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A Sprained Ankle Can Cause Discomfort and Pain


Many of us at sometime or other would have experienced a sprained ankle or even a pulled muscle. However, it is a sprained ankle that puts a person out of gear, as the pain is unbearable and walking is difficult, as the entire weight of your body rests on your ankles.

There is no western medicine, other than painkillers that could bring relief to a sprained ankle. However, there are spices that could cure a sprained ankle and also ease the pain.


Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties and is an excellent pain reliever. Further, due to its anti-spasmodic properties, relaxes the muscles, tissues, joints and helps reduce swelling and pain.

Mix 2 tablespoons of turmeric powder, one tablespoon lime juice and a bit of warm water to turn out a thick paste. Apply this paste on to the ankle and bandage it. Leave this on for 10 hours. Repeat every 10 hours, for a week.

Garlic plays an important role in reducing pain in a sprained ankle. Here again just like turmeric, due to its anti-inflammatory properties, it helps reduce pain as well as inflammation. Another factor is that its healing properties and its ability to increase body strength and energy helps speed up the healing process.

Mix one tablespoon of garlic juice and two tablespoons of warn coconut oil. Gently apply this solution on the affected area. Leave it for half an hour and wash the area with lukewarm water. Continue this remedy three or four times a day for several days, until the ankle heals completely.


Is cucumber good for your skin?

Many people in the world are asking the question, is cucumber good for your skin? We see people using it for cosmetic purposes, especially women, often in our lives. Whenever I walk into a ladies salon, I would see women with slices of cucumber on each of her eyes, which I never understood why. This curiosity has led me to find out whether cucumber has actual cosmetic benefits, which we at Mc Currie want to share with our readers.
Cucumber is speculated to have two cosmetic benefits which have not been scientifically proven. They are as follows:
As a Skin Moisturizer
For decades, mothers used to lay cucumber on the eyes of their children to reduce eye puffiness. This is because, cucumber contains ample amounts of water, which when placed on the eyes moisturizes them  decreasing the puffiness. This is considered by doctors to be dangerous because if the cucumber is contaminated with bacteria, it could pass from the cucumber to the person through the water, which could result in the person becoming very ill.
Dark Circle Eraser
Cucumbers are a very good source of vitamin K (A cup of cucumber slices contain 17 mcg of vitamin k) . According to an article from “Shape” magazine, vitamin K shrinks capillaries. Dark circles in eyes are caused by expanded capillaries. Therefore, the vitamin K present in cucumber would shrink the capillaries, which in turn would cause the dark circles to disappear.

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Remedies for Chilli Burn

Previously, we at Mc Currie published an article on the history of chilli. Today, we want to focus on how to cure chChillies 2illi burn. Chilli is a common ingredient in many Sri Lankan dishes. Many of us think that this is a harmless ingredient that we use in cooking but chillies can cause burns in which the pain lasts for minutes or hours at a time. Equally many of us do not know that there are simple remedies that could be used to cure chilli burns. We at Mc Currie, don’t want our consumers to suffer from Chilli burn and therefore want to educate you on what remedies could be used to get rid of chilli burn.

What causes chilli burn?

The main ingredient in chillies known to cause chilli burn is capsaicin. This capsaicin causes the burn by stimulating pain receptors located on nerve endings.


Mouth Chilli Burn: Drink Milk

Many of us think that milk is only good for growing children or to have with cereal or cookies. Not all of us know that it’s actually good to have after a spicy mouth burning meal. Milk consists of a protein, casein, which acts as a capsaicin detergent. The casein detaches the capsaicin from the pain receptors and pulls it away from the nerves. It is recommended to drink half a glass of cold milk to feel the full effects of the milk. If you don’t have milk, use products made from milk that contain casein, such as cottage cheese and plain yogurt which could be rubbed on the insides of the mouth.

Rinse With Alcohol

Are you against alcohol? If you are a spicy food lover you may re-think it, because alcohol is a good remedy for chilli burn. Why? Because capsaicin is soluble in alcohol. Unlike milk, alcohol does not repel it. Therefore, one should only use alcohol to rinse away capsaicin.

Skin Chilli Burn:

Add lemon or lime

Did you ever wonder why your mother dabbed a little lemon or lime juice on her skin after cooking? Its because she got chilli burned on her skin. An easy home remedy for skin chilli burn is lemon or lime juice. This is because lemon and lime contain acid that counteracts the effects of the capsaicin, which has alkaline properties, thereby neutralizing its effects.

