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Step right up. In this bottle is a remedy of wonderful efficacy. Its curative powers are calculated to remove pain and alleviate human suffering and disease. Distilled 400 feet below the earth's surface, this remarkable liquid is Mother Nature's bounteous gift of healing. It is my pleasure - no, it is my duty - to bring this soothing restorative, this blessed ointment, this modern-day balm of Gilead to the public.
There were few takers of the 19th century elixir that came to be called "snake oil." It was one of the less successful uses of petroleum, but not the first to claim healing properties. Ancient Persians, 10th century Sumatrans and pre-Columbian Indians all believed that crude oil had medicinal benefits. Marco Polo found it used in the Caspian Sea region to treat camels for mange, and the first oil exported from Venezuela (in 1539) was intended as a gout treatment for the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V.
The mysterious oil that sometimes seeped to the earth's surface had other uses as well. In Mesopotamia around 4000 B.C., bitumen - a tarry crude - was used as caulking for ships, a setting for jewels and mosaics, and an adhesive to secure weapon handles. Egyptians used it for embalming, and the walls of Babylon and the famed pyramids were held together with it. The Roman orator Cicero carried a crude-oil lamp. And, in North America, the Senecas and Iroquois used crude oil for body paint and for ceremonial fires.
Originally posted by theBLESSINGofVISION
oil is organic!!!!!!
this concerns me and i'm not sure why....
the remnants of life being so important given its purpose is fascinating....
i wonder if their is more to it than this....