Drooling, plantain and brilliant green: 5 yard medicines in the USSR

Droo, plantain and brilliant green: 5 home remedies in the USSR

Plasters, antiseptics, vitamins, antihistamines, antipyretics, sleeping pills, from the stomach, from motion sickness … the first-aid kit of another traveler will be envied by the packing of the ambulance. Undoubtedly welcoming such foresight, “Subtlety” offers a little nostalgia, remembering the “pasture” remedies, well known to everyone who grew up in the USSR. At the same time, we will figure out which of them can really help, and which are mostly useless.

1. Plantain

Attaching a plantain to the wound is an old life hack, well known throughout the post-Soviet space. And it really works: psyllium contains tannins, acids, saponins, vitamins and trace elements that help stop blood flow. The leaves of the plant are used in folk medicine as an anti-inflammatory and analgesic. The young leaf must be thoroughly washed, removed from the stem and – be sure – knead in your hands. Applying a dusty plant to a cut is dangerous – bacteria can be introduced, and then a small wound will become a big problem.

2. Zelenka

In the Soviet years, brilliant green (aka brilliant green) was considered a panacea for any cuts, abrasions, burns, and at the same time for chickenpox and skin diseases. Today, the attitude of doctors to this remedy is ambiguous. Although brilliant green does have antiseptic properties, its effects on the body are not fully understood. One thing is clear: with minor skin damage, it can really be used as an antiseptic, but when applied to open wounds, the alcohol composition can cause burns and irritation.

When traveling around other countries, you won’t be able to buy a jar with the usual green liquid in a pharmacy: if brilliant green is used there, it is only used as a dye. Foreigners perceive the love of our compatriots for brilliant green with bewilderment: why paint yourself in radical green when you can use any colorless antiseptic? Do you know what items of clothing Russians amuse foreigners?

3. Aloe

In the past, pots of aloe adorned the windowsills of almost every apartment. Such popularity of this plant, which is not the most spectacular in appearance, was due to the fact that Soviet citizens firmly believed in its extraordinary medicinal properties, and newspapers regularly published recipes for tinctures, lotions and decoctions from aloe.

Although the medical value of aloe is greatly exaggerated, its juice does have a wound-healing effect. If you apply a cut of an aloe leaf to the wound, it will help stop the bleeding and relieve inflammation. The main thing is that the plant must be healthy and well washed.

4. Vodka

If small cuts and abrasions in the post-Soviet space are disinfected with plantain, then vodka is used for serious wounds. The wound is not just wiped, but thoroughly washed with vodka – the sensations are not pleasant, but it is believed that such a procedure allows you to safely remove dirt.

In fact, microorganisms are reliably killed when using alcohol with a strength of at least 70%. However, if only vodka is at hand, you can try to treat the wound with it too – the risk of introducing microbes will be lower than when washing with plain water. Do you want to know 10 Russian names that foreigners laugh at?

5. Drooling

Oddly enough, the use of saliva as an emergency wound healing has quite scientific justification. Human saliva contains opiorphin, a chemical compound that relieves pain six times more than morphine-based drugs. In addition, saliva also has wound healing properties due to the high content of histatin-1, which accelerates the regeneration of damaged tissues.

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