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Health Remedies from Around the World or What is mother cooking now?

Feb 05, 2004 05:12PM ● By Don Kindred
by Dr. Bradley Shapero

    Over the generations and across the continents we find that nature still holds any remedy needed. All we need to do is know where to look. You may think at this point-in-time that nearly every stone has been uncovered – not so. There are still plenty of discoveries to learn about and dozens to rediscover.
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 It is amazing how often we go on a wild goose chase for a better tonic, elixir or magic potion when the remedy in use is not only practical it actually works! Here are a few examples of simple remedies for common problems; this, by the way, is not to be construed as health advice and you should consult your family health professional for the correct diagnosis first etc. etc. and all that other legalese. Now for the good stuff. 
     Mayonnaise will kill Lice, it will also condition your hair.
     Mild sunburns – add six to twelve large tea bags into your bath water, I don’t advise drinking the water. For dandruff - pour on the vinegar.
     Now how about some of those far away remedies; for bad breath use juice from half a small lemon in warm water and about a teaspoon of salt and rinse before bed time – India.
     In Korea eating garlic is used for congestion. This is a great immune system booster if you have a cold and flu as well. It is also said to keep away werewolves, which does not seem to be a big problem in this area.
     Many do not like to talk about bowl gas, however, it can be a party stopper. The ancient Aztecs and the Hebrews used Cilantro-Coriander to preserve food, aid digestion and reduce belching and flatulence.
     Can’t sleep? Well in Korea, for insomnia, it is recommended to put three to four slices of onion around your head prior to laying down and sleep with it. I am not sure how well that works, although with carrots, potatoes and a roast it works well in the crock pot.
     In the Wild West it was very common for the mother to be quite well versed in herbs and remedies. Many of them quite helpful, such as, the use of Willow Bark for headaches and the use of steam from chicken broth to open up the sinuses.
     As a remedy for wrinkles in Latvia it is recommended to wash your face in sour milk.
     Here is an interesting remedy for stress from Russia. Rhodiola Rosea, Rhodiola rosea (“golden root” or “Arctic root”) is widely distributed at high altitudes in Arctic and mountainous regions throughout Europe and Asia. Use 30 grams of the root in a spice grinder and add to about 150 ml. of Vodka free from aromatic additives. Agitate and steep for 3-5 days. Pour through a tea bag or fine cheese cloth and use a teaspoon 2-3 times a day.
     Here are a couple of gems from Australia. I would like to interject as well here that the following extracts though effective however can be quite potent and must be used with caution. Remember a little bit can go a long way and sometimes more is not better. With that in mind let’s continue. Great as an antiseptic, Eucalyptus oil has a broad application for use from clearing the sinuses, to feminine hygiene. In fact if you are feeling a little congested you can put a few drops into the dish water. This will open your sinus and help to disinfect the dishes at the same time.
     Also very well known from Australia is Tea Tree Oil. Excellent for the skin, it can be used to treat minor cuts and grazes as well as fungal infections such as Athlete’s Feet.
     After one of those long days on your feet, our neighbors to the north, Canada, recommends this for your achey feet. Cold water, Epsom salts, and Mint. Mix Epsom salt as directed on container and add about two tablespoons of mint into a large basin or foot spa. Never use hot water when your feet are swollen or sore, it can actually make it worse. If you work all day long, and are in shoes, the last thing you want to do is add more heat! Soak your feet for approximately 15 minutes in the water with the Epsom salts, the mint is just a nice bonus. After an especially hard day of work you may want to take ice packs and wrap them around your feet and ankles to reduce swelling. Remember to wear proper footwear to prevent problems with your feet. 
     In Israel as well as many other areas around the globe Aloe Vera is used topically, to help heal and soothe burns and wounds; and stimulates cell regeneration. It has astringent, emollient, antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral properties, and used internally, soothes stomach irritation, aids in healing, and has laxative properties
     The all time most famous remedy for numerous ailments is the old-fashioned chicken soup from mom – this remedy comes from Israel. Traditional Jewish chicken soup is full of great, nutrient rich vegetables; important herbs such as garlic, pepper and of course the chicken is a great source of protein. Protein also helps the immune system. It is good for the body; it is good for the soul. Have a happy healthy day and be sure to smile lots along the way.
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