Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Folk Remedies of Russia (Unit 5)

I have been sick recently and thought learning so Russian remedies would be fun. I got them from this site here. I suggests giving the sites I link a visit they usually have more fun stuff to see. Here are the suggestions I feel have applied to my struggles. 

Sore Throat To combat a child's sore throat, Russian mothers bring a cup of milk to a gentle boil and stir in 2 tbsp. honey, then serve the concoction warm. According to The World's Healthiest Foods, honey has proven antimicrobial and antioxidant qualities. Another honey-based folk remedy calls for 3 tsp. of honey with 1 tbsp. each of finely-chopped onion and grated apples. According to Russian Foods, a third Russian folk remedy recommends grating beets and squeezing out the juice until you have 8 oz., then adding 1 tbsp. vinegar. Gargle with the mixture five times a day. 

Nasal Congestion Cover 1 chopped garlic clove with 1 tbsp. vegetable oil and let it steep overnight. Strain in the morning, and use as nose drops. According to The World's Healthiest Foods, the allicin in garlic is a powerful antibacterial and antiviral agent. From the Neva News comes the suggestion of rolling a warm, just-boiled egg back and forth over the maxillary sinuses, located just above the nostrils. 

Cough Mustard flour plays an important part in many Russian folk remedies. In one popular treatment for cough, small pieces of paper covered with mustard flour, called gorchichniki, are soaked in very warm water, and placed on the chest and back for 10 to 20 minutes while the person huddles under a blanket. According to The St. Petersburg Times, this causes a rush of blood to the skin and gives a sensation of warmth. After the treatment, the person stays in bed all night so as not to lose the warmth generated by the gorchichniki. 

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