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If you suf­fer from dan­druff then you’re prob­a­bly used to reach­ing for the Head & Shoul­ders. But sci­en­tists have re­vealed an an­cient rem­edy for the pesky hair con­di­tion, which might be more your cup of tea. British re­searchers have found that me­dieval clean-freaks had a more nat­u­ral so­lu­tion, in lieu of sham­poo. They would make them­selves a fern tea, the Times re­ports. As­ple­nium tri­chomanes cells were found in the tooth plaque of skele­tons from the 9th and 10 cen­turies. The plant grows on rocky ground around the world. Sci­en­tists made the break­through ex­am­in­ing hu­man re­mains in the me­dieval necrop­o­lis of Can Rein­ers on Mal­lorca. Ac­cord­ing to re­searchers from the Univer­sity of York, the fern was not part of the hu­man diet, mean­ing it was more likely to be a medicine. Records show fern leaves have been used to com­bat dan­druff and kid­ney stones as far back as the 1st cen­tury. Dan­druff is a scalp dis­or­der that re­sults in the ex­ces­sive shed­ding of dead skin cells of the scalp. It can of­ten be em­bar­rass­ing for those who do have it. Elena Fiorin, from the univer­sity’s ar­chae­ol­ogy de­part­ment, told the Times: “These ferns have been used by herbal­ists, sur­geons, doc­tors and other heal­ers for cen­turies across Europe, but un­til now we have only had writ­ten doc­u­ments that de­scribe their me­dieval use.” The fresh or dried leaves would have been in­fused in wa­ter.

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