Glass bottle used for tincture of belladonna, England, 1880

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Glass bottle used for tincture of belladonna, England, 1880–. Belladonna or Deadly Nightshade is a plant whose name suggests it is poisonous. However, the roots and leaves have medicinal qualities – the leaves are a narcotic to induce sleep, and can be used as a diuretic and as a muscle relaxant. The roots and leaves were also used for plasters to relieve aches and pains. The cobalt blue coloured glass was blown with a ridged design. It is thought that poison bottles had distinctive textures and colours so they could easily be identified by touch and by sight. Contributors: Science Museum, London. Work ID: crxpnfs8.

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