Archive for May, 2009

Nourishing Soup For A Hot, Hazy Weather

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Good morning, dear friends Very Happy

These few weeks, the weather has been very hazy  and extremely hot in Kuala lumpur. This situation brought to my mind this recipe given to me by my healer friend in year 2005  when we experienced the worst haze ever, when schools and offices had to be closed in the Klang Valley.

During that time, the symptoms that we had were “foggy” brains/mind (we can’t seem to think well, hehe – maybe from not enough oxygen to the brain?), forgetfulness, body heatiness and lethargy/no energy.

She gave me me this recipe which was handed down by her grandmother (so, it must be a 100-years old recipe, as the healer is in her 50’s) but she spoke to me in Cantonese, so I’ll try my best to translate here.

Ingredients  :-

  • Cleaned flesh from 1 small wintermelon
  • 1  cup (or RM 1 mixed Chinese barley (“sang sook yee mai” in Cantonese), or normal barley
  • 1/2 cup dried mandarin orange peel (homemade or buy from Chinese Medical Hall)
  • 1/2 kg pork spare ribs (or pork lean meat)
  • 4 litres water


Method – Bring all ingredients to a boil,  lower heat to small and simmer  for 3 hours. Add seasoning to taste. You can serve this nutritious soup with your dinner.


This soup helps to clear our body systems from the pollutants and dry heat in the weather. Personally, I added 1 cup of red dates for fragrance. Now that the haze is back, I will go to the farmer’s market (pasar malam) this evening to buy the ingredients and my family will be having this soup tomorrow.
Very Happy

With best wishes for good health,

choesf 😀

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Using Breathing Techniques For Self Healing – Headaches, Migraines, Tiredness

Good afternoon, dear friends 😀

I received this interesting email (quoted below the picture) on using the breathing through our respective nostrils to heal certain aspects of our lives.  As always, I am interested in natural remedies for health and thought you may be interested in this form of healing. This technique is known in Yoga as “Pranayama.”

The connection that the breath has to our physical, emotional, and spiritual health has been well recognized by healing traditions of both East and West.  In Chinese, the character    (Qì), is used to represent both the vital energetic force which sustains all living beings as well as the breath itself. In both Chinese and Indian systems of self-healing, the breath and vital force are said to move together; they are inseparable.  Many techniques of manipulating the breath have been devised to support physical health, establish a balanced and well-adjusted emotional temperament, and assist with spiritual growth.

The picture below suggests that we open the four fingers while pressing on one nostril with our thumb. However, most yoga instrutors would teach us to curl our index and middle fingers into our palm, let our ring finger and pinkie relax, and have our thumb pressing close one nostril. Try both techniques to see which is more suitable for you…

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Our noses have left and right nostrils. Are these nostrils having the same function for inhaling (breathe in) and exhaling (breathe out)?
Actually it’s not the same and we can feel the difference. Accordingly, the right side represents the sun and the left side represents the moon.
When having headache, try to close your right nostril and use your left nostril to do breathing for about 5 min. The headache will be gone.
If you feel too tired, do it the opposite way. Close your left nostril and breathe through your right nostril. After a while, you will feel refresh again.
Because the right side belongs to heat, so it gets hot easily. The left side gets cold easily.
Women breathe mainly with their left nostril, so they get calm down easily.
Men breathe mostly with their right nostril, so they get angry easily.!
When we wake up, do we notice which nostril breathes faster? Is it the left side or the right side?
If the left nostril breathes faster, you will feel very tired. Close your left nostril and use your right nostril for breathing and you will get refresh quickly.
You can teach your kids about it. The effect of breathing therapy is much better for adults.
I used to have painful headache. When consulted a doctor, he told me jokingly,” You will be all right if you get married!” The doctor did not bullshit me as he had his theory and supported with testimony.
During that time, I used to have headache every night and I was not able to study. I took medicine but I was not cured.
One night as I sat down to medidate, I closed my right nostril and breathed with my left nostril. In less than a week, it seemed that my headache problem had left me! I continued doing it for about a month and since then there was no recurrence of head! ache in me. This is my own experienc! e. I used to tell others who also suffer headache to try this method as it was effective for me. It also works for those who have tried as well. This is a natural therapy, unlike taking medicines for a long time may have side effect. So, why don’t you try it out?
Practice the correct ways of breathing (breathe in and breathe out) and your body will be in a very relaxing condition

Our noses have left and right nostrils. Are these nostrils having the same function for inhaling (breathe in) and exhaling (breathe out)?


Actually it’s not the same and we can feel the difference. Accordingly, the right side represents the sun and the left side represents the moon.


When having headaches, try to close your right nostril and use your left nostril to do breathing for about 5 min. The headache will be gone.


