6 effective natural remedies for Measles (+ A treatment plan for children and adults)

Measles is a viral infection that begins in the respiratory system and like most viral infections; it is highly infections and easily transmitted to another person.

Measles like malaria is one of though diseases that have been around for a long time. Some countries have eradicated this disease through vaccinations and the like but in Africa and other developing nations, it continues bedevil the population.

Measles Symptoms

This disease mostly affects children under the age of 5 and it is uncommon to find someone above the age of 15 years contracting it. Its symptoms begin to appear about 10-14 days after exposure to the virus. Its common signs are:

  • Cough –  a silent type of cough that sounds like a hiccup
  • High fever that does not yield to usual treatment
  • Red lips
  • Red eyes
  • General discomfort
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • White spots inside the mouth
  • A widespread skin rash all over the body
  • Non-stop itching, etc.

How contagious is measles

Measles is known to be most active during the hot weather and it is unusual to contract measles in the cold seasons. It is a highly infectious diseases that requires an infected person to be separated from other children/people in the household else they will contract it too.

Other people –children especially – can easily contract measles from breathing the same air breathed by the  patient or when he/she sneezes or coughs. The virus can continue to live in the air for upto two hours and can also live on surface a significant amount of time. Just like the dreaded corona virus.

So please be careful and protect yourself, family and community by separating infected persons from being in contact with others.

Those that are most vulnerable to being infected by this disease are those with low immunity, children that don’t eat balanced and nutritive diet, pregnant women, young children etc.  

One of the most disturbing aspects of having measles is that it can lead to losing your sight forever. It used to be one of the leading causes of blindness in children in northern Nigeria in the 1950-70s.

Measles Remedies

Honestly, I don’t know of use of palm wine, bitter leaf and neem for measles but I will ask around for you if you are interested. These reccommended remedies are a combination of what I know is used traditionally in Nigerian rural communities, Nigerian traditional medicine, and natural medicine practice. They include:

Tooth brush tree herb

Botanical name: Salvadora Persica

Hausa name: Tazargade

The main purpose of using this herb is to curb the fever, itching and prevent the measles rashes from spotting and scaring after you have recovered from measles. It is one of the oldest treatment for

Toothbrush tree is one of the oldest treatments for fever in the northern part of Nigeria. many others use it for oral care hence, it is called the tooth brush tree in Nigeria.

You can easily get this herb in the local herbal market in Nigeria as it is a popular plant in Nigerian traditional medicine.

We will be using this herb for both oral and physical applications during this treatment.

How to use: (for itching, rashes and spots)

  • Mix the powdered herb with some water just enough to make it moist and sticky
  • Allow it to sit in the moisture for about an hour so the nutrients will extract
  • Rub the moist herb all over the body of the patient
  • Leave it and do not wash it off
  • Repeat 2-3 times a day. 

How to use: (oral application)

Adult dose (7 years old and above):

  • Boil a teaspoon of the herb in a cup of water
  • Allow it to cool then sieve.
  • Take the water extract twice a day in the morning and evening
  • You will use a total of 2 teaspoons a day

Children (6 months old until 6 years old) dose:

  • Boil half a teaspoon of the herb in about half a cup of water
  • Allow it to cool and then sieve
  • Take the water extract twice a day. In the morning and evening after meals.
  • The half teaspoon is enough for the treatment of the entire day

Cod liver oil

Cod liver oil or fish oil contains vitamin A and vitamin D among other nutrients. These vitamins are essential in strengthening eyesight and preventing the measles virus from infecting the eyes as it usually does.

Cod liver oil is a type of fish oil that is extracted from the liver of the cod fish while common fish oil is usually extracted from the fish’s tissue e.g salmon, anchovies, mackerel.  Cod liver oil has different nutrient content from general fish oil which is why it is ideal for measles patients.

You can get this supplement from natural health shops, some pharmacies and natural products stores in Nigeria. Cod liver oil supplements are also available online you can just search for them on the internet

How to use:

  • Take the cod liver oil as described on the product pack
  • Alternatively, if you cannot get this oil, then soak a clean fish in clean water for about 2 hours
  • Decant the water and give it to the patient
  • Use 2 times a day – morning and evening
  • Alternatively, take a teaspoon of the cod liver oil twice a day

Which ever you choose is fine though I will recommend that you use a good quality cod liver oil.

