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Happy New Year + Tips To Cure Minor Ailments!

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As the light of the New Year glows, welcoming the arrival of 2012, I'd like to take this opportunity to thank each and everyone of you for your relentless support, especially during my calls for votes.

I know I don't blog often enough but I'll try my best to visit and comment on your posts. I'd also like to thank those for re-tweeting my posts. I'm not into Twitter 24/7 like some of you and I'm not savvy using that tool. Nevertheless, I do appreciate your kind gestures. You know who you are and I sincerely thank you from the bottom of my heart. I shall repay you in kind.

May each day of 2012 blossom into love and happiness for you and may wonderful surprises fill your life! With this, I share with you this useful article which I've recently received from a friend: Pain Cures You Can Find in Your Kitchen (Part I).

handy tips like ginger to cure minor ailments
  1. Make muscle pain a memory with ginger: When Danish researchers asked achy people to jazz up their diets with ginger, it eased muscle and joint pain, swelling and stiffness for up to and 63 percent of them within two months. Experts credit ginger's potent compounds called gingerols, which prevent the production of pain-triggering hormones. The study-recommended dose: Add at least 1 teaspoon of dried ginger or 2 teaspoons of chopped ginger to meals daily.
  2. Cure a toothache with cloves: Got a toothache and can't get to the dentist? Gently chewing on a clove can ease tooth pain and gum inflammation for two hours straight, say UCLA researchers. Experts point to a natural compound in cloves called eugenol, a powerful, natural anesthetic. Bonus: Sprinkling a ¼ teaspoon of ground cloves on meals daily may also protect your ticker. Scientists say this simple action helps stabilize blood sugar, plus dampen production of artery-clogging cholesterol in as little as three weeks.
  3. Heal heartburn with cider vinegar: Sip 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar mixed with 8 ounces of water before every meal, and experts say you could shut down painful bouts of heartburn in as little as 24 hours. "Cider vinegar is rich in malic and tartaric acids, powerful digestive aids that speed the breakdown of fats and proteins so your stomach can empty quickly, before food washes up into the esophagus, triggering heartburn pain," explains Joseph Brasco, M.D., a gastroenterologist at the Center for Colon and Digestive Diseases in Huntsville, AL.
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  5. Erase ear-aches with garlic: To cure one fast, just place two drops of warm garlic oil into your aching ear twice daily for five days. To whip up your own garlic oil, gently simmer three cloves of crushed garlic in a half a cup of extra virgin olive oil for two minutes, strain, then refrigerate for up to two weeks, suggests Teresa Graedon, Ph.D., co-author of Best Choices. For an optimal experience, warm this mix slightly before using so the liquid will feel soothing in your ear canal.
  6. Chase away joint and headache pain with cherries: Latest studies show that at least one in four women is struggling with arthritis, gout or chronic headaches. If you're one of them, a daily bowl of cherries could ease your ache, without the stomach upset so often triggered by today's painkillers, say researchers at East Lansing's Michigan State University. Enjoy 20 cherries (fresh, frozen or dried) daily, then continue until your pain disappears.
  7. Fight tummy troubles with fish: Indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel diseases...if your belly always seems to be in an uproar, try munching 18 ounces of fish weekly to ease your misery. Repeated studies show that the fatty acids in fish, called EPA and DHA, can significantly reduce intestinal inflammation, cramping and belly pain and, in some cases, provide as much relief as corticosteroids and other prescription meds. For best results, look for oily fish like salmon, sardines, tuna, mackerel, trout and herring.
  8. Prevent PMS with yogurt: Up to 80 percent of women will struggle with premenstrual syndrome and its uncomfortable symptoms, report Yale researchers. The reason: Their nervous systems are sensitive to the ups and downs in estrogen and progesterone that occur naturally every month. But snacking on 2 cups of yogurt a day can slash these symptoms by 48 percent, say researchers at New York's Columbia University. "Yogurt is rich in calcium, a mineral that naturally calms the nervous system, preventing painful symptoms even when hormones are in flux," explains Mary Jane Minkin, M.D., a professor of gynecology at Yale University.
  9. Tame chronic pain with turmeric: Studies show turmeric, a popular East Indian spice, is actually three times more effective at easing pain than aspirin, ibuprofen or naproxen, plus it can help relieve chronic pain for 50 percent of people struggling with arthritis and even fibromyalgia, according to Cornell researchers. That's because turmeric's active ingredient, curcumin, naturally shuts down cyclooxygenase 2, an enzyme that churns out a stream of pain-producing hormones, explains nutrition researcher Julian Whitaker, M.D. and author of Reversing Diabetes. The study-recommended dose: Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon of this spice daily onto any rice, poultry, meat or vegetable dish.
  10. End endometrial pain with oats: The ticket to soothing endometriosis pain could be a daily bowl of oatmeal. Endometriosis occurs when little bits of the uterine lining detach and grow outside of the uterus. Experts say these migrating cells can turn menstruation into a misery, causing so much inflammation that they trigger severe cramping during your period, plus a heavy ache that drags on all month long. Fortunately, scientists say opting for a diet rich in oats can help reduce endometrial pain for up to 60 percent of women within six months. That's because oats don't contain gluten, a trouble-making protein that triggers inflammation in many women, making endometriosis difficult to bear, explains Peter Green, M.D., professor of medicine at Colombia University.
  11. Soothe foot pain with salt: Experts say at least six million Americans develop painful ingrown toenails each year. But regularly soaking ingrown nails in warm salt water baths can cure these painful infections within four days, say scientists at California's Stanford University. The salt in the mix naturally nixes inflammation, plus it's anti-bacterial, so it quickly destroys the germs that cause swelling and pain. Just mix 1 teaspoon of salt into each cup of water, heat to the warmest temperature that you can comfortably stand, and then soak the affected foot area for 20 minutes twice daily, until your infection subsides.
Here's more @ Pain Cures You Can Find in Your Kitchen II! Well, remember to forward this post and share these tips with your friends if you found them useful. Happy New Year, everyone!


