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The Amazing Way in using Baking Soda February 3, 2015

I never know that baking soda has so much of benefits until I read this article written by Dr.Mercola. Thanks Dr., what an amazing solutions!!  I will definitely try these this weekend.  Dear readers, you can check out more of Dr. Mercola’s site for some very beneficial information : http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/02/02/11-health-benefits-baking-soda.aspx?x_cid=20150202_nonlead2_11-health-benefits-baking-soda_facebookdoc

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11 Ways to Use Baking Soda for Your Health

You can purchase a box of baking soda for under $1, making it one of the least expensive home remedies to keep on hand. In addition to using it for minor accidents and injuries, baking soda can become a part of your regular hygiene routine.

1. Natural Deodorant

If you want to avoid the parabens and aluminum found in many deodorants and antiperspirants, try a pinch of baking soda mixed with water instead. This simple paste makes an effective and simple natural deodorant. You can also simply brush some dry baking soda under your arms.

2. Insect Bites and Poison Ivy

Apply a paste made of baking soda and water to insect bites to help relieve itching. You can also try rubbing the dry powder onto your skin. This is also effective for itchy rashes and poison ivy. Baking soda helps to relieve minor skin irritation and itching by neutralizing toxins and irritants on your skin’s surface.2

3. Heartburn, Indigestion, and Ulcer Pain

Most over-the-counter antacids contain some form of bicarbonate. Baking soda works by immediately neutralizing stomach acid, helping to relieve heartburn, indigestion and even ulcer pain. I have personally recommended this to many, including family members, and have been surprised how remarkably effective it is.

Dosing is typically ½ teaspoon fully dissolved in a half a glass of water, taken every two hours (do not take more than seven ½ teaspoons in 24 hours, or three ½ teaspoons if you’re over 60).3

This should only be used as an occasional (not chronic) treatment, however, and be careful not to consume excessive amounts, which can cause serious electrolyte and acid/base imbalances.4

4. Foot Soak and Exfoliator

Add three tablespoons of baking soda to a tub of warm water for an invigorating foot soak. You can scrub your feet with a baking soda paste for additional exfoliation. A paste made from three parts of baking soda combined with one part water can be used as an exfoliator for your face and body, too. It’s natural, inexpensive and gentle enough to use every day.

5. Relaxing Soak

Baking soda and apple cider make a wonderful spa-like bath for soaking. It also cleans the tub and the drain, as a bonus!

6. Hand Cleanser

Mix three parts baking soda with one part of water to make a natural hand cleanser that will scrub away dirt and neutralize odors.

7. Splinter removal

Add a tablespoon of baking soda to a small glass of water, then soak the affected area twice a day. Many splinters will come out on their own after a couple of days using this treatment.

8. Sunburn Remedy

Add ½ cup of baking soda to lukewarm bathwater, then soak in the tub for natural relief. When you get out, let your skin air dry, rather than toweling off the excess baking soda, for extra relief. You can also add a mixture of baking soda and water to a cool compress and apply it to the sunburn directly.

9. Enhanced Sports Performance

Distance runners have long engaged in a practice known as “soda doping” — or taking baking soda capsules — before races to enhance performance, a measure that’s thought to work similarly to carbohydrate loading. It’s also been shown to improve speed among swimmers.5 While I don’t suggest you try this at home, it’s another example of baking soda benefits. Researchers noted:6

Essentially, sodium bicarbonate is an alkali substance that increases the pH of the blood. This seems to reduce and offset the acidity produced in the muscles during intense, anaerobic exercise that produces lactic acid most quickly, such as fast running or swimming.”

10. Tooth and Gum Paste

Baking soda has a mild abrasive action that helps to remove plaque and polish, clean, and deodorize your teeth.7 One review of data from five controlled clinical studies found that toothpaste containing baking soda “enhanced plaque removal effectiveness of tooth brushing to a significantly greater extent” than brushing with a non-baking soda toothpaste.8

Baking soda also has antibacterial activity and has been found to killStreptococcus mutans bacteria – a significant contributor to tooth decay.9For an incredibly effective tooth and gum paste, use a mixture of six parts of baking soda to one part of sea salt.

