I’ve lost count how many times this annoying flu bug has bitten me this year. It sucks when you’re stuck in bed with your itchy throat, runny nose, fiery eyes, sore body and worst of all, conked out taste buds! Thanks to this tried and tested combination of meds and massage, I was blissfully knocked out in coma for a few days and hardly minded any pain:
Bioflu (from the Philippines), Berocca (double dose), and a wintergreen hilot (traditional massage). The latter is my favorite as I am a sucker for massages and I’m happy to share with you one of our best discoveries here in Indonesia: Balsem Otot Geliga.
Our Indonesian helper uses this on her joints every night and once had me try it during one of my migraine attacks, that was the beginning of our love affair with Geliga. It’s actually an ointment for muscle pains but it somehow has magical effect on me when used as a massage ointment for my headache, even Dear Hubby keeps a bottle on his bedside table because it relieves him of muscle pains from his sports and workout. Now this may sound funny to the Filipinos as “otot” has a different meaning to us, it may mean “muscle” in Indonesia but it means “fart” in the Philippines. However it elicits a smile on our face every time we mention the word, this mean babe is everything but a joke. It means serious business and we swear by it. It feels hot(!) when rubbed on your skin but eventually gives that soothing cool feeling afterwards. Any massage with Geliga leaves me in deep slumber and gives me a refreshed feeling the next day.
At a risk of this blog entry sounding like an advertorial, I still highly recommend it. If you’re in Indonesia and suddenly felt a need for your good old Katinko or Vicks but don’t have it, pick Geliga from the nearby drugstore for that guaranteed body ache relief. It’s the best smelling “otot” too :).