Pregnancy myth: Pomelo leaf under baby’s mattress to ward off evil

In this series, we explore common pregnancy myths, where they come from and whether there’s any truth in them. While we offer the scientific answers to all these myths, we’ll also look them from a cultural perspective and offer practical tips.

Pregnancy myth: A pomelo leaf under your baby’s mattress can ward off evil

If you’ve heard from your elder that you should put a pomelo leaf under your baby’s crib mattress, you may wonder why and what it’s for.

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Well, the pomelo leaf is believed to have powerful cleansing powers and the ability to ward off evil. It is an integral part of many Chinese rituals. For example, people bathe with pomelo leaves every Chinese New Year to cleanse away the bad luck from the old year. It is also done when one returns from a funeral. Bathing a baby with water infused with seven pomelo leaves is also believed to stop him from crying non-stop.

In the case of putting a pomelo leaf under the baby’s mattress, it is simply as a charm to protect your baby when he sleeps.

Where it comes from

Find out where this myth comes from on the next page…