Homework assignment doing double duty as a blog post! Our assignment was to read the article and write about a product that wasn't included but could have been, I chose Moxie and it turns out I chose something that our teacher had never heard of before. :)
Growing up I
lived for a time in an extremely
rural town in
One of its little
claims to fame Is being home to the
invention of Moxie soda. Moxie was invented there in
approximaely 1876, however its original purpose was as a
patent medicine called Moxie Nerve Food due to its ingredient gentian root extract which lends to Moxie soda’s bitter flavor
and is said to have various medicinal properties. These
medicinal properties include improving liver function, solving
digestive issues and has even been used by an Illyrain King for treating wounds and as an antidote for poisonings as long as
2000 years ago.
Today gentian root is still used as a natural medicine. With
poisonings being a thing of the past, and much more
advanced medical care for wounds available than 2000 years ago, in today’s society it is used primarily by herbalists to
protect and stimulate the livers function in our bodies.
Personally I have only tried Moxie a time or two in my life.
The flavor, to my taste buds, is horrible. I do find it an
interesting product with a unique and distinct ingredient which has been used for multiple purposes over a time span
of 2 millennium and somehow despite its bitter taste has
remained available in some markets as a carbonated beveragefor over a century making it well worthyto be included in the