Hi guys! I was back on Steve Harvey today and we talked about some common Eastern remedies! I always get lots of questions about where to find these items, so here you go!
In the West, everyone reaches for the Neosporin but in the East we use Soy Sauce! If you don’t have this at home already you need to get it. It is applied on the burn immediately and left on for a half an hour. It soothes and relieves the pain and prevents blisters. We’re not really sure what in the soy sauce makes it healing for burns, but it’s been working for us for thousands of years.
WHERE TO BUY: Soy sauce is in most grocery stores in the Asian food aisle. You can also order off of large online marketplaces like Amazon. Kikkoman Soy Sauce, 33.8 oz
We’ve all had to reach for the pink stuff one time or another but in the East, Kimchi is the go-to for an upset stomach! Some of you have probably eaten or heard of it before but didn’t know the powers it has to cure indigestion. It is cabbage seasoned with ingredients like scallions, spices, radish, garlic, shrimp sauce and fish sauce, then allowed to ferment underground in jars for months. It’s crawling with good bacteria & probiotics, which protect the intestines from bacteria & pushes them out.
WHERE TO BUY: Kimchi is a Korean staple so you will have to head to a Korean grocery store. Some larger cities also carry kimchi in their American grocery stores. Again, I always use Amazon, haha, they have everything! (Please make sure you are buying korean kimchi, NOT chinese-made kimchi) Kimchi – Authentic Korean Pickled Cabbage – Fresh (1 LB)
Most of us usually take something like Melatonin or Z-Quil, but in the East, Jujube Dates treats insomnia and anxiety. It contains compounds that have a sedative effect that will help you sleep better. All you have to do is brew these dates as a tea.
WHERE TO BUY: Jujube dates are easy to find in an Asian grocery store. If you dont have one nearby, here is a link to where you can buy online. I always buy organic, but feel free to buy regular as well. ORGANIC SUN-DRIED HUNZA JUJUBE (RED DATE BERRIES) 4 OZ
HEAD AND MUSCLE ACHES
Instead of using aspirin for a headache or Icy Hot for a muscle ache, we use White flower oil & red flower oil! They both contain some of the same ingredients like wintergreen, eucalyptus, camphor and lavender. When combined it soothes and cools/warms the skin that melts the tension away. Applying these oils is easy. To relieve a headache, massages a few drops of White Oil to your temples. For muscle aches, rub Red flower oil directly on the affected area.
WHERE TO BUY: Red and white flower oil are both available in your Chinatown/Koreatown Asian medicine shops. Also they will sometimes be in Asian grocery stores. Again, online link is at WHITE FLOWER White Flower Analgesic Balm 0.67 OZ OR Axe brand Red Flower Oil – 1.08oz – 32 ml