These natural home remedies have been used for more than 2000 years by the ancient Greeks. What did they know that we seemed to have forgotten?
The ancient Greeks saw disease as a punishment from the gods— for deeds that were thought to be wrong, or for not doing the good they were supposed to do. They also believed healing to be a literal gift from the divine. It wasn’t until the fifth century B.C.E. that the Greeks took a scientific approach to medicine and healing, identifying the cause of the illness, and prescribing herbal and natural medicines to treat a specific disease.
Although the Greek’s philosophy of medicine has changed from a spiritual to a scientific and ‘modern’ approach, it is fascinating that these herbal cures are still used today. It is likely due to the fact that natural and herbal medicine is safe and has almost no side effects.
In most cases, it is our everyday diet that can help to treat many diseases. But most of Western cultures have ignored ancient wisdom. If you take a close look at the overall health of the West, it seems we should go back to a more natural approach to healing. Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”. These words are just as true today as they were in 400 B.C.E.
Let’s take a look at 6 natural and herbal treatments that have stood the test of time. Consider this wisdom to be a gift from the gods!
1. Beetroot for Anemia
Since beetroot has a high quantity of iron, ancient Greeks used it to treat anemia and other related blood conditions. They would regularly eat beetroot and drink fresh beetroot juice to help increase red blood cell levels.
2. Mint for Migraine Relief
The ancient Greeks not only used mint as an aromatherapy because of its fresh relaxing aroma, but they also used mint to help relieve migraines and also for relief of stomach aches.
3. Fenugreek for Respiratory Ailments and Diabetes
The ancient Greeks first used the herb known as fenugreek as a part of their cattle-feed to help stimulate the digestion of their cattle and horses.
The wise and innovative Hippocrates saw other uses for this herbs and encouraged using fenugreek for the treatment of respiratory issues such as coughs and tuberculosis.
It is also reported that fenugreek was also used to treat rare cases of diabetes in ancient times.
4. Fennel for Weight Loss and Joint Pain
The ancient Greeks saw fennel as a natural expectorant that was used to help combat annoying coughs.
It was also taken in the form of an herbal tea where it helped aid in weight loss aid, cramp relief and a treatment for muscle and joint pain.
5. Flaxseed to Lower Cholesterol
Used as commonly in ancient times as modern days, flaxseed helps aid in digestion and lowering cholesterol levels and were a favorite prescribed healer of ancient Greek physicians.
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6. Horseradish for Respiratory Infections
Used in ancient times to help prevent illness, during the cold winter months, ancient Greeks would eat horseradish to help get rid of excess phlegm in the lungs and respiratory system such as sinuses. — Kerry Kolasa-Sikiaridi
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