Place them in a blender and mix for 30 seconds, then place in a container to use. Wet the tip of your index finger and place a small amount of the salt and soda mixture on your gums.

Starting with the upper outside gums and then the inside of the upper, followed by the lower outside of the gums then the lower inside, rub the mixture onto your teeth and gums. Spit out the excess. After 15 minutes rinse your mouth. This mixture is incredibly effective at killing bacteria.10

You need to exert some caution in this area though as many believe baking soda can be too abrasive on your enamel, and Dr. Curatolabelieves that killing the oral microbiome may be highly counterproductive.

11. Teeth whitener

For a natural way to whiten your teeth, crush one ripe strawberry and mix it with 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda. Spread the mixture onto your teeth and leave on for five minutes. Then brush your teeth and rinse. This method should be used no more than once a week, as excessive use could potentially damage your tooth enamel.

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How to Use Baking Soda as a Natural Cleanser

If you find it hard to believe that something as simple and inexpensive as baking soda could really clean your home, consider this: baking soda was used to clean and restore the inner copper walls of the Statute of Liberty during its 1986 restoration. It effectively removed grime without damaging the copper11 – so think it might work around your home, too? Here are some of baking soda’s top uses for cleaning:

Baking soda is great to scrub your bath and kitchen with. Put it in a glass grated cheese container with a stainless steel top that has holes in it, and just sprinkle the baking soda on the surfaces and scrub. You may add a few drops of your favorite essential oilto this. Lavender and tea tree oil have potent anti-bacterial qualities. Baking soda mixed with apple cider vinegar is a bubbly combination that has many uses. As a drain cleaner, sprinkle baking soda down the drain, then add apple cider vinegar and let it bubble for 15 minutes, then rinse with hot water. This is a safer alternative to dangerous drain cleaners.
Soak pots and pans in hot water and baking soda for 15 minutes to easily wipe away baked-on food. Use baking soda to scrub your barbecue grill.
Clean baby toys in a mixture of 4 tablespoons of baking soda and 1 quart of water. Baking soda can also be used as a fabric softener in your laundry, or to get your clothes whither and brighter (add one cup to your laundry load).
Baking soda is a natural carpet cleaner. Sprinkle it onto carpets, let it sit for 15 minutes, then vacuum it up. To polish silver without using toxic silver polish, fill your kitchen sink with hot water, add a sheet of aluminum foil and baking soda, and let the silver pieces soak until clean. It is an easy and fun way to clean silver.
Sprinkle baking soda in your shoes for a natural deodorizer. In the event of a minor grease fire in your kitchen, use baking soda to help smother out the flames.
Sprinkle baking soda on a vegetable brush to help remove dirt and residue from fruits and veggies. Make a paste of baking soda and water and use it to scrub away grime from your shower and bath.

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7 Common Households That Has Its Advantage August 10, 2014

i was looking for a remedy to remove oil from beef rendang from my nice chiffon kaftan.  some said that i should wash it using the ordinary bathing soap .  some said try using talcum powder, spread it on the area where it is stained with cooking oil and then rub it gently, leave it for a while and wash it with soap .  i used both and the result is fantastic.

while browsing through the remedies i came through this website http://www.viralnova.com/alternative-household-uses/?np=10&ns=767.  (Source: Huffington post).  since most of the items used below can be found from our kitchen cabinet then i think it would be nice to share it with the readers.

Check out how these seven items have 20 alternative uses you need in your life RIGHT NOW!

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Salt

Salt

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Remove a wine stain: Blot (don’t rub) the spill to remove as much as possible, then cover the stain liberally with salt and let it sit for 10 minutes. Rinse with cold water, if possible, then repeat if necessary. If the spill is on a carpet, you can wait for the salt to dry and then vacuum it up.

