WHEN CORPSES & SKULLS WERE MEDICINE

WHEN CORPSES & SKULLS WERE MEDICINE


Do you suffer from convulsions bloody noses? Are you fraught with fatigue? Languid with lethargy, well fret no more deathlings Just take two of these and call me in the morning It’s no secret that throughout the course of human history people [were] like really Into public executions public beheadings in renaissance England were like the main stage at Coachella Hordes of people food drunks Jugglers the jugglers just never go away Everybody wanted to get a good view of the headlining act but the headlining act in this case wasn’t beyonce was more like Anne boleyn or sir thomas dingly and They were going to be killed after [the] condemned had been beheaded and blood was Spurting from their severed arteries it was not uncommon for the sick and afflicted to run up to the scaffolding cups Outstretched in an attempt [to] Gather the deceased’s blood in 1649 When King Charles the first of England was beheaded the crowd went mad trying to sop up every last drop of his blood The executioner even sold bloody chunks of his hair. This is my hair by the way I’m gonna sell it on ebay for charity of course that charity is just buying me some sandwiches scandal! This wasn’t just morbid Souvenir collecting you see common people and chemists alike believed that a guzzle of blood a day kept the epilepsy at Bay Um… It doesn’t! Ingesting blood preferably fresh from a corpse But also powdered dried or distilled was believed to be a potent treatment for epilepsy Given this belief the aftermath of beheadings have been described as macabre spectacles with dozens of people fighting to get a sip of blood their faces smeared like vampires Now isnt that nice Hmm Bonus if the corpse you drank blood from was royalty as that blood was said to have divine Healing qualities hence the Frenzy over King Charles the firsts bloody hair clots A 17th century Franciscan apothecary even created a recipe for blood Marmalade which you foodies out there might want to pin to your pinterest board the recipe from this book on Corpse medicine from the renaissance To the Victorians let the blood dry into a sticky mess And then place it on a flat smooth table of softwood and cut it into little slices allowing the watery part to drip [away] When it is no longer dripping place it on a stove and stir it into a batter with a knife When it is absolutely dry place it immediately in a very warm bronze mortar and pound it Forcing it through a sieve of finest silk When it has been sieved seal it in a glass jar renew it in the spring of every year Of course man cannot survive by blood alone for those [of] means there were skulls Hi! First, you had intact skulls, the guide that all the london apothecaries used to make their medicine said that you should always have skulls in stock Preferably the skulls of men killed by violent death. Then, you had powdered skulls which could be used to make tinctures Oils and distillation for treatments. You even had skull moss or skull Mildew Harvested from [the] unburied skulls found in Charnel houses and on Battlefields the skull moss was said to cure a variety of ailments from bloody noses to fatigue to the plague I’m gonna guess it didn’t do so well on the plague belief in the medicinal power of corpses continued well into the Mid-1800s, with references to skull moss found as late as 1890 in London. That really was not that long ago! It wasn’t that long ago that a londoner might see a skull grinning at him from the shelf of his local druggist It wasn’t that long ago that people were consuming skulls and the moss that grew on them Science now tells us that eating skulls and drinking blood does not cure the plague or epilepsy But I don’t know blood marmalade still might be delicious Like a superfood put it in your açai bowl. This has been your morbid minute, and remember deathlings, you *will* die Brought to you with support from People’s Memorial Association, and the Co-Op Funeral Home and donations from viewers like you Links to all Sorts of good articles books and videos below – including one by order member Lindsey Fitzharris! {sing-songy tone} Hey! This is not a skull – real skull – by the way. This is from when my father was an anthropology teacher. It’s a model. Sorry It’s just a model, but isn’t she beautiful? {creepy tone} yeeessss

100 Comments

  1. M J says:

    My brain was screaming nooooooooooo the entire video

  2. Wyvrenne MacDaniels says:

    I'd like to believe corpse medicine is still popular… I.E. : organ donation… Just a little fun. Actually it gives me a thought for a video I'd like to see. The differences between corpse medicine and organ donation as well as the similarities or maybe if organ donation could be considered an evolution on corpse medicine

  3. TheLegend27 says:

    You have helped me with my debilitating fear of death tremendously! 💙

  4. Ovidio Rodriguez says:

    We are born of the blood, made men by the blood, undone by the blood…

  5. Amanda says:

    If I remember correctly, this was shown in execution episodes on the show The Tudors.

