Epitaph of a miser:
Here lies one who for medicine would not give
A little gold, and so his life he lost:
I fancy now he’d wish again to live
Could he but guess how much his funeral cost.
From Childwald Churchyard, England:
Here lies me and my three daughters,
Brought here by using seidlitz waters.
If we had stuck to epsom salts,
We wouldn’t have been here in thse vaults.
Here lies the body of Mary Ann Lowder,
Who died while drinking a seidlitz powder,
Called from earth to her hevenly rest,
She should have waited till it effervesced.
Note from Wikipedia: Seidlitz powders have a digestive effect, they should not be confused with ‘Sedlitz water’ (also named for Sedlec), a well-known bitter mineral water which has been used since the 16th century as a digestion regulator and laxative.
Vinegar of the Four Thieves was a recipe that was known for its antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic and antifungal properties for years. It was even used to cure the Bubonic Plague. See Thomas Jefferson’s recipe in VINEGAR OF THE FOUR THIEVES: Recipes & curious tips from the past