Make drip-proof candles: Soak new candles in salt water for a few hours, then let them dry. They will burn drip-free.

Distilled White Vinegar

Distilled White Vinegar

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Revive wilted vegetables: Soak wilted greens or other vegetables in a bath of one tablespoon of white vinegar to two cups of water for 10 minutes.

Keep colors from running: Add one cup of white vinegar to the wash to help set the color of new towels or other items.

Prevent cheese from getting moldy: Dampen a paper towel in white vinegar and wrap it around hard cheese to prevent mold spores from forming.

Petroleum jelly

Petroleum jelly

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Keep car doors from freezing shut: Put a thin layer of petroleum jelly around the insulation of your car door, and you won’t have to worry about your car doors freezing shut when the next polar vortex hits.

Make an at-home mani/pedi look perfect: Use a cotton swab to outline your nails and nail polish won’t stick to your skin. Also, a thin layer of jelly around the tops of your nail polish bottles will keep them opening easily.

Keep ants out of the doggy bowl: Coat your dog’s food dish with a thin layer of jelly and ants will dine elsewhere.

Honey

Honey

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Ease a hangover: Had a little too much to drink? Try a tablespoon of honey. (You can add it to herbal tea or hot water or drizzle it on toast, if you prefer not to eat it straight.) The fructose is thought to help speed up the metabolism of the alcohol, according to the Royal Society of Chemistry in the UK.

As a dressing for minor wounds: Honey is antimicrobial and antibacterial, which means the bad stuff can’t grow in it. You can use raw honey as an ointment on minor burns, cuts and scrapes. It also can banish blemishes for the same reason. Just be sure you cover the area with a bandage.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar

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Use it to tame a rosacea flare-up: For some rosacea suffers, applying apple cider vinegar diluted with water as a toner can help soothe the redness and burning or itching of rosacea.

Condition your hair: Add a tablespoon of vinegar to a cup of warm water and rinse your hair with it after you shampoo. It will remove any soapy residue and leave your hair shiny and manageable! (Don’t do this if you color your hair, though, as it may interact with, or strip away, the dye.)

Remove fish scales more easily: When head home with the fresh catch of the day from Wholefoods, rub it with vinegar before you clean it. The scales will come off more easily, and your hands will smell less fishy, too.

Aspirin

Aspirin

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Soften your feet: Remove calluses from your feet (or hands) with aspirin. Crush six to eight tablets and mix them with a teaspoon or two of lemon juice, and enough warm water to make a paste. Spread the paste on the calloused area, then wrap in a warm towel and cover with a plastic bag. Leave on for ten or fifteen minutes, then scrub with a pumice stone to remove the callous. (NOTE: Do not try this if you are diabetic or have impaired circulation.)

Make your plants healthier: A solution of one aspirin in a gallon of water can help plants that have been traumatized by moving or replanting to recover, and can help new plants to develop strong root systems. Or add a little mild, liquid soap to the aspirin water and spray it on plant leaves to discourage pests. (The soap will keep the solution from just rolling off the plant.)

Banish sweat stains: Crush three or four aspirin and dissolve in a bowl of water. Soak the stained area of the fabric in the solution for two to three hours. If the stain remains, repeat the procedure.

Olive Oil

Olive Oil

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Remove paint: Forget the harsh chemicals. To remove paint from your skin, just use olive oil and a little granulated sugar or salt. The paint will come off and your skin will be exfoliated and moisturized, too.

Take it outside: Olive oil can help you do your yard work. Spritz it onto lawn mower blades in the summer to help keep grass from sticking, and onto snow shovels in the winter so that snow will slide off the shovel more easily. You can use it on other garden tools like hoes and rakes, too.

Polish leather shoes: No need to use that nasty-smelling chemical stuff. A little olive oil and a soft cloth will keep your shoes looking great.

Get gum out of hair: Apply the olive oil to the gum and the surrounding hair; work it through gently and let it sit for a few minutes. Work a comb through the strands until the gum is gone, then wash with shampoo.

