Latest Stories

Inside Out

Holiday emergency remedies


When minor problems occur during the holidays, usually there is no doctor in sight.

So what do you do when you partied a little too hard or burned the midnight oil once too often?

That’s when it comes in handy to know a few natural remedies to ease your queasiness, uneasiness or when you’re a complete mess.

Butterflies in the stomach—This all too familiar sensation can be attributed to stress caused by fear, exhaustion, lack of sleep, worrying too much, nervousness. Those butterflies are simply acid-related. People undergoing stress have an abundance of acidity in the stomach. Hence, the butterfly effect or hyperacidity.

What to do:

Place a hot water bag on your tummy to warm you.

Try sipping a cup of freshly grated ginger tea. Its immediate effect is to calm the stomach.

Often, simply shutting out all the visual stimulation around you helps. Close your eyes for 10-15 minutes.

Extreme brightness can stimulate you instead of calming you down. Stay in a dark room.

Hangover—Now this is a given if you plan to overindulge in alcohol. You will experience nausea, headaches, general body weakness, sluggishness.  And of course, you get no sympathy from anyone. Note: Hangover symptoms could appear from unexpected allergies or even a reaction to alcohol hidden in food and sweets.

Sometimes nervousness can drive you to drink. But alcohol isn’t the answer if you wish to build up your courage.

What to do:

Clear the alcohol out of your system by drinking full glasses of water every 30 minutes for the first two hours. Follow with one glass every hour.

Drink two glasses of coconut water or cranberry juice.

Try an organic turmeric (luyang dilaw/yellow ginger) or coffee enema.


Turmeric flush

Peel and crush three fingers of turmeric.

Boil for 10 minutes in a pot.


Allow golden liquid to cool slightly to just above room temperature.

Place liquid in an enema bag and release it into the colon in three installments. Hold in the solution for 10 minutes before releasing. Repeat the process

Coffee cleanse

This ought to stimulate and detoxify your liver.

Boil for 10 to 15 minutes 3-4 tbsp of organic coffee in five liters of water.

Allow to cool. Strain well. In three installments, introduce the coffee into the colon slowly.  Make sure the enema tube is inserted three inches into the anus. Lie down on your right side. Keep still. Relax.

Note: Always drink two full glasses of tepid water before proceeding. Make sure that you have had something to eat one hour before. After cleansing,  take two capsules of probiotic acidophilus to restore the good bacteria in your colon and gut.

Follow this with a vegetable juice.

Veggie power drink

One sachet of barley, wheatgrass or six pieces crushed spirulina tablets.

In a juicer, mix three handfuls of organic romaine lettuce or any leafy greens and sugar beet.

Mix ½ cup of coconut water.

Drink up. Feel recharged.

Headaches—Muscular tension, indigestion, constipation, nutritional deficiency, menstrual problems, emotional/mental stress and dehydration may cause headaches. Any condition of the ear, sinuses, eyes, nose and throat can also be the culprit. Headaches also occur due to stroke, high blood pressure and head injuries.

Potassium upper—This mineral can instantly relieve your pain. Eat one banana.  Then relax.

Water therapy—Drink two glasses of tepid water to rule out dehydration.

Blood sugar stimulation—If your blood sugar is low, sip a sweetened juice or suck on a hard candy.

Celery—Even if you’re under pressure, one stalk of fresh celery eaten as a snack ought to act as a relaxant.

Cayenne—To improve blood circulation and stimulate the immune system, take two small crushed chili peppers, add to a cup of warm water. Rinse and drink. Or pop into your mouth one capsule of US-processed Cayenne by Nature’s Bounty from Health Express (8927978 or 5568155). If you have no time to prepare the tea, this practical regimen is recommended.

Kitchen concoctions:

Grate one fresh onion. Wrap in a cloth bandage and wear it around your head for 20 minutes every hour until the pain subsides.

Black cohosh—Drink it as a tea or in capsule form. Peppermint, chamomile and passion flowers teas will ease your tensions, too.

Mineral booster—Take  99 mg of potassium every hour  until the headache is gone.

Vitamin B complex—50-100 mg daily will ease your nervous system.

Foot soak—Place feet in hot water for one to two minutes followed by a 30-second cold water soak. Repeat until symptom disappears. Sometimes a  shower of alternating hot and cold water on the head gives almost instant relief.

When you’ve eaten too much, stop. In fact, don’t wait for this moment. Know your body well.  Eat enough, not a lot.

Heartburn is indicative of stomach acid coming back up into the esophagus. Eating too fast and wrong food combinations can cause this.

