This vintage drug label is from the Wallace Drug Company in Wallace, Idaho. It measures 2.5” Wide x 1.25” High and is in excellent condition. It is interesting to note the use of “U. S. DISP. P. 494” under dosage. This refers to The Dispensatory of the United States of America, 1918, Page 494, which lists information about Castor Oil.
Castor oil is a vegetable oil that comes from the castor bean and is a clear to pale yellow liquid with almost no odor or taste. It is documented that castor oil was used in Egypt as far back as 1500 B.C. in facial oils and in oil lamps.
Castor oil has been used medically in the U.S. from the 1800s for many disorders. Traveling medicine men would mix it with as much as 40% alcohol and sell it as a cure-all. The most common and frequent use of castor oil today is in the treatment of constipation since it acts as a laxative. It is also used in ointments and creams, as well as, a lubricant in industry.
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