Also I want to say I was shocked when I first tried it too lol. I had been buying Lugols and wanted to make it myself so I bought the Iodine crystals but of course knowing me I had to find the purest source possible. I always do this and its a habit since I am a perfectionist but you usually can't tell the difference between a few tenths of a percentage point, I just do it because if I do something I want to do it right and I don't want to introduce contaminants that can detract from health when I am trying to improve health. So I fully expected the "normal" Lugol's taste. I was shocked when it was so pure and clean tasting... this is what pure Iodine tastes like! Pleasant surprise.