14 of the most BIZARRE hangover cures from history
HUMANS have been searching for the best way to cure the hangovers since, well alcohol was discovered.
By Matthew Mohan-Hickson
Friday, 26th April 2019, 12:56 pm
Updated Friday, 26th April 2019, 1:03 pm
Most bizarre historical hangover cures
Maybe you might opt for lots of water and paracetamol or simply hiding under the duvet after a heavy night of drinking. However our ancestors had some pretty bizarre hangover cures. Here are 14 of the strangest.
Native American tribes believed that 'sweat swishing' was the way to cure a hangover. They would do a work out, lick up the sweat and swish it around in their mouth before spitting it out. Enough to make you quit drinking.
Herbalist Nicholas Culpeper was a strong proponent of quote 'stuffing the nasal passages with juice of tree ivy'. You may just want to suffer through the hangover instead though.
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In Bolivia the national hangover cure is to eat a warm bowl of caldo de cardan - which is bull penis soup. It also apparently cures back pain. So two birds with one stone then.
Another hangover cure from our Victorian ancestors. The Medical Adviser recommended downing vinegar as well as rubbing it on your temples. And if that didn't work, pour a bucket of water over your head.
A barman at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in the 1930s was said to recommend this bizarre concoction as a way to banish the hangover. Sounds like a recipe for disaster to me.
According to ancient Irish legend, the best way to cure yourself of your hangover was to bury yourself in wet sand. Although this isn't the most scientifically proven cure.
According to Pliny the Elder, the ancient Romans used to enjoy frying up a canary and eating it for breakfast in a bid to get rid of that pesky hangover. Think I'll just stick to a fry up thanks.
While this hangover cure dates back over a century, it is still used by many in America. It involves mixing raw egg, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, hot sauce and black pepper. Then drinking it.
Our friends in the Central American nation of Puerto Rico have a rather unique method for preventing hangovers. They would rub a slice of lemon in their armpit... but only for their drinking arm.
The Cowboys in the American West had a pretty revolting way to wrangle that hangover away. They would collect rabbit dung and turn it a tea, which would cure you after you drank it.
In the ancient civilisation of Assyria, if they were feeling delicate after a nightout they would mix together ground up bird beaks and myrrh, which is sap from the Commiphora tree, and eat the mixture.
In the Victorian days enterprising chimney sweeps used to sell left over soot as a hangover cure. People would mix a teaspoon with hot milk apparently. We'd advise against trying it.
The Mongols conquered huge swaths of the world, and they thought they cured hangovers as well. After a night of heavy drinking they would eat two pickled sheep's eyeballs for breakfast.
In the medieval days this was a popular hangover cure. They recomended boiling the eel in water and its own blood and this was said to make the headache go away.