Sunday, September 7, 2014

An expat in Sri Lanka: the Good, Bad and Ugly - Part 11

Eva Stone photo, peenas oil, herbal remedy, ayurveda, catarrh
There's no better way to start off this installment of "An expat in Sri Lanka" than to tell you about my new found alternative remedy PEENAS OIL. Now, now readers and friends... before you freak out on me, it's not what you think. Get your mind out of the gutter people! Though, got to say, funny name! If you take a closer look at the label, there's no end to the laughs... what were they thinking?!

Since living part of the time in a slightly cooler climate up in the hill country, my sinuses have unfortunately gone completely haywire. Usually, in Colombo, I've had difficulty (in a different way) with allergies, due to the dust and traffic related air pollution. Fantastic eh?

Rather than load myself up with pills I decided to try ayurvedic treatment. I was recommended Peenas oil, which is used to treat any kind of catarrh. All you need to do is pour a tablespoon into the palm of your hand then rub it into the crown of your head and leave it for an hour or so. So far its worked a treat. The only down side has been having oil in my hair, which has been a pain to have to wash out, especially long hair like mine.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Travel Monday: Bodhi Puja at the ancient rock cave temple of Bambaragala Rajamaha Vihara

Eva Stone photo, View, upper level, rock cave temple, Bambaragala Rajamaha ViharaOne of the things I quite enjoy about traveling (somewhat randomly at times) around this teardrop island is discovering new and amazing places rich in history and sometimes off the beaten track. A word of warning, "off the beaten track" usually entails trekking through the forest, potentially getting a little lost, working up a sweat, and inevitably (after all that hard work), discovering a sweet spot!

This time around, I found myself tagging along with friends who were going to offer bodhi puja at Bambaragala Raja Maha Vihara. It's located off Teldeniya (around 20 miles from Kandy) and can be reached via the main road leading to the Victoria Dam and Victoria Golf Club. It's probably easy to access by car, though some of the roads leading to the vihara are pot-holed and uneven.

Prior to this visit, I knew next to nothing about Bambaragala Raja Maha Vihara. It can be quite a good thing seeing things with fresh eyes without prejudice or preconceived ideas. I say this, because since returning from this visit I've done some research and found out some intriguing theories about the place. However, we'll come back to that later!