I started off with a post about Ancient Music. Then I decided to follow it up with Ancient Wisdom. Now it seems that the Ancients is beginning to emerge as a bit of a theme. Just lately I have had a lot of information come my way about Ancient Medicines.
You know how sometimes people dismiss remedies as ‘it’s just an old wive’s tale’ ? Well, it seems that there is wisdom and truth after all in some of those old wive’s remedies. Here’s a few for you to ponder :
An apple a day keeps the doctor away
A 2013 study found that if all people aged over 50 in the UK ate just one apple a day, they would actually prevent – or delay – 8500 heart attacks and strokes every year.
Chicken soup as medicine
Scientists have discovered that chicken soup can actually reduce inflammation by slowing down the white blood cell activity responsiblor causing said inflammation. That’s chicken soup cooked the old fashioned way, bones and all. It’s sometimes called ‘Jewish penicillin’. Here’s a recipe if you want to get some of that hearty goodness into you.
Chocolate helps to relieve premenstrual cramps
Studies suggest that chocolate contains nutrients and antioxidants such as anandamide, which can have a calming effect, and keep anxiety and moods in balance.
Eating cheese at night gives you weird dreams
There are some scientific theories that suggest it’s the bacterial and fungal elements of cheese that are the culprits. These contain psychoactive ingredients, which have the potential to affect dreams.
Honey is good for a cold
Adding honey and lemon to your tea when you’ve got the cough from hell is now officially a scientific bonus. A study showed that children with upper respiratory infections were more likely to get better if given spoonfuls of honey than they were if dosed with a common cough-and-cold medication.
The reason? Honey is a demulcent, meaning that it forms a mucous membrane that soothes the irritation in an infected area. Honey is also antibacterial; it was used in ancient history to heal wounds and reduce infection.
© Raili Tanska
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