Tue Dec 23 08:13:28 EST 2003

rogerkirk wrote:
>Actually, you're not too far afield.  Moxie was originally compounded by a 
>Medical Doctor (from Maine IIRC) and derives is bouquet from the Gentian 
>Root which was also the basis for Gentian Violet - a vivid purple liquid 
>compound used to treat canker sores on the gums.  It has probably fallen 
>into disuse since the late 50's/early 60's.

It must work.  I've been known to drink it from time to time, and I've 
never had a canker sore on my gums.   Now if it only prevented cold sores 
on your lips.  :-/

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