16 Things People Did To Their Bodies In The Past That Are As Terrifying As They Are Gross
Who knew urine was such a holy grail product?!
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.
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.
A popular hair dye recipe in ancient Rome was a combination of leeches and vinegar left to pickle for 40 days.
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 teething.
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.
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.
And up until the sixth century, in the Roman Republic, drinking gladiator blood was believed to be a cure for epilepsy.
Up until the early 1900s, chloroform and smoking were both recommended as treatments for asthma.
Long before the days of whitening mouthwash, ancient Romans kept their teeth pearly by gargling with urine.
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.
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