Elizabethan Smelling Salts
…or Spirit of Harts-Horn, or Sal Volatile…
According to the all-knowing and ever-accurate Wikipedia,
In 1736, Richard Bradley, presumably referring to a more contemporarily Elizabethan author, wrote:
Pierre Pomet says that many remedies were prepared from hartshorn and mentions that hartshorn jelly was good against fainting and swooning fits, heartburn, convulsions, falling sickness, hysterical fits, and worms.
While Wikipedia mentions that modern solutions may also contain other products to perfume or act in conjunction with the ammonia, such as eucalyptus oil, historical solutions would likely not have been perfumed.
In case you were wondering, Hartshorn is from the antlers of a red male deer. Hence the picture.
And now you know.
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