The Weirdest Cold Remedies From Around The World!

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Health practitioners in China follow Traditional Chinese Medicine. With regards to a cold, a physician may prescribe a tincture of astragalus root. It could also be administered as a pill or an injection. The Chinese version of Vick’s VapoRub is called pak fah yeow, or white flower oil. It contains camphor, wintergreen, menthol, lavender, peppermint oils, and eucalyptus. It is applied to the chest and underneath the nose to get rid of stuffiness and the sniffles.

Another remedy practiced in China is burning Ai Ye. The leaves help keep any cold and flu germs from entering the home and provides antiseptic qualities.

If you like to drink chicken soup when you aren’t feeling well you might want to try lizard soup next time to see which one you liked better. All you have to do is replace the chicken with dried lizards and add some Chinese dates, and yams in hot water. Simmer until ready to serve. This soothing soup should help alleviate mucus buildup and excessive coughing.



A common home remedy used in Serbia consists of melting three tablespoons of sugar together to create a caramel. The caramel mixture is added to milk and used to treat the common cold as well as bronchitis. How yummy is that?!



Umeboshi is called a pickled plum but it is really a type of apricot. The Japanese use the umeboshi in its freshest form, raw, or steeped in hot water creating a tea that is topped with lemon and ginger.



The Scots drank Pep-rum and Hot Rum to cure their cold. After drinking the rum or nettle tea, they would take a walk near the water to take in the sea air. People in this country swear by the benefits of salt air relieving congestion and enjoy relief almost instantly.

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