Our home remedies – Part 2

This is part of my Home Remedies series blog posts. Part 1 of this series can be found HERE.

DISCLAIMER: The home remedies I would enumerate below are the remedies I use for MY family. I am, in no way, a medical practitioner. Use the following home remedies with caution and at your own risk. This is not meant to be a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. My home remedies do not apply to infants. Please also always remember that natural/whole food does not mean no overdosage or no side effects. Practice prudence when employing natural home remedies. Garlic, for instance, seems to act as a blood thinner which prevents heart attacks but this also means that it should not be given up to a week before a surgery. Consult your doctor or medical practitioner.

Aloe vera

Aloe vera is love! I have never realized how great aloe vera is until recently. The gel can be used for so many things – from minor wounds to burns to all sorts of beautifying stuff.

I use fresh gel as I have aloe vera plants at home. It is so easy to grow and I suggest you grow your own, too.  I just peel the aloe vera and apply directly. Because I usually am in a hurry, I peel it with my hands (yeah, hindi ganito kaganda!). I just make sure to wash my hands thoroughly. I apply this directly to burns and minor wounds. I also used this as a poultice for Jia’s stye.
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Our home remedies

This is Part 1 of my series on Home Remedies. Part 2 can be found HERE.

When Jia was a toddler, she was allergic to so many things. My dreams of going to picnics with her (with woven picnic baskets, red and white checkered cloth, and me in my sundress! hahahaha!) was crushed the first time we went to UP and Jia was bitten by an insect. By the time, we got home, she was nursing a fever and was having a hard time breathing! At 18 months, Jia was prescribed with maintenance medicines. It broke my heart but what could I do? Maintenance meds for allergies (she had allergic rhinitis and asthma) were the lesser evil.

When Joya was born, he was more allergic than Jia! I remember pressing a cologne atomizer with my hand. I made sure that none of the cologne actually went to my hands. Hindi nabasa yung kamay ko at all! Then I touched Joya’s forehead and hair. In a few minutes, his skin was blotchy! I was shocked! One time, I told his yaya to bring Joya outside for a walk as he was just cooped up inside the house (we lived in a busy street). They were gone for 15 minutes. When they got back, Joya had hives!

When Joya was less than one year old, we found out he had asthma. In fact, he had atopic triad – asthma, allergic rhinitis, and atopic dermatitis! I realized that sooner or later, Joya would also be on maintenance meds. That realization my search for an alternative. I did not want my kids to grow up swallowing medicines left and right. I had a kidney concern for a time and my MIL passed away from kidney problems so if I could do anything to lessen the chances of my kids having kidney problems, I would.

My search led me to homeopathy. In a few months’ time, my kids’ allergic attacks lessened considerably. Whereas we used to go to the doctor every month for medicines, when we switched to homeopathy, we seldom had to do so. I became a believer!

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Breastfeeding: Saving babies & Mother Earth

Welcome to the Milk Mama Diaries Carnival (August). For this month, we write about the World Breastfeeding Week 2014 – Breastfeeding: A Winning Goal for Life and share how breastfeeding can help the Philippines achieve the 8 Millennium Development Goals developed by the government and the United Nations. Participants will share their thoughts, experiences, hopes and suggestions on the topic. Please scroll down to the end of the post to see the list of carnival entries.

Please scroll down to the end of the post to see the list of carnival entries.

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My family and friends know I love breastfeeding and I feel strongly for it. Ironically, it was a study on formula milk marketing I helped conduct which introuced me to the wonders of breastfeeding. I love it so much that when I was able to successfully breastfeed Joya, I approached Velvet and asked her to train me to be a breastfeeding peer counselor. Becoming one opened my eyes to how breastfeeding is not just about personal choices but is in fact a public health and an environmental issue. Knowing now what breastfeeding contributes to society, I firmly believe that it is the responsibility of all moms to breastfeed their babies. No, I am not going activist on you (I studied in UP Diliman and though I appreciate the role that activism has played in our history, I am not fit for it.) but to put it bluntly, walang sinabi ang formula sa breastmilk! We can talk for days about breastfeeding and formula milk feeding and there is no aspect in which formula milk will come out on top.

