We've all heard about the joys of Epsom Salt, which people have been using in a variety of ways for hundreds of years. I've taken baths with them, and really noticed the relaxing properties, but never really knew WHY they were so wonderful. Epsom salt is nesium sulfate, which is a sedative for the nervous system. When magnesium sulfate is absorbed through the skin, such asin a bath, it draws toxins from the body, sedates the nervous system, reduces swelling, relaxes muscles, is a natural emollient, exfoliator, and much more. To learn more about the benefits of using Epsom Salt, a natural product, in a variety of ways including gardening, health, and beauty, visit the Epsom Salt Industry Council.Glycerin? I thought that was an oily smoothing agent used in snow globes and lipstick! I recently found out that glycerin has a variety of uses. It is in laxatives, commercially-prepared low-fat foods, cough syrup, and all sorts of other things. During the era this bottle would have been purchased, it was probably mixed with things such as dental powder or colored face powders to make things work more smoothly.There is something that makes this one bottle my favorite! I think it's the perfect handwriting on the label. I can read everything except the date; bummer!That's it for this week folks! Be sure to go check out the other participants at Confessions of an Apron Queen!
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
VTT: Apothecary Items
Welcome to Vintage Thingies Thursday sponsored by >Lisa, the Apron Queen. Stop by her blog to find links to all of the participants and see what they are showcasing this week. Maybe you can join us next Thursday! I have my apothecary jar collection to share with you this week. It is in my powder room along with our friend from last week, Handy Hannah. This room has no natural light, so colors may be distorted in some of these photos. What is Musterole one might ask. It is a precursor to good old Vicks VapoRub! This jar still has some in it! The ingredients, according to the label, are: oil, mustard, camphor, menthol and methyl salicylate. It was called a counter-irritant and was meant to be rubbed on the chest when breathing was tight. Musterole was manufacturerd in Cleveland beginning in 1905, and the company was bought in 1956 by the Plough Corporation of Tennessee.
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