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                   TIPS & HELPFUL HINTS

 HINTS LISTED BELOW - after this introduction

 To make life a little bit easier for our members, we'd appreciate any helpful ideas or tips.


This could relate to any matter connected with our daily lives; regarding how to save money, how to deal with breakdowns in the home or elsewhere, diy tips, etc. etc.


Interesting facts and ideas regarding our health - what is good for what, what we should avoid [you will be surprised how many people out there are still ignorant about some simple do's and dont's].


If you have special knowledge in Ayurvedic or Chinese medicine, and are qualified in this field, then we'd love to hear from you -  to take questions from our Members and answer them on this site for the benefit of the enquirer and others who may be interested in the same problem.


We would love to hear from anyone with an expertise in South Pacific, Indian and Chinese cuisine! especially the way it is (or was!) done in Fiji ! We will publish all recipes once it is checked out by our experts! PLEASE SEE "RECIPES OF SOUTH PACIFIC" -above-


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  •  Blackened aluminium saucepans can be cleaned by boiling water and citrus rinds in them.  Any remaining stain can be removed with a steel wool pad.

  • Add citrus peel to tea leaves while they are brewing or put several small strips and a tea bag into a cup with some boiled water.

  • After carrying out dirty chores press nail tips into the pithy side of a lemon rind to clean them.

  • Citrus rinds added to simmering cinnamon and cloves will make your home smell lovely.

  • Small string or muslin bags filled with orange or lemon peel can be placed in drawers or cupboards.

  • Rub lemon rind over cutting boards to clean and deodorise it.

  •  Orange peel scattered on flower beds deters cats.

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Think about it !

 We sow our thoughts, and we reap our actions.

We sow our actions, and we reap our habits,

We sow our habits, and we reap our characters.

We sow our characters, and we reap our destiny.”

                                                                                           --- source unknown

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 "As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world as in being able to remake ourselves." - Gandhi

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 Health Tips

Please note that if you suffer from any condition, you should consultant your GP or your usual medical attendant. The following may help some and not some others. We cannot guarantee the efficacy or the safety of any advice given here. [ed]

Cinnamon Water

Cinnamon helps reduce cholesterol and stabilize blood-sugar levels: Crunch a whole cinnamon stick with a rolling pin. Add the broken chips 
to 1 quart of water and simmer for 10 minutes. Strain and serve warm or at room temperature.

Prana Water

Tulsi is considered a spiritual herb in India, used to balance the body's whole system. It's especially good for the lungs: Drop a sprig of tulsi (holy basil) in a glass of room-temperature water and place in the sun for an hour. You can grow tulsi in 
a pot at home or look for its sister plant, Thai basil, in Asian markets.

Jeera Water

Besides aiding digestion, cumin flushes toxins from the body: Dry roast 1⁄2 teaspoon of whole cumin seeds in a heated pot until their color darkens slightly (about 10 seconds). Add 1 quart of water and bring 
to a boil; boil 3 minutes. Strain and serve warm or 
at room temperature.


Benefits of curry leaves

Ruby Taylor-Newton
Monday, July 05, 2010

An e-mail to the editorial early this week from Shanti Dut reporter Rakesh has caught my attention.

It's on the good old curry leaves by Eating out right health columnist Naini Setalvad.

According to her, you may just be committing a criminal act towards your body each time you fish out that "annoying curry leaf" from your food.

Naini claims this little leaf has immense powers, some that are even beyond belief.

If her claims prove true, then imagine all the goodness we've all been missing out on all these years!

Anyway for what it's worth, here we go....


To begin with, the most crucial of properties - having anti-oxidants-is carried by curry leaves.

These leaves are extremely high in vitamin C. They therefore help clean up your blood, leaving your skin with a fresh glow, your hair with more lustre and your eyes with brilliance. If you want to pump up your levels of calcium, then you could increase your daily intake by adding curry leaves to any food that you cook. The same applies with iron. Curry leaves will therefore help with eyesight as well.

If you are pregnant and your morning sickness is driving you up the wall, then simply add curry patta to lemon juice and a little organic jaggery. This would ease you of a daily problem, in a healthy, herbal manner. This is better than most medicines, since their is zero risk of side effects to you or your unborn child.

Mix some curry leaves into your buttermilk and this is a sure shot home remedy to an upset stomach.

My dad has a curry leaf tree outside the family home. He will be elated to know the wonderful herbal properties these leaves contain.

"Don't chop that tree down dad!" [FIJI TIMES]

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