Dr. Kilmer's Swamp Root

The indications or uses for this product as provided by the manufacturer are: A diuretic for the kidneys and a mild laxative. "Swamp-Root" tends to promote the flow of urine thereby aiding the kidneys in their necessary work of eliminating waste matter.
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Object Name
otc preparation
Date made
after 1963
Kilmer & Co., Inc.
Physical Description
alcohol 10% (drug active ingredients)
buchu leaves (drug active ingredients)
scullcap leaves (drug active ingredients)
golden seal root (drug active ingredients)
colombo root (drug active ingredients)
valerian root (drug active ingredients)
cinnamon (drug active ingredients)
oil of juniper (drug active ingredients)
oil of birch (drug active ingredients)
balsam copaiba (drug active ingredients)
balsam tolu (drug active ingredients)
venice turpentine (drug active ingredients)
peppermint herb (drug active ingredients)
rhubarb root (drug active ingredients)
mandrake root (drug active ingredients)
sassafras (drug active ingredients)
cape aloes (drug active ingredients)
box: 7 3/8 in x 2 1/2 in x 1 1/2 in; 18.7325 cm x 6.35 cm x 3.81 cm
bottle: 7 1/4 in x 2 1/4 in x 1 3/8 in; 18.415 cm x 5.715 cm x 3.4925 cm
Place Made
United States: New York, Plainview
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Health & Medicine
Kidney & Urinary Drugs
Balm of America
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Balm of America
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Gary P. and Sandra Baden
Additional Media

Visitor Comments

3/16/2014 12:03:14 PM
Thanks for info. Have one bottle with swamp root medicine.
2/5/2015 11:55:10 AM
i have the old order sheet for this from the 1800's
8/2/2016 4:50:27 PM
Beth Trissel
My 9-year-old grandson unearthed a small clear intact bottle with wording on it that says: Sample bottle Dr. Kilmer's Swamp Root Kidney Remedy. It also has Binghampton, NY on it, and there's a IA on the bottom. He found the bottle near the site of an old general store that used to stand on their property. I would appreciate any info you can give, Thanks!
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