The Antibacterial Eye of Horus

Many denizens of ancient Egypt wore elaborate and colorful eye makeup as a tribute to the god Horus, the patron god of Egypt.

Known for the healing properties of his eye, Horus was said to protect those who wore eye makeup in tribute to him. Recently, scientists have discovered that some of the ingredients of the makeup have antibacterial properties and boost the immune system, bringing new meaning to the ancient practice.



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Information sources:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/19/science/19egypt.html

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