If you feel too tired, do it the opposite way. Close your left nostril and breathe through your right nostril. After a while, you will feel refreshed  again.


Because the right side belongs to heat, so it gets hot easily. The left side gets cold easily.


Women breathe mainly with their left nostril, so they get calmed down easily.


Men breathe mostly with their right nostril, so they get angry easily.!


When we wake up, do we notice which nostril breathes faster? Is it the left side or the right side?


If the left nostril breathes faster, you will feel very tired. Close your left nostril and use your right nostril for breathing and you will get refreshed quickly.

You can teach your kids about it. The effect of breathing therapy on them is much better  than for adults.


At one time,  I used to have headaches  every night and I was not able to study. I took medication for them but I was not cured.


One night as I sat down to medidate, I closed my right nostril and breathed with my left nostril. In less than a week, it seemed that my headache problem had left me! I continued doing it for about a month and since then there was no recurrence of head! ache in me. This is my own experience!

I used to tell others who also suffer from headaches to try this method as it was effective for me. It also worked for those who have tried this breathing techniques as well. This is a natural therapy, unlike taking medicines for a long time, which may have negative side effects.

So, why don’t you try this breathing techniques out?

Practise the correct ways of breathing (breathe in and breathe out) and your body will be in a very relaxing condition!

With best wishes for good health,

choesf 😀

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A Fruity Drink To Soothe Dry Or Phlegmy Coughs & Body Heatiness

Good evening, dear friends 😀

The weather in Malaysia has taken a turn to hot and humid, almost like a heatwave. Everyone I know is complaining about it. Just a few weeks ago, we were experiencing almost daily thunderstorms and the weather was cool and enjoyable.

The sudden switch to this very hot weather can cause our body to become heaty, resulting in either dry our phlegmy coughs. This fruity drink recipe was taught to me by my healer friend, Yoong Cheh…it is really soothing and balances the heatiness in our body.

Ingredients –

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Clockwise from top – Dried Mandarin Oranges, 2 Buddha’s Fruit (Lor Hon Kor), 1 cup Dried Figs, 1 cup Pak Cheok (optional), 1 cup Chinese Almonds

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A packet of Red Sugar and a small wintermelon

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Method –

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1) Peel wintermelon, remove seeds and cut into chunks

2) Put wintermelon together with the plate of ingredients shown in the first picture into a large pot containing about 5 litres of water.

3) Bring to a boil, reduce heat to small and simmer the fruity drink for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. …it will look like this ===>

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4) Check taste for sweetness and if it is not sweet enough for you, you can adjust the taste by adding the red sugar. For my family, I didn’t use any red sugar at all. It was sweet enough.  Red sugar has good anti-inflammatory properties and is good for curing infections of cells in our body, sore throats, and heatiness.

Get everyone in the family to drink at least 2 cups for the first day. The extra fruity drink can be stored in bottles and refrigerated…it tastes very good and refreshing when cold. Subsequent days, drink 1 cup daily.

Have a wonderful week ahead!


With best wishes for good health,

choesf 😀

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Recipe For Homemade Citrus Enzyme Cleaner – Natural, Really Cheap (Almost Free) & Effective !

homemade-citrus-enzyme-cleaner-005-smallMy newly prepared eco enzyme cleaner made from lemon and orange peels (you can use any fruit peel or pulp as well. Pineapples yield the best cleaning enzymes!)

(Please READ HERE for my review and good feedback from visitors and myself of this wonderful enzyme 😉 )

(READ HERE on how to make Dragon Fruit Enzyme to drink for health)

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Good afternoon, dear friends 😀

Heheh, for quite a while, I was suffering from a writer’s block – there was so much to tell you but every time I select the “New Post” option here, I ended up just staring at the blank page and no words came out…my mind felt like it was stuck in quicksand! 😳

Anyway, I would say that the Earth Hour campaign carried out here in Malaysia a few weeks ago was a great success – environmental awareness has increased and there were many good articles in the local newspapers promoting environmental friendly programmes and articles.

One of them that caught my eye was the recipe or method for making our own enzymes using fruit and vegetable scraps or leftovers from the kitchen. These enzymes are really good and effective as a multi-purpose cleaner.

I have been using a fruit and enzyme based floor cleaner to mop my floors for the last 13 years but I bought the floorwash from a chemical engineer who made this environmental friendly floorwash for sale.  After mopping the floor, I would pour the water into my pots of plants, which would bloom beautifully….i.e. the floorwash doubled as a plant fertiliser, too. 😉

Last year, a friend told me the “recipe” for making our own ezymatic cleaner…but I didn’t really try making some until I read about it in the newspapers last month. It was actually called “The Garbage Enzyme” but I thought the word “garbage” sounds kind of yucky and decided to modify things a bit and made my own Citrus Enzyme, consisting of lemon and orange leftovers.

