Taking Charge of Your Health

– Today we go medieval on your teeth! – Let’s talk about that. (alarm rings)
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rules on how to enter. – Mythical beasts, today,
we invite you to join us as we become medieval beasts
and I’m not talking about dragons or ogres or prairie dogs, I’m talking about beasts
that actually exist. People, specifically grungy,
grimy, soiled and spattered medieval people. – Yes but it turns out that they exercise a lot of ingenuity to tidy up. Yes, we’ve tracked down some very real medieval hygiene rituals and assembled all the necessary ingredients
to bring them back to life to see how well they work. It’s time for The Middle
Ages were hella dirty, so here’s how they got mega purty. If you lived in Europe between
the fifth and 15th century, your toilet was probably
just a hole in the ground and if you got sick, there’s
a good chance you used leeches to suck out your tainted blood. Okay this isn’t advanced stuff here. Resources were scarce and
effective medical know-how was even scarcer, so I feel
great about what’s next. – We pray thee to fare us well, for this YouTube video may
verily cast a pox upon us both. – [Rhett And Link] Round one. – Due to the fact that
nine out of 10 dentists did not yet exist, oral
hygiene in the middle ages was pretty questionable,
ie, you got a stank mouth. A condition known as black
teeth did have one remedy though prescribed by a popular
medieval hygiene book called the Trotula.
– Oh the Trotula. – The Trotula. – Which we have studied extensively. To test the treatment first,
we need to blacken our teeth. – ‘Cause we’ve got
pretty good oral hygiene so we’re gonna have to
do this artificially. – Got some charcoal here. All right, that’s pretty good. Okay. – What do we do now? – The Trotula says one
should take walnut shells well cleaned of the
interior rind which is green and rub the walnut shells on your teeth. – Now there was a little
debate about exactly what they were talking about. We have figured out that this is the rind and so it’s taking a shell,
getting the green part of the rind off of it
and then using the shell to rub against your teeth, so I’m taking this part
here that’s got no green. It’s got some grooves. – There’s some abrasiveness to it. – I don’t know if it’s gonna
feel great on my teeth, but. (moans) – There’s no way to get at everything. (grunts) – My mouth isn’t big enough. – This is painful.
– I would have died in the medieval. He’s a small-mouth man! He can’t fit a walnut shell in there! (chuckles) He’s going to die of the black mouth! It’s too small! Let him try, laugh at him. – Ugh.
– Okay, well, the Trotula also says that
you should then wash the mouth with warm wine mixed with salt. – Now we’re talking, so
we got some chalice-i. Some chalices? With warmed white wine and
then you’re supposed to add a little bit of salt,
so, taking some salt, putting it in my wine, which,
I do frequently anyway. – [Rhett] Yeah, who
doesn’t like a salty wine? – And then mix that around.
– Swisheroo. – Mm. – Okay.
– How’s my teeth? – You know what, they’re
looking pretty good. There’s still a little
black, I got some black? – Up there, yeah, swish
harder in the north area. In the north! Swish harder. – Okay, and then finally, we
finish by chewing on fennel, lovage or parsley for fresh breath. – So is this fennel, lovage or parsley? I think it’s parsley. There you go. We got plenty, man. – I’m going to stick it in my small mouth! – Woo, that is aromatic! – You shouldn’t swallow, right? (Link coughing) It’s just a garnish. – How’s my teeth now? Pretty good?
– How are mine? – Yeah you got some parsley
in there, but the real test is the breath test so let’s
eat each other’s breath. – Oh, mm, I don’t wanna eat your breath. I’ll smell it.
– No, let’s eat it. Blow your breath at me. – Oh gosh, that’s, just smell it, man. – I’m tasting it. – But the only way to
taste my breath really is 80% of the nose. 80% of smell is taste. – All right fine.
– Taste is smell. – Eat mine. – There’s something beyond the parsley. – Why are you leaning back so far? – There’s something beyond
the parsley that I think is from early this morning (chuckling). It was before the walnuts,
