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Ayurvedic Eye Cosmetic, Pakistan, 1970-1981

Surma is the main ingredient in this Ayurvedic eye cosmetic. It is used to promote good eye health. It prevents disease and illuminates the eye area to create a traditional cosmetic effect. It also contains high levels of lead. Sustained use can lead to lead poisoning which causes brain damage. Ayurveda is a medical tradition. Its roots are in the Indian subcontinent. However, its influence has spread to other parts of the world. This Ayurvedic eye cosmetic was imported into the United Kingdom from Pakistan during the 1970s.

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1981-1581 Pt3

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Glossary: cosmetics

Powders, lotion, lipstick, rouge or other preparations to be applied to the human body for the beautifying, preserving, or altering the appearance of a person.

Glossary: Ayurveda

An Indian medical tradition. Literally translated it means ‘Life Science’ and promotes mental and physical health through balancing biological elements. Ayurveda focuses on exercise, massage, yoga and meditation.

Glossary: materia medica

A Latin medical term sometimes used to refer to medical substances.