Some wonderful uses recommended for this non-toxic, environmental friendly enzyme (dilute enzyme with some water, use more if you prefer a stronger concentration) –

1) do dishes and laundry (use 1/4 cup of enzyme). For dishes – add a squirt or two of dish detergent to create suds for better cleaning.

2) for washing bathrooms and toilets. grime comes off easily (1 part enzyme to 10 parts water). Be sure to add a good squirt or two of dish detergent because the suds produced will make it even easier to clean the scum on the walls and floor.

3) for removing stubborn stains and odours (coloured fabrics and floors) (use undiluted) and leave on for some time (it depends on how bad the stain is)….this is very good for removed accidental bloodstains (in panties)

4) to clean vegetables and fruits (1 part enzyme to 10 parts water) for first rinse. Thereafter, rinse in a bowl clean water twice. Vegetables and fruits will be very clean.

5) clear blockages in kitchen sinks and drains (use concentrated or blended pulp/sludge of enzyme)…pour into sink and leave overnight.

6) as a natural insect repellent (use undiluted) for ants, cockroaches.. (pouring some enzyme into sink/bath/shower stall drainage holes will deter cockroaches). My home is now cockroach and ant free! If the enzymes fail to deter ants and cockroaches, try using undiluted apple cider vinegar. That will work for sure but it will cost money. :idea:

7) as a floorwash to mop floors shiny clean (1 part enzyme to 20 parts water) or 1/4 cup of enzyme to half a pail of water

8 ) as fertiliser for vegetables, flowering and non-flowering plants (use 1 part enzyme to 20 parts water, or use the leftover mop water). For use as fertilizers, you must use as little enzyme as possible so that the plants don’t die.

9) as a skincare product, e.g. facial cleanser or toner (1 part enzyme to 2 parts water)

10) wash cars – cars will look as if they have just been polished! (1 part enzyme to 20 parts water). If the car is really dirty, I use 1 part enzyme to 5 parts water.

11) pet areas or pet accidents – for urine, wipe off all urine on floor with paper kitchen towels. Then pour 1/4 cup of undiluted enzyme onto that part of the floor. Use a paper kitchen towel to smear enzyme over a larger area. Then wipe dry with more kitchen towels. Pour 1/4 cup of water onto floor and wipe dry with paper kitchen towels or a mop. The floor should be clean by then.

12) remove warts and age spots on neck and shoulders – use undiluted enzyme on those areas and leave on for 10 minutes every day during shower. You will notice the spots lightening up. Note – this feedback was provided by a follower here :idea: – I have not tried this yet. :oops:

13) to clean glass and mirrors – use 1 part enzyme to 3 parts water and pour into a spray bottle. Spray onto glass and wipe dry with a cotton cloth, paper kitchen towels, or old newspapers. This solution cleans glass even better than those commercial window cleaners!

Currently, most people that I  know are making this enzyme at home and many have confirmed its wonderful uses. Even my regular air-condition service/repair man said his wife has been using this homemade enzyme to wash her face and she has given it a name – SK3 ! 😆

I made a small batch of enzyme to try it out for myself, and I have posted a pictorial recipe below. I  only used 10 % of the total ingredients required because I was impatient to get the enzyme started and I didn’t have a large enough plastic container. Anyway, the curiousity got the better of me and I didn’t want to go through waiting over a few weeks to accumulate the 3 kg of vegetable and fruit scraps from my kitchen. 😆

Citrus Enzyme Based Multipurpose Cleaner

To begin, you need a plastic container with an airtight cover. Here, I have used an old 2-litre fruit juice bottle. The enzyme takes 3 months to “ferment” and be ready for use.

Ingredients :-

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100 gms of brown sugar

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300 gms of lemon and orange scraps (these were leftover after I had juiced them)

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1 litre tap water

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Use a funnel to pour sugar into the bottle. Drop in the fruit slices. Pour in the water.

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Cover the bottle and date it, so that you will know when the enzyme is ready to use , i.e. 3  months later on

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Added on 27 August, 2010

Since I last posted this, I had modified the method of avoiding (based on comments by visitors here)  extreme gas build-ups leading to explosions by leaving the bottle cap loosely fastened (about halfway tightened ? ) – this will allow some gas to come out at all times and there won’t be any buildup of gas 💡

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The above picture is my bottle of enzyme that is now almost 1 month old. To read more about this amazing enzyme cleaner from my local newspaper,  CLICK HERE

Added on 27 August, 2010 –

If you see any whitish stuff growing on top of the liquid, just tighten the bottle cover, and give the contents a good, gentle shake and the whitish stuff will be mixed into the liquid. Then loosen the bottle cap again to allow gas to escape.  💡

Have fun using your homemade enzyme! 😀

With best wishes,

choesf 😀

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