  6. Alisha says:

    2:45 – 2:52 There's actually an Indonesian dish cooked similarly to this, but using animal's blood (called 'Lawar', and it's pretty tasty), which is then stir fried with herbs and spices. The more you know 😀

  7. Steven Hair says:

    I have been called Mr. Gross a lot of my life. I can spew out the most discusting sentences and make the toughest people gag. But what I say is not teal. This woman, as cute as a button, has some reality in what she says, I never knew blood and skull consumption was a thing. I must say, I admire her.

  8. SouthernGoth says:

    I've been binge watching your channel for the past several hours as I am a pre-med student with a love for the macabre. I believe one of your Iconic Corpse posts popped up on my Recommenced and I'm hooked! I have a morbid curiosity with cannibalism (more so why than anything) and I the book that you mentioned in the video caught my eye. I looked it up and it's waay too expensive to buy, but my college has this sweet system between libraries that if another library has a copy, you can it get sent to yours for free as long as no body else wants it. I was honestly so surprise that somebody had a copy in my state. So it's on the way and I'm so excited!! I'm proud to call my self a fellow deathling, albeit new.

  9. Lillith East says:

    I have that book 🙂 Highly recommended 🙂

  10. vlogo says:

    Curious that this form of cannibalism isn't discussed much

  11. Erivan Júnior says:

    4:40 I was lunching açaí and almost spilled from the laughing

  12. Valkyrie Andúrìl says:

    I wonder if someone really bought that ponytail

  13. Foxy Lovelace says:

    How does your hair do that thing it does. Seriously its magic. No wait… is it blood?

  14. Adrian D says:

    No wonder people from the past died so young, they were drinking the blood of other people and making putred "medicine" out of it (among other reasons…). Yikes. :S

  15. Joanna B says:

    love her attitude

  16. Richard Mann says:

    Love the "You will die".

  17. Hahaha says:

    “The jugglers just never go away” looool

  18. Anthea Knapper says:

    How did they not consider this cannibalism? And then snorting/drinking dried mummies… It just seems cannibalistic to me, but everyone rationalized it because hey, it was only blood not meat…

  19. seska1245 says:

    I was eating when I started this video….. I’m not anymore…
    That doesn’t mean I still don’t love your videos, Caitlyn, this one’s just a little more gross than most 🙂

  20. Jeddy Bear says:

    10/10 would not drink blood to cure my epilpsy

  21. OnceIWasYou says:

    Apocethairy? Apothecary. Apocethairy?

  22. nicole elizabeth says:

    hmmmm i guess i’ll try it

  23. gmatt107 says:

    PLEASE NO MORE BLACK WIG! PLEASEEEEEE

  24. Tyreek Murillo says:

    love the intro music

  25. inue windwalker says:

    Ok..? Tbh if anyone is interested you can buy dried pigs blood

  26. HazelSageHP says:

    "Put it in your acai bowl!" Caitlin, you crack me up!

  27. kh22912 says:

    wtf ingesting blood? they didn't even think about possible diseases? I know they didn't know about things like hepatitis or AIDS but geez!
    oh, and it's "ah-poth-ah-carry"

  28. kh22912 says:

    i wonder if skull moss would become a common name for a new species of moss

  29. clray123 says:

    I don't know blood marmalade, but where I lived people consumed blood sausage, which comes pretty close.

  30. Kelly Krause says:

    Think it had to do with the intense dopamine excretion right before you get your head chopped. Might actually be something on the epilepsy…lol

  31. Alegria Parra says:

    The skull my family keeps on the mantle has the same missing teeth as yours

  32. Vic Petrov says:

    A-PO-THE-CA-RIES lololol i thought it sounded strange <3 lol just messing around love youuuu!!!

  33. Sarah says:

    I guess you could call them beheadlining acts…I’ll see myself out…

  34. sarasmr 42 says:

    I was eating chilli. I was ok until the blood marmalade dripping part.

  35. Ferintosh Farms Photography says:

    Still great on nosebleeds though

  36. multieyedmyr says:

    'Cause it's quick, it's clean, and it's pure!
    It could change your life, rest assured.
    It's the 21st Century Cure!

