Many features of life in Russia surprised Europeans several centuries ago. The French captain Jacques Margeret, who admired the health of the “Muscovites”, discovered a universal Russian medicine against all diseases.
The French officer, who has been in the Moscow service since 1600, noted in his notes that only nobles knew about the existence of doctors in Russia. Commoners prefer to be treated with folk remedies, which can shock the inhabitants of enlightened Europe.
They make vodka, fill it with a charge of arquebus powder or the head of crushed garlic, stir it, drink it and immediately go to the steam room, so hot that it is almost impossible to endure, and stay there until they sweat for an hour or two, says Margeret.
But after all these manipulations, the captain writes, all diseases recede. Danish diplomat Yul Yust agrees with the Frenchman, who called the bathhouse, vodka, and garlic the main doctors in Russia, writes the Russian Seven portal.
And the Vatican ambassador to Russia in 1670-1673, Jacob Reitenfels, believes that the secret of Russian health is hardened. He noted that many children, starting from 3-4 years old, run out to the street barefoot and in light clothes, even in the most severe frosts.