Category: Old Wives Remedies

Tawas by Candle (Supernatural Healing)

Tawas by Candle, photo by JMorton

Tawas by Candle (Supernatural Healing)

This time round, our visit to the Philippines is more tumultuous than past vacations, for obvious reason that we came home because our mother had passed away.

All of us have suffered from some form of ailments, mostly stomach ache, diarrhoea, stomach bug related.

It became ridiculous the amount of time we spent in the toilet and despite medication like imodium, diatabs and the likes, we continue to suffer.

There is only one thing left, consult the great lady of Necodemus in Tondo.  Apparently she has a very long experience of curing people without the expense of money and time consulting medical doctors and hospitals.

This lady of Necodemus can diagnose using candles and a bowl of water.

Sometimes, she does not even have to see the patient or know the full name.

Anyway the first one to consult the Lady of Necodemus, was Marilou.  She had not been sleeping because of acute stomach ache and the constant need to go to toilet.

The Lady of Nicodemus, did her supernatural bit by letting the tears from a lit candle fall into a bowl of water.  The tears from the candle then started to form a shape.  Marilou’s one has so much indentations and protuberance that it could only be a man.  🙂 🙂  The Lady of Necodemus said that a man (living) had hexed (usog) Marilou.  The lady prescribed Marilou a drink of a pancit pancit tea.  It seemed to have worked as Marilou finally had her good night sleep denied to her during the last few days.

When I heard about this shenanigans, I was so intrigued that I sent Dayday to the Lady of Necodemus to diagnose Peter.  Dayday said that she would go after 6pm, to ensure the power of the Lady of Necodemus was more potent.  Who am I to argue?!!! 🙂

At exactly 6pm, Dayday went and spoke to the Lady.  After the candle ritual, it was found out that Peter had not been hexed by anyone because the candles formed a very smooth shape, pretty normal.  His stomach upset was due to dinuguan, eating lots of bloodied pork!  How did the lady know about this.  Again Peter was prescribed the pancit pancit tea and to eat grilled pork and tofu.  He has not followed the advice, ergo still he still suffers from mild to acute stomach ache!

Just then my brother, who said he does not believe in supernatural hokus pokus, said that his left eye had turned red.  He said it just happened and the only strange thing that happened to him that day was meeting a cat at a hotel room that is largely not reached or occupied by paying guest.  My brother was there to fix the air-conditioning system.

Anyway Alma went to the Lady of Necodemus, who by now was absolutely perplexed by the goings on in our house in Fullon. 🙂 🙂 🙂

The lady said that we or my family in Fullon is living with a dwende (supernatural little person) in the house and that it is better to keep him undisturbed as he is harmless. Woah!!!

Also my brother seemed to have offended the spirit in the hotel and therefore he had to make amends by offering a sacrifice of 3 cigarettes, a glass of beer, a plate of food place in the darkest corner of the house.  My brother also has to say heartfelt apology.

Believe it or not!

Curing Cramps a la Korean

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Curing Cramps a la Korean

I have been watching quite a few Korean dramas lately and I often see something rather strange practised time and again by some of the drama characters.

I am talking about touching their tongue with their index finger and then their nose, they do this a few times.

Currently I am watching Reply 1997, a very good coming of age drama which I can highly recommend.

One of the boys had a girl sleeping soundly with her head on his legs.  Instead of waking her up,he started licking his index finger and then touching the tip of his nose several times.

I google about this strange thing and came up with how to cure a cramp a la Korean.  It figures then that the boy had a cramp from the weight of the girl’s head across his legs.

I will try it if it works the next time I get a leg cramp! 😉

 

Commonplace Book

Commonplace Book

As our dear visitors can see in the title heading of our blog, we describe it as being a Commonplace Book.

What is a commonplace book?!!!

It has a very long history; the first commonplace books are believed to have been compiled from the 14th century and continued to be popular onto the19th century.

They can be regarded as a kind of scrap book where the compiler noted and collected scraps of information, etc. Entries are made only in handwriting and if needed illustrated by hand too. These were what differed a commonplace book from a scrap book –  no cutting and pasting bits of paper!.

commonplacebook

commonplace book

The  subjects of interest can be diverse; such as poems, prose, short essays, tracts, critique, prayers, observations,academic, thoughts/ideas on subjects, drawings/illustrations, myths, folklore, quotes, news, lists, recipes, facts on various subjects, etc.

Collecting items like this to record in a book was called  commonplacing.

Commonplace books were first known in fourteenth century Italy. They were known as zibaldone.   The books were referred by Italians as “salads of many herbs.”

They often included sketches and cursive written scripts. Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio kept such books.

