Old Slavic Home Remedies By Pavel Kurenkov – Part 1

Old Slavic Home Remedies By Pavel Kurenkov – Part 1

Old Slavic Home Remedies By Pavel Kurenkov – Part 1

 

For people their health is the most precious thing in life; however, to a great extent, health depends on their way of life and their relations to the environment. Many people look for new “prestigious” chemical medicines and forget about the old traditional medicine which has been curing people from disability and trauma for thousands of years. The remarkable Russian doctor Pavel Matveevich Kurenkov (read U like in PUT; stress on the last O) offers the reader these old recipes in his Healer’s Book. Each of them contains centuries-old healing experience of the Slav peoples.

The most efficient and accessible cures for anybody in trouble have been selected in this article. It is useful for doctors as well as for patients.

How to cleanse your body
Stones in the liver and kidneys
You have headache
How to prepare decoctions
Nerves, heart and excessive excitement
Rheumatism and radiculitis
Bronchitis
Cough
Catarrh (acute rhinitis)
Rose hip (Rosa canina)
Anemia and weakness
Cold
Mint decoction
Your voice is dropped
How to get rid of toothache
Juices against stones
Common wormwort (Artemisia absinthium) will give you extra force
The forgotten black plaster
Vitamins around us
Take care of your stomach
Insomnia
Magic horsetail (Equisetum arvense)

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How to cleanse your body

Many diseases come unexpectedly due to the excessive use of animal fat, pastry and meat. Your stomach cannot process all the quantity of food which we try to eat. Therefore you should not make others eat too much, either, though your intentions may be good. The result of excessive food is a lot of useless substances which contaminate your digestive system, the gallbladder, the kidneys, the pancreas, and the blood vessels. You start complaining of headache, and pains in the liver. You ask for help and for some miraculous medicines as you do not suppose that you can cure yourself of your indisposition. Therefore, before you start taking medicines, try to cleanse your body.

How to do it? There are many ways. The simplest and the most pleasant one are juices and water. In the morning on empty stomach drink a glass of juice diluted in half with water; lemon juice is the best. Take the juice of two lemons. After that, drink juices with water again: juices from apples, carrots, beet or black currant (Ribes nigrum) – one glass of juice every hour. You need not eat. On the next day, if you feel well, repeat the procedure. If you feel weak or dizzy, you can begin to eat. Do not eat any salty, fat, sweet of fried food. After a few days the pains in your joints and internal organs, and headache will disappear; your body will feel easy and you will loose weight. Then try to regulate your diet in such a way that you eat a lot of vegetables, fruit, sour milk products and very little of fried, fat and sweet foods, which accumulate stocks of unnecessary substances.

Stones in the liver and kidneys

Mash one cupful of linseed and mix it with three cups of unboiled milk. Put the liquid to boil until only one cupful is left. Filter and drink it. Repeat the procedure for five days, and then stop for ten days. Repeat again. You may have pains; that means that the stones and the sand are dissolved and you will feel relieved. After one year you can repeat the treatment. You should exclude fried and spicy dishes from your menu.

You have headache?

This happens most often when your body and the blood vessels are polluted with useless substances. First of all, you have to cleanse your body; then use a decoction of valerian roots (Valeriana officinalis), forest strawberry leaves, St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum), mint (Menta pipperita), chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla), and calendula (Calendula officinalis).

How to prepare decoctions?

Take a tea spoonful each of valerian, mint leaves, St John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum), forest strawberry, a liitle dry chamomile and calendula. Put them in a liter of boiling water and let them boil for a few minutes. Cool and filter. Drink a quarter of one cupful two or three times a day.

Spend more time outdoors before you go to bed. Walk more. Do not forget how important it is to be in good mood and to have positive emotions.

Nerves, heart and excessive excitement

In order to soothe pain of the heart and relieve it, it is good to use the decoction prepared according to the recipe mentioned above. Besides, various kinds of soothing baths can be recommended. If you do not have a big tub, you can bathe only your feet.

There are several recipes for decoctions: take pine needles, pine branches and cones, put them in cold water to cover them, then boil them for half an hour and leave them for twelve hours. The decoction must be brown in color. Pour half a liter for the tub in moderately hot water or a quarter of a liter for foot bath. It is very good to add valerian roots to the decoction. This relieves headache, pains in the heart, and lowers blood pressure. You can try baths with a chamomile and walnut leaves decoction. It is prepared in the same way as the decoction of pine needles, branches and cones. The only difference is that it is prepared for a shorter time.

And one more tip: stop “merry” drinks like Rakia, brandy, vodka and wines. It is better to drink juices, water and tea; tea is the best. Prepare all kinds of tea. In spring it is very good to drink tea of black currant, morello cherry and strawberry young stalks. Later in the year you can add jasmine, black currant, morello cherry and bird cherry (Prunus padus) blossoms. If you drink tea with honey on empty stomach, if, instead of supper, you have one cup of fragrant medicinal tea made of leaves and herbs, good health and cheerfulness are guaranteed  you for years.