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Happy trying all !!!

 

8 Foods that Fight Stress by Sara Reistad-Long March 24, 2010

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Eat It to Beat It
We all know that tension can wreak havoc on our eating patterns. But the right (healthy!) foods can often help tame mindless munching and cravings and, better yet, actually lower overall anxiety and its symptoms. Eight of our favorites:

Dark Chocolate

High in flavonoids, which are lauded for their relaxing properties (chamomile tea is another great source), chocolate also contains phenethylamine, a chemical that enhances your mood. The darker the chocolate, the more healthy substances you’re getting in your diet, so look for bars that are 70 percent cacao or higher.

Skim Milk

Turns out that a glass of warm milk really is calming. One study found that women who drank four or more servings of lowfat or skim milk every day were about half as likely to experience stress-related PMS symptoms than those who drank less than one serving a week.

Oatmeal

Carbs help you produce serotonin, a calming hormone that helps fight anxiety’s negative effects-which is probably why many of us crave them when we’re stressed. Go with the craving and choose healthy sources. Oatmeal is high in fiber, which means that your body will absorb it slowly. In one fell swoop, you’ll prolong the serotonin boost, keeping yourself feeling full for longer (and on less) and making sure your blood sugar’s in check.

Salmon

Research shows that omega-3 fatty acids-abundant in fish like salmon-can help reverse stress symptoms by boosting serotonin levels, and that an omega-3-rich diet can also help suppress the production of the anxiety hormones cortisol and adrenaline.

Walnuts

They’ve been shown to help lower blood pressure, which is critical for those whose hearts are already working overtime thanks to high adrenaline levels. In fact, research so strongly backs their health benefits that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration goes so far as to recommend 1 1/2 oz per day.

Sunflower Seeds

A good source of folate, which helps your body produce a pleasure-inducing brain chemical called dopamine.

Spinach

Studies show that magnesium, which you’ll find in leafy greens like spinach, improves your body’s response to stress.

Blueberries

Their antioxidants counteract the effects of stress hormones like cortisol on your body.

 

Cooking oil – how it should be best used March 1, 2010

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cooking oil,  how far do we know what is the right way in using all these many types of cooking oil?  do you have trouble in selecting cooking oils when you do your marketing in the supermarket.  i do and will always spent 20 mins walking front and back, front and back, thinking which is the best to buy, not costly but can be used effectively for all my cooking style.  usually i have 2 types of oil at home, peanut oil and olive oil.

when we were small, our mother usually used coconut oil for cooking, for baking, for roasting, etc.  then we were introduced to corn oil, olive oil, now sunflower oil, etc.  ok, i know that for olive oil we should use it for salad and not for cooking, but, have we ever asked our mother if the oil that she used is good for our health?  whether that particular oil can be used for frying only or just for sauteing only or maybe for both cooking style?  no, right? why?  because at the time there is no article informing them that if any particular oil is overheat it will be bad for our health.  do you know that we cannot re-used the oil after frying?

thank you to all our researchers now for reminding us to be careful with our oil intake and how it should be best used.  now i know, that oil that we bought from the store are refined oil which means it can be used for extremely high heat cooking.  perhaps below could help us to be more careful in selecting our oil for cooking next time.  choose your oil wisely.

Heat

During Cooking

Oil

Best Use

No-Heat

Flaxseed

Salads

Low to Moderate

Coconut

Baking (low heat)

Light Sautéing

Pressure Cooking

Salads

Corn

Olive

Peanut

Sesame

Walnut

Medium Heat

Macadamia Nut

Baking (medium heat)

Sautéing

Stir-Fry

Safflower

Canola

High Heat

Avocado

Deep Browning

Deep-Frying

Searing

Grapeseed

Sunflower

Soybean / Soy

 

Correct Way of Cooking Instant Noodles February 6, 2010

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we are not into instant noodles, we only store 1-2 packet in the cabinet.  only when there is nothing in the fridge for me to cook, we will turn to instant noodles to eat.  we usually throw away the  powder due to the high content of the msg……yes, of course, the taste will be very bland….but do you know that many of us can’t do without instant noodles especially when one is away from home, in a foreign land.  below is a piece of information to share so that we can remove the potential health  hazard of consuming instant noodles.

