I love traditional health and beauty recipes and remedies. Sometimes, indigenous wisdom is more effective in its simplicity and potent connection with nature and the human body in ways that modern medicine seems to have forgotten. However, our grandparents did not get everything absolutely, 100% right – as these adverts prove. Though they do explain why everyone from that era has such “happy memories” of their youth
A bottle of Bayer’s ‘Heroin’ (I’m surprised that they remember anything!): between 1890 and 1910 heroin was sold over the counter as a “non-addictive” pain killer. It was also used to treat children suffering with a strong cough.
Metcalf’s Coca Wine was one of a huge variety of wines with cocaine on the market. Everybody used to say that it would make you happy and it would also work as a medicinal treatment to rejuvenate the entire body systems. It was suggested that you should take a full glass with or after every meal; children should only take “half a glass”.
Mariani wine (1875) was the most famous Coca wine of it’s time. Pope Leo XIII used to carry one bottle with him all the time. And as further proof of its health and wellness quotient, he awarded Angelo Mariani (the producer) with a Vatican gold medal.
Cocaine tablets (1900): All stage actors, singers, teachers and preachers had to have them for a maximum performance. Great to ‘smooth’ the voice.
It’s no wonder they were called ‘The Good Old Days’! However, just remember that there is a reason these “traditional remedies” have been banned for the past 100 years or so – so NO experimenting!