We met so many families in Russia and learnt so much about their habits and traditions, for example, many common foods and herbs are used to cure various illnesses. Here is a page from one of the books we found.
Spotlight on Russia examines traditional Russian folk medicine
• Try rubbing your temples with some grated lemon peel.
• Slice a potato and place the slices around your head. Tie a scarf or a bandage around your head to hold the slices in place.
• If you think your headache is from thinking too hard, eat some herring.
• Boil some milk. Beat an egg and pour it over the milk. Stir it quickly and then drink it. You must repeat this for several days.
• Place a slice of fresh beet on the tooth that bothers you.
• Chop an onion into very small pieces. Wrap the onion in a gauze bandage and place it inside your ear on the opposite side of your head where the toothache is.
• Chop a turnip into small pieces. Pour one cup of boiling water over the turnip and boil for 15 minutes. Drink the mixture before bed.
• Mix chopped onion, apples and some honey. Eat 2 teaspoons of the mixture 3 times per day.
• Boil a cup of milk. Add 2 tablespoons of honey and mix well. Drink the mixture while it is warm.
• Rinse your mouth and throat with a mixture of beet juice and vinegar. Do this 5−6 times per day.
• Chop 100 grams of garlic. Boil 1/4 cup of water. Add the garlic to the water after the water has cooled a bit. Cover the mixture and let it sit for 5−6 hours. Remove the garlic. Gargle with the liquid.
Remember! Always consult a doctor before trying any home remedies!
We wish you good health and hope to hear from you, or see you, next year.
• Have you ever heard of any of these remedies? Where did you learn about them?
• Have you tried any of the remedies mentioned here? Did they work?
• What other folk remedies do you know? Tell your partner.