It's not what you'd think.
In a 1,900-year-old text written in Greek, wearing a leafy necklace of Alexandrian chamaedaphne (danae racemosa) was revealed as a “drunken headache cure”.
Not exactly known for its medical properties, the plant was actually used in Greek and Roman times to crown distinguished athletes, orators and poets. Whether wearing leaves of the shrub around your neck was an effective hangover remedy or not is unknown.
The papyrus is part of half a million such documents found in the ancient Egyptian town of Oxyrhynchus, now housed at Oxford University’s Sackler Library.
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