Sexy smoky eyes prevented infections in Ancient Egypt

Written by: Captain Skellett // April 11th, 2010 // Poisons, Recent Research, Sex and Reproduction

Today I made a new video about how Kohl eye makeup may have prevented eye infections in Ancient Egypt.

Ancient Egyptian Eyes Saved Lives from Captain Skellett on Vimeo.

The video was sparked by a recent letter published in Analytical Chemistry which you can read here (at least, see the abstract. You have to pay for the rest).

Did the Ancient Egyptians know about this property? The researchers seem to think so, some of the lead compounds found in kohl do not occur naturally, and must have been man made by early chemists. The Ancient Egyptians believed that kohl around the eyes would give people protection from the gods, and it was prescribed by physicians to prevent eye infections.

Still, nowadays you should check that any Kohl you’re going to use is lead free, because you could be at risk of lead poisoning. Besides, with hygiene and antibacterials, eye infections aren’t such a big problem.

Captain Skellett

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One Response to “Sexy smoky eyes prevented infections in Ancient Egypt”

  1. gem says:

    hahhaha! Is this what things are like inside your head? the pirate arguing with the sex goddess? This is totally awesome though 🙂

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