Normally, how we cook the instant noodles is to put the noodles into a pot with water, throw in the powder and let it cook for around 3 minutes and then it’s ready to eat.

This is the WRONG method of cooking the instant noodles.

By doing this, when we actually boil the ingredients in the powder, normally with MSG, it will change the molecular structures of the MSG causing it to be toxic.

The other thing that you may or may not realize is that the noodles are coated with wax and it will take around 4 to 5 days for the body to excrete the wax after you have taken the noodles.

CORRECT WAY OF COOKING INSTANT NOODLES

1. Boil the noodles in a pot with water.

2. Once the noodles are cooked, take out the noodles, and throw away the water which contain wax.

3. Boil another pot of water till boiling and put the noodles into the hot boiling water and then shut the fire.

4. Only at this stage when the fire is off, and while the water is very hot, put the powder into the water, to make noodle soup.

5. However, if you need dry noodles, take out the noodles and add the powder and toss it to get dry noodles.

acute pancreatitis

Do you know:

A large number of patient with ages ranging from 18-24 years are ending up with pancreatitis either as a swelling or infection of the pancreas due to regular consumption of instant noodles… If the frequency is more than 3 times a week, then it is very hazardous…

“Please share this info and help save a life”


 

Bizarre Home Cures That Really Work February 3, 2010

got this from www.prevention.com while browsing through it and thot to share with you the home cure tips that might look or sound bizarre to us but surprisingly these household objects and foods can cure minor ailments….so why not try them the next time you encounter such incidents…

1.  Home cure: Vodka

Use it for: Foot odor

If your feet smell less than swell, wipe them down with a vodka-soaked washcloth to get rid of the stench. It’s the same principle as rubbing alcohol (which works equally well if you’d rather drink your Grey Goose). Vodka contains alcohol, which is antiseptic and drying, so it destroys odor-causing fungus and bacteria and dries out the moisture that lets these organisms grow.

2.  Home cure: Pencil

Use it for: Headaches

When you’re stressed or anxious, you subconsciously clench your jaw and teeth; this strains the muscle that connects your jaw to your temples and can trigger a tension headache. A solution: “Put a pencil between your teeth but don’t bite,” says Fred Sheftell, MD, director of the New England Center for Headache in Stamford, CT. You automatically relax your jaw muscle to do this, which can prevent the pain.

3.  Home cure: Yogurt

Use it for: Bad breath

Preliminary research shows that the live bacteria in yogurt can suppress levels of bad breath–causing bacteria. “Good” bugs in yogurt may crowd out the “bad” stink-causing bacteria or create an unhealthy environment for it, says John C. Moon, DDS, a cosmetic and general dentist in Half Moon Bay, CA.

4.  Home cure: Listerine

Use it for: Blisters

The classic breath freshener—and powerful antiseptic—can also do a number on blisters. Moisten a cotton ball with Listerine and dab it on your blister 3 times a day until the area dries out and no longer hurts, says Janet Maccaro, Ph.D., CNC, a holistic nutritionist and certified nutrition consultant in Scottsdale, AZ.

5.  Home cure: Lemon balm tea

Use it for: Cold sores

Lemon balm is a first-choice herbal treatment for cold sores, which are caused by a type of herpes virus (not the same kind that’s sexually transmitted). It has antiviral properties that work to tame herpes outbreaks, says James Duke, Ph.D., author of The Green Pharmacy. Prepare lemon balm tea by brewing 2 to 4 tablespoons of the herb per cup of boiling water. Let it cool, then dot with a cotton ball on the cold sore several times a day.

