Monday, 20 June 2011
Finally took him to Boy Fajardo and he advised me to switch to Victoria Laundry soap . He also told my son to shower with sambong leaves boiled in water. The sambong leaves could be bought in Quiapo from a vendor named ' Nora Aunor. ' ( not the singer ) .
I told my staff to buy P200 worth of sambong leaves in Quiapo . Little did I know that she would be bringing home two heavy sacks of sambong. She even had to take a taxi just to bring them home!
Our cook boiled the leaves in a huge vat of water, and we would all use it for our daily baths for a week as we had an oversupply of sambong. The scent of the sambong was very mild. It was a mix of citrus and woody elements. It reminded me of camphor.
Later on, I read that the sambong has astringent properties , our grandparents must have used them as sponge baths . Some people would even immerse their body parts that had arthritis just to help them heal faster!
I will remind my only son to remind me to take my sambong baths if I get arthritis in my old age!