I don’t know about you, but I’m still suffering from the over-indulgence of the last few weeks–and it’s not even Twelfth Night yet! As usual, Wellcome Images offers up some historical cures.
Carter’s Little Liver Pills will help you to skip along the beach, feeling and looking fresh as a daisy!
BiSoDol is useful in getting it all out…
Of course, we all make New Year’s resolutions to exercise more. Here is a handy home work-out kit from 1900.
But if you can’t face all that hard work, there is always a stimulating electropathic belt to help steady your nerves, relieve constipation, cure obesity, aid manly vigour.
If none of these treatments appeal, perhaps you might instead prefer to distract yourself by checking out our top five posts from 2013.
5. Katherine Allen’s delightful “Tobacco Smoke Enemas” explores the medical significance of blowing smoke up one’s rear end.
4. Karin Leonhard and David Brafman offer some tips on “Dyeing Wool in Seventeenth-Century Germany“, with instructions for music and reflections on death included alongside the wool dyeing.
3. Laura Mitchell considers whether medieval healing charms were “Magic or Medicine“. Plus… evil eye!
2. I examine a modern cure-all, finding that coffee was “A Remedy Against the Plague“. Coffee: even more useful than we think.
1. And our most popular post of the year was Laurence Totelin’s “Recipe Fit for a King“, in which she considers King Attalus as a serious scholar who had a deep knowledge of poisons.
An interesting list that reveals much about the wide-ranging interests of our readers and contributors! Elaine Leong and I are looking forward to another fun year for Recipes Project in 2014.