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Victims of the plague would often die within a few days—and the horrific symptoms would make these final days absolutely terrible.
The awful nature of the disease—together with its shocking fatality rate—inspired its desperate victims to come up with a range of crazy cures. Some of them are nearly as horrendous as the disease itself.
Here are some of the worst pieces of advice plague victims would have received on their sickbeds: That is, the treatment of the body using different smells. Back during the Black Death, people were instructed to carry sweet smelling flowers with them wherever they went.
It was in this time that the French pomander —balls of perfume—became popular with the upper class. Some people believed that the dreaded disease was a punishment from God, and others thought that God was testing them. Not that the European response was any less extreme. Because when God is punishing you, the only obvious thing to do is punish yourself.
Unfortunately, it had to be at least ten years old to be considered effective.
The old, smelly, sticky substance was believed to combat not only the horrific effects of the disease, but to rid the body of it for good. This remedy actually has a touch of sense to it: But we can only wonder who thought of this in the first place, and how on earth the victims managed to swallow.
It was thought that the sharp stench of rotting human waste would discourage the cleaner but disease-ridden air from coming near and infecting them. If you were lucky, you could afford to have leeches do all the hard work for you. Leeches were actually a fairly painless method of blood-letting.
But most people could not afford them, and had to go with the age-old method of cutting the skin open. A blade would be pushed into a vein, and blood would be drained into a bowl.
Without painkillers this procedure would have been agony—and with sanitation levels leaving much to be desired, gruesome infections were common. Just what you need when you have a life-threatening disease.
The precious stones would be ground down to a fine powder in a mortal and pestle, then either mixed with a liquid and drunk like a potion, mixed with food or in bread and eaten, or swallowed on its own as a powder.
This would have been terrible to eat, with a taste and texture vaguely resembling that of crushed glass.
Victims of the Black Death would often be bathed in urine several times a day to relieve the symptoms of the plague. Even more highly recommended was a glass of the stuff.The Black Death, a plague that first devastated Europe in the s, had a silver lining.
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