6.  Home cure: Licorice

Use it for: Calluses and corns

“Licorice contains estrogen-like substances that soften the hard skin of calluses and corns,” says Georgianna Donadio, Ph.D., director of the National Institute of Whole Health. Make this homemade licorice paste: Grind up a few licorice sticks, mix them with ½ teaspoon of petroleum jelly, and rub the mixture into the rough areas of your feet.

7.  Home cure: Tennis ball

Use it for: Achy feet

For an easy, free mini massage that stretches and soothes your arches, slip off your shoes and roll each foot over a tennis ball, golf ball, or soup can for a minute or two. To cool throbbing feet, roll them over a bottle of frozen water.

8.  Home cure: Olive oil

Use it for: Eczema

Soothe flareups by applying olive oil directly to the irritated area, says Christopher Dannaker, MD, assistant professor of dermatology at the University of California San Francisco. Packed with antioxidants that can reduce the inflammation associated with eczema, olive oil is the basis for many moisturizers; when used alone, it lacks chemical irritants you may find in store-bought creams. As a bonus, olive oil’s antioxidants help prevent and repair the damage that can lead to wrinkles and brown spots.

Rub 1 teaspoon per square inch of skin, which creates a seal that prevents skin from drying out. For serious cases, cover oil-slathered skin with plastic wrap overnight to lock moisture in.

9.  Home cure: Sugar

Use it for: Hiccups

A teaspoon of sugar swallowed dry can stop hiccups in minutes, says Andre Dubois, MD, Ph.D., a professor of medicine in the emerging infectious diseases graduate program at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD. The sugar is believed to modify the nerve muscles that would otherwise tell the muscles in the diaphragm to contract spasmodically and contribute to hiccups.

10.  Home cure: iPod

Use it for: High blood pressure

Thirty minutes of the right tunes every day can help lower BP, according to research from the University of Florence in Italy. Researchers found that people on a medication for hypertension further lowered their blood pressure after they listened to music while breathing slowly. Systolic readings (the first number) decreased an average of 3.2 points in a week; a month later, readings were down 4.4 points.

11.  Home cure: Olives or lemons

Use it for: Motion sickness

Motion sickness causes you to produce excess saliva, which can make you nauseated, some doctors say. Compounds in olives called tannins dry out your mouth and can help soothe the queasiness. Pop a couple at the first hint of nausea; sucking on a lemon can also do the trick.

12.  Home cure: Vegetable oil

Use it for: Brittle nails

In order to really fix dry nails, you have to address the problem of too-little moisture. In addition to using hand lotion regularly, try this nighttime treatment from dermatologist Dee Anna Glaser, MD: Before you go to bed, apply vegetable oil to your hands, then put on vinyl gloves or wrap your hands in plastic wrap to keep the oil off your bedding. The hand coverings force the oil to penetrate your skin, preventing your hands and nails from getting too dry.

13.  Home cure: Ice cream

Use it for: Pizza burn

The tissue on the roof of your mouth is only a few millimeters thick, so it’s very sensitive to hot foods. If you didn’t wait to let that pepperoni slice cool down, soothe your scorched mouth with a spoonful of ice cream or frozen yogurt. “The cool can bring temporary relief,” says Richard Antaya, MD. Swigging a cold drink or putting an ice cube in your mouth should also do the trick, but be sure to remove the cube quickly before it becomes painful.

14.  Home cure: Peppermint or cinnamon gum

Use it for: The stress of a traffic-packed commute

In an NASA-funded study, scientists from Wheeling Jesuit University monitored the responses of 25 college students during simulated driving scenarios. The volunteers reported that peppermint lowered their feelings of fatigue or anxiety by 20%. Peppermint and cinnamon each decreased frustration by 25%, increased alertness by 30%, and made the ride seem 30% shorter. Not a gum or candy person? Buy peppermint or cinnamon aromatherapy diffusers for the car.

15.  Home cure: Apple

Use it for: Whiter teeth

Crunchy fruits and vegetables act as little toothbrushes when you chew them; they have a natural cleansing action that works on tooth enamel to remove stains. In particular, “apples have a gentle malic acid that also helps dissolve stains,” says Jennifer Jabow, DDS, of Park 56 Dental in New York City.

