Category Archives: Health

Miracle Product – Saibol Ointment!

I was in the pharmacy a couple of days ago and my eyes fell on this precious tin! Now let me tell you, I’m a sucker for things that come in tins and have this old vinatgey feel. Incidentally, I also love period dramas and period films ((any Downton Abbey fans?) especially anything related to wars. Anyway so while my mum was getting a long list of medicines, I quickly looked up Saibol on my phone but I couldn’t find any useful information other than their official website so I just picked it up to see what it might be.

I had three HUGE ugly pimples on my face and they just weren’t going away. I thought Saibol might be a good experiment. Believe it or not, in 24 hours, my pimples were visibly reduced and in 36 hours, completely vanished! So basically, I’m in love with this new discovery but I’m also surprised that I couldn’t find any information about it online. But their website says they are a South Indian pharmaceutical company and their products can be found in most places in the south. I found it at the Medplus Pharmacy in Bangalore so I’m guessing several pharmacies must be carrying it.

How I used it – I just washed my face as usual and dabbed a bit of the ointment on my pimples. I did this twice a day – morning and night.

This just caught my eye!


Thick, white ointment with a slight rosy fragrance.


The other side of the tin. You can see the ingredients.


Love the different languages on the sides.



Cost: Rs 17

Quantity: 15 g

I’ve only used this on my pimples. I’m sure about how it works on cuts and boils etc. I think the salicylic acid and boric acid in this ointment really helped to get rid of the pimples. Have any of you tried this product? I would love to hear your take.


Please note: Pimples are caused to due to different reasons for different individuals and it’s best to consult a dermatologist for treatment of acne.

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Healthy Treats: Mango & Melon Popsicles

The temperatures are soaring and all you want to do is eat ice cream! But, five scoops of belgian dark chocolate a day = a million calories and not exactly, very healthy!

This reminds me of the time, when I was in Delhi and I was telling my mother how long it’s been since I’ve had HäagenDazs ice cream. When I came back home that summer, my parents had bought some HäagenDazs sticks for me. I was so happy that,  I immediately gobbled one down and later, when I checked the pack closely, one serving was around 1000calories! I felt so guilty yet each bite was somehow worth it (not on a daily basis though!).

Anyway, home made popsicles are a great guilt-free way to beat the heat. I decided to make some mango-melon popsicles. It’s really easy and yummy. You can choose any fruit you like. I chose mangoes because they’re in season and they taste delicious, melons because I can never get enough of them!

Mango, watermelon and muskmelon

Post- Blender

Messily poured into the holders


Ta-da! Your popsicle is ready!


I used about:

2 Mangoes, peeled and chopped

1/2 a Watermelon (400 grams), chopped and seeds removed

1/2 a Musk Melon/Cantaloupe (400grams), chopped and seeds removed


1. Chop up all the fruits and make sure you remove the seeds to avoid bitterness.

2. Blend the fruits into a puree.

3. You can add some extras like sugar, chocolate chips or whatever you might like. I kept mine natural and I didn’t even add sugar.

4. Pour into popsicle holders. If you don’t have holders, you can use paper cups and ice cream sticks, which are easily available in grocery stores.

5. Freeze for a few hours.

6. Eat and enjoy!

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Carmex Click Stick – my life(lips) saver!

My friends and I swear by Carmex! Other lip balms may come and go, but a tub of Carmex has to be there in our bags. This is the BEST lip balm I have ever used (and, this coming from an addict!). I’m not that fond of tubs because my hands tend to get dirty and I hate putting dirty fingers into the tub. So on my last trip to the US, I picked up the Carmex click sticks. There are different varieties like Strawberry and Cherry but I picked up the Original.

The texture of the balm is quite thick but not waxy. It doesn’t feel like some of those lip balms that just tend to sit on your lips. It’s not too sticky either. When you apply it, you might feel a cooling sensation and that’s my favourite part! It just feels very nice and cool on your lips. At least for me, no matter how chapped my lips are, Carmex always soothes and heals them. I like to put a layer on my lips just before going to bed and when I wake up, my lips are really soft.

Cheery red and yellow.


Plain and clear!

Cost:  $4.99 for a pack of 3

Quantity: 4.35g


1. Heals the worst of chapped lips.

2.  Contains sunscreen – SPF 15

3. Stick is better than the tub, in my opinion.

4. Lasts really long. Sometimes, after meals, I don’t have to reapply. I can still feel it on my lips.


1. Not available in India. A close second which is available here is Blistex.

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Cheston Cold and other Banned Cold Drugs!

Last week, I caught a pretty bad cold. Normally, I’m quite lazy and I don’t like to take any medicines because I always forget and tend to skip doses in between. But this time, I felt way too sick and I had to go work. I went to the local pharmacist and he didn’t have the medicine that I wanted so he recommended Cheston Cold (by Cipla). I was in no position to say no or doubt him because (a) my head was heavy and my nose was drippy and (b) a weird sand storm was brewing outside and I had to rush back to my PG.

I have a habit of checking out medicines online even if they are prescribed by a doctor. I’m just curious! Anyway, so it turned out that Cheston Cold has been BANNED in India since January 2011 (edit: I just learned that the Madras High Court revoked the ban a few months ago) and banned in other countries several years ago! The reason being that studies show that phenylpropanolamine (PPA), which is there in Cheston Cold, can cause hemorrhagic strokes in women between the age of 18-49.  Great, I fit the criteria perfectly!

There seems to be confusion about the safety of PPA. While many countries have banned it for a long time now, pharma companies are saying that there seems to be no side effects in Indians! Seems like, we’re pretty tolerant 😛 Anyway, just to be on the safe side, here’s a list of drugs that contain PPA.  Next time, you have the sniffles, be sure to check the ingredients before you take it!

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Product Review: Head & Shoulders Lemon Fresh

This past month in Delhi has caused my hair and skin to be in a bad shape.  My face has become so dry that layers of skin are peeling off! I tried everything but so far, nothing has worked. Any suggestions?

Luckily, it’s my last week here and soon I’ll be in Bangalore, where my skin stays much much better.  Even though, I can’t do anything about my dry, peeling skin, I found a great solution to my hair problems. The dry and dusty air of Delhi had made my scalp dry and itchy. I normally use a SLES/paraben  free shampoo but somehow it just wasn’t get the work done. On top of that, I discovered that I had DANDRUFF! Let me tell you, I, very rarely have dandruff and needless to say, I hate it! My solution to dandruff has always been Head & Shoulders. After seeing all the boards in the metro stations advertising for the new Head & Shoulders Lemon Fresh Shampoo, I decided to try it.

I wish I could have taken a few scalp photos to show you how this has worked. It’s a little awkward to ask my PG mates to take a photo of my head 😛 Anyway, this shampoo has really worked wonders and within two-three washes, there was a visible difference.

New Head & Shoulders Lemon Fresh



Long list of chemicals.



Milky pale yellow.



Cost: Rs 129

Quantity: 170ml


1. Gets rid of the dandruff!

2. Nice cooling sensation.

3. Reasonably priced.


1. Ah the chemicals! I’m going to switch back to my old shampoo after another 2 washes. It scares me to use this on a regular basis.

2. Weird smell. It’s not too bad but I don’t like it much either.

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