MASHED MICE AND MORE
People of the past had a rather cruel way of making use of the other creatures that lived alongside them. During the Tudor period, wearing a donkey skin was believed to be a cure for rheumatism – as long as all the sore joints were covered – and the Ancient Egyptians would make a paste containing mashed-up mouse as a remedy for toothache. Moles’ feet were worn as amulets in some parts of 17th and 18th-century England
to relieve cramp.
Moles’ feet are an old remedy – Pliny wrote about them in the first century BC