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A Natural Treatment for Toothache or Aching Gums

My Mum always told us to use cloves with a toothache. You tuck one or more if you can handle it into the side of your mouth where the pain is.


More recently, my friend Kamal told me about clove oil – which is better because it is more concentrated. You can just rub a bit onto the painful area. It really works.

I regrettably had my 4 wisdom teeth out in one go and this stuff saved me.

“The germicidal properties of the oil make it very effective for relieving dental pain, tooth ache, sore gums and mouth ulcers. Clove oil contains the compound eugenol, which has been used in dentistry since numerous years. Gargles with diluted clove oil help in easing the throat. The characteristic smell of clove oil helps removing bad breath. As a result, clove oil is added to numerous dental products and medications, including, mouth washes, and tooth pastes. Dentists also mix clove oil with zinc oxide and prepare a white filling material as a temporary alternative to root canal.”

It also has many other benefits – lots are listed on the Organic Facts website where the information above was also taken from.

You can buy clove oil from your local ethnic store as well as many places sell online. I buy mine from a brand called Niharti.  


Wonderful Superfoods That Nourish You #4 The Karela……….

www.tropicalfruitandveg.co.ukI’m quite proud of myself today. I made a Karela curry for the first time in years using a totally different method than I usually would. I grated it with onions, garlic, potatoes and spices – turmeric, cumin, ajowain, Curry leaves, masala etc.

For those of you who don’t know, the karela or bitter gourd or bitter melon (and yes it is bitter!) is a wonderful vegetable with many health benefits:

Nutrition Benefits of Eating Bitter Gourd 

  • Bitter gourd has been associated with lowering sugar levels in people suffering from diabetes.
  • Bitter gourd is said to be helpful in fighting against cancer and a number of infections.
  • Bitter gourd has been known to provide relief from constipation and is also effective in the treatment of psoriasis.
  • Bitter gourd helps in improving circulation and in turn, generates slimming effects on the body.
  • Regular consumption of bitter gourd has been associated with prevention as well as treatment of hypertension.
  • Bitter gourd is believed to be helpful in preventing eye complications, apart from treating neuritis.
  • The juice of the leaf of bitter gourd plant has been found to be beneficial in the treatment of alcoholism.
  • The essential vitamins and minerals present in bitter gourd help in treating defective metabolism of carbohydrates.
  • The bitter tonic properties of bitter gourd have made it effective as a blood purifier.
  • Fresh juice of bitter gourd is good for patients suffering from piles.

www.dreamstime.comSometimes you have to put taste aside and eat for health benefits. Although it didn’t taste so bad with yogurt and chapatis.

I hated them as a kid but kind of like them now.

By they way if you are really good, you can always juice them and drink the liquid. Its really hard to do but you can get used to it. I have done it a few times. You need something sweet next to you so you can have that straight after. It is bitter!

Stomach or digestion problems?

For those of you who suffer from acid reflux, indigestion, discomfort etc, there are many great alternatives than to reach for the chalky pink substance advertised on TV.

There are many reasons why these conditions occur – too much food, too much oil or fat, too many spices etc.


Watch your food portions. Are you eating too much and then feeling uncomfortable afterwards? If so, look at the amount you eat. You feel like this because your digestive system cannot handle the amount of food intake and has to work hard to break everything down. Your blood and bile are working hard to digest your food so you feel uncomfortable and lethargic.Eat with the size of your stomach in mind and not your eyes. This is something that took me ages to grasp. I didn’t realise how little food I needed.

Watch your cooking processes. Reduce fats and use variable methods like steaming, boiling etc. Or even better, keep a section of your plate for raw foods like salads and vegetables. Things like mushrooms, spinach, green beans, onions, garlic (if you can handle it) tomatoes, cucumber, radish, salad leaves, herbs etc are beautiful when eaten raw. After some practice, I have got used to the taste of raw garlic. I finely chop a clove and sprinkle it on the raw food on my plate and have no problems eating it. In fact I actually now enjoy the flavour – something I never thought I would. It also makes my teeth feel cleaner afterwards. I can’t quite explain this one! 

-Try not to have too much water/liquid with your meal. Your body secretes fluids to aid your digestion process and flooding them with liquids interferes with this process. So either drink 30 minutes before your meal or after your meal. Give bile and the other digestive juices a chance to go in and breakdown your food.

Ajawain or also known as Bishop’s Weed – is a great herb by many people in the East. You chew on about half a teaspoon of it after a meal. Within 10 minutes or so, I feel my food going down further and the discomfort lessens.

www.yogaguider.com/vajrasana.phpYoga Posture – Vajrasana. My friend Rucha told me about this one. It is very simple to do. After a meal, sit on the floor in the position pictured. 

