Dr. Kilmer's Swamp Root

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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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Date made
after 1963
Kilmer & Co., Inc.
Place Made
United States: New York, Plainview
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
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Gary P. and Sandra Baden
Kidney & Urinary Drugs
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


Kimler's Swamp Root was produced by a snake-oil salesman named Willis Sharpe Kilmer. More on him at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willis_Sharpe_Kilmer
Would like to have background of Dr. Kilmer...where is he from before NY? Any info please about this man. Thank you.
Just wanted to say hi! I don't know much more than can already be found online but he's my great great great grandfather! We're probably related somehow, hope you're well wherever you are.
My daddy found a bottle on an island he was working on when he worked at the Naval Air Station (NAS) that was desserted at least 40 years ago. It is a greenish blue bottle and says, Dr. Kilmer's Swamp-Root Kidney Liver & Bladder Remedy. On the side it says, Binghamton, N.Y. and on the bottom has 19 B. I would love to know the history of this bottle and would very much appreciate some information.
"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!"
i have the old order sheet for this from the 1800's
I've got one blue in color dr kilmers swamp root medicine, and also one clear of same, with partial label.
Thanks for info. Have one bottle with swamp root medicine.

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