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"History +" is a popular science web-site providing information on
different scientific and cultural issues such as ancient medicine,
cultural anthropology and history, arts and philosophy.


Quince in Medieval Medicine

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Medieval physicians widely used quince to treat hang-over, vomiting and blood spitting. Continue reading...

Healing Power of Watermelon

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The people of the Kalahari Desert in Africa call watermelon the "lord of the desert". Watermelons were often placed in the tombs of the pharaohs as a source of food in the monarchs' afterlives. During the time of the crusades the watermelon was first introduced to Western Europeans.However, not everyone knows that watermelon has a large number of medicinal properties. Continue reading...

Aromatic Baths of the Ancients

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The earliest written information about therapy by bathing with decoctions of aromatic herbs is contained in the Indian Vedas dating back to 1500 b.c.e. Ancient Egyptians, Babylonians, Assyrians, and Hebrews widely applied this practice for hygienic and medicinal purposes.For example, Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt (69-30 b.c.e.), bathed with rose petals. Continue reading...