What I am taking to sooth sore throat and relieve coughing?

The sudden change from cold weather to hot made us caught common colds that eventually result to coughing. Symptoms persist for several days that it has been depriving me of long work hours and have been giving us almost sleepless nights.

I am taking plenty or rest and taking the following at specified intervals.

Vinegar. It is my first aid whenever I feel sore and painful throat. It is the natural medicine that is almost always available at any household.

Strepsils lozenges – I was really looking for the late Streptuss. Unluckily, its production was discontinued. The Strepsils, Dichlorobenzyl Alcohol Amylmetacresol, relieves sore throat and coughing but not as effective as the late Streptuss.

Eating raw ginger – Apparently the most effective. A bite immediately take away soreness and subsequent coughing. Effect wears about 15 minutes after the ginger runs out. I am biting it little by little for  a longer lasting effect.

peeled gingerMunching raw onions – It is as effective as ginger. It has disagreeable odor and taste. Jaw movement in rapid succession brings a sudden burst of hot uncomfortable mouth sensation.

onionsTaking in honey – Taking a spoonful only brings slight comfort for few minutes. Many other websites are claiming it effective however.

crystallized honeyHot calamansi juice – Not just calamansi, the hot tea and coffee works too. A relief while drinking.

Okra, Ladies Finger – The mucilage is claimed to cure sore throat. I tried it once with no effect felt.

Menthol+Eucalyptus+Camphor Vaporizing Rub. Dissolving some in hot water and inhaling. It readily remedy sore throat, tickling and hard coughing. How I wish I could sleep beside stove so I can smell it all night. I think it is an overdosed.

menthol eucalyptus camphorDrinking water. Taking a sip of water every five minutes. It brings comfort. However, going to comfort room every 15 minutes to pee is not comfortable.

A doctor’s prescribed antibiotic.

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

How to Make Banana Peel and Onion Crackers

Banana Peel Crackers

1) Choose ripe latundan banana. Eat and set aside the peels for later use. Refrigeration will allow longer storage life. Peels of latundan banana are ideal for this purpose, thin and slightly astringent. I tried using saba banana peels. The peels are thick and has strong astringent taste – sobrang pakla.

hand of ripe latundan banana

2) Cut the peels according to size preference.

banana peel strips

3) Beat egg in a separate bowl. Add salt and black pepper to taste. Other flavors such as barbecue and chili maybe added.

beaten egg with salt and black pepper

4) Dip banana peel strips in beaten egg then roll well on flour.

banana peel strips rolled on flour

5) Heat oil over medium heat. Fry the banana peel strips until golden brown. Serve.

banana peel crackers

Onion Crackers

1) Get onions. Remove the dried scales. Then separate each scale by hand. Or cut into half and separate scales.

2) Follow steps 2 to 4 of banana peel crackers.

3) Heat oil over a low flame. Fry until onion pieces float. Do not over fry. Raw onion scale is crunchy already. Long frying will soften the onions.

onion crackers

Onion Storage Facilities In Nueva Ecija, Mindoro, Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur

My father and mother are farmers. They plant patola and ampalaya yearly. Plentiful harvest is always a wish. Perhaps it is the wish of everyone. However, a moderate amount of harvest is often ideal.


Fifty pieces of patola during the first harvest cost ten peso each. A 500 pesos total. Then a 100 pieces of patola the next harvest also cost 500 pesos. The price has dropped from ten pesos to only five pesos. Bulk buyers are well aware that there is a huge production so they are lowering their buying price. The farmers cannot do anything cause their produce will spoil if not sold immediately = losses.

The same is true with other perishable commodities such as lettuce, pechay, onions etc… farmers are facing storage problems. Farmers are forced to sell their product at lower prices.

This problem is known to DA-Pilmech or Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization. The agency will build cold storage facilities for onions in Nueva Ecija, Mindoro, Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur. Each facility can hold 2,000 to 3,000 sack of onions. The major cash crop of the mentioned areas is onion.

The project is expected to give farmers more income and save around 20 to 25% post harvest losses.

I also read from Department of Agriculture website that they confiscated some smuggled onions. Those onions are being sold in the market at lower prices. How other countries are able to sell their goods at lower prices? Smuggling is killing our own industry and grabbing considerable amount of income from farmers. I hope this storage facilities will really reduce harvest losses and make our very own more competitive.

mouldy onion