Rheumatism and radiculitis

Put 400 g of sawdust in a cloth bag, put it in a pot and boil for 30 minutes. The decoction is poured into the tub, which is full to the middle with hot water – as hot as you can endure. Sit in the tub, cover yourself with a thick cloth and leave only your head out. Sit in the tub until the water becomes warm. Sawdust contains a lot of useful substances and essential oils. They penetrate the pores very well and have very good healing properties. A bath with sawdust is recommended before going to bed. After the second or the third procedure you will feel much better and your pains will be relieved.

Bronchitis

Take one cup of milk and put in it a table spoonful of salvia (Salvia officinalis). Boil it well and filter. Drink very hot quarter of one cupful before going to bed. You can replace milk with water.

Cough

Grate black radish and squeeze it. Mix the juice with the same quantity of honey. Drink two table spoonfuls before meals and before going to bed.

Recipe for children: cut the black radish into small pieces and stew it with honey or sugar in the oven. Give the child two tea spoonfuls before meals and before going to bed. In spring birchen or maple juice has a very good effect.

Catarrh (acute rhinitis)

In the evening before going to bed put a mustard poultice on your heels. Wrap your feet well or put on woolen socks. The catarrh will disappear till the morning.

There is another way to get rid of the rhinitis. Rub horseradish roots between your fingers. You will start crying and together with the tears the rhinitis and the cold will leave you. It will do you good if you eat a tea spoonful of horseradish at meals.

 

Rose hip (Rosa canina)

You should always have dried rose hips at home. Rose hip decoction helps prevent cold. It is irreplaceable for anemia, kidney diseases and liver disorders. It improves metabolism. Rose hips are used as tea. You can add some herbs and a little honey. Drink one cup three times a day after meals. Rose hips are especially good for children.

Anemia and weakness

Treatment with garlic has very good results. Put 300 g of peeled garlic in alcohol and put them in a closed pot. Leave the alcohol based infusion for tree weeks. Drink 20 drops of the infusion with milk or water three times a day.

One more recipe: mix 200 grams of lard, 200 grams of butter, and 200 grams of honey and melt them on hot fire; stir all the time. Three or four times a day drink a tea spoonful of the mix with hot milk or strong hot tea.

Cold

If you feel the first symptoms – mild headache, throat irritation, weakness, and pains in the eyes, you can stop the cold. Fill a basin with very hot water, add some decoction of juniper (Juniperus communis) or chamomile and keep your feet in it for a long time. Rub your feet with coarse cloth and put on woolen socks.

The next procedure: prepare a decoction of chamomile, wrap your head with a towel and bend over the hot steam, and inhale deeply. Finally, before going to bed, drink a very hot mug of tea of viburnum with honey. You can add mint and linden blossom to that tea.

Mint decoction

This decoction is very useful for quite a few diseases. It helps you get rid of heart pain and headache, and has a calming effect. Sometimes, as a result of stress and overstrain, you have the feeling that you ache all over, even your stomach aches. You become irritable. Do not go to the doctor at once and drink painkillers and sedatives.

You should take a bag of mint, which you gathered in summer and dried, and make a decoction. Add a little rose hips and a tea spoonful of honey. Do not expect immediate effect only from one cup but if you drink the mint decoction for a week or two, in the morning and in the evening, you will feel how your body is becoming lighter and your pains and irritation are gone.

Your voice is dropped

What shall we do? The Healer’s Book recommends: put half a cup of aniseed in half a liter of water and let them boil for 15 minutes. After that throw out the aniseed, add a quarter cup of honey to the decoction and boil it again. Remove from heat and add a table spoonful of brandy or vodka. Drink a table spoonful every 30 minutes. Your voice will be normal again till the evening.

One more recipe: after you boil a liter of water, add 400 grams of some cereal. Drink hot a little throughout the day. Till the evening the pains in your throat will be relieved and your voice and timbre will be restored.

How to get rid of toothache

Here is the simplest recipe: prepare a thick decoction of salvia, rinse your mouth with the hot liquid on the side of the ailing tooth. Repeat several times.

Put a thin slice of fresh bacon between the ailing tooth and the cheek. Leave for 15–20 minutes. The pain subsides for a long time.

Put a well washed plantain root (Plantago maior) in the ear on the side of the ailing tooth. After half an hour the pain will be gone for a long time.

Cut finely leaves of raspberry, oak or walnut, and mint in equal quantities, put them in a bottle, pour over hot wine vinegar and leave them for three days. Rinse the ailing tooth with this infusion. You can use this infusion to strengthen your teeth and to remove bad breath.

Cut finely a big clove of garlic, wrap it in clean gauze and put it on the wrist on the side of the ailing tooth. Bandage it tight. The pain will disappear quickly for a long time.

Juices against stones

A lot of people complain of stones and sand in their gallbladder, kidneys and liver. You can get rid of them very easily.