  37. Raven says:

    I do wonder how they came up with all these 'cures' for ailments they didn't understand. Who one day said 'oi, drink some blood youll stop having a fit'

  38. Dragon Landlord says:

    i'd rather have my seizures. 😉

  39. Jennifer moriarty says:

    Mummies, Cannibals and Vampires: the History of Corpse Medicine from the Renaissance to the Victorians

    By Richard sugg

  40. J Bee says:

    Waaait a moment…how and why am I not subscribed anymore? I literally subscribed a few weeks ago 😂 And I thought you hadn't uploaded in a while now…

  41. Swa Haha says:

    YOU ARE THE ONLY PERSON ON YOUTUBE WHO IS BOTH FUNNY AND INFORMATIVE

  42. Blue Lamb says:

    I honestly love watching your videos you’re so funny and interesting your videos make my day every time I watch them

  43. lornaduwn says:

    Maybe there was something to the ingestging of "skull moss" to treat the plague and other infections. Penecilin is made from penicillium, the same mold that makes roquefort or brie cheese. If it grows on cheese then it may be that it also grew on bodies.

  44. littlebadwren says:

    thank you! wonderfully made and informative….I'll be sharing this with our homeschool class on medical history

  45. Shire L.A says:

    Old timey apothecary aesthetics

  46. Claire's Creative says:

    I died at the "Put it in your acai bowl" 🤣

  47. The Barn Owl says:

    Not a medicine but my grandfather left me his 'mummy brown' paint tube. Found out it is made of ground up mummies. Dated around the 20s.

  48. Ray Pellerin says:

    Still weirdos that dumb today. The anti vaccination are even more ignorant becouse they can look up the science but chose to be idiots.

  49. Javiona Mckenzie says:

    No wonder most of them died

  50. Jessy Goofball says:

    Caitlin, I got one of your books at the library today. I'm excited to get started. 😃

  51. ashley turner says:

    i dont know if youve talked about this before but can you cover people buried alive by accident and if we choose not to get embalmed today, how likely is this to still happen?

  52. Anxaxw says:

    Your model skull seems to be a he, actually.

  53. The Hollow's End says:

    Best episode ever!!!

  54. Cecilia Benevides Crespi says:

    1:30 was that Lele Pons shade? i love Caitlin so much omg 😂😂

  55. Chris MacNaughton says:

    ‘Apocatharies’?!

  56. Denisejulia Benn says:

    I notce the white animal behind you to your right……our chickens and ducks were killed by something that looked just like it……….I feel like it mocks me….

  57. Don’t let them take our maymays says:

    I can see why drinking blood could help with some things. Like if someone is lacking iron and feels ill because of it. I’m sure blood did help.

  58. Daniel Gonzalez says:

    Im so glad i fasted today 😥

  59. squirrelkind says:

    I am so confused… in germany and my country blood sausage is a normal thing.. other countries eat blood as well.. there's some that consume it as pure blood… Is this so disgusting because it's human blood or because people got it from the execution… I kinda get the vibe that peoplr are disgusted by the fact that it's blood and I am confused. I also wonder if I should try to make blood marmelade with animal blood at some point.

  60. Bert Clayton says:

    Blood as Caitlin mentions it has been used in many good preparations. Cajuns would use it in especially blood boudin, like a rice sausage with meat and seasonings, then blood. Chinese sell blood in maybe pint containers. Everyone used to use blood quite frequently, though the Bible tells us not to eat blood. But it also says don't eat pork. So maybe blood adds something to food. I'll pass.
    I really don't go for morbid ideologies, but it's interesting to know.

  61. kay-joy82 says:

    "Skull moss" would be a good band name.

  62. Jorma Takala says:

    Apocatheries…….. I <3 you!😁

  63. Peregrination says:

    That's so awesome that you're dad is in anthropology. Whenever I watch this channel, especially the videos on cemeteries and iconic corpses, I think about anthropology, Bones, and how if I had to have a "people" job instead of pursuing ecology, I'd go into biological anthropology. My own dad watches this channel and we have a history of discussing anthropology-related topics.

  64. Taylor Barnett says:

    I mean, it could actually help some people when you think about being iron deficient or deficient of some clotting factors. 🤷🏻‍♀️

  65. InvaderTee says:

    Damn 1890 was when my grandfather was born O.o

  66. John Kohler says:

    Very interesting 🤔

  67. LiveforJesus says:

    Apocathery?? Apothecary? What was it you said??

    I love you, btw, and the way you try to make people realise that death isn't a tragedy.

  68. tony tony says:

    Slow down i'm trying to write this recipe down, old fashion bloody mary. HEY Caitlin I just found your channel this week, i love your vid's and your humour i,m an instant sub and fan thanks.

  69. BRD says:

    It takes a tad bit of mental illness to construct such a vid of many excellent points and such profoundness! Kudos!