16.  Home cure: Baking soda

Use it for: Urinary tract infections

At the first sign of symptoms, drink a solution made with a ¼ teaspoon of baking soda mixed in 8 ounces of water. Continue this once a day until you can get a culture done at a doctor’s office and start antibiotics. Baking soda makes the bladder environment more alkaline, which reduces bacteria’s ability to multiply, says Larrian Gillespie, MD, a retired assistant clinical professor of urology and urogynecology in Los Angeles.

17.  Home cure: Cloves

Use it for: Cuts

Sprinkle powdered cloves on a cut to keep it from becoming infected, says Duke. Clove oil is rich in eugenol, a chemical that’s both antiseptic and pain-killing.

18.  Home cure: Papaya

Use it for: Smoother skin

This tropical fruit contains papain, a protein-eating enzyme that dissolves the dead cells on your skin’s surface that can make it look dull and rough and leave it prone to breakouts. When used twice a month, this peel leaves skin softer, smoother, and more radiant:

Grind 2 tablespoons of washed and peeled papaya in a food processor and add 1 tablespoon of dry oatmeal. Pat this mixture onto clean skin and let it set for 10 minutes before wiping off with a wet washcloth. The enzymes in papaya are gentle, which is why this is an ideal treatment for those with sensitive skin. However, to be safe, do a test spot behind your ear the first time you try it.

19.  Home cure: Duct tape

Use it for: Warts

Yes, this really does work! Covering warts with duct tape eliminates them better than freezing them off, according to a study published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. In the study, the duct tape eliminated 85% of warts after 2 months, compared with 60% with the freezing method.

To use duct tape safely, clean the area. Then cut a piece of duct tape to a size slightly bigger than the wart. Apply the duct tape to the site and rub into place. Every 3 days, remove the tape and file down the dead skin with a pumice stone or nail file. Repeat until the wart disappears. Chemicals in the tape suffocate and kill the wart.

 

Diving January 27, 2010

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start young!  that’s what i told my daughter about diving.  finally, she took the challenge to try the DSD (discovery scuba diving) course before she decides to go for OWD (open water dive).

 

scuba diving is not common among children anymore.  many scuba diving operators have come up with teaching the children as young as 8 years old.  one of the companies that i know is Ed-Scuba.  one of the partners was my ex-primary school mate, cool guy with a very patience character, suitable to teach children…sorry Ed…saya nak bagi you glamour cikit…:-).  he called his young scuba divers, “my scuba rangers”, where minimum age limit to start learning to dive is from 8 yrs old to 18 years old.  they are normally allowed to dive as close as 10 metres no more.  every Sunday at k-club, taman melawati you’ll see  him and his partner busy conducting classes; first in the classroom and after that in the pool.

due to his encouragement, my daughter has successfully completed her 3 hours DSD course with a 1-hour classroom session.  both apprehension and excitement can be seen on her face when she was told to be ready for a pool session.  1st she was asked to swim around the pool to see how comfortable she is in the water, her buoyancy and her flipping the fins.  then she was asked to do the skin diving with her mask and snorkel on.

once they satisfied with her performance, they asked her to come up and put on her bcd.  once done, slowly she was descending together with the instructor underwater and they started swimming back & forth.  from time to time,  they stop and she was asked to do mask clearing.  not an easy task, though, i had a problem in clearing my mask during my diving class before.  but she did it well, bravo!  then she was asked to remove her regulator for a while and breath without it.  well done dear!!  i was a master for this skill…:-)

at the end of the lesson, i asked if she is ready to go for OWD and immediately she said yes.  soon she will be joining me for diving – mother and daughter having fun underwater – cool right 🙂

if you are interested in learning diving, you can contact Ed-Scuba at www.edscuba.com and you’ll be greeted with a friendly staff that will assist you in getting your dream come true – your ultimate chance to breathe underwater…..