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Clear glass shop round for Pennyroyal water, England, 1850-1

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The label ‘TR:PULEGII’ painted on the side of this bottle is the abbreviated Latin for pennyroyal water. Pennyroyal is a species of mint. Herbalists have used it since Roman times. Pennyroyal water is made from a strained infusion of leaves. It was used as a remedy for menstrual pains and ‘nervous and hysterical affections’. However, it was also used to induce abortion. These bottles were known as shop rounds. Pharmacies in the 1800s stored liquid preparations in them. The bottle is made from clear glass. maker: Unknown maker Place made: England, United Kingdom

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