17th-century-commonplace book

17th century commonplace book

Later among others, Thomas Hardy, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Francis Bacon,Mark Twain  and John Milton all kept commonplace books.

A Commonplace book is not a diary or a journal,

Commonplace books contained notes and sometimes drawings on subjects, which were of particular interest to the collector and compiler. The collector may have copied/sketched or made notes of articles, tracts etc., from rare and not generally available books. Public access to libraries were rare too in those days.

These compilers may even had contributed to the social media of their age when showing or lending out their books to others.

We think  today’s 21st Century internet blogs serve as a type of commonplace book.

The blogger collects items of interest to themselves from various sources the internet, newspapers, reference books (as we do) etc., and which they think might interesting to others by sharing on line.

Humans have an insatiable thirst for the varied and diverse topics that make up our modern lives.

Welcome to our commonplace book, welcome to globalgranary.life.

 

Tuba-Tuba Plant (Jatropha curcas)

Tuba-Tuba Plant (Jatropha curcas)

Tuba tuba, photo by PH Morton

Tuba tuba, photo by PH Morton

Tuba-Tuba Plant (Jatropha curcas)

Our holiday in the Philippines was one of hectic activity after another. We walked for miles, we climbed and climbed. There were some death-defying moments.  We also swam, we travelled by water, we travelled by air, we travelled by land and the most trying of all, we trek on foot. We did everything almost humanly possible. 🙂 🙁

It was no wonder some of us came off worse for wear. We had pains in our feet, we had pains on our knees.  We had pains in our head, and we had pains in our stomach.  My mother felt pain in her armpit, she needed a hilot (massage).

Our kindly sister-in-law, Alma, who is a bit of a herbalist (albulario or is it albularia?) advised applying tuba-tuba in the affected area. Without much ado, she went to Quiapo, where you can buy all sorts of herbs and more.

Armed with a bunch of tuba-tuba and a lit candle, Alma started to do her magic. One by one, we let her apply leaves of tuba tuba, warmed in the light of the candle. Bert went first, with his swollen foot, followed by Marilou with both her aching knees and then me with my fat painful knee as well.

We were supposed to leave the tuba-tuba taped into our skin overnight for it to do its work properly. The leaves apparently draw out the aches and pains.

I have to admit, after just an hour my aching knee felt decidedly better. Tuba-tuba works.

The following morning Bert reported that the swelling on his foot had marginally subsided. Marilou, as well, said that she felt better.

Apparently, tuba-tuba is a proven wonder herb, so much so that the Philippines’ Department of Health has recognised its medicinal merit.

The benefit of tuba-tuba does not stop there. The barks and seeds have been found to be a good source for biodiesel.

Tuba-tuba is a low maintenance plant. It can grow anywhere and in any type of soil. It can grow up to 3 to 8 metres in height, a good hedge plant around the garden.

Feng Shui

The Methodology of Feng Shui

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Hampstead Heath Viaduct Photo by PH Morton

Feng Shui had become popular in the UK in the early 90s.  Many have started looking into it in view of applying to homes, gardens, offices and businesses.

Feng Shui literally means wind and water.  This allows for the flow of chi, the essential energy of Feng Shui.

Though Feng Shui is Chinese,  it is not purely from China.  It actually originated and can be traced back from the ancient world of Egypt, India and then China.

Feng Shui was there in the making of the Egyptian pyramids, the great Aztec temples and even UK’s Stonehenge.

It was in China that the core  principle of Feng Shui was carefully formulated and established for the modern world.

It says that the careful arrangement of furnitures can have a telling effect on your life may sound a bit like a mambo jumbo and yet when you think about it,  it does make a lot of sense.  A house carefully furnished where everything is in it right place, is airy, bright and with an organised scatter of green aerating houseplants, where the size of furnitures are proportional to the size of each room, then it can only be good for your health, happiness, peace and contentment.

Plants carefully placed in areas that hide or showcase  a particular niche can only be great for the aesthetic of your surrounding.  There are also plants that aeriate the living space.  They give off plentiful of oxygen while taking in the carbon dioxide off the immediate area.

Businesses have also adopted Feng shui; business owners are hiring Feng Shui experts to oversee arrangement of the work place in order to  maximise the performance and output from employees.

I remember an employer choosing to move our offices in a location that overlook a crematorium .  He said that he read somewhere that cemetery is a place of peace and quiet.  It has a great chi.

Well he did make a lot of money and sold the business  afterwards and we had to move on, great for him, not so great for us. 🙁

Unwelcome Guest

Did you ever wonder why sometimes they are some random shoes in the middle of a busy road?

Well we may have one answer here.

Apparently there is an old wives’ tale about guests who have overstayed their welcome. Guests who would not take the hint.

