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Lydia Estes Pinkham Wanted To Cure ‘Hysterical Women’ Of Their Menstrual Weaknesses

LYDIA Estes Pinkham made “women’s tonic” to relieve menstrual and menopausal pains.




In 1875,  Lydia Estes Pinkham reaction to straightened times by creating tonics for “all those painful Complaints and Weaknesses so common to our best female population”.

The original recipe for Lydia Pinkham’s Vegetable Compound is as follows:

Unicorn Root (Aletris farinosa L.) 8 oz.

Life Root (Senecio aureus L.) 6 oz.

Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa (L.) Nutt.) 6oz.

Pleurisy Root (Asclepias tuberosa L.) 6 oz.

Fenugreek Seed (Trigonella foenum-graecum L.) 12 oz.

Alcohol (18%) to make 100 pints

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Posted: 27th, December 2013 | In: Flashback, The Consumer | Comment