In a society as economically-struggling and as inefficient in maximizing resources such as ours, it is vital that mothers realize what breastfeeding does to their babies. Unfortunately, because of the combined effect of formula marketing, inefficient information and knowledge dissemination, poor maternity provisions, lack of community and government support, low education levels, and the rise of the career women phenomenon (this is what I call the movement towards working outside of the home and the wrong thinking that working and breastfeeding cannot go together), giving formula has been raised to somewhat of a status symbol among many and sadly, breastfeeding has started to be the mark of the poor. Considering what formula feeding actually does (it increases risks of certain types of cancer, asthma, allergies, etc.), this is very alarming. As a result, here in our country, exclusive breastfeeding lasts only for an average of 24 days. This is very disheartening especially when one knows what breastfeeding can do for a baby, a family, and a country. For purposes of this article, I will discuss two things breastfeeding does that I believe are very important to any society.
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I Love Being a Mom

I Love Being a Mom

Two years into our marriage, J and I decided not to have kids. We felt that having kids was just not for us. Fast forward seven years, we have two adorable kids and another one on the way. Motherhood was the single thing that changed my life the most and although I don’t think women who do not have kids have incomplete lives, motherhood just enriched mine. Because of this, when Jennifer of jlofied.com asked for bloggers who want to participate in an outreach program called “I Love Being a Mom” for soon-to-be-moms who are currently living in a shelter, I immediately signed up.

Nazareth Home is under Kaisahang Buhay Foundation. Nazareth takes in pregnant women who do not have the financial capability to support their pregnancy. In Nazareth, they are given shelter, food, and pre-natal checkups… all for free. The Home also has a partner hospital which gives free and super discounted birth giving packages. Volunteers go to the Home to give the girls (who can number up to 20) bible studies and prayer sessions, tutorials on different trades (like bracelet making), etc. The girls can stay for up to two months after giving birth. By that time, they have to decide if they are going to bring up their babies on their own or if they will put up the babies for adoption. If they decide on the latter, Kaisang Buhay has an arm which facilitates adoption.

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Breastfeeding tips

This was a post I wrote for Breastfeeding Pinays, a Facebook group for breastfeeding moms, counselors, experts, etc. with the goal of supporting breastfeeding. 🙂 I am posting this here because it might help another mommy successfully breastfeed her child. 🙂

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The more you mix feed, the less milk your body will produce. Every ounce of formula you give is one ounce that you told your body not to produce. Do not fall into the Top Up Trap!
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Ito yung Top Up Trap: Pakiramdam mo kulang ang breastmilk mo ==> Magbibigay ka ng formula/Magta-top up ka ng formula ==> Mabubusog sobra si baby at matutulog ng mahaba (kaya siya nabubusog kasi mabigat sa tiyan ang formula kasi yung composition ng gatas ng baka ay para sa mga baby na baka na merong apat na tiyan eh ang babies natin isa lang ang tiyan; kaya siya matutulog ng mahaba kasi yung energy ng katawan niya ay mapupunta lang sa pag digest kasi hirap siya kasi nga isa lang ang tiyan nya kaya habang nagda-digest, lahat ng energy andun, matutulog ang katawan niya to cope) ==> Mas dadalang ang pagsuso sa iyo ni baby ==> Lalong kakaunti ang gatas mo  ==>Pakiramdam mo kulang ang breastmilk mo ==> At paulit ulit ito hanggang mawala na ang gatas mo.

Our bodies are wonderfully designed. Kung ano ang kailangan ni baby, yun lang ang gagawin na gatas. So mas madalang si baby sumuso, mas konti ang gagawin ng katawan na gatas kasi iisipin niya hindi naman kelangan; mas madalas si baby sumuso, mas maraming gagawin na gatas ang katawan. Number 1 rule yan sa breastfeeding. Kahit na isang sakong malunggay, gata, fenugreek, brewer’s yeast, malt, atbp ang inumin natin, kung hindi magla-latch si baby ng maayos, hindi gagawa ng gatas ang katawan.

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Perfect milk always!

I am currently training to be a breastfeeding peer counselor, a member of KAYA Women Empowerment and Support,  and one of the admins of Breastfeeding Pinays, a Facebook group dedicated to helping moms in their breastfeeding journeys. Being a mom opened my eyes to the importance of breastfeeding and my personal goal is to help my mommy-friends breastfeed.

Velvet Escario-Roxas, our group’s mentor and one of the country’s foremost breastfeeding experts, posted this in our group a while ago and I would just like to share this with you.


Breastmilk will always be perfect – no matter where you are, no matter what you do, no matter where you live, no matter what you eat. It will always be PERFECT. And formula milk, no matter what they do to it or add to its composition, will always be INFERIOR. Two polarities on the extreme: perfect vs. inferior food.

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Million People March

I rarely post anything about politics in my blog but the Iskolar ng Bayan in me could not help but write this post and share how the Million People March was.

Around 10 days ago, angry citizens outraged at the pork barrel / Napoles / Congress / Senate mess called for a march at Luneta to show the government that the Filipinos are just so tired of the never-ending corruption in the government. And who wouldn’t be angry? Approximately Php10 billion pesos were pocketed by corrupt and evil politicians. Php10 billion!! How many kids could have gone to school with just a tenth of that? How many jobs could have been created? How many hospitals could have been given better facilities? DI BA????

I could not imagine not going. There was a time I was not able to vote and it took me three years before I let myself forget it. I was afraid that if I didn’t go, Jia would be a teen-ager before I could forgive myself. LOL!

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