the wine or the parsley. – So you like it? – No, but the parsley helps a little bit. Helps me be able to take it. – You know–
– Success. – Yeah, it worked. – [Rhett And Link] Round two. – In medieval times, yes the
restaurant and the time period, it was considered beautiful for women to have high foreheads. Mm, much like mine! And much like these lovely ladies. – [Rhett] Wow. – [Link] Yes. – [Rhett] Hold me back. – Wow and I like how they’re
not making eye contact with me ’cause if they were, I
just couldn’t take it. – That’s right, it’d be too much. Too much!
– Too irresistible. They would achieve this by
applying a homemade paste to their hairline to remove
whole swaths of hair. – Yes and that hair removal
paste was made using vinegar and you guessed it, dried cat dung. – So we’ve got vinegar.
– Of course! – And of course we have (groans). – [Rhett] Who’s cat? – [Together] Josh’s cat? – Oh gosh, I haven’t even met Josh’s cat and now I’m gonna rub its
doo-doo all over my arms. Okay, according to historical records, the cat’s dung was quote, hard and dried, beaten to a powder,
tempered with strong vinegar and anointed on the place. (chuckles) I don’t know what place. – The top of the forehead.
– Oh that place. – The hairline. – So we’re gonna get scientific and then apply this to ourselves. – Oh gosh. – Yeah you do the crushing. I’m not even gonna put the gloves on. You know what, I will put the gloves on. Yeah so just crush it up with a mortar and then we’ll add the
vinegar, make a nice paste. (mortar thumping) – Oh gosh.
– You think the people who work at Medieval Times do this? They’re back there in the back
getting ready to bring out your Cornish hens, rubbing
cat crap all over their hands. – Yeah and putting it on the forehead. Have you ever looked at their foreheads? Have you ever been to a Medieval Times? – Heck yeah, I’ve even been to like the knock-off Medieval Times. – This is mushy, it’s not– – You’re telling me you haven’t been? – I’ve never been, no. – Oh you got some blackness
on your lip still, but you know what, it’s just a sign that you’re a clean-mouthed man. (chuckles) Nobody’s complaining about that. – Oh gosh. Add some vinegar to this. – Yeah Josh, you didn’t
dry this enough, man. Your cat’s got some issues. Okay, okay. – So I’m just gonna–
– Don’t get too crazy. I don’t want that popping
into one of our eyes. – Or I don’t wanna breathe it in either. – There’s all kinds of
diseases that cat crap. There’s a disease that comes in cat crap that makes you like cats I think. – Yes, it makes you become a cat lady. Like a crazy cat lady. – I need to stay away from that. Do not let me breathe that in. I gotta keep my cat hate going. – All right. – Gosh, now we have to put it on our arms? – [Link] We’ve made it. – [Rhett] I’m not putting
it on my forehead. – Here’s the thing.
– I’m not doing that. – We’re wearing gloves so
that we don’t have to touch it yet we’re about to put it on our arms which would still be touching. – Just don’t even think about it. Just think about it like
you’re applying for a job at Medieval Times. – Gosh. – Yeah I’m happy to be here. – You dropped some right there. – I’ve always been a horse lover. (crew groaning) – I’m squeezing the
juice out and then I’m– – Oh gosh! – This is not, there’s a
reason why I don’t live in the medieval period. – Yeah! – This is stupid. I’m quitting. – Hey man.
– I’m not with this. – Hey, this is about testing, listen, people used to do this. Those ladies, those hot ladies
put this on their foreheads. – I’m out, man. I am out. – Don’t you wanna be a hot lady? – Oh gosh, there’s juice
going under the glove. (crew laughs) All right now– – It’s hot lady juice. – Let’s dry it, man.
(clock ticking) – [Rhett] Okay it’s somewhat drier. – Oh gosh.
– Oh look at that! I’ve got cat dung on my forearm! In the anointed place. – I’m so surprised that
you’re going through with it. – I’ve got cat dung on the anointed place. – And now you gotta remove
it and see if hair came off. – The ladies will really
be into it when I get rid of this hair right here on my forearm. – Here, put it in here, man. – Those ladies with the
bare foreheads will love me. – I’m just waiting for you to remove it ’cause I’m not gonna do it for ya. – The next step is, woof– – That’s a long towel. – I don’t need a towel
