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Video: What Vegetables Have Medicinal Properties
Healers from your garden
Potatoes and cabbage, carrots and beets, onions and garlic are not only food products, but also healers of a number of ailments. They will help you get rid of a runny nose and cough, cope with flu and sore throat faster.
Inhalation of freshly boiled potato vapors is an old folk remedy for colds. Potatoes are boiled "in their skins" in a little water, and it is better to take small tubers (medicinal substances are mainly concentrated in the peel). When the potatoes are boiled and a characteristic aroma appears, drain the water, bend over the pan, close your head with a large thick towel and inhale the vapors for 8-10 minutes. After such a procedure, you should stay at home, warm. It is best to go to bed right away.
Onion and garlic
These vegetables are high in phytocides and have very strong antimicrobial effects. Therefore, during a flu epidemic, for the purpose of prevention, it is recommended to eat them daily. Just one clove of garlic after chewing in 3-4 minutes will destroy all microbes in the mouth.
Freshly prepared onion juice is a good remedy for bronchitis and sore throat (take 1 teaspoon three times a day). Grated onions mixed with honey are used to treat bronchitis, accompanied by a long dry cough. For sore throat, it is also recommended to eat onion gruel, mixed with grated apples and honey (3 times a day, 2-3 teaspoons).
With flu, sore throat, acute respiratory diseases, onion treatment by inhalation gives a good result. To do this, freshly prepared onion gruel is poured into a saucer, covered with a towel and vapors are inhaled through the nose (2-3 minutes 2-3 times a day).
For colds, you can also rub your chest with garlic gruel mixed with butter.
For the prevention and treatment of influenza, along with the use of fresh garlic, it is recommended to instill freshly prepared garlic juice into the nose (2-3 drops 2-3 times a day) or inject garlic gruel with the addition of oil into the nose so as not to burn the mucous membrane. In case of a flu epidemic, it is advisable to put plates with chopped garlic cloves in your apartment (in every room, in the kitchen and other rooms) and change them to fresh ones as they dry.
Radish juice with honey or sugar in a 1: 1 ratio is used in the treatment of diseases of the upper respiratory tract. This remedy is especially effective when the disease is accompanied by a severe dry cough and hoarseness. It has an expectorant, soothing and anti-inflammatory effect (take 2 tablespoons 4-5 times a day). Children are advised to give baked radish juice: finely chopped radish is covered with sugar, put in the oven for 2 hours and then squeezed (take 2 teaspoons 3 times a day before meals).
Traditional medicine practices another way to use the healing properties of radish. Take a root vegetable with a tail, cut off the top, remove part of the pulp from the middle (about one third), put a little honey inside, close the hole with a piece of radish. Juice will collect inside the root vegetable. It must be drained, drunk and honey added again. One root vegetable can be used within two days.
Swede juice is an effective phlegm-thinning and expectorant, but has a specific flavor. To improve the taste, it is advisable to add one quarter of currant, raspberry or cranberry juice to it.
Turnip juice with honey (in a ratio of 1: 1) is used for colds of the upper respiratory tract, accompanied by a dry cough (take 1-2 tablespoons before meals 3-4 times a day). As an expectorant for coughs and chronic bronchitis, turnip decoction is also taken. To prepare the broth, finely chop the turnips, pour boiling water (1 glass for 2 tablespoons of chopped turnips), boil for 15 minutes, cool and filter. It is taken 4 times a day.
Freshly prepared carrot juice with honey (in a ratio of 2: 1) is recommended for colds and hoarseness (take 2 tablespoons 4-5 times a day). For coughs, you can also take a mixture of carrot and radish juices with honey (in a 1: 1: 1 ratio), a tablespoon every hour. Another cough remedy is a decoction of carrots with sugar (the decoction is prepared in the same way as a decoction of turnips). For colds, grated carrots boiled in milk are also used.
Juice squeezed from freshly boiled beets can be instilled into the nose with a cold (2-3 drops 3 times a day). In case of chronic rhinitis, a good effect is obtained by using slightly fermented juice of fresh beets.
Beetroot juice also has a healing effect on sore throat (used to gargle).
Fresh cabbage juice with sugar or honey (2 teaspoons of sugar or honey per glass) is a good emollient, expectorant for bronchitis and hoarseness of the voice caused by sore throat. Warm juice should be drunk several times a day, 2-3 tablespoons for 5-6 days. For the same purpose, you can use a decoction of cabbage with honey.
Using certain vegetables for medicinal purposes, it must be borne in mind that for some diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, liver, kidneys, their use, especially in their raw form (including raw juice), may be contraindicated.