licorice, Honey

Children can be given powdered licorice mixed with honey to reduce coughs and sore throats. Mix ½ tsp each of licorice and honey and consume on a daily basis.

6.Turmeric, Honey, Bitter gourd leaves

Turmeric is beneficial in the treatment of measles. Make a combination of one teaspoon honey, ½ teaspoon turmeric powder, and fresh juice of 2-3 bitter gourd leaves. This should be given to the patient suffering from measles mixture at least once a day for effective results.

7.Barley water

Drinking a glass of Barley water 2-3 times on daily basis is beneficial in treating measles. Barley water can offer relief against dry, heavy coughs during measles. A barley bath can also soothe irritated skin and make the rash less itchy.

8.Eggplant seeds 

Eggplant seeds act as stimulant in curing measles. Taking ½ to 1 gram of these seeds daily for about three days will develop immunity against measles for 1 year.

9.Tamarind seeds, Turmeric powder

Mix equal amounts of tamarind seeds powder and turmeric powder. Have this mixture, in a dose of 350 to 400 milligrams, three times a day.

10.Prevents Dehydration

Drink plenty of fluids to help avoid dehydration, fruit juice and herbal tea to replace fluids lost by fever and sweating.
Aloe vera, radish juice, coconut milk, pineapple juice (prevents dehydration) warm water with honey,lemon and ginger, basil, coriander, mint, mustard seeds, raisins, saffron, thyme, yarrow (steep 1 or more of these ingredients in hot water for 20 minutes, strain and then sip slowly)

11.Catnip Infusion

Make an infusion using catnip leaves and flowers which are rich in vitamin C. Vitamin C helps to relieve colds and fevers.

12.Herbal Baths

Lukewarm water baths can be given every day to ease itching. Addition of Neem leaves to the bathing water will prove beneficial. To help with the itching put a half cup of baking soda in the bath filled with lukewarm water, soak the child in the bath until the itching diminishes.

13.Application Coconut milk

Application Coconut milk can be especially soothing and has antibacterial and antifungal properties to avoid infection due to scratching. For pain and itching relief and to promote healing, soak cotton balls in milk and apply to the skin.


1.Balanced Diet

Having a balanced diet is essential in treating measles. A special diet will not cure this viral infection, but foods that supply vitamin A, such as eggs and most dairy products, can restore levels depleted by the disease. Avoid having milk products, spicy food and junk foods. 
As the condition improves, the child can be placed on an all-fruit diet for a few days. After this the child can be put on to a more regular routine diet, but one that is very well balanced. The fibrous content of fresh fruits and vegetables, along with the vitamins made available through the consumption of these fruits, plays a very important role in recovery from an illness such as measles.

2.Hygienic Conditions

Children having measles should not be allowed to mix with others. They should be given complete rest. Hygienic conditions along with the above mentioned treatment will lead to speed recovery. 
Wash bedding, towels and clothes daily to avoid infection. Medications should be strictly avoided. 
Do not share common objects like bed linen, towels etc. with the patient as this will prevent the infection from spreading.
Conjunctivitis often accompanies measles. Wipe away crustiness from eyes by using a separate cotton ball for each eye. Wipe from the corner of the eye outward.

3.Dim Dark Room

Keep the child rested in a dim dark room until the rash has disappeared. Sorry, but absolutely no TV or reading until the symptoms have all disappeared.People with measles can be sensitive to light. Use heavy curtains on windows and keep overhead lighting off or dim.
Anyone suffering from measles will require a lot of rest to recover. Allow for plenty of sleep and restrict all physical activities.


Running a humidifier in the room will keep the air moist and will treat the cough that accompanies the measles virus. If a humidifier is not available, just place a large bowl of water in the room to increase humidity.

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