1890s advertisement for Bromo-Seltzer,
demonstrating just how you good you'll feel
after it cures your headache
For example, in the 10th century, Ali ibn Isa al-Kahhal recommended tying a dead mole to your head. In the 12th century, Cordobian physician Moses Maimonides advised sufferers to immerse themselves in a warm, sweet bath, using honey for preference. In 1608, A Closet for Ladies and Gentlewomen suggested making a paste of house leek and "stamped" earthworms, and applying it to the temples.
The Head ache by George Cruickshank 1819
Electric eels, willow bark, rose oil, hot irons, wearing a clay crocodile on your head (an Egyptian remedy from around 1500 BCE), trepanation, feverfew tea, opium and vinegar solutions, the St Denis method*, a kiss**, patience*** - all have been proposed and practised, with varying degrees of success.
History Girls have arcane expertise spanning the centuries. What headache remedies have you come across in your research rambles? And have you ever tried them???
*detail from west facade of Notre-Dame Cathedral
of St Denis
(Wiki Loves Monuments)
**The Headache by Robert Herrick (1591-1674)
My head doth ache,
O Sappho! take
And bind the pain,
Or bring some bane
To kill it.
But less that part
Than my poor heart
Now is sick;
One kiss from thee
Will counsel be
***If you can live up to around bus pass age, there's a reasonable chance they'll just go away of their own accord. At least that's what happened to me.
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