Home medicine was a necessary part of life in the Victorian Era because professional medical care was, for the most part, avoided. Hospitals were harbingers of death, as diseases spread quickly inside their walls; doctor visits could become an incredible financial burden. Instead, when Victorians found themselves sick, they looked to their mothers, wives, and sisters to administer tonics that could cure them.

Just what sort of tonics lurked in a Victorian mother’s medicine cabinet?

Find out in my latest article for Dirge: Noxious Dollops and Opium Tonics: Poisonous Victorian Home Remedies.