Greek grandmothers in all their accumulated wisdom and vast experience have been known to use homemade remedies for various illnesses ranging from a simple cold to burns and nausea for millennia.
Some of the following remedies have been known to have been used for literally that long. And scientists now say that most of them have a significantly positive impact on our health.
Here are eight traditional “Yiayia remedies” to cure what ails you, compiled by olivemagazine.gr:
According to a study published in the journal Chest, grandma’s chicken soup may indeed contain a number of substances with mild anti-inflammatory properties which could help reduce the symptoms of colds. In addition, the soup’s heat can help reduce congestion by loosening mucus.
2. Sore throats
Grandma was right: Salt water can relieve sore throats, according to the Mayo Clinic. Also, a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that gargling salt water can even help prevent upper respiratory tract infections.
Grandma always had fresh milk in her kitchen to help treat burns. “Milk proteins have anti-inflammatory action,” says Arielle Kauvar, director of the New York Laser & Skin Care company and a clinical dermatology professor at the New York University School of Medicine. She advises burn patients to “Soak a towel in a bowl with a mixture of equal amount of milk and water. Touch the compresses in the area for 10-15 minutes.”
Make a soothing tea by slicing fresh ginger in boiling water. According to acupuncturist Jeff Gould, all you have to do to avoid this horrendous sensation is “Add some brown sugar and drink it to relieve nausea.”
5. Insect Bites
Simply rub an ice cube repeatedly over the affected area to reduce itching and swelling. So simple, so effective!
“Fever is not the enemy. It indicates that your body is trying to kill the virus or the bacteria,” say doctors. To make one feel better, many suggest what a Greek grandmother would suggest: A lukewarm bath and cool compresses on the forehead.
Clinical studies have shown that taking one teaspoonful of honey 30 minutes before bedtime can reduce coughing in children who are older than two years.
8. Eczema and dry skin
Oats are not just for your breakfast! Research published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology has confirmed that oatmeal does have moisturizing and anti-inflammatory properties which indeed do help with pruritus. So fill up your bath, throw in some oats, soak in it for twenty minutes and get out with the most moisturized skin you’ve ever had.