Disturbing Vintage Hygiene Habits And Home Remedies

Going Bald? Grab Some Chicken Feces

As we already know, history is filled with some pretty bizarre medical and hygiene remedies. One of the strangest of those comes to us thanks to a medical book from 17th-century called The Path-Way To Health.

Dennis Hartmann collects freshly laid eggs on a meadow in a mobile henhouse.
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The book reveals that men who were going bald were advised to treat their scalps with a mixture of lye and chicken poop. That can’t have smelled or felt very pleasant, as lye is caustic and low-grade varieties of it are today used for cleaning ovens and de-clogging drains.