remedies are the healthiest way to treat your ailments, but where do
they come from? Here are 15 common natural remedies from around the
world that you may or may not have heard about
1. Coconuts Fight Fat - Sri Lanka
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 is 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
2. Yoga Treats Insomnia - Austria
yoga is practiced all over the world, in Austria it is used solely as a
stress-buster and 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 theUniversity 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 it also will rid you of anxiety,
stress and depression.
3. Ginger Controls Triglycerides - Indonesia
the world's largest grower and consumer of ginger and ginger products,
with locals using it in their cooking, teas, candies and breads. 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 preventing inflammation.
4. Turmeric Steadies Blood Sugar - India
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 atGujarat University. They
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 Fight Cholesterol - Japan
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 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, 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 Beats Off Bloating - Germany
began as a simple German folk remedy has now been proven as a
scientifically effective method for fighting off bloating. In research
conducted atStanford University it was 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 produces painful gas and belly spasms. Not only does
chamomile tea soothe the stomach, it also causes the brain to produce
more enkephalins, or painkilling hormones that will help fight off
depression and negative thoughts.
8. Garlic Fights Off Viruses - Russia
garlic is used the world over to add flavor to food, in Russia they use
this herb to get rid of colds, the flu or any other viral infection. It
has recently been proven that this pungent natural medicine is
seriously effective. At the Universityof Florida in Gainesville, it was
shown that adding one clove of garlic to your daily diet could cut your
risk of viral infections by almost 43 percent! This is because garlic is
full of allicin, an immunity boosting sulfur compound that fights off
the growth and spread of germs.
9. Acupuncture to Treat Headaches - China
has been used for centuries in Eastern and Chinese medicine, but now
more than 80 million Chinese use this therapy to treat chronic
headaches. AtTaiwan's Kaohsiung Medical University it was found that
daily acupuncture treatments work much better than prescription muscle
relaxants. This is because acupuncture prompts the release of powerful
painkilling hormones called endorphins and relaxes the scalp muscles to
soothe the overactive pain nerves.
10. Coffee Gets Rid of Depression - Finland