Is something ailing you?
Then you might want to try one of these natural home remedies. It sounds like nonsense, but these cures are surprisingly effective…
1. Togo: Baobab fruit
The fruit of the Baobab tree, known locally as “monkey”s bread,” has been a staple in Togo for generations. The fruit is full of vitamins, proteins, and antioxidants. It”s also thought to help lower blood pressure.
2. France: Chamomile
Dried chamomile flowers can be made into a tea that promotes relaxation, relieves digestive pain, and reduces pain from cramps. It”s also regarded by those suffering with insomnia as a natural sleep aid.
3. Thailand: Kaffir lime
This lumpy lime is a staple in many Thai curry dishes, but it”s also known for its health properties. The leaves, boiled in water and drunk as tea, are said to cure even the worst headaches and migraines.
4. India: Warty bitter gourd
Despite its unappealing name, the warty bitter gourd contains a compound called polypeptide-p, which is similar to insulin, as it”s been proven to lower blood sugar and increase glucose tolerance. Even before it was proven, people in India swore by it, and disguised its bitter flavor in sweeter juice blends.
5. Trinidad & Tobago: Sorrel
Sorrel, a red flower native to Trinidad & Tobago, can be made into juice and consumed for good health every year around Christmastime, when it”s in bloom. The flower contains high levels of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
6. Iran: Nabat sugar
Nabat sugar is a saffron-infused rock candy. It”s typically swirled into hot tea, and is said to provide relief from cramps and stomach aches.
7. South Africa: Artemisia afra
Known as “als” in Afrikaans, this relative of the wormwood tree is prized for its ability to treat all kinds of ailments, like headaches, intestinal problems, and even malaria. Today, it”s still made into a bitter tea that helps lower blood pressure, regulates blood sugar levels, and improves libido.
8. Ukraine: Mustard powder
Mustard powder, known as gortchitsa, is used to generate heat on the body and help someone sweat out an ailment. A common way to use it is to sprinkle the powder in between two layered pairs of socks, as direct skin contact would cause irritation.
9. Vietnam: Lotus root
Lotus root, which grows under water, is thought to promote stomach health, so many desserts include lotus ingredients to ensure that no one leaves the table with an upset stomach. The root, which is rich in vitamins and minerals, is also said to alleviate symptoms of anxiety and insomnia.
10. Spain: Eucalyptus
You can”t eat eucalyptus (unless you”re a koala, and even then, you”re just getting high), but the leaves are full of anti-inflammatory, antibacterial properties. The leaves are often boiled so that the vapor can be inhaled, which clears the lungs and airways of congestion. It”s also used to clean homes.
11. Finland: Cloudberries
The Arctic cloudberry grows in bogs and marshy places in northern Finland. Because of the region”s cold climate, the berries only have a three-week growing period, so many people will plan picking trips accordingly. The berries are full of antioxidants, anti-carcinogens, and omega fatty acids.
12. Italy: Donkey milk
Donkey”s milk fell out of fashion in the mid-1900s, but it might be making a comeback. Lighter and easier to digest than cow”s milk, it”s rich in vitamins and minerals, as well as polyunsaturated fats. It also contains antibacterial enzymes called lysosomes, which are known to help the body break down proteins, lipids, and carbohydrates. Some even swear by it as an anti-aging skincare secret.
13. Burma: Thanaka
Burmese people have been using a paste made from the leaves of the limonia acidissima tree for centuries as a topical skin treatment. The paste, called thanaka, fights free radicals and protects skin from the sun, and is also useful for treating cuts and bruises.
14. Korea: Ginseng
Ginseng has long been praised for its reinvigorating mind and body benefits. It”s said to help with memory function, concentration, digestion, endocrine function, and libido. It”s known around the world as a natural energy booster.
15. Greece: Ouzo
Ouzo is a strong liquor that tastes like anise, and has long been valued for its health benefits. It”s infused with a variety of herbs, including cinnamon and rosemary, which are known for their healing properties. It”s typically used to treat stomach ailments and toothaches.
16. Mexico: Prickly pear cactus
Also known as nopal, the prickly pear cactus can be found in many Mexican dishes. Aside from its pleasant, fruity taste, the prickly pear is proven to lower blood sugar and cholesterol.
17. Tibet: Po cha
Po cha, or butter tea, is traditionally served with yak butter and salt, and is a staple of the Tibetan diet. Its calorie count is high, but on such mountainous terrain, those calories help drinkers maintain stamina and energy throughout the day. Some say that the yak butter in the tea may even help prevent chapped lips during harsh Tibetan winters.
18. Nigeria: Cola nuts
This is where the soft drink gets its name. The cola nut is bitter in its natural state, but has high levels of caffeine that offer a boost when the nut is chewed. Nigerians also believe that it helps with chest colds.
19. Sweden: Bitters
Swedish bitters, an herbal tonic, is made with rhubarb root, myrrh, camphor, and angelica, and it”s most commonly used to treat indigestion and bloating. A centuries-old remedy, it also regulates acidity in the body and improves overall liver function.
As with any dietary change, do your research and make sure that nothing you try will interact badly with pre-existing health conditions or medication regimens. Ask a doctor or trained herbalist if you have any questions.