  1. Happy New Year to you and your family, Shirley! I have definitely not forgotten about you. Still thought of you when I flew over Singapore on my way back for holidays! I need to get back to more blogging this year. Hope the days don't pass by so fast this year...hehe. Thanks very much for dropping by my blog. You always brings me smiles :D Thanks very much too for all the tips...definitely useful.

  2. Happy NEW YEAR to you Shirley! Thanks alot for dropping by my blog and wish u have a blessed year 2012! :D

    And thanks for the tips! I shall try the Tummy Trouble with Fish XD

  3. Mary, it's certainly good to have u back in action! U must be busy with your newly set-up food stall. Hope biz is well!

    Thks for your kind note & Happy Blogging!

    KF, always good to hear from u! Happy 2012!

  4. Great tips Shirley and its a nice reminder of the ingredients we should use for cooking and at the same time get the benefits.

    Turmeric, ginger and garlic are the must for Indian cooking and we use plenty of it.

    Btw, I am also not 24/7 on tweet,in fact its a once a while.

  5. Nava, looks like we belong to the same generation. Twitter seems to be popular among youngsters.

  6. Happy New Year to you, hoping you have the healthiest happiest 2012 amazing year ever!

  7. Hie Shirley! New Year Greetings from Nara! All the best to you this year 2012 as well!

  8. This was great tips Sis!! Sorry for not online that often since I'm in ma hometown and I was unable to online due to so many more interesting things to do.. ha ha ha.. by the way, Happy New Year Sis, and I'm sure be back on blogging starting now!! Ho ho ho..

  9. Hi Sherley..Wishing you and your family a very happy and prosperous New Year :)

  10. Shirley, Happy New Year and wish you all the best in 2012.
    Thank you very much for leaving your comment on my site. Sorry for not visiting you so often lately as I was very busy baking even after the Christmas holidays. Hope to get back to my usual blogging soon :)

  11. Happy New Year Shirley! These are some excellent cures that I'll keep in mind! All the best to you and your family in 2012.

  12. Happy New Year to you and your family, Shirley! Can't wait to see what your blog has in store for us in 2012! More power!

  13. Happy New Year! Isn't nature amazing?! There are so many things that serve medicinal purposes! I was talking to my mother regarding my arthritis and she told me about the cherries - I guess it's time to start eating them! Thanks!

  14. Happy 2012 to all!!

    Aki, good to see u back in action!

    Anncoo, I know this must be a busy period for u. Lol! I can smell it from here :)

    Ann, sorry to learn of your arthritis. Hope the cure works for u :)

  15. nice tips!! i don't like yoghurt but im going to love it after this as i have a painful symptoms during pms..huuhuu..thx for the tips! happy new year!!!

  16. Happy New Year sweetie, wishing you a beautiful and full year!
    Love the tips, very interesting :)

  17. Happy New Year to you as well dear! I hope it is filled with love and blessings! Looking foward to a great year! xx -Taj

  18. Shirley
    Happy New Year to you and family. I hope 2012 brings you all the joy and happiness your heart desires.
    Thanks for all these useful tips and for stopping by my blog and for all your cheerful comments.Turmeric, ginger and garlic are almost staples in daily Indian cooking and now I can see why:)

  19. Very useful tips!

    I wanna wish you and your family a very happy new year and here's to a even better 2012!

  20. Blessed New Year! Such awesome tips to ensure we all have a healthy 2012. Well done!

    The tip on yogurt and PMS is true. MY pains and discomfort reduced when I started to include yogurt into my meals at least twice a week. Even a simple lassi or yogurt drink helps.

    Will take note of cider vinegar and heartburn. So far if I get it, I will normally live through it or in bad cases resort to Gaviscon.

  21. Wishing you a fantastic 2012 dear..:)
    Tasty Appetite

  22. Once again, I wish all of u a Happy 2012 & may happiness surrounds u always!

    Aemy, hope the yogurt tip helps u too!

    Missyblurkit, thks for the wonderful feedback! Readers here will learn about the fact of the cure & it really worked!

  23. Nice post. Thanks for sharing useful information. gout treatment

  24. Glad I read this, some really good info here! Thanks Shirley, and as always, SMILE =))

    1. Glad u've found the tips useful! Enjoy your weekend, dear!


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