20 Things People Did To Their Bodies In The Past That Are As Terrifying As They Are Gross

    Urine = history's holy grail product, apparently.

    1. Ancient Romans wiped their butts using a sponge on a stick, which doesn't sound awful, apart from the fact that the stick was communal.

    2. But those that couldn't afford luxury sponge sticks had to make do wiping with pieces of discarded pottery.

    3. In the late 1700s, the chainsaw was invented as a more efficient way to to cut the pelvic bone during childbirth – a common practice at the time.

    4. A popular hair dye recipe in ancient Rome was a combination of leeches and vinegar left to pickle for 40 days.

    5. In Georgian England, women would trap and skin mice, and then glue their fur to their faces in place of shaven off eyebrows.

    6. And in Ancient Egypt, a common cure for toothache was a freshly killed dead mouse applied directly to the mouth.

    7. To help ward off sexually transmitted diseases in Ancient Rome and Greece, condoms made from the bladder and intestines of animals were the go-to.

    8. In the 18th century, lancing – cutting the gums of a baby to bypass teething – was a common practice in Europe, as it was believed that it was safer than letting the teeth break through naturally.

    9. Babies had a pretty tough time overall – until quite recently, it was believed that babies couldn’t feel pain, so often had operations done on them without any anaesthesia.

    10. The teeth of dead soldiers were the go-to material when it came to 19th-century dentures.

    11. And in a number of pre-historic cultures all over the world, drilling holes directly into the skull of a live person was a practice thought to be a treatment for head injuries.

    12. Europeans in the 16th and 17th would ingest remedies that contained human blood, fat, and bones, often sourced from Egyptian tombs and Irish burial grounds.

    13. And up until the sixth century, in the Roman Republic, drinking gladiator blood was believed to be a cure for epilepsy.

    14. Up until the early 1900s, chloroform and smoking were both recommended as treatments for asthma.

    15. Long before the days of whitening mouthwash, ancient Romans kept their teeth pearly by gargling with urine.

    16. In 1930s London, parents would hang their babies in cages outside their windows to give them some fresh air.

    17. Human remains were a common ingredient in medicine until the 20th century.

    18. Urine was also a key ingredient for clothes washing back in medieval times.

    19. When it came to birth control, crocodile dung was the key ingredient for contraception in Ancient Egypt – it was mixed with sour milk or honey and inserted into the vagina before sex.

    20. And finally, in early 20th century America, douching with Lysol – the cleaning product that contains a bunch of toxic chemicals – was recommended as a method of birth control.

    Which one shocked you the most? Tell us in the comments!