Gentian and gentian violet are entirely separate substances and are as different from one another as apples are from oranges. Gentian is a naturally occurring herb that is used primarily as a bitter, to aid digestion. It is a key ingredient of our Canadian Bitters formula. Gentian violet, on the other hand, is a toxic triarylmethylane drug that is used for thrush in infants and breastfeeding mothers. It is called “violet” only because its colour resembles that of the petals of the flower of the gentian plant. Needless to say, we do not make or sell gentian violet.
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