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Beauty Uses of Olive Oil

Mc Currie is not only focused on the healthy well being of you the consumer, but is equally concerned about your beauty. Our product, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, available at all Mc Currie Spice 1st Showrooms (Maya Avenue, Makumbara and Nalanda), can be used as an healthy solution to your beauty concerns.
For the safety of our consumers, it is advisable to consult a physician on usage and application methods of Mc Currie Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

Healthy SkinOlive oil

Having and maintaining healthy skin is a vital part of beauty. Applying Mc Currie Extra Virgin Olive Oil on a daily basis can help you gain and maintain healthy looking skin, because it contains the vitamins A and E which are essential for the skin. Research according to the article, Nutrients for Healthy Skin: Inside and Out,  shows that Vitamin E protects the skin from the damaging effects of the sun, and Vitamin A helps to reduce wrinkles and acne, making your skin look younger.

Well Nourished Scalp

Both Vitamins A and E present in Mc Currie Extra Virgin Olive Oil are essential for healthy hair. Vitamin E aids in the respiration of hair and scalp cells, and vitamin A aids in the balancing of sebum, an oily fluid present on the hair and scalp.

Prevents Baldness and Reverses hair loss

Mc Currie Extra Virgin Olive Oil contains antioxidants which fight against free radicals and the hormone dihydrotestosterone. Free radicals poison cells thereby killing hair follicles, whereas dihydrotestosterone causes baldness in males. Mc Currie Extra Virgin Olive Oil suppresses the activities of both free radicals and dihydrotestosterone, enabling the growth of healthy hair.
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Home Remedies – Nutmeg & Mace

Nutmeg and Mace

Nutmeg and Mace are products of the same tree. Nutmeg is the seed and mace is the outer covering. This spice is expensive but has many medicinal benefits. It is an amazing ayurvedic home remedy that can cure many physical and psychological ailments. Nutmeg is by appearance roughly egg shaped and has a rough shell while Mace is the dried lacy reddish covering of the nutmeg.

Digestive: Nutmeg assists in digestion and relieves nausea, vomiting and flatulence. Powdered nutmeg mixed with honey can be taken to cure diarrhoea. Even children could be subject to this remedy.  However, pregnant mothers should avoid this as it may have harmful effects like miscarriage.

Insomnia: Nutmeg fruit paste made out of nutmeg powder processed with ghee and applied on the forehead induces restful sleep.

Menstrual Cramping: Nutmeg powder consumed with a little bee’s honey reduces menstrual cramping.

Asthma: Mace is an excellent medicine to alleviate attacks of Asthma. Mace powder is administered in a dosage of 1 gm mixed with honey 4-5 times a day.

Acne:  A Nutmeg, Milk and Honey paste is a great home remedy for acne. Mace has anti-fungal and antibacterial capabilities. According to Reader’s Digest Notes, honey helps kill bacteria and may also promote wound healing. Honey may not only encourage your acne sore to heal fast but also helps prevent future outbreaks. Compounds in milk are likely to have similar healing effects.

Preparation method of Nutmeg, Milk and Honey Paste: 

Mix honey, nutmeg powder and milk in a bowl. Use less milk and more honey and nutmeg and mix well until it forms a thick consistency. Apply a thick layer of the paste over the area affected by acne. Sandi Burner, Author of “Beauty and the Budget” suggests leaving nutmeg, milk and honey paste on your skin overnight before carefully rinsing it off. Powdered milk may also be used and would be easier to make a paste out of.

Note: If your skin becomes red or uncomfortable from any version of the above paste, discontinue use.

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Looking “deliciously” beautiful

Spices are dominant when it comes to cooking and also play a significant role medicinally, being used extensively in Ayurvedic Medicine. But for the young and not so young, spices play a significant role in the battle to stay young and keep those wrinkles and pimples at bay.

The spices mentioned below give you the benefit of looking pretty and also these spices are easily accessible and cost much cheaper than beauty and skin products in the market. Spices give your skin that fresh look.


Turmeric aids in treating acne, gives your skin that supple and fresh look and is definitely a wrinkle reducer. A pinch of turmeric made into a paste with normal water and applied on your skin makes it glow and look fresh. It is advisable to use this turmeric paste at night, as its vibrant hue, could easily be washed away in the morning.


Cinnamon is inspiring to the sense of smell and blood circulation, thereby drawing nutrients to the skin, using its antibacterial properties to eradicate pimples. A home remedy for blackheads is to mix a little cinnamon powder with honey and apply on the blackheads.

Black Pepper

Now who would think that black pepper, with its “hot” background, would be good for the skin? However this naturally created heat loosens up the blackheads. A tablespoon of black pepper ground with a teaspoon of yoghurt, applied on blackheads, acts as an exfoliating mask. However, take care of your eyes when applying this mask.


Treatment with Ginger can revitalize the radiance of your skin and give it a natural glow. Ginger has the attributes of lightening age spots and fighting blemishes.  Applying slices of ginger over your skin gives it a fresh look.

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