Vinegar, a multi-purpose product
In the 19th century women smelled vinegar to recover their senses or if their corset was too tight or to treat the headache. The lady of the house would also leave an open bottle of vinegar next to a person with influenza so that those who visited him/her, would not get sick.
Our ancestors used vinegar to prepare syrups, emulsions, ointments, decoctions, mouthwashes, sublimates, lotions, eyewash, soap and buffers. Vinegar was also used for rinsing, massaging, gargling, footbaths, fomentations, washing, inhalations, douching, bandaging, plasters and much more.