Kwankwashewa herb

kwankwashewa is the Hausa name of a medicinal plant in Nigeria. I am still researching its botanical name. I will be updating it as soon as i find it.

Kwankwashewa is a thorny shrub that is relatively safe as it has a low toxicity profile according to some studies. It is widely used for rashes, boils and other related skin ailments in Nigerian traditional medicine practice.

How to use:

  • Boil a teaspoon of the leaf of the herb
  • Allow it to cool then sieve
  • Take the water extract twice a day after meals. In the morning and evening

Catch thorn/large jujube herb

Botanical name: Ziziphus abyssinica

Hausa name: Magarya

How to use:

  • Boil a teaspoon of the herb  in about a cup of water
  • Allow it to cool then sieve
  • Take the water extract and repeat it again in the evening making it twice a day – morning and evening

H25 – Antimalarial herb

This is a natural antimalarial herb that is very effective for malaria, fever and measles among others as I have mentioned in another blog post how a herbs usually have multiple function unlike orthodox medicine.

It is a very safe herb that I use as my antimalarial whenever I start to feel the tell-all signs of malaria as we all do every once in a while.

How to use:

  • Use the herb according to the directions on the pack

The husk of millet or corn

In Nigerian foods, grains are a major part of our diet such as millet and corn/maize. As part of the process of preparing the grain, we tend to de-husk the grains before cooking them. The husk or chaff as we call it is the fibrous shell of the grains that we unfortunately throw away.

In this case, we need the husk or chaff of either maize or millet to rub on the rashes and this will also prevent scarring of the skin.

For the Nigerian reading this post, we are used to preparing akara, pap and the like so we know how to dehull a grain. As for those that don’t know how to do it, here is a video that shows you how to do it

How to use:

  • Get sufficient husk to be used for one person
  • Add enough water to moisten it or if it is still wet/moist from the hulling process, allow it to sit for about an hour in the moisture
  • Rub it all over the body of the patient and leave it on the skin for at-least 1 hour

Measles Treatment Plan:

From the above remedies, the treatment for measles will be a combination of a herb + Cod liver oil (fish water) + herbal/grain rub.

I have mentioned numerous herbs in the remedies categories so it is up to you which ever you decide to select for your treatment though I will advise on the use of the toothbrush herb or the H25 for the fever as they are very effective.

Treatment plan in both children & adults


  • Take the herb in the morning after breakfast between 9-0am
  • Around 12 noon, take the cod liver oil and apply the herbal/grain rub
  • Around 5’clock after lunch take the oral herbal water extract infusion
  • Around 6 o’clock take the cod liver oil for the second time and that will be all for the day
  • Just before the patient sleep for the day, apply the herbal/grain rub again. You can repeat it again during the day depending on the severity of the rashes

Measles Tips & Advices

A patient that is suffering or recovering from measles can benefit from some tips to help me recover faster including:

  • Adequate rest to allow the body time and resources to fight the virus
  • Take plenty of fluids in the form of water, juices, soups, paps, porridges etc.
  • Immune boosting foods should be the main component of your diet. I have an article on how to effectively boost your immunity. Feel free to check it out here
  • Practice good hygiene. Wash your hand before eating, avoid touching your face and avoid sharing personal items of the patient with other people


Unlike bacterial infections treated with antibiotics, there is no such thing as an anti-viral drug for a virus. This is why measles is treated with vaccines in orthodox medicine. Strengthening the immunity is also another way of fighting viral infections as only the immune system can fight it off the body.  

In natural medicine, there are plants and remedies that are known to work for viral infections pretty well. Whichever method of healing you use, it is is important you keep to the tips mentioned above as well as taking remedies for fast recovery.

All of these herbs mentioned in this post can easily be bought from the local herbal market in Nigeria as it they are common herbs in Nigerian traditional medicine.

I hope these remedies work you as they have for helped people to recover from measles for centuries in Nigeria. These are proven remedies that are commonly used in rural societies and in the past and present.

I hope this post marks the end of your pain and the beginning of recovery for you. I wish you the best

Have a nice day.

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