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 100% right – as these adverts prove. Though they do explain why everyone from that era has such “happy memories” of their youth!
Bayer’s heroin for coughs
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. I’m surprised that they remember anything!
This was just 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”.
In 1875, this was the most famous Coca wine. 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.
At 40% alcohol plus 3 grams of opium per tablet, it didn’t cure you. But then you possibly did not care!
In the early 1900s all stage actors, singers, teachers and preachers had to have them for a maximum performance. Great to ‘smooth’ the voice.
Very popular for children in the 1880s. Not only did they relieve the pain, they made the children very happy!
I’m sure this would make them sleep well (not only the opium, but also 46% alcohol)!