#On This Day – Hair
Tuesday, July 10th, 2018
July 10th is Don’t Step On A Bee Day, and as you know bees provide us with honey. But, did you also know that honey and boiled slugs were a sixteenth-century cure for baldness? The concoction was mixed with olive oil, saffron and cumin and rubbed into one’s bald scalp. Honey was also mixed with vinegar, and roasted seahorses, as a cure for rabies by Mediterranean fisherman during the time of the Roman Empire. In ancient Egypt honey was mixed with pig eyes, antimony, and red ochre and poured in to a person’s ear canal as a cure for … blindness! The poor recipient of this mixture would also have to recite a spell. So, next time you see a bee on the floor, kindly step carefully for you never know when you might be in need of some honey, your follicles may depend on it!
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