In the process of Vajrasana, one should keep the heels together and should possibly keep his spine erected. The shoulder and neck joints should be relaxed. The breathing pattern should be slow, deep, rhythmic and relaxed.

The advantages are that:

  • This Asana helps digestion and eliminates gas trouble.
  • This is the only asana, which, if practiced immediately after meals, stimulated digestion.  

(Taken from the book – Yoga, Yogasana and Pranayama for Health by Dr P D Sharma.)

-Essential oils from herbs such as peppermint, fennel, anise, cinnamon and ginger are a natural way to ease digestive symptoms from indigestion to constipation.

Read more: “Essential Oils Aid Digestion: Treat Heartburn, Acid, Stomach Ache, Diarrhea, Food Poisoning | Suite101.com” – http://naturalmedicine.suite101.com/article.cfm/essential_oils_aid_digestion#ixzz0GqXxjWS1&A

So don’t just put up with it. Read up, get aware and get through it.

Can you give yourself an effective massage?

Of course you can. I remember when I used to stay with my Grandparents when I was younger, that they would each massage themselves. My Grandpa had pain in his legs and arms so he would heat up some Almond or Mustard oil and give himself a massage. My Grandma would do the same but more with her legs and head. This was something they did every night to ease the pain in turn for a good night’s sleep.

My Grandma would also massage my neck at times when I had a sore throat or cough. She had a wonderful technique using her thumbs to apply pressure but not too hard.

I sometimes massage my neck, head, fingers, feet or any other part that is feeling a bit sore. I usually feel instant relief.

Here are a few clips to get you on your way – these are really good ones:

Neck Massage by Angela Joyce, Fitness Instructor

This is a clip from Tarni showing a Destress Face and Head Massage

This is Debalzar Massaging the Arms & Hands. Take note of how he uses his body to support the parts he is massaging.

There are plently more examples on You Tube.



The Brahma Kumaris do offer great workshops that are around subjects that many people need some help in.

Being a charity, they are heavily reliant on donations so if you attend an event, please give generously so that they can continue their good work and reach out to many others.

This Self Esteem workshop will help you:

Learn simple techniques to help create sustainable self-worth and enjoy more positive and healthy relationships, with ourselves and others.

Two part seminar from 2pm to 530pm.

  • Part 1 Saturday 20th June
  • Part 2 Saturday 27th June

If you know anyone who can benefit, please forward this post on. Unfortunately there are too many people who really suffer from a lack of self esteem and it affects their lives hugely. This is a great chance to start looking into it. Face it and try to deal with it in order to move on and be more confident and happier in yourself. 




Yet another FREE talk delivered by the Brahma Kumaris.

All of us need nurturing. Where and how to get it, now that’s the question!

Thursday 11th June


At the Global Retreat Centre, Oxford

National Federation of Spiritual Healers (NFSH)…..


I discovered the NFSH at the MBS Festival in London this weekend. I was instantly attracted as they are another great organisation who do not charge any fees as they are a charity but rely on donations – so if you decide to use them, please give what you can so that they can continue to help others.

Here’s what they do:

Spiritual Healing is a natural energy therapy that complements conventional medicine by treating the whole person – mind, body and spirit. Spiritual Healers act as a conduit for healing energy, often described as ‘love and light’ which relaxes the body, releases tensions and stimulates self-healing. The benefits of healing can be felt on many levels, as well as the physical, and the effects can be profound.

I sat down with a charming young lady (I wish I had gotten her name but I didn’t!) who started by describing what she would do. She mentioned that she would realign my energies via a spiritual healing method without touching me and at the end, place her hands on my feet. I said ok and she began. This experience was similar to that Jyorei Healing session described in an earlier post. I could feel her doing her work, bits of my body loosening up, me letting go of stuff, everything being realigned. The best bit was at the end when she placed her hands on my feet. It was like a homecoming feeling. Everything suddenly became more clearer and felt better. This was a truly wonderful experience that I thoroughly enjoyed. I felt lighter, a bit chirpier and again like the Jyorei experience, slept really well that night and have done so ever since.

NFSH have been around since 1954/5 and there is tons of wonderful information on their website. For those of you who are interested, you can also train to be a Healer with them.  

What I found to be amazing is that they are recognised by the National Health Service in the UK and carry out their practices throughout the UK in hospitals. I didn’t think the NHS were ready for this but I was wrong.

They have a Healing Centre pretty much in every region in the UK and Northern Ireland.

This is another great service that I would not hesitate to recommend – very worthwhile whether you have certain issues that need some attention or just a regular alignment.

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