These widespread practices in the Far West demonstrate how very wild the times were
Whiskey was the favorite drink of many men in the Old West, certainly because beer did not contain enough alcohol. It is still true that whiskey is better than beer in taste and texture. Whiskey’s nutty flavour and aroma were wonderful, especially for people that had a dry throat from travelling for days in the desert. The most popular alcoholic beverage at the time was « whiskey, » which was essentially a mixture of burnt sugar, chewing tobacco, and sugar alcohol mixed. But the famous fiery water, which bore names as colourful as « tarantula juice » and « coffin varnish, » was more than simple alcohol that one drinks with friends at the aperitif.
Associated with lavender and castor oil, whiskey was also used as a shampoo. When you wash your hair, it feels clean, fresh, and smells amazing; it is one of the best feelings in the world! However, washing your hair is a beautiful privilege, and the people in the Wild West were able to wash their hair using whiskey shampoo. You may wonder how fragrant you would be after this hair wash. This lethal combination must have dealt a heavy blow to the lice and nasty insects nestled between the hair. For people in the Wild West, it was a way to smell a little better and something that truly works in eliminating head lice.