At some point, many of us have found ourselves in the unfortunate position of being willing to try just about anything to rid oneself of the morning-after curses of a night of excessive inebriation. So here’s an option to consider for the future: an ancient Egyptian hangover cure found on a recently translated Graeco-Roman papyrus. The only tricky part? You’ve got to be able to lay your hands on an Alexandrian laurel shrub, and be in such as state that you can twist its twigs together.
The Graeco-Roman papyrus in question is one of thousands of two-thousand-year-old documents that were found in an ancient trash heap outside of Oxyrhynchus—about 100 miles south of Cairo, Egypt—in 1898. Now stored at Oxford’s Sackler Library, the “drunken headache cure” is the 80th of these manuscripts to be translated, and just the latest to offer insight into the medical treatments of Egypt in the centuries from 1AD to 6AD.
According to Physorg, this particular manuscript recommends that after a night of alcoholic indulgence, one twist together the twigs of an Alexandrian laurel and place it around one’s neck. The laurel was more notably used as a wreath atop the heads of athletes and other figures of import. No word on if this particular remedy worked, but it’s almost certain that someone will be testing it out soon.