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    Bathory bathing in blood

    I read somewhere (sorry I don't have a link) that tales of Countess Elizabeth Bathory bathing in the blood of young women must be apocryphal as there was at that time no known way to prevent the blood from coagulating. So she might have washed her face with blood or something like that but actually bathing in a bath-tub full of blood must be a myth.

    Does anyone here know about Elizabeth's bathing habits? Was there a way of preventing coagulation back during Bathory's time (1560-1614)? And what about now - what would a present day Bathory use to stop her tub-full of blood turning scabby?
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    Re: Bathory bathing in blood

    Always heard about Bathory's history but never thought about that. Interesting topic, let's see what the guys have for us.

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    Re: Bathory bathing in blood

    OK. Weird topic (sorry, my opinion.) Anyway, there are many herbs and plants that have anticoagulant and anti-platelet properties. In fact, patients on blood thinners are usually advised to avoid them. For example: garlic, turmeric, capsicum, cloves, ginkgo, dong quai, feverfew, to name just a few. Garlic oil was once reportedly added to lab samples to delay coagulation for blood testing. Doesn't seem like an additive for bathing however. A number of Materia Medica have existed since the early Egyptians, so the information would have been readily available at the time.
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    Re: Bathory bathing in blood

    THis topic may be a bit to strange for the Cafe. Closed for staff review.

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