Tincture of English Crocus

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Title

Tincture of English Crocus

Description

Tincture of English Crocus, labelled by Sir Stuart Threipland in his medicine chest as ‘Tin Croc:Anglic’.

English crocus was used alongside rhubarb as an effective eighteenth- and nineteenth-century laxative, but English crocus powder could also be used to polish metal. Threipland has distilled his English crocus into a tincture by dissolving the plant in alcohol but it could also be dispensed as a powder. English crocus is not to be confused with saffron crocus (crocus sativus), the source of the spice saffron.

Date

Mid-18th century

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Citation

“Tincture of English Crocus ,” RCPE Artefacts, accessed September 18, 2019, http://artefacts.rcpe.ac.uk/items/show/341.