Posted by Nicole on March 10, 2014
You've no doubt heard of the “hair
of the dog,” or the raw egg as miracle remedies for your hangover. How
about the milk of a buffalo, or some old fashioned black magic? From
eating parts of animals that probably aren't meant to be eaten, to a
few odd ideas on how the human body actually works, hangovers are a
battle that humanity has been waging war with for thousands of years.
Since the inception of mass-produced
fermentation, we've come up with many new and exciting ways to ward
off the nausea, headache, and general malaise that consumption of
alcohol brings. Fortunately for us, many of them are no longer here,
because you'll find that some are a more menacing prospect than just
grinning and bearing it.
Here's a sample of some of the things
that have been eaten by people throughout history to help a hangover,
including a few that are still in use to this day:
Roman “delicacy.” Like many other raw ingredients of dubious
texture and viscosity, eels were associated with the strengths of
nature. Clearly, a raw ingredient would provide those benefits in
greater measure, or so the Romans thought. Another motivator is the
“what doesn't kill you” mentality. If you could manage to
stomach a raw eel serving, it meant you could get over the nausea of
a hangover. If you couldn't and ended up vomiting, then you would
expel the offending poison from your system. A “win win,” unless
your terms of victory include “not eating raw eels.”
Roman delight that was carried on into the Middle Ages, and not
surprisingly, served with eel. Almonds are nutritious, of course,
but bitter almonds are likely to wake you up with the shudders as
(mixed with milk.)
concocted by chimneysweeps as a way to make money on the side, or
just get their head in the game for work. It's exactly what it
sounds like; a few spoons of soot, stirred into warm milk.
it's fish in Germany, or fruit in Japan, pickled food is just tied
at the hip to alcohol and its unwelcome side effects. The
traditional hangover breakfast in Germany consists of herrings,
wrapped around sliced cucumber and onion. All of it is pickled.
In two varieties, neither palatable.
The first is the rind of the lemon. In some parts of the world, it's
still believed that eating the entire peel of a citrus fruit can
help you to fight off the symptoms of a hangover. In another
application specific to Puerto Rico, drinkers may rub half of a
lemon in their armpit.
Finally, some Native Americans
believed that working up a sweat through a healthy run, and then
licking that sweat and spitting it out would rid your body of the
poison that is alcohol. Moderation never seemed more