The Bottles

Dr. W. B. Caldwell's Syrup Pepsin

Dr. William Burr Caldwell’s Syrup Pepsin became a popular patent medicine toward the end of the 19th century. Patent medicines, or nostrums, were not actually patented medicines at all. They […]

Tincture of Aloe from 1927

The Medicine Known as the “plant of immortality” in early Egypt, aloe was often a funeral gift given to pharaohs over 6000 years ago.  The plant produces two substances that […]

Poison: It's for Family Use!

  The Poison As it turns out, poison for family use is just plain old household ammonia.   Comprised of nitrogen and hydrogen molecules, concentrated ammonia is primarily used in fertilizer, […]