People sometimes choose not to go to the doctor for medical advice, and often use their folk-inherited knowledge to cure themselves. Sometimes, this is extremely efficient, and some remedies are known to work even if they don’t sound scientific. However, most of the time, people use weird home remedies which they should avoid, since they are pure superstition.
The first settlers of America had their own unusual way to get rid of acne. This implied spreading urine all over the skin full of pimples, or bathing in the water that gathers in hollow trees. Although it sounds disturbing, doing so might simply be ineffective.
Among other more disgusting weird home remedies, there was the cure for infant diarrhea. People used to think that taking a chicken’s gizzard and boiling it, and then giving one teaspoon of the infusion to the child would get him rid of diarrhea. There’s no need to mention that this is not recommended.
History is full of weird home remedies, and most of them don’t actually work
Another one in the series of weird home remedies is as funny, as it actually had some sense behind it. People used to wrap dirty socks around their necks if they had a sore throat. Back in the day, such a symptom signaled that the disease was contagious and deadly, so having a stinky piece of cloth around your neck kept people away from disease.
Urine was not used only against acne, but also against earaches. Putting small drops in an ear was believed to ease pain, as well as stuffing the ear with some chewable tobacco. Even today, some people put cigarettes in their ear to let the smoke enter their canals and reduce pain.
The list of weird home remedies can go on endlessly, including garlic dipped in chocolate against memory loss, rattlesnake whiskey against rheumatism, or earwax against cold sores. However, people should always know how to tell between superstition and actual cures, and not let themselves fooled by folk knowledge.
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