For those hosts and hostesses with onion skins, the advice is:

To get rid of unwelcome  guests  is to place their shoe in the middle of a busy road with a loud incantation of “I wish them gone.”

LOL

Salt, Sodium Chloride (NaCl)

Salt is consumed by us as a flavouring or condiment; it is produced in different forms: unrefined salt (sea salt), refined salt (table salt), and iodized salt (table salt  mixed with a minute amount of various salts of the element iodinewhich helps prevent iodine deficiency.

Salt: It’s Properties

Salt is crystalline solid, white, pale pink or light gray in color, normally obtained from sea water or rock deposits. Edible rock salts may be slightly grayish in color because of mineral content.

Salt or Sodium Chloride (NaCl) has many uses.  Some of which are for cooking, preserving, flavouring, as a table condiment traditionally with the ubiquitous black pepper, etc.

Salt is a mineral essential to the human body, yet we tend to think of it as a spice essential to cooking. It sharpens flavour and stimulates the tastebuds, helping make other food tastier and more appetising, and is an important preservative. In countries where salt is not added directly to food, other ingredients (such as soy sauce and other fermented pastes and liquids) add a salty component.

Too much or too little salt in the diet can lead to dizziness muscle cramps and can cause electrolyte disturbance  which leads  neurological problems, or death. Drinking too much water, with insufficient salt intake, puts a person at risk of water intoxication hyponatremia.

Fatalities  can occur by ingestion of large amounts of salt in a short time (about 1 g per kg of body weight)  Deaths have also resulted from attempted use of salt solutions as emetics (purges)  forced salt intake, and accidental confusion of salt with sugar in child food.

Salt is also thought to have magical properties and is mentioned in religious holy books and pagan rites

The Hebrew Bible quaotes  the story of Lot’s  wife, who was turned into a pillar of salt when she looked back at the cities of Sodam & Gomorrah Genesi 19:26) as they were destroyed.  The Book of Job contains the first mention of salt as a condiment. “Can that which is unsavory be eaten without salt? or is there any taste in the white of an egg?” (Job 6:6)

In the Christian New Testament, six verses mention salt. Jesus in His Sermon on the Mount   referred to his followers as the  “Salt of the earth”  Paul the Apostle encouraged Christians to “let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt” (Colossians 4:6).

In one of the Hadith recorded in Sunan Ibn Majah the Islamic Prophet Muhammad is reported to have said that: “Salt is the master of your food. God sent down four blessings from the sky – fire, water, iron and salt”

Salt is mandatory in the Catholic  rite of the Tridentine Mass  Salt is used in the third item (which includes Exorcism)

Salt is considered to be a very auspicious substance in Hinduism, and is used in particular religious ceremonies like housewarmings and weddings. In Jainism, devotees offer raw rice and a pinch of salt before a deity to signify their devotion.

In Judaism  it is recommended to have either a salty bread or to add salt to the bread if this bread is unsalted  To preserve the covenant between their people and God, Jews dip the Sabbath bread in salt.

In th pagan   Wicca, salt is symbolic of the element Earth. It is also believed to cleanse an area of harmful or negative energies. A dish of salt and a dish of water are almost always present on an altar. For consecration  salt is mixed with the water  producing a holy water. This mixture is used in a wide variety of rituals and ceremonies.

 Did you know?

Our body contains 4 oz of salt.

Huixocihuatl in Aztec culture  was a fertility goddess who presided over salt and salt water.

The ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans invoked their gods with offerings of salt and water.

Too much in your diet can cause puffiness of the face and body and can lead to health issues.

SUPERSTITIONS:

If you have an unwanted visitor, be sure to pour down salt on your doorsteps after the visitor had gone. The salt will ensure the visitor won’t be back. 😉

Sprinkling salt on the front doorsteps keeps evil away.

We are now familiar with horror movies where a magic circle  of salt will prevent evil forces and demons from getting to you.

Anyway a superstition from the medieval period believed that a bag of salt should be placed in a cradle next to a child who has not been baptised to protect it from witches.

For the relief of pain:

Apply a small bag of salt, which has been heated in the oven, to the affected area.  The heated salt retains its temperature for a long time and can give considerable pain relief!

 

Cure for headache

I was reading a fantastic book called Old Wives Tales.

Apparently there is a remedy for headache that does not involved any drug like paracetamol.

This cure has a royal pedigree, the Egyptian goddess Isis herself concocted the potion for Ea who once had a massive headache.  I supposed it worked as it came to pass to generation to generation.

I wonder if anyone had tried this potion in recent time?!!!

Cure for headache

The potion:

Coriander berries
Berries of the Xaset plant
Wormwood
Berries of the Sames plant
Junifer Berries
Honey

Mix these together and then smear on the head.

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