Traditional yet weird remedies for cold in different countries
Below are several methods of treatment from different countries. It's up for you to judge how other cultures fight running nose and sore throat.
During winter time cold, flu and running nose become a frequent occurrence. Drug stores are full of various medicines. But old proven techniques turn out to be at least as effective. This is why they are still popular.
Devilish anti-cold remedy. It contains onion, garlic, ginger, pepper, horseradish, lemon, honey and different spices. This medley is to stand for a couple of weeks and then - Germs, beware! It is to be taken carefully, because it is very zesty.
A semi-sweet dessert coming from an Indian state Penjab. This is a natural remedy for cough and cold. It is prepared on the basis of Gram flour, milk, ghee butter and sugar. Must be pretty convenient: a sick person is taking the remedy while other family members eat their dessert.
Half of the people on Earth start eating chicken broth as soon as they feel symptoms of cold. But only in Israel this thick and fat chicken broth is honored as high as "Jewish penicillin".
Not to make it so mean, they add in garlic tea a bit of honey and lemon. This combo is called "Spanish remedy" and it works without fail. Besides, it is also used to lose weight.
It can be called an analogue to chicken soup but in Asian style. If anything, the effect is similar - you compensate for the loss of liquid, your nose starts breathing and cough becomes softer.
There is an abundance of hot and strong alcohol drinks in Western Europe. When the weather is raw and you feel first symptoms of cold, hot spicy rum with additions to your liking plays an important preventive role. The main thing - be moderate.
Chinese herbal medicine is thousands years old as well as ephedra, or ma-huang - an ancient medicinal plant. That said, it is illicit in many countries of the world. If overdosed, its effect is similar to that of narcotics. However, in China they treat cold and headaches with this plant.
It may seem we know all means of medication with alcohol - consuming, compress, ointment. Here is another one - alcohol socks from Finland. Damp socks in vodka, put them on, then put warm woolen socks over vodka ones - and go to sleep. You'll be as good as new in the morning.
Ginger contains a lot of healthy components. And if you add to this a good pinch of Cayenne pepper and some lemon juice - you'll get 100% warming effect.
In Indian culture turmeric is being used in absolutely different variations. It is all thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. They mix turmeric with tea or coffee, add to food, inhale with vapor or just burn and breath in the smoke.
Have you ever tried any of the above mentioned remedies? Do you believe they can be effective? Do you use any homemade remedies for cold?
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