  70. Andrea Seabra says:

    “Put in your açaí bowl” 😂😂😂😂

  71. Emerson Vervair says:

    As an epileptic I can confirm that the only thing that helps my epilepsy is my epilepsy medication 😂

  72. Lauren johnson says:

    I have a copy of a super old book that came from my great grandmothers side of the family.
    It's all dutch/pennsylvanian Dutch remedies and superstition. The stuff in there is insane, including about of dead body studded like rub a wart with the hand of a corpse to rid yourself of the wart. Surprising the the corpse involved stuff isnt the most disturbing remedies in there

  73. Blake Hendrickson says:

    I’m not squeamish but maybe I shouldn’t have been thinking about blood marmalade and dead bodies while I’m eating these Rice Krispies 😂😂😂

  74. Sylvia Young says:

    OMG you are beyond hilarious! You intelligence and humor are soooo me….so if people think you're sick…..welllll….yeah ok I am one sick funny as heck puppy! I am a party pleaser for those with immense intelligence and yes a sick and sarcastic sense of humor! Character's such as House …and well of course yourself are my hero's! Carry on my lovely Mortician…carry on!!

  75. Leah Gamez says:

    Fun fact: In the 1800s, when Europeans were ramping up Egyptian exploration, a lot of Westerners believed that Egyptian mummies had healing properties/could give you magic powers if you ate them. Consumption methods ranged from crushing mummies into pills to making tea from linen mummy wrappings. The reason we have so few ancient Egyptian mummies to study today? The Victorians ate them.

  76. Silly Goose says:

    "hey" lol

  77. Elena Halfhill says:

    So… can blood replace my seizure meds? Would it be better in my liver? Lol

  78. W Westbrook says:

    Who's watching again in 2019? Hard to believe but she gets even better…

  79. seska1245 says:

    Skull moss… you learn something new everyday lol

  80. Ken & Shan says:

    My mother bumped a shelf with the vacuum and knocked my aunt's ashes down. The ashes covered my my mom and went into the vacuum. Mom is now convinced that her sister in law is haunting her!

  81. Mighty Blaster says:

    I wonder if there's any instance throughout history where these macabre medical practices actually succeeded in curing an ailment. I could see blood and bones being viable for iron or calcium deficiency.

  82. John Jeffrey says:

    Hi Caitlin…Love your videos..but I cringed every time you said "Apocithery"…..
    It is pronounced "Apothecary"….
    Don't wanna be "that guy" correcting people's pronunciations…but I am sure you would appreciate it…
    Thanks…

  83. kelli howard says:

    I am so very happy blood doesnt keep epilepsy away…. the idea of me drinking or eating blood to get ride of my epilepsy grosses me out and I dont get grossed out easily

  84. Kaye Smith says:

    Just give me the chocolate heals everything with one bit…. lol love you little fact shows xx

  85. Danny Allen says:

    “Jugglers just never go away”

  86. Bruna Andrade says:

    You said açai perfectly! Awesome!

  87. grouch314 says:

    1890? I have a penny older than that

  88. CoreyStudios2000 says:

    Disgusting! Who, in the right mind, would even want to advocate for cannibalism? People who support it exist only to find an excuse to have us revert back into the unruly animals we once were 4 million years ago.

  89. Carrie Necas says:

    Caitlyn, you make the most interesting videos!!! We love you!!!

  90. Shanna C says:

    Caitlyn are you saying apocethery and did you mean to say apothecary?

  91. Ethan Jorge Fazon says:

    "apothecary"…

  92. Peter Wallace says:

    Yeah……..I had a morbid moment. Drinking blood or drying blood…….Ickie!!! 💘🌹🇦🇺

  93. thegelfling says:

    I'm not sure it's the best way to go about it, but would it be possible for blood to contain nutrients such as iron and protein, and for moss which is growing on bone to have access to so much calcium while it's growing that the moss might have more bio available calcium than other moss? (Then again might be better to eat haggis, use cow bones etc…) If you were a nutrition-starved (bread and water) poor European, perhaps you would have deficiency-related illnesses?

  94. Malefica says:

    Idk why I’m watching this while eating prosciutto crudo 🤦🏼‍♀️ #badidea

  95. teety woo says:

    the jugglers just never go away….. xD

  96. Ashlyn Murphy says:

    Just spent a solid 5 minutes 14 seconds trying to figure out if it is apocethary or apothecary

  97. Kayla Lee says:

    0:51 So the headlining act were those in line… for the act of beheading.

  98. vaderladyl says:

    I like my blood cooked like in black pudding or morcilla, thank you very much.

  99. paul hickie says:

    Do you polish that skull 💀.

  100. bladeunderskin says:

    that reminds me of a gwar concert

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *