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Bottle of blood purifying mixture, United Kingdom, 1880-1930

Diluted with water, a tablespoon of this mixture of iodised sarsaparilla was recommended to be drunk by adults three times a day after meals. Sarsaparilla is a vine-like plant native to North America and the West Indies and has a long history as a component of medicinal tonics, especially blood purifiers. The mixture promised to clear the skin and purify the blood and claimed to be an “excellent Spring and Autumn medicine”. This product is typical of a huge range of treatments that were available ‘over the counter’ at pharmacists for many years.

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Glossary: bottle

Vessels having a neck and mouth considerably narrower than the body, used for packaging and containing liquid and dry preparations

Glossary: medicinal tonic

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Glossary: sarsaparilla

a preparation of the dried rhizomes of various plants, especially smilax, used to flavour some drinks and medicines and formerly as a tonic.