BUT……….not made from gentians or from violets
When dissolved in water the dye has a blue-violet colour.
Gentian violet’s common side effect is the staining of skin and cloth, but it can easily be washed off skin with a solution of bleach and water.
-It is generally safe for use on children and breastfeeding mothers.
It can be applied to the mouth and lips of premature infants
– gentian violet can be use for thrush on the nipple.
Applications :Gentian violet has antibacterial, antifungal, and anthelmintic properties.
-Tinea; e.g. Athlete’s foot, jock itch, and ringworm
-Candida albicans and related infections; e.g. thrush, yeast infections.
-Impetigo, used primarily before the advent of antibiotics, but still useful to persons who may be allergic to penicillin, as it cleans the open sores and prevents spread of the contagion.
– It will prevent infection in almost any wound or burn and quickly help the epithelium form a scab. It does not burn when applied and temporary skin discoloration is a minor side effect.
-Marking the skin for surgery preparation and allergy testing .
– Bacteria stained with crystal violet.
– The dye is also used as a histological stain, particularly in Gram’s method for classifying bacteria