In Casares, Nicaragua – going au naturel!

Yupper, the ol’ stay in the hospital and the second opinion has slowed the travels of The Big Mozey.

This could be a good thing – thinking about a business that would benefit not only investors but the local towns that the business is in.

So what is going on with the leg and circulation?

Well, leg seems to have better circulation – less swelling.

The doctor put me on Cilosta, which you can read about here.

Then there is the natural stuff that’s supposed to help circulation.

Ginger, garlic and cayenne pepper are all natural circulation enhancers.

So the owner of the hotel, Patrice Glo, buys me some ginger, garlic and cayenne pepper at the Wal-Mart in Diriamba, Nicaragua.

Well, I am not a health nut – but why is the stuff that’s supposed to be good for you so nasty?

The cayenne pepper is not taken orally, but rubbed on the area that’s affected – so I’m told by Nino, one of the women that work here at the hotel.

Ok – so I slice open the cayenne pepper and rub on my calf – this is the area that aches – and all the way down to my feet.

She is laughing.

I ask, “Why are you laughing?”

She replies, “Mucho caliente”. Which means in English – very hot.

Does not seem a problem now – so I think no big deal.

To the taste, it is hotter than a jalapeño pepper and I am thinking that I sure am glad I do not have to take this orally!

Next to take is the garlic – whole, not ground up into anything – but cloves cut up into little pieces to swallow whole. My take on this idea – it sucks!

Nino cuts the garlic cloves up into small pieces and I swallow them with a glass of water.

Next is the ginger – put into a blender with water and ground up. Nasty stuff!!!

Drink it down like cough syrup – tastes as bad or worse – but heck – got to help out the circulation, right?

This is what I’ve done for the last 3 days with each meal – swallowing whole pieces of garlic, drinking ginger blended in water but the cayenne pepper was to hot.

After I had rubbed it on my legs, I could sense a burning sensation where ever I had rubbed.

As time progressed, it became worse. Within 2 hours my leg felt as if someone had a flame to it – it was that hot.

I took a shower to see if a could get the juices off, no luck. I think it made it worse!

This lasted for about 4 hours. I really thought I was going to have to put my leg into a bucket of cool water to get some relief.

Funny thing – darn leg/ankle/foot has stopped swelling up. Looks very close to the same as my right leg/ankle/foot.

I will do the nasty tasting ginger and the swallowing of the pieces of garlic.

I will the medication the doctor gave along with ginkgo that Patrice Glo bought. (Supposed to be good for the circulation and the heart)

I have drawn the line at the cayenne pepper – that is not going on my leg again!

Au Naturel – garlic, ginger and ginkgo – what a way to live in Casares, Nicaragua!

Cheers for now.

About John Wilson

Traveler, writer and photographer. No home now, just traveling the world in search of the lost chord.
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2 Responses to In Casares, Nicaragua – going au naturel!

  1. Sailor says:

    I often give my American wife my Indian medication for cold. I crush fresh ginger and black pepper corn and boil it in water along with Indian basil and add some tea powder and suger to taste. She says that it tastes horrible but it works very well on the cold. yea you are right some times good stuff taste nasty :D

  2. John Wilson says:

    Thanks for letting me know it is just not me.
    Have to admit, it did not hurt me.
    Ginger and garlic are the local cure for circulation problem.
    Ginger they mix with water and drink it.
    Garlic they take whole.
    I will stick to the “a better life through chemicals too”
    Thanks for reading and taking the time to leave a comment.
    John D. Wilson

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