Here is a tip: first of all, a strict diet, and no food for several days. During that period you should drink ten to twelve cups of hot water per day with the juice of one lemon in each cup. Add three glasses of fresh juice of carrots, beetroot or fresh cucumber. On the second day you may feel some pain which means that the stones and the sand are leaving your body. After a week repeat the procedure and then you will feel recovered. If you keep to the respective diet for a long time or maybe forever, you will get rid of the disease.

With liver diseases during the days without food it is good to drink juices of carrots, celery and parsley. You can also drink half a glass of sauerkraut or fresh cabbage juice mixed with the same quantity of fresh tomatoes. You should drink the juices for a long time. The effect is amazing.

And plus a diet

There is an excellent traditional recipe for herb infusion which cures colitis.  Put a tea spoonful of salvia, chamomile and common red cilantro (Eritraea centaurum) in one cup of boiling water. Drink a table spoonful of it every two hours.  After two or three months you can reduce the dose. This drink is very useful and it is absolutely harmless. There is a mandatory condition, however: continue with the drink and the diet, eat a lot of vegetables, and give up all salty, fried, spicy, smoked, fat or sweet foods.

Common wormwort (Artemisia absinthium) will give you extra force

Fill a bottle with finely cut wormwort which must be gathered in May. Put water. Leave the full bottle in a dark place for 21 days. Take one drop for a thimble of water. Drink two or three times a day before meals for three weeks. Only after a few days you will have appetite again. Fatigue will disappear. You will have rosy cheeks again; you will be full of life and ready for long walks.

The forgotten black plaster

It is prepared from the mud of the mineral springs by putting a layer of mud on a dense cloth. If in winter you put black plaster on your chest and back, you minimize the possibility to catch cold. Black plaster cures chronic bronchitis, pains in the arms and legs and has an excellent effect on radiculitis. Some people keep the plaster for two or three weeks on their bodies. If you have a running nose, put the plaster on your soles. The worst rhinitis disappears in 24 hours.

Vitamins around us

In spring you should not eat last year apples and vegetables. Forget about juices made of them. However, as the body needs vitamins, you can compensate the deficit with eating green onions, dill and parsley. A good housewife can prepare with them a lot of salads, pate or sandwiches. You can add dandelion leaves (Taraxacum officinale). Drink tea made of leaves of black currant young,  morello cherry, strawberry, blackberry, rose and bird cherry (Prunus pardus).

Take care of your stomach

In April and May you can suddenly begin to notice that you have some unpleasant feeling in our stomach, mild pains and nausea. These are the symptoms of an old or beginning catarrh of the stomach, inflammation of the stomach mucosa or a stomach ulcer.  First of all, start eating small portions of food at short intervals. Then start the treatment.

Here are two simplest recipes: In the morning after you wake up, peel an apple, grate it finely and eat at once. Do not add sugar or honey. If you have an acute old catarrh, after the apple do not eat or drink anything for five hours. If you work, have a light dietetic breakfast. After some time you will have appetite and your tongue will not be coated. Stomach acidity will increase and the pains will disappear. The treatment should last for a month.

During the second month you can reduce the interval between the apple and breakfast. Repeat the procedure three times a week.

During the third month do it once a week. It is very good to eat a grated apple on an empty stomach once a week but only in the morning, never in the evening. You will get rid of many diseases, especially stomach diseases.

Some more tips: never eat immediately after you come home from work. Relax, lie a little and then you have supper.

Put birchen dry buds (50 grams) in half a liter of vodka. Leave the alcohol based infusion for 10 days. Drink half a tea spoonful or one tea spoonful three times a day 15–20 minutes before meals. This will provoke your appetite and will help healing stomach ulcer and intestines.

If you have a toothache, put a piece of cotton soaked in this infusion on the tooth, and the ache will disappear.

If you do not want to use vodka for the infusion, you can put 1 table spoonful of the birchen buds in one cup of boiling water. Drink a quarter of a cupful three times a day before meals. If you do not have dry buds, use dry birchen leaves. The recipe is the same.

Insomnia

In spring people often have insomnia. You should choose yourself your diet of raw vegetables and fruit. You must eat onions before going to bed. If you cannot, drink a glass of milk or one cup of herb tea with a tea spoonful of honey. If you suffer of insomnia because of headache, you can cure it on the principle: Fight fire with fire. A pain is relieved by another pain. Put mustard or horse radish poultice on your calves. Does it sting? Be patient. Your headache will disappear and you will sleep well.

Quite often headache is due to the fact that your stomach is congested and crowded with unnecessary substances. In that case you should cleanse it by keeping to a diet for some time. You will feel the positive result immediately.

Magic horsetail (Equisetum arvense)

You have seen that plant dozens of times without paying any attention to it. What a pity! Pick it and cut it, dry it and mash it, and put a table spoonful of horsetail (Equisetum arvense) in one cup of boiling water. Drink it like tea with a little honey. It is an excellent way to cleanse your body of unnecessary substances. This is especially useful and necessary in spring.

Old Slavic Home Remedies By Pavel Kurenkov – Part 2

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