WHEN CORPSES & SKULLS WERE MEDICINE
29
December

By Paul Henry / in , , , , , , , , , , , , /


Do you suffer from convulsions bloody noses? Are you fraught with fatigue? Languid with lethargy, well fret no more deathlings Just take two of these and call me in the morning It’s no secret that throughout the course of human history people [were] like really Into public executions public beheadings in renaissance England were like the main stage at Coachella Hordes of people food drunks Jugglers the jugglers just never go away Everybody wanted to get a good view of the headlining act but the headlining act in this case wasn’t beyonce was more like Anne boleyn or sir thomas dingly and They were going to be killed after [the] condemned had been beheaded and blood was Spurting from their severed arteries it was not uncommon for the sick and afflicted to run up to the scaffolding cups Outstretched in an attempt [to] Gather the deceased’s blood in 1649 When King Charles the first of England was beheaded the crowd went mad trying to sop up every last drop of his blood The executioner even sold bloody chunks of his hair. This is my hair by the way I’m gonna sell it on ebay for charity of course that charity is just buying me some sandwiches scandal! This wasn’t just morbid Souvenir collecting you see common people and chemists alike believed that a guzzle of blood a day kept the epilepsy at Bay Um… It doesn’t! Ingesting blood preferably fresh from a corpse But also powdered dried or distilled was believed to be a potent treatment for epilepsy Given this belief the aftermath of beheadings have been described as macabre spectacles with dozens of people fighting to get a sip of blood their faces smeared like vampires Now isnt that nice Hmm Bonus if the corpse you drank blood from was royalty as that blood was said to have divine Healing qualities hence the Frenzy over King Charles the firsts bloody hair clots A 17th century Franciscan apothecary even created a recipe for blood Marmalade which you foodies out there might want to pin to your pinterest board the recipe from this book on Corpse medicine from the renaissance To the Victorians let the blood dry into a sticky mess And then place it on a flat smooth table of softwood and cut it into little slices allowing the watery part to drip [away] When it is no longer dripping place it on a stove and stir it into a batter with a knife When it is absolutely dry place it immediately in a very warm bronze mortar and pound it Forcing it through a sieve of finest silk When it has been sieved seal it in a glass jar renew it in the spring of every year Of course man cannot survive by blood alone for those [of] means there were skulls Hi! First, you had intact skulls, the guide that all the london apothecaries used to make their medicine said that you should always have skulls in stock Preferably the skulls of men killed by violent death. Then, you had powdered skulls which could be used to make tinctures Oils and distillation for treatments. You even had skull moss or skull Mildew Harvested from [the] unburied skulls found in Charnel houses and on Battlefields the skull moss was said to cure a variety of ailments from bloody noses to fatigue to the plague I’m gonna guess it didn’t do so well on the plague belief in the medicinal power of corpses continued well into the Mid-1800s, with references to skull moss found as late as 1890 in London. That really was not that long ago! It wasn’t that long ago that a londoner might see a skull grinning at him from the shelf of his local druggist It wasn’t that long ago that people were consuming skulls and the moss that grew on them Science now tells us that eating skulls and drinking blood does not cure the plague or epilepsy But I don’t know blood marmalade still might be delicious Like a superfood put it in your açai bowl. This has been your morbid minute, and remember deathlings, you *will* die Brought to you with support from People’s Memorial Association, and the Co-Op Funeral Home and donations from viewers like you Links to all Sorts of good articles books and videos below – including one by order member Lindsey Fitzharris! {sing-songy tone} Hey! This is not a skull – real skull – by the way. This is from when my father was an anthropology teacher. It’s a model. Sorry It’s just a model, but isn’t she beautiful? {creepy tone} yeeessss


100 thoughts on “WHEN CORPSES & SKULLS WERE MEDICINE

  1. 2:45 – 2:52 There's actually an Indonesian dish cooked similarly to this, but using animal's blood (called 'Lawar', and it's pretty tasty), which is then stir fried with herbs and spices. The more you know 😀

  2. I have been called Mr. Gross a lot of my life. I can spew out the most discusting sentences and make the toughest people gag. But what I say is not teal. This woman, as cute as a button, has some reality in what she says, I never knew blood and skull consumption was a thing. I must say, I admire her.

