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Lydia E. Pinkham's Sanative Wash

Lydia E. Pinkham's Sanative Wash

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Usage conditions apply
The indications or uses for this product as provided on its packaging:
Directions for using the sanative wash: Steep one-fourth of the package in sufficient water to make one pint after it is strained. When the discharge is very profuse, use one-half of this, adding to it one pint of warm water, daily, as a vaginal injection.
For leucorrhoea and Inflamation; use daily as a vaginal douche. Dry form - steep to use; also available in liquid form.
Object Name
otc preparation
feminine hygiene product
douch powder
date made
ca 1920
Lydia E. Pinkham Medicine Company
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Lynn
Physical Description
paper (container material)
overall: 4 3/8 in x 4 1/4 in x 5/8 in; 11.1125 cm x 10.795 cm x 1.5875 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Richard Holstein
Women's Health Products
Women's Health
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Health & Medicine
American Enterprise
Beauty and Hygiene Products: Feminine Care
Beauty and Health
American Enterprise
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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