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We Taste Test Home Remedies for the Flu So You Don't Have To | NBC New York



Throughout history, mankind has come up with some bizarre concoctions to combat the dreaded flu.

The fear of being sick with influenza has driven people all around the world to ingest otherwise unbelievable things. For example, during the flu pandemic following World War I in the early 20th century, eating pine tar was a folk remedy, Nancy Bristow writes in her book ‘American Pandemic.’

Other popular remedies of the time included strychnine — used in pesticides to kill rodents — and chloroform.

But not all homemade flu remedies have to be literal poison. Here are some strange, but possibly effective, flu solutions used around the globe. And we even taste-tested some of them in the newsroom. Watch the video above.

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