Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Traditional remedies from around the world

Illness is a great leveller. No matter where you are in the world, or how hard the sun is shining, a bad cold can really stop you in your tracks. But what do you do if you have just moved to a new country and haven’t had time to stock up your medicine cabinet? Or worse still, you don’t know where the nearest pharmacy is? 

When it comes to moving abroad, nothing can beat planning ahead (that goes for sorting out the location of your nearest hospital and doctor’s surgery too). However, for centuries people have been relying on natural ingredients to help them on the path to recovery. In this post, we take a look at some interesting home remedies from around the world.

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Ginger is a pain relieving, antiseptic and antioxidant and has been used for thousands of years as a digestive aid and remedy for nausea. In traditional Chinese medicine, ginger is used to relieve cold and flu symptoms including headaches and coughs. It can also come crystallised for those with a sweet tooth.

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Garlic has been used as a home remedy for many years to fight cold symptoms. The cold-fighting compound in garlic is thought to be allicin, which has antibacterial and antifungal properties. Allicin is what gives garlic its distinctive hot flavor. Ginger is easy to come by and is used in a variety of cuisines from Japanese, Thai to French.  

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Chili peppers are packed with vitamin C, which is a good for a strong immune system. When it comes to medicinal qualities, chilies are believed to treat a range of illnesses, including arthritis, due to the compound capsaicin that acts as an anti-inflammatory. However, beware of using too much of this fiery little fruit in food if you can’t take spice!

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Honey isn’t just good on a sore throat. This sweet treat has antibacterial properties and is used to treat wounds and infections. Manuka honey in particular is thought to be beneficial for use on minor burns when applied in a thin layer directly in to the affected area. Just try not to lick it off!

Back in September of last year, Gillian Kemmerer blogged about combatting illness abroad. Check it out for some additional tips on keeping healthy in your new home.

You may want to try out some of these home remedies, however, always be sure to check with a medical professional first.

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