Ever wondered how our ancestors fought in the battle of balding when there were no proven hair loss treatments? Apparently for the sophisticated people of the 17th century, the cure was rubbing dried bees on your head.
A book that dates back to 1655, entitled Natura Exenterata, or Nature Unbowelled, gave instructions for preparing natural potions. Last year the Daily Mail reported that Roy Logan, a former policeman, inherited the rare book which the British Library says there are just 14 copies of on record.
The British Library says that although the author of the book is unknown, there are sources that suggest some of the content is from Lady Althea Howard, an English Countess.
The 17th century hair potion reads as follows:
“Take a good number of bees that be labouring to make honey, dry them and make them to powder. Then be put in common oyle and mingle them together and with ointment anoint the place you will have hair and certainly it will come without pain.”
Medical science has come on since those early days and in the last couple of decades has found effective treatments for hair loss.
Minoxidil and Propecia are the only two products that have successfully undergone clinical trials and been licensed by the MHRA and ‘FDA-approved for the treatment of hair loss in the UK and the FDA respectively.
If you are suffering from thinning hair or hair loss, it is recommended you seek an accurate diagnosis from a doctor or hair specialist. The Belgravia Centre offers free consultations either at the clinic or via the website. Please call 020 7730 6666 or message the clinic. Alternatively, complete the online diagnostic form and a treatment advisor will be in touch.