The Czech Republic emerged from the former Czechoslovakia in 1992 but brought with it a rich Bohemian history that includes well-trusted folk remedies and natural medicines to support physical and mental health. Herbal remedies especially, including stinging nettles and sage, have a long history of usage in Czech society. In fact, modern chemists/pharmacists are likely to have popular herbal remedies readily available for common ailments. One book on medicinal phyto-chemistry contains a study that “compares approximately 22 species of fungi belonging to 13 families, one species of lichen, and 283 species of plants belonging to 81 families… which have been utilized in folk medicine in the Czech Republic.”
One local remedy worth noting and predating penicillin and other antibiotics is a milk and bread poultice, which was placed on wounds to protect and heal the skin. Of course, the universally popular plum liqueur known as slivovice is also offered as a folk remedy for everything from sore throat and viral infection to muscle aches, much as whisky is offered for the same ailments in other nations and for the same reason–the antiseptic and relaxing effects of alcohol.
Holistic Treatments: Rose hip tea has always been a popular health tonic in the Czech Republic, primarily as a source of Vitamin C. Also, physical activity has been considered critical to health and emotional well-being, and athletic clubs formed to encourage community participation in athletics and outdoors activities.