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An ancient remedy: Bitter herbs and sweet wine

Jars suggest early Egyptians mixed medicinal plants into alcoholic beverage

5:28pm, April 13, 2009

For Mary Poppins, a spoonful of sugar helped the medicine go down. For ancient Egyptians, wine did the job.

New chemical analyses of ancient wine jars suggest that Egyptians mixed herbs into wine to create medicinal remedies, researchers report. The findings, published online April 13 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could be the earliest direct evidence for wine containing medicinal substances, the scientists say.

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