this big, but I’ll take it. (Link groans) – Do it, man! (Rhett snorts) All of that for nothing! All of the hair is still there, man. – I tried, ladies. I tried to get my forearms
to be bare for you, but I didn’t let it dry long enough. Oh gosh! Now I have a cat dookey rag. (crew moaning) – [Rhett And Link] Round three. – Let’s say you’re at a
banging medieval party and some hedgeborn,
cockscomb, crooked-nose knave spills his goblet full of mead
all over your finest tunic. What do you do now? There were no laundromats and there were no stain sticks either. – Oh no. They had something much better. To get out stains from dirty laundry, they would use a mixture of
ashes which makes total sense and urine which also makes total sense. – I know what you’re thinking. Yes, we found some ashes. – Here they are. – And since–
– Where would we get urine? – Well none of the crew was
willing to pee in a jar for us, so we did it ourselves. – This is mine. Oh that’s yours, let’s–
(glass clinks) Mine’s more like a grapefruit juice and yours is like a shooken
up grapefruit juice. – I’ve been drinking sand again. (Link chuckles) – Oh gosh, desperate times I guess. – Do I need to be worried? – Drink more water, man. I always say stay hydrated. Now I’m gonna take some of this, I’m gonna make use of this pestle here. I’m gonna grind up these
ashes to where they’re– – Yeah get ’em kinda fine there. (mortar thumping) – You know pharmacists do this. – I doubt that any pharmacist
actually does that. – I bet you it’s one of
those things where like at pharmacy school you
have to take a whole class on pestle grinding and
then you never use it and you’re like, “Why are we
even learning how to do this? “They don’t do this,
they just give you pills. “You just count pills. “I just need to take
the pill counting class “and I can get out there
and I can do some drug “prescriptions.” – Do some drug! – Prescription.
– Okay, what ratio do you wanna go? I have a feeling that mine
is gonna clean better. – I have a feeling if this worked, people would still be doing it. – I should be gloved up as well. – So we’ve got a little baby shirt here. Some baby’s been into the marinara. – My baby got into Briar Patch. He’s still there but I got his shirt. – That’s not blood, it’s sauce. – Yeah it’s marinara. – Smells like cat poop. Oh I’m sorry, that’s just the cat poop. – All right what ratio
do you want for urine? – You holding your breath? – One to one? – Just do it because we’re
gonna hold our breaths for the rest of this– – It’s sterile, man. Urine’s sterile. Oh gosh, it’s so gross! – Okay.
– I haven’t smelled it yet. Don’t mix those tops up. We wouldn’t want that. – Save some of that for later. Okay so I guess we’re just going to– – Now listen–
– Oh gosh! Oh.
– Yes, this is gross. But this is what they did, okay? This isn’t just gratuitous
cat crap and urine day. Oh gosh it stinks. This is actually how people washed things. They stuck their little
baby’s clothes (chuckling) into their own urine–
– And ashes. Why add actual dirt? – And they didn’t live past 38. – Okay I think I’ve given
it a good undulation. What’s it called when you
set your washing machine to– – Undulate. – Undu–
(chuckles) – Put it on the undulate setting, baby. And meet me in the laundry room. (chuckling) – Okay, here we go. Let’s see how clean it is. – Wow! (crew chuckling) Come here, Charlie! – Just put it on.
– We’ve got your onesie! – Take it right out of the urine, put it right on little Charlie. – I think they probably didn’t,
it goes in water after that. – I mean if you rinsed that. Here, rinse it with some more urine. Rinse it with your coffee cup. – I got some LaCroix. – Yeah, let’s. They had LaCroix in the– – [Rhett] Oh, what? – [Link] Well, even that
one spot right there. – It still has some–
– It still has– – It’s still got some stains.
– Some marinara stain. – Urine flavored LaCroix,
now there’s an idea. They’d probably go for it. Okay so what did we learn?
– Natural flavoring. – I think what I learned is
I’m glad I was born in 1977. – Oh man. Me too. (Rhett laughs) – Actually I was born a year later. – Yeah, you were, 1978. – I’m overwhelmed with a
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90 thoughts on “Testing Crazy Medieval Treatments

