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Thanks for all the well wishes while I was on vacation last week! My brain is in peak condition again. It's no longer feeling deep-fried and is back to it's naturally squishy state.
So lately my hubs has been interested in antique medicine bottles. You know, the pretty clear/green/cobalt ones with funny stuff written on the side.
Snake oil was a remedy that originated in China and was said to cure arthritic conditions. Snake oil (yes, that's Extra Virgin Expeller-pressed Chinese Water Snake. Yummy!) is now a synonym for quack medicine, or anything touted with extraordinary promises but possessing dubious benefits.
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After the Pure Food and Drugs Act of 1906, the American version of China's Snake Oil's active components couldn't be verified, and it was then considered a hoax.
In the search for the bottles that contained these old time remedies, we found this funny but true list of cure-alls.
Bird’s Lung Cure (For those who Tweet so much they get short of breath)
Bohemian Catarrh Cure (For Stevie Nicks Wannabes with that less-than-sexy phlegmy cough)
Electric Brain Food Cure (What does this cure? Electric brains? Or being a brain-eating zombie?)
Gantner’s Magic Chicken Cholera Cure (I personally wouldn't cure anyone of their magic chickens. I'd like one myself, but the diarrhea part might be a deal-breaker.)
Keeley’s Cure for Drunkenness (Duh. It's an empty bottle, right?)
Kitchel’s Wind Puff Cure (For the long-winded, over-bloated, and fabulously flatulent.)
Man, I would write a novel just so I could sneak in these remedies. They'd be great chapter headings, wouldn't they?