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May 11, 2012

Beating the Heat - Naturally





Summer is ON. We are in the peak period of the season known as 'Agninatchatram' or 'Kathiri veyyil'. Let us see how we can beat this summer.


  1. Lemon Juice + ground mint leaves + blacksalt + sugar = excellent summer cooler
  2. Panagam is also good (jaggery water + elachi powder + Dry ginger powder + lemon juice)
  3. Buttermilk
  4. Pazhayadhu
  5. Tender Coconut is the nature's best energy drink
  6. Soak methi seeds overnight and have it along with curd in the morning
  7. Milkshakes, smoothies using fruits
  8. Cucumber, watermelon, muskmelon are good
  9. Fresh juices garden
  10. Gulkand (made using good quality edible roses)
  11. Root herbs like nannari in sherbet form is available in the market
  12. Onion is very good so can include that in raita form (raw onions)
  13. Ice apple (eng) / nungu (tamizh) / Tari (hindi) / Tadgola (marathi) and the Juice called Nira (marathi) or Padhaneer (tamizh) is also very good to beat the heat. The juice is pungent hence you can dilute it adding water, add in some sugar and drink. (check wikipedie for more info Borassus flabellifer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
 
  • Bathe twice a day washing the bath before you hit bed will give you a nice sleep.
  • If you like short haircuts, go for it as this is the best season. Easy to clean & maintain.
  • use cotton dresses. smiley Try to avoid wearing tight wears. 
 
  • Keep a towel always handy to dry your hair if you sweat excess. this will also prevent from catching cold during a hot summer day.
  • Ladies, Minimise your time in  the kitchen by bringing in raw salads, easy to cook receipes, fruit shakes, sandwiches,  Raita etc into your menu which will save you as well as healthy for your family.
  • Always carry water bottle with you so that you will not get dehydrated and this practice will also prevent you from waterborne infection that may be caused as the outside water source is not known.
  •  Use good sunscreen lotion to protect your skin and also you can give it some luxury treatment by rubbing cucumber / tomato / curd to the skin
  •  You can add some rosewater to your bath tub clean
  •  Carry an umbrella with you (preferably cool shades like blue & green colours)  
 
  • Spray your favourite deo in your hankie, lighly moist it. While walking in hot sun, use it which will cool the skin on your face.
  • If you can tolerate, dip a towel in water, squeeze, put in on head on afternoon hours for sometime, which will also leave you cool
  • Apply coconut oil to hair before taking hair bath, few drops of castor oil on the centre of your head daily, will cool you.
  • If you don't have air conditioner then dip an old saree in water, dry it inside the room. You can even tie it around your bed like musquito net, let the fan on and sleep cozily inside it on a hot summer afternoon.
  •  Use a good quality goggles look     as they also filter bad rays and will make your eyes comfortable while walking under hot sun. 
  • In an earthen pot pour good drinking water, two whole lemon. This will give you nice flavour to the drinking water which not only quenches your thirst but also the flavour will leave you feel fresh
  •  Select some cool colours  & shades for your upholstery and Bedcovers. 
  • Bring in some nice potted plants that suits an indoor living to brighten up the scene with some living greenery. bonsai
  • Try to spend evening hours in an open ventilated area like park or a garden which will be refreshing for you as well as save some electricity with the natural breeze. flower

Don'ts More smileys to free download

  1. Avoid going in hot sun wherever possible
  2. Never drink cold water after roaming in hot sun. Water at room temperature or Hot water though may not be liked by many quenches thirst on a hot summer day. (ushnam ushnena shanthi is a saying
  3. Avoid carbonated drinks
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