Natural remedies are the healthiest way to treat your ailments, but where do they come from? Here are 7 common natural remedies from around the world that you may or may not have heard of. This is vital information for any health buff!
1. Coconut to fight fat – Sri Lanka
You may have heard that coconut oil is a great way to slim your waist. Well, the people of Sri Lanka figured this one out way before the rest of the world. It’s reported that the average Sri Lankan eats about 116 coconuts per year, and they are half as likely as the average American to pack on the pounds. The reason is that coconut oil is packed with medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) that stimulate the liver to burn fat 50 percent faster than normal. Try having about two tablespoons of coconut oil daily (in your cooking) and you could shed up to three pounds a month!
2. Yoga to treat insomnia – Austria
Although yoga is practiced all over the world, in Austria it is used solely as a stress-buster and a quick treatment for insomnia. Austrians like to go all out and go on yoga retreats and holidays for up to a week, but according to research from the University of Pennsylvania, practicing yoga for just 20 minutes a day could get rid of your insomnia. The research also found that practicing yoga is just as effective, if not more, than taking a sleeping pill and will also rid you of anxiety, stress, and depression.
3. Ginger; to regulate triglycerides – Indonesia
Indonesia is the world’s largest grower and consumer of ginger and ginger products, with locals using it in their cooking, teas, candies, and bread. Their tradition has long pointed to ginger as an effective treatment for the heart, and there are studies to back them up. Triglycerides are fats that clog your arteries, and according to Stanford researchers, a daily dose of ginger could cut the production of these fats by 27 percent. Ginger is also twice as effective as aspirin at preventing blood clots and inflammation.
4. Turmeric to steady blood sugar levels – India
Turmeric is a flavorful yellow spice used in rice and meat dishes and even deserts, but it also has outstanding medicinal properties. Indians use turmeric to treat high blood sugar levels, a practice that has been scientifically confirmed by research at Gujarat University. Researchers confirmed that the active ingredient in turmeric, called curcumin, switches on the genes that keep blood glucose levels stable. The compound can also help the pancreas make insulin when it is low. In order to see the benefits of turmeric, start taking about half a teaspoon daily either directly or in your cooking.
5. Mushrooms to fight bad cholesterol – Japan;
Mushrooms are a popular food and medicine in Japan, with the average Japanese woman consuming about 8 pounds of mushrooms a year. According to research from Penn State University, adding about a half a cup of mushrooms to your daily diet could cut cholesterol levels by nearly 30 percent. This is because mushrooms are packed with antioxidants that prevent the liver’s production of artery-clogging fats.
6. Mustard baths to calm muscle pain – England
Ever heard of a mustard bath? While it may sound like a hoax, mustard baths are used heavily in England to quell tight and achy muscles. Mustard has healing plant compounds that draw out toxins through the pores to improve circulation, relax tight muscles and speed the healing of damaged tissue.
For your own mustard bath, mix 2 cups of Epsom salts, 1/4 cup baking soda, and 1/4 cup dry mustard in a jar. Pour only 1/4 of this mixture into a warm bath, mix the water before getting in, soak for 20 minutes and rinse.
7. Chamomile tea to reduce bloating – Germany
What began as a simple German folk remedy has now been proven as a scientifically effective method for fighting off bloating. A study conducted at Stanford University found that sipping two cups of chamomile tea daily could help ease bloating and belly pain within just 24 hours. This is because chamomile calms the adrenals and the production of a stress hormone called cortisol that can interfere with digestion and produce painful gas and belly spasms. Not only does chamomile tea soothe the stomach, but it also causes the brain to produce more encephalins or painkilling hormones that will help fight off depression and negative thoughts.