Category: Old Wives Remedies

Tawas by Candle (Supernatural Healing)

Tawas by Candle, photo by JMorton

Tawas by Candle (Supernatural Healing)

This time around, our visit to the Philippines was more tumultuous than past vacations, for obvious reason because our mother had passed away.

During this visit, 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 continued to suffer.

There was only one thing left, and that was to consult the great lady of Nicodemus in Dagupan, Tondo.

Apparently, she has a very long experience of curing people on the cheap and also saving time (queuing & waiting) and consulting medical doctors.

This lady of Nicodemus can diagnose the type of ailments by using candles and a bowl of water.

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

Anyway, the first one to consult the Lady of Nicodemus was Marilou.  She had not been sleeping because of acute stomach ache and the constant need to go to the 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 good diagnostic from the lady, I was so intrigued that I sent Dayday to the Lady of Nicodemus to diagnose Peter.  Dayday said that she would go after 6 pm, to ensure the power of the Lady of Nicodemus was more potent.  Who am I to argue?!!! 🙂

At exactly 6 pm, 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, he still suffers from mild to acute stomach ache!

Just then my brother, who said he does not believe in supernatural hocus pokus, said that his left eye had turned red.  He said it just happened and the only strange thing that occured to him that day was meeting a cat at a hotel room that was 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 Nicodemus, 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 duende (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 a 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)

Tuba tuba, photo by PH Morton

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.

Heating of tuba, tuba, photo by PH Morton

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.

 

Marie’s knew, photo by PH Morton

 

 

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.

Jean’s knee, photo by PH Morton

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. 🙁