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Ancient Hangover Cure Discovered in Greek Texts

Hiding a hangover in ancient Egypt would’ve taken some work. Rather than popping an ibuprofen for a pounding drunken headache, people in Egypt may have worn a leafy necklace.

That’s according to a newly translated and published papyrus written in Greek with the recipe for a “drunken headache” cure. The alcohol victim would have strung together leaves from a shrub called Alexandrian chamaedaphne (Ruscus racemosus L.), possibly wearing the strand around the neck, the text revealed.

Though people in the ancient world believed Alexandrian chamaedaphne could ease a headache, whether the cure really worked, let alone on a drunken headache, is unknown. Read more.