11-10-2010, 08:46 AM
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Texas, USA
I like their vodka cures:
Vodka was not only a drink, but used as an antiseptic for many ailments. For example, a tradition from Soviet times and beyond, Eastern Europeans swab vodka on cuts and insect bites. In order to get rid of a cold, they also take a shot of vodka to kill the illness in the system. Vodka also can clean out infected areas and be used to sterilize household items such as a thermometer for taking a person's temperature. In the Soviet Union and even today, a bottle of vodka in the house goes a long way.
But I don't think a bottle of vodka lasts a long time in a Russian household. Statistics, which I've read, say they generally have a drinking problem.
And no thanks to this either
To cure a cold, onion juice unclogged a stuffed up nose. According to the September 1980 Sarasota Herald-Tribune article entitled "Soviets Rely on Home Remedies for Whatever Ails Them," author Eliza K. Klose says, "two drops per nostril from an onion freshly grated over cotton can clear the head with explosive force."
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