Folk medicine: 6 Russian ways to cure yourself at home
November 6, 2019
I’m a bit ill today… I hope all this will help me feel better. And while we’re at it,
I thought I’d tell you about some bizzare natural remedies
we still use here in Russia. On a side-note I’d like to said that of course Russians enjoy free healthcare
and are aware of modern day medicine It’s just that somehow… these natural remedy recipes
that our grandparents introduced us to still work… Inhalers during a cold are old news,
but we in Russia do it our way: we don’t breathe over fancy eucalyptus oil,
we breathe over boiled potatoes. so I’ll go make some in the kitchen. It looks silly, but in most cases it’s effective
and it’s cheap. Another great way to ease a blocked nose
is to make a warm compress. And this is exotic: you can make this at home
out of salt and a clean sock. Just make sure that the solt is warm
and that a sock is clean. Microwaving the salt isn’t good enough. You have to fry it in a frying pan that way it will later on evenly release the warmth
allowing you to breathe freely Anyway. Let’s move on to my personal favorite. The “black radish”.
I found out about this one when I was pregnant. Pregnant people are told to stay away from medicine
and I was unfortunate enough to catch a cold. So when that happened my aunt made me this: You have to cut out the center of the raddish.
Make it hollow. then add a drop of honey And then let it sit until it bleeds enough juice. That juice mixed with honey,
it is said to be a natural remedy from cold. I don’t know if it really works,
or if it’s a coincidence, but I’ve later tried it on my kid when she was ill
– and she got well quickly. Another weird and wonderful idea
for a child is a garlic pendant. Garlic has been praised my many cultures
as a “natural antibiotic”. But we Russians took the stinky herb to a whole new level
turning it to a pendant made out of a chocolate egg. Drinking lots of fluids
is the most Russian thing you can do It’s like the first thing you’d hear from anyone
who you tell that you’re feeling ill. They’d be like, “Ooh, drink lots of fluids!” We’re northerners,
so we get our Vitamin C from berries, raspberries, blackcurrants,
got some buckthorn here We use fresh berries, we use jam in our tea,
we sometimes use a dry berries or frozen ones depending on the season. The Russian Banya is a great preventive method
for any kind of illness, at about 90 °C it kills of all the bad stuff. But if you are already ill, oh, I’m still ill… unfortunately.
Going to the banya is a really bad idea, because it’s not only dangerous for your health,
but may also compromise others.