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Lavender salts bottle

Description: Display bottle, green glass of Crown Invigorating Lavender Salts. Stopper moulded into crown. Crown Perfumers Ltd, 17, New Bond Street, London. From Brearey's chemist shop.

Brearey opened his first shop in Douglas in 1840. By 1892 the business occupied an impressive three storey building on Prospect Hill, and numbered among its clientele the more fashionable members of Douglas society. Brearey, who had undertaken his pharmacy training in London, was equally well known for his perfumes which he created himself. By the 19th century, pharmacy had alongside medicine become a serious scientific discipline. Prescriptions however were not necessary and many people today would be surprised by the number of opiates and poisons which were freely available over the counter.

The lavender flower and the oil derived from it have long histories in herbal medicine. The word lavender comes from the Latin root “lavare,” which literally means “to wash.” The earliest recorded use of lavender dates back to ancient Egypt, where lavender oil played a role in the mummification process. Lavender has been used to promote sleep and reduce anxiety and is often used as an additive to bath salts.

Measurements: overall: 54 x 25 cm

Materials: Glass

Object name: bottle

Collection: Social History Collection

ID Number: 1967-0245

Subject tags : #mm100


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