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Homeopathic medicine chest, Northamptonshire, England, 1801-1900

This mahogany medicine chest contains 69 small glass vials with handwritten labels and six large bottles. Homeopathy relies on the idea that ‘like cures like’. For instance, if you are vomiting, your treatment will be something that causes vomiting but in a smaller, much diluted dose. One of the large bottles is labelled “Urtica urens”. This treatment is made from a dwarf stinging nettle and is used on burns and skin irritations, the same effect the plant has on the body.

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    Glossary: medicine chest

    Small chests fitted for bottles and intended to hold medical supplies; of a type made in the 18th and early 19th centuries.

    Glossary: homeopathy

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