  3. I've been binge watching your channel for the past several hours as I am a pre-med student with a love for the macabre. I believe one of your Iconic Corpse posts popped up on my Recommenced and I'm hooked! I have a morbid curiosity with cannibalism (more so why than anything) and I the book that you mentioned in the video caught my eye. I looked it up and it's waay too expensive to buy, but my college has this sweet system between libraries that if another library has a copy, you can it get sent to yours for free as long as no body else wants it. I was honestly so surprise that somebody had a copy in my state. So it's on the way and I'm so excited!! I'm proud to call my self a fellow deathling, albeit new.

  4. No wonder people from the past died so young, they were drinking the blood of other people and making putred "medicine" out of it (among other reasons…). Yikes. :S

  5. How did they not consider this cannibalism? And then snorting/drinking dried mummies… It just seems cannibalistic to me, but everyone rationalized it because hey, it was only blood not meat…

  6. I was eating when I started this video….. I’m not anymore…
    That doesn’t mean I still don’t love your videos, Caitlyn, this one’s just a little more gross than most 🙂

  7. wtf ingesting blood? they didn't even think about possible diseases? I know they didn't know about things like hepatitis or AIDS but geez!
    oh, and it's "ah-poth-ah-carry"

  8. Think it had to do with the intense dopamine excretion right before you get your head chopped. Might actually be something on the epilepsy…lol

  9. 'Cause it's quick, it's clean, and it's pure!
    It could change your life, rest assured.
    It's the 21st Century Cure!

  10. I do wonder how they came up with all these 'cures' for ailments they didn't understand. Who one day said 'oi, drink some blood youll stop having a fit'

  11. Mummies, Cannibals and Vampires: the History of Corpse Medicine from the Renaissance to the Victorians

    By Richard sugg

  12. Waaait a moment…how and why am I not subscribed anymore? I literally subscribed a few weeks ago 😂 And I thought you hadn't uploaded in a while now…

  13. I honestly love watching your videos you’re so funny and interesting your videos make my day every time I watch them

  14. Maybe there was something to the ingestging of "skull moss" to treat the plague and other infections. Penecilin is made from penicillium, the same mold that makes roquefort or brie cheese. If it grows on cheese then it may be that it also grew on bodies.

  15. Not a medicine but my grandfather left me his 'mummy brown' paint tube. Found out it is made of ground up mummies. Dated around the 20s.

  16. Still weirdos that dumb today. The anti vaccination are even more ignorant becouse they can look up the science but chose to be idiots.

  17. i dont know if youve talked about this before but can you cover people buried alive by accident and if we choose not to get embalmed today, how likely is this to still happen?

  18. I notce the white animal behind you to your right……our chickens and ducks were killed by something that looked just like it……….I feel like it mocks me….

  19. I can see why drinking blood could help with some things. Like if someone is lacking iron and feels ill because of it. I’m sure blood did help.

  20. I am so confused… in germany and my country blood sausage is a normal thing.. other countries eat blood as well.. there's some that consume it as pure blood… Is this so disgusting because it's human blood or because people got it from the execution… I kinda get the vibe that peoplr are disgusted by the fact that it's blood and I am confused. I also wonder if I should try to make blood marmelade with animal blood at some point.

  21. Blood as Caitlin mentions it has been used in many good preparations. Cajuns would use it in especially blood boudin, like a rice sausage with meat and seasonings, then blood. Chinese sell blood in maybe pint containers. Everyone used to use blood quite frequently, though the Bible tells us not to eat blood. But it also says don't eat pork. So maybe blood adds something to food. I'll pass.
    I really don't go for morbid ideologies, but it's interesting to know.