What to do: Don’t lie down. Sit up instead.

Baking soda—Mix ¼ tsp in a cup of warm water.

Potato antacid—Blend ½ raw potato and mix 2 oz water.  Sip slowly.

If your problem is a lack of stomach acids, take hydrochloric acid or HCL.

Garlic oil—½ capsule in a cup of warm water acts as a mild antispasmodic.

Reminder: If you are on maintenance medication, consult your physician first before taking herbal medicines.

Affirmation: “I am abundantly blessed.”

Love and light!

Reference: “A Treasury of Natural First Aid Remedies from A to Z” by James Kusick

Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter

Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Health , Holiday Emergencies , Holiday Emergency Remedies , Lifestyle , Mind and Body

Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
  1. Ford Mustang turns 50 atop Empire State Building
  2. Are your favorite malls open this Holy Week break?
  3. ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  4. This is not just a farm
  5. Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87
  6. Clams and garlic, softshell crab risotto–not your usual seafood fare for Holy Week
  7. Sarah Geronimo and Matteo Giudicelli sing ‘All of Me’–and we all swoon
  8. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?
  9. Moist, extra-tender blueberry muffins
  10. How Vitamin B can be a remedy for ‘manhid’ and neuropathy
  1. Dominique–Gretchen and Tonyboy Cojuangco’s daughter–now an endorser
  2. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?
  3. Marcos grandson to wed beautiful Rocha scion
  4. Sarah Geronimo and Matteo Giudicelli sing ‘All of Me’–and we all swoon
  5. Are your favorite malls open this Holy Week break?
  6. How Vitamin B can be a remedy for ‘manhid’ and neuropathy
  7. France makes work beyond 6 p.m. illegal
  8. Ever heard of HydroBob?
  9. 90 percent of Filipino households don’t practice proper toilet hygiene, sanitation
  10. Boots Anson-Roa to wed in Eddie Baddeo
  1. Mary Jean Lastimosa is new Miss Universe Philippines
  2. Did Angara ruin Pia Wurtzbach’s chances at Bb. Pilipinas?
  3. Dominique–Gretchen and Tonyboy Cojuangco’s daughter–now an endorser
  4. Manila in shock over model Helena Belmonte’s death
  5. Vinegar test helpful vs cervical cancer
  6. From Jeannie to mom of suicide victim
  7. San Vicente beaches hidden but not for long
  8. Borgy and Georgina are back; others are off–again
  9. Sen. Angara: I thought Pia Wurtzbach gave a good answer
  10. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?


  • 14 killed in car bombing in Homs
  • 57-nation group plays key Ukraine monitoring role
  • French President Hollande’s top aide resigns
  • Japan to redesign Antarctic whale hunt after UN court ruling
  • Vietnam battles fatal measles outbreak
  • Sports

  • Pacquiao shorts in Bradley fight sold for P1.7M in LA auction
  • Ryu pitches Dodgers past Giants
  • Alonso sets the pace in Chinese GP practice
  • Heat seek Three-peat but Spurs, Pacers top seeds
  • Can Spurs get back at Heat? Can they survive West?
  • Lifestyle

  • Levine designs womenswear with help from fiancee
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87
  • Ford Mustang turns 50 atop Empire State Building
  • Pro visual artists, lensmen to judge Pagcor’s photo contest
  • ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  • Entertainment

  • EXO postpones release of mini album ‘Overdose’
  • ‘X-men’ filmmaker slams ‘fabricated’ sex attack claims
  • Singer Chris Brown’s bodyguard on trial in DC
  • Whoopi Goldberg debuts as marijuana columnist
  • ‘X-men’ director accused of sex assault on teen boy
  • Business

  • Italy sells luxury state cars on eBay
  • Asian shares mostly up in quiet trade
  • Dollar up in Asia on US jobs data, Ukraine deal
  • Barbie doll has a problem
  • Oil prices mixed ahead of long Easter weekend
  • Technology

  • Netizens pay respects to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
  • Facebook rolls out ‘nearby friends’ feature
  • Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  • Filipinos #PrayForSouthKorea
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 17, 2014
  • A humbler Church
  • Deepest darkness
  • ‘Agnihotra’ for Earth’s health
  • It’s the Holy Week, time to think of others
  • Global Nation

  • DoH denies Filipino nurse no longer positive for MERS virus
  • WHO warns vs spread of MERS-Cov, urges vigilance in taking precautions
  • Last call for nominations to ’14 Presidential Awards
  • San Francisco business coalition slams proposed tax on sugary drinks
  • A ‘time-travel’ production of ‘Les Miserable’ at Stanford