  1. When I was young, we had a cleaning book that suggested using a mix of cigarette ashes and mayonnaise to clean some marks on wood. Some people claim it works perfectly, but there's no chance I ever try this. I thought this was the worst cleaning method possible, but the ashes and pee method is definitely way worse.

  2. Medieval era tech is genuinely fascinating! The dental stuff is literally just brushing your teeth, the cat poop paste was probably meant to be closer to a waxing with plaster or something, and I know wood ash has lye with is used to make soap and urine has ammonia which is another cleaner. All this stuff totally makes sense and it's interesting that we do a lot of the same things, just cleaner and with more exact science.

  3. I'd ask my dad if they used those (he was a pharmacist) but he's dead partly because of pills so I can't ask him. He always had some of those around, I don't know where he got them from though. I always thought they were cool as a kid. If he needed to crush pills he'd use a plastic thing where you just screwed on a cap and it crushed it. But that was for at home. Which was part of the reason he died so young. Don't do drugs kids, or adults, or anyone. Just don't do drugs

  4. the dental hygiene actually has scientific basis. the walnuts are abrasive and take loosen the bacteria in the mouth then the alcohol and salt kill bacteria colonies.

  5. Bruh charcoal cleans yo teeth like in those yippie vegan toothpastes. So if the treatment works, yo teeth gonna be twice as clean. Y’all played yaselves 🤣

  6. I love when Link says "Stay hydrated" because he always says that and it's awesome. You should coin that because you use it so much.

  7. Perhaps if the cat thing was real, I’m sure it would be different to now as cats eat incredibly different to what the did in the Middle Ages.

  8. Me thinking the crazy things the next generation does while watching…..

    "I'm glad I was born in 1977"

    Sh!t, I'm the same age, this is my generation!!! What have we come to?!?!

    Take it as a compliment, you look younger. Happy birthday!

  9. cant wait for the new lacroix flavor: “brewed in a bathroom stall that was next to somebody taking a piss

  10. 🙄 Good lord. Everyone is the comments is diagnosing Rhett from his urine jar. I hope each one of y’all are taking your own advice🙄 So quick to dish it out. Anyway, there’s way too many variables that can alter the color of your urine, so you can’t make a determination just by sight.

  11. to all yhe people complaining that they used charcoal and not ash, get a life. is it not enought that they literally rubbed cat shit on there arms?

  12. I
    love you family and friends Hello friends GoodMythicalMorning hello friends RhettandLink hello friends Rhett Hello friends Link Happy Smile

  13. ROFL!!! They used charcoal to blacken their teeth but activated-CHARCOAL itself is already a teeth whitener!!! I actually have toothpaste with charcoal in it already made just for that reason. A Whitener.
    That’s also why they used ashes in the concoction to clean stains. Charcoal absorbs other chemicals and stains. That’s also why they have people swallow activated-charcoal when they OD on certain drugs. It absorbs the drug before the person can digest it.

  14. The whole time Rhett is trying to get Link to put the cat poop on his arm saying "all the hot ladies did it in medieval times" I'm thinking "ya, those same women also put f'ing lead on their faces!"

  15. They also chewed mint leaves. The hair line was plucked too but the paste was put on at night and left on all night under a swath bandage of gause or linen. If the hair didn't come off in clean lines they plucked with a split stick. This is so funny to watch. I loved reading and learning about the past and old practices but never thought I'd see someone TRY them! Thank you guys! Ashes and urine was also used to tan leather or to work into walking stones to crub them clean. You need white ash for clothes or you can stain the garments. Urin was used for many things and could sold. Hens the turm "piss poor."

  16. They actually used "stale" urine where they let the water in the pee evaporate. By doing this it left the ammonia which was the actual stain removing agent. You guys just used fresh urine so the ammonia is way less concentrated 🙂

  17. I don't know whether to be more disturbed by the fact that they put cat poop and vinegar on his arm, or that they peed in a jar… Only after the crew wouldn't.

  18. Gotta love how they used activated charcoal to “blacken” their teeth… but activated charcoal is actually a teeth whitener by itself! 😂😂😂😂 I use it every day instead of bleaching my teeth. It whitens then TREMENDOUSLY!!! My teeth are about 5 shades whiter than they were before I started brushing with charcoal. It HAS to be ACTIVATED CHARCOAL though. Not just regular charcoal.

  19. Don't ask how i know… but you used charcoal, not ash. The Ammonia in the Urine mixes with ash. Also, Rhett's Urine is opaque. He should probably go get checked.

  20. please put on a mask when you crush dry poop they could have worm spores grinding it makes it airborne where you breath it and boom worms in your butt nah son love ya guys trying to keep core larva free

  21. Rhett: puts cat poop on arm
    Cat poop: does nothing
    Medieval times: you fool, you fell victim to one of the classic blunders!

  22. I think they meant for you to grind the walnut shell into a abrasive powder substance to then brush upon thine teeth. It’s a common exfoliant in face washes. Keep up the fun, love you guys

  23. I’m so glad the dung hair-removal didn’t work cause that cat poop in his hair follicles would have been a nasty infection

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