  22. That's so awesome that you're dad is in anthropology. Whenever I watch this channel, especially the videos on cemeteries and iconic corpses, I think about anthropology, Bones, and how if I had to have a "people" job instead of pursuing ecology, I'd go into biological anthropology. My own dad watches this channel and we have a history of discussing anthropology-related topics.

  23. I mean, it could actually help some people when you think about being iron deficient or deficient of some clotting factors. 🤷🏻‍♀️

  24. Apocathery?? Apothecary? What was it you said??

    I love you, btw, and the way you try to make people realise that death isn't a tragedy.

  25. Slow down i'm trying to write this recipe down, old fashion bloody mary. HEY Caitlin I just found your channel this week, i love your vid's and your humour i,m an instant sub and fan thanks.

  26. As an epileptic I can confirm that the only thing that helps my epilepsy is my epilepsy medication 😂

  27. I have a copy of a super old book that came from my great grandmothers side of the family.
    It's all dutch/pennsylvanian Dutch remedies and superstition. The stuff in there is insane, including about of dead body studded like rub a wart with the hand of a corpse to rid yourself of the wart. Surprising the the corpse involved stuff isnt the most disturbing remedies in there

  28. I’m not squeamish but maybe I shouldn’t have been thinking about blood marmalade and dead bodies while I’m eating these Rice Krispies 😂😂😂

  29. OMG you are beyond hilarious! You intelligence and humor are soooo me….so if people think you're sick…..welllll….yeah ok I am one sick funny as heck puppy! I am a party pleaser for those with immense intelligence and yes a sick and sarcastic sense of humor! Character's such as House …and well of course yourself are my hero's! Carry on my lovely Mortician…carry on!!

  30. Fun fact: In the 1800s, when Europeans were ramping up Egyptian exploration, a lot of Westerners believed that Egyptian mummies had healing properties/could give you magic powers if you ate them. Consumption methods ranged from crushing mummies into pills to making tea from linen mummy wrappings. The reason we have so few ancient Egyptian mummies to study today? The Victorians ate them.

  31. My mother bumped a shelf with the vacuum and knocked my aunt's ashes down. The ashes covered my my mom and went into the vacuum. Mom is now convinced that her sister in law is haunting her!

  32. I wonder if there's any instance throughout history where these macabre medical practices actually succeeded in curing an ailment. I could see blood and bones being viable for iron or calcium deficiency.

  33. Hi Caitlin…Love your videos..but I cringed every time you said "Apocithery"…..
    It is pronounced "Apothecary"….
    Don't wanna be "that guy" correcting people's pronunciations…but I am sure you would appreciate it…
    Thanks…

  34. I am so very happy blood doesnt keep epilepsy away…. the idea of me drinking or eating blood to get ride of my epilepsy grosses me out and I dont get grossed out easily

  35. Disgusting! Who, in the right mind, would even want to advocate for cannibalism? People who support it exist only to find an excuse to have us revert back into the unruly animals we once were 4 million years ago.

  36. I'm not sure it's the best way to go about it, but would it be possible for blood to contain nutrients such as iron and protein, and for moss which is growing on bone to have access to so much calcium while it's growing that the moss might have more bio available calcium than other moss? (Then again might be better to eat haggis, use cow bones etc…) If you were a nutrition-starved (bread and water) poor European, perhaps you would have deficiency-related illnesses?

  37. Body parts are still widely used in traditional medicine in SA. Albinos are especially at risk (of being abducted and dismembered and/or killed) as their bodies are believed to have superior powers for healing.

  38. fascinating! and interesting that all of this was ok as long as it was coming from an apothecary, druggist, doctor — if these were suggested by a local village woman, she would have been considered an evil witch, in league with SATAN!

  39. I think that all believes, true or false have a bit of truth to them. Back when the techonology was not the best, sometimes mixing medicine into human fat was potencially the safest way to administer a medicine.

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