Ancient Best Practice: Dead Mouse Paste

Who’d put a dead mouse in the mouth? Ancient Egyptians did, with the hope that doing so would ease toothache pain. In some cases, mashed mouse was blended with other ingredients, and the resulting poultice was applied to the painful spot.

Egyptians weren’t the only ones big on mouse cures. In Elizabethan England, one remedy for warts was to cut a mouse in half and apply it to the offending spot. (The Elizabethans also ate mice – fried or baked in pies.) Mice were also used to treat whooping cough, measles, smallpox, and bed-wetting. Eek!