The Use of Snake Oil by Chinese Laborers Building the North American Transcontinental Railways, the Key Ingredient of Snake Oil, the Manufacturing Process of Snake Oil, the Reason Snake Oil Was Believed to Have a Beneficial Effect, the Application of Snake Oil, and the Modern Day Understanding of a Snake Oil Product

Snake oil was at one time a real product that people used. Snake oil was imported from China for Chinese laborers working to build the transcontinental railway in the 1800's. Snake oi was made from the Chinese water snake. The snake would be boiled and rendered which produced an oil. The oil was then mixed with camphor which gives it a strong medicinal scent. It's rich in omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants which are thought to help with repair at the cellular level. The snake oil was rubbed on...


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