Our products on Traditional Remedies
What was involved?
The aim of this activity was to help raise the awareness of our students as to the significance of traditional remedies as intangible cultural heritage as well as to promote the entrepreneurial potential of natural sustainable health practices.
First, the students investigated their national heritage as regards alternative medicinal practices and created presentations to share at the meeting. These were linked to the agricultural goods presented beforehand. Therefore, the teams focused on medicinal herbs and plants, teas and tinctures and their health benefits. Besides, we explored other practices independent from agriculture, such as spas and mineral water springs, cupping therapies etc. and discovered how many practices we have in common.
Here is the presentation of the German team promoting the wealth of mineral water springs in their region and their benefits for our health and wellness as well as their entrepreneurial significance:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1h0Na2HAErHRXek0lWzIboTdRKoSCgtlx . They explained the benefits from the economic and touristic aspects of the use of water in their region. Many cities in both Germany and the Czech Republic have the component „Bad“ in their name, which means that there are lots of mineral sources in the region. Bad Vilbel has a big company which sells mineral water, and Bad Nauheim and Bad Homburg are famous Spa-cities for more than a century now.
The Turkish team presented us both a variety of agricultural remedies
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1q-bb91hq6x1_f9isrmhww-sqdq9GLxgf and the potential of spas and their significance for the culture, the economy and the health of the people
They also presented us a token of the Turkish intangible cultural heritage which is included in the UNESCO cultural goods, a special ‘treat’ with healing properties that constitutes a long cultural and religious tradition still alive in Turkey:
The Spanish team treated us with seed bags containing cherry stones and lavender which we used later by heating them in the microwave and putting them on our neck for natural instant relief from tension and pain.
The Italian presentation of traditional remedies focused on herbs and medicinal plants
The Greek presentations included an overview of traditional remedies from Greece (osteotherapy, physiotherapy, homeopathy and cupping therapy)
as well as a special presentation of free and private spas and hot baths
and two more presentations; one of the beeswax ointment with its multiple benefits for health, beauty and care that was made by the students at school
and one on entrepreneurship in the field of traditional remedies as a way to sustain our traditions and our health in a sustainable way
As a follow-up activity, we collected traditional remedies from all our six countries and classifies them according to the health problems they are recommended for. The common product of this activity is the role-play ‘Doctor Nature’ which was further utilized by the Greek team in their English classes for the dissemination of what we learnt from this activity to our school community.