Purple Drink with Apple Bits

My hubby often drinks softdrinks after meal. It is not a good habbit. Adding the fact that it is one of the major causes of his gout nightmares. I should do something about it.  This morning, I prepared a healthy drink using two bundles of camote tops, apples and other natural juices.


2 cups camote tops, violet variety
4 cups water
1 can pineaplle juice
2 tbs calamansi juice
3 scoop sugar
1 small apple, small cubes


In a casserole, pour water and add camote tops. Simmer for three minutes. Separate water from leaves. Use the tops for salad or ensalada. Let cool. Mix pineapple juice, calamansi juice and sugar. Add apple bits. Serve cold.

purple apple camote tops drink

what not to take when having dry cough | Doctor's advice

Let as admit it, we often resort to home remedies when having dry cough. The common remedy methods often originated from relatives, home, tradition, books, experiences and internet. It may or may not be effective depending on type and severity of symptoms.  It even worsen the illness sometimes.

According to doctor’s advice, the following should not be taken when suffering from dry cough.

1) Anything sweet. Pure sugar, honey, candies, menthol candies and sore throat lozenges such as Strepsils.

2) Hot and lukewarm water. This includes hot coffee, tea and hot soups.

3) Anything salty. The pure salt, mixture of water and salt, salty junk foods and salty dishes.

4) Any fruits. The real reason is not clear but I think it is related to sweetness. The sweet orange and astringent calamansi are included in listing.

5) Anything cold. It simply worsen cough. Like entering a air conditioned room and cold places.

The reasons to refrain taking items one to four – They tend to dry the throat more resulting to more irritation, pain and coughing. Many websites are recommending items one to three. They were also include in my previous articles, “What am I taking to cure sore throat and cough“, “Roasted Calamansi, Heavy Sugar Syrup and cough” and “Pointers and Myths While Experiencing Common Colds and Cough“.

The doctor’s advice is to take a sip of plain drinking water frequently. Water moisten the throat relieving irritation, pain and coughing.  If symptoms persist see him in her office for proper prescription.

Spices such as onion, ginger, cayenne pepper and turmeric can be taken as first aid only. Their effect wear out immediately when the hot spicy sensation ceases. Spices only mask irritation. It never take it away.

Roasted Calamansi, Heavy Sugar Syrup and Cough

It is one of the many home invented cough remedy. Drinking a fresh roasted calamansi juice super saturated with sugar. It works well for mild occasional coughing but maybe worthless for persistent symptoms. It already worked for me many times  but not the last time.

Manner of preparation. Get several fresh calamansi, about five to six pieces. Roast it over fire until sudden bursts of flame start coming out of the skin and or the skin become discolored. Extract the sour and astringent juice. Remove the seeds. Add about one to two tablespoons of sugar. Add a little recently boiled water in order to dissolved the sugar. Mix well and drink.

fresh calamansiroasted calamansicalamansi with sugarThe resulting mixture is thick (but not as thick as honey), sour, astringent and too sweet. Taking it in might result to a face expression similar to taking a sip of vinegar.

Usually taken before going to bed to prevent coughing and have a good night sleep.

Other popular alternative cough cures are:

Honey. Same as above. Take it before going to bed. It is claimed that honey is able to destroy mucus and unclogged air passages. Suits pain and irritation.  The antioxidant and antimicrobial properties might really help cure coughs. Not recommended for young children though.

Okra. It is said that slippery mucilage helps relieved throat irritation.

Water left over night in garden.  A glass half-filled with water is left overnight in garden uncovered.  The collected morning dew, hamog,  is the essential component of this alternative medicine. This one is totally unjustifiable.

update as of June 29, 2012. Please see “What not to take when having dry cough| Doctor’s Advice“.

Trying to Make A Calamansi Wine !

Previously, my friend and I worked at our alma mater. Our project was making and market testing of dragon fruit wine. One of our problem was the souring of wine. We did all the sanitation practices to prevent the entry of contaminant acetic acid bacteria. The bacteria strain is responsible for turning of good wine to vinegar. We did all we can but many of the batches still ended up souring. Maybe our best effort was not enough.

Lately, he found a reading material that addition of citric acid to must is not recommended. It can trigger the acidification process – making the wine taste like vinegar.

I guessed that was the culprit. We are adding citric acid to adjust the mixture acidity before fermentation. Tartaric acid use is advised. The same also explains why I never see any wine made of citrus family. Do you see one?

Now, I am going to test the calamansi wine.The main acid component of calamansi is citric acid – souring is expected.

Fermentation takes three to four weeks. Update will be publish after this period.

calamansi fruits in glass


After over one and a half month, I got the two trials  and poured them carefully into two separate glasses. The trials tasted great. They taste like an expensive and high quality vinegar product. I tried to make wine and not vinegar!

wine in glasses

Why Choose a Commercially Prepared Calamansi Juice Over the Natural?

1) Convenience. Preparing Calamansi juice from fruit every morning takes several minutes. Slicing to halves, squeezing, removing the seeds, adding water and mixing sugar to taste. Then washing hands and utensils afterwards.

Preparing juice from concentrate is easier. Pour desired amount of concentrate and water then mix well.

A ready juice in can is the most convenient. Just open the can and drink. No hassles of preparations. People with a hectic schedule or the lazy individuals often opt for this product.

2) Price. The cost of commercially prepared juice is often lower than the fruit itself. Lower pricing is possible due to usage of water, artificial flavors and other extenders.

3) Taste difference. Natural calamansi has astringent taste, mapakla. The taste is caused by breakage of seeds during preparation. It still has a trace of astringency after avoiding the breakage of any seeds.

Commercial juice drink manufacture has a way to removed the astringent taste by using niringinase and flavorings.

4) We are not conscious about our health. We eat and eat delicious foods continuously. We never mind if it can bring danger to health or not. We are starting to watch the foods we eat after having symptoms of illness.

The 28 Calamansi Everyday – Cleansing Diet ?

She came home one day with a  kilo of calamansi. She said it is good for the health. I know this very well, taking calamansi juice everyday is good for the health. A good source of Vitamin C. However she was not after taking calamansi juice. She was very interested about the technique of taking it, “The 28 Calamansi Everyday”. She said it is a cleansing diet.

Here is the trick. Pure calamansi extract should be taken every morning one hour before meal. Other food should not be taken before it and within the one hour period. Pure calamansi is sour and astringent (mapakla). Twenty eight pieces a day might be too much so 28 pieces for the first day is not expected. Take two on the first day, four on the next day, then eight… until the 28 pieces cap is reached.

I forgot to ask how long she has been doing this. She said that effects are good. She can poo with ease and her frequent headache are gone.