HISTORY BITS 1
Let's start our first history lesson!
You don't like history? No problem at all.
We will deal with it bitesize. Please invest 15 minutes of your life to read and watch the video part I recommend.
History teaches us how to be grateful for what we have and respect our forefathers (and mothers of course) for their work. Someone else's sweat and blood was the paving stone for our life. REMEMBER! Gratitude is good for our mental health, so please practice it often ;-)
Baths were considered dangerous for a long time. Soap was used mainly for cleaning and washing laundry. There were so many misconceptions around personal hygiene. We will learn about them a bit later.
Now we know that real soap (not cleansing bars and synthetic products ) kills germs. Germs simply die on the surface of a soap. This is why it is safer to use than plastic bottles. On the plastic cap germs survive, so every time you touch it, you contact germs. Soaps on the other hand safe even if multiple people use them.
In medical therefore soap history, one of the biggest milestones was Victorian science. The Victorian era brought us CARBOLI SOAP. Carbolic soap and coal tar soap are very close. Carbolic acid is derived from coal tar. Both existed simultaneously.
Coal tar soap was used in skin conditions like psoriasis, flaky scalp, eczema, rashes. While carbolic soap is for hand and general body wash.
Full body wah became popular with a flannel, a piece of soap, normally done in the bedroom with a jug of water and a bowl.
Of course, it was still unavailable for the poorest. We still see that hygiene is a luxury and not every class could afford it. The majority of the population was working class. Even within the working class, there was a huge division. Though more and more people could afford to clean themselves and their clothes regularly, there was still a significant percentage of people who couldn't.
This meant a higher risk of infections and spreading disease.
Not much later Charcoal was discovered as a disinfectant and in the world, wars were used to clean wounds. Charcoal also has other medical use as it is able to bind toxins and pathogens. It became a vital treatment for food poisoning and diarrhoea.
Activated charcoal added to soap increases the soap's ability to kill germs.
As I promised we will be short, so now please watch a clip from the Victorian Pharmacy documentary series from the 30th minutes until the 34th mins, then from 38 to 40.
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