Friday, December 13, 2013
Ten Unusual Remedies That May or May Not Work
By OFW editor:
Published: August 31, 2013
Here at OFW, we don’t let a little thing like a debilitating sinus infection get in the way. We use it as inspiration for articles like this one. You can use it too. No, not the tissue. That’s gross. Check out these unusual remedies that you probably didn’t know existed. Whether or not they work… well, I’m sure you’ll let us know if you’re dumb enough to try.
Mom was wrong (but don’t tell her we said so).
Soaking a pair of socks in cold water, placing them on your feet and then covering them with a pair of wool or thermal socks is said to relieve congestion.
‘Holes’ was on to something.
Chow down on an onion. They are naturally antimicrobial and contain a lot of sulfur which is helpful to immune responsiveness and detoxification.
Colds aren’t sexy, but…
Oysters pull double duty. They kick-start your sex drive but are also beneficial when you’re sniffly. They’re high in zinc which is responsible for white cell function.
A Japanese ex-pat says –
(pickled plum) until it’s burnt, pour very hot green tea over it, then drink to reduce a fever.
On a boat with no pharmacy?
Hot rum, peppermint rum, and peppermint are a seaman’s cure for colds. Yo-ho-ho matey!
In Serbia, they recommend melting three tablespoons of sugar until it’s caramel in color, then adding a cup of milk. Drink the mixture as hot as you can stand it. Disclaimer: If you burn yourself, not our fault, kay?
Hey, dude, smell this.
Colombians swear by sniffing “stinky things” to clear your nostrils. Go ahead. Sniff those gym socks and tell us how you feel.
Just don’t get hit.
In Indonesia, people say sufferers of every disease from a cold to cancer should lie on railroad tracks because soaking up the minor electric shocks will help.
The extra arm is just a bonus.
Every year 20,000 people travel to Jachymov in the Czech Republic to submerge themselves in radioactive water, which they believe helps cure diseases like arthritis.
No fucking thank you. Just show me where to find the Nyquil.
An Isreali spa offers a slithering kind of massage involving dropping a dozen snakes of differing sizes on patients’ naked bellies, backs, necks, and faces. The effect is supposed to be soothing and invigorating. Yeah. Fuck that.
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