5 Old-Time Cures That Can Kill
by Lauren Gelman
Next time you experience the following symptoms, be thankful for a century’s worth of scientific advances (and, of course, file these under “don’t try this at home”).
Stuffy nose: Spritz it with a spray of a 4 percent cocaine solution, or soak a cotton ball in a stronger solution and place it in the nostril.
Croup: Give your baby a spoonful of sugar soaked in kerosene (to help induce vomiting).
Hair loss: Rub into your scalp a blend of almond oil, rosemary extract, wine, distilled water, and mercury bichloride each morning (yes, the same mercury that can poison and kill you).
Sunburn: Soothe reddened skin with a mix of cornstarch, oat flour, and lead carbonate (!!!)
Sore throat: Mix together a half-pint each of olive oil, ammonia, and turpentine, plus one egg. Shake until thick, then apply to your neck until it blisters.
For some smarter, safer home cures, give one of these a whirl:
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