Tincture of Iodine

SKU: ULB1102 $0.95 USD

Historic Overview

This poison label features dual skulls and crossbones to indicate that it is poisonous. It was commonly used to disinfect wounds and sanitize drinking water for consumption. It is a solution of iodine in ethyl alcohol and the label measures 2” Wide x 1.25” High. This preparation used 88% alcohol. The antidote for Tincture of Iodine was listed as a mix of starch, egg whites of flour mixed with water. This label is in mint unused condition.

It is interesting that just recently researchers at Pennsylvania State University's medical center in Hershey have stumbled onto an effective home remedy by using Tincture of Iodine to prevent serious radioactive contamination of the thyroid gland from iodine-131 which is emitted when there is a major nuclear plant mishap.


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