Friday, February 6, 2015

How to Whiten Your Teeth, 1607

That Unicornu fossile is definitely legit.
Michael Bernhard Valentini, Museum museorum (1714), George Peabody Library.
"The horne of an Vnicorne being beaten and boyled in wine, hath a wonderful effect in making the teeth white or cleare, the mouth being well clensed therewith." 
Edward Topsell, The Historie of Foure-Footed Beastes (1607)
Wine and unicorns really do make everything better, don't they?


  1. Wow; I knew unicorn horns could be used to detect and neutralize poisons, but not that they could whiten teeth. Is there anything they can't do?

  2. I guess they mean white wine. Wish they published the recipe so I could use up this unicorn horn I've been saving.