September 7, 2011

Daffy’s Elixir
Daffy’s Elixir was a name used by several patent medicines from the 17th to the 19th century. The original tonic was reputed to have been invented in 1647 by clergyman Thomas Daffy, who named it Elixir Salutis—”Elixir of Salvation”—and promoted it as a panacea. It was later imitated and remained a popular cure-all in the UK and later the US. Chemical analysis of an early recipe for Daffy’s Elixir showed it to be a laxative that was made mostly from brandy.

Daffy’s Elixir

Daffy’s Elixir was a name used by several patent medicines from the 17th to the 19th century. The original tonic was reputed to have been invented in 1647 by clergyman Thomas Daffy, who named it Elixir Salutis—”Elixir of Salvation”—and promoted it as a panacea. It was later imitated and remained a popular cure-all in the UK and later the US. Chemical analysis of an early recipe for Daffy’s Elixir showed it to be a laxative that was made mostly from brandy.

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