How to Cure Seasickness, 1695

painting of masted ships lurching in waves Ludolf Backhuysen, Ships in Distress in a Raging Storm, c. 1690

“Dear Past, How do I keep from getting seasick?”

[O]thers assure me, That the best Remedy is, to keep always, night and day, a piece of Earth under the Nose; for which purpose they provide a sufficient quantity of Earth, and preserve it fresh in a Pot of Clay; and when they have us’d a piece so long till it begins to grow dry, they put it in again into the Pot, and take out some fresh Earth.

Maximilien Misson, A New Voyage to Italy

In addition to abating seasickness, the earth treatment will also create the illusion of a handsome mustache. Win!