FACTS: Ancient Egyptian Cure For Headaches

According to a recent study, ancient Egyptians wore a garland of laurel leaves to cure headaches--including those brought about by one too many glasses of wine. David Leith, a historian at the University of Exeter translated a medical papyrus that outlines the method. The leaves were taken from a shrub called the Alexandrian laurel. These were strung into a necklace and worn to relieve the pain.

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Alexandrian Laurel by Michael Reck
The papyrus is 1,900 years old and dates from Egypt's Greco-Roman period. While the Egyptians were able to cure certain ailments and perform surgeries, their medicine sometimes relied on forms of  magic. That appears to be the case here.

What's fascinating about the papyrus and others like it is that they give us a glimpse into daily life in ancient Egypt nearly 2,000 years ago.

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