DeWitt's Carbolized Witch Hazel Salve

The indications or uses for this product as provided by the manufacturer are: For superficial cuts, minor burns, bruises, contusions, and minor scalds. Also non-venomous insect irritations.
Currently not on view
Object Name
otc preparation
Date made
ca 1940
E. C. DeWitt and Company
Physical Description
extract witch hazel (drug active ingredients)
benzocaine (drug active ingredients)
carbolic acid 1% (drug active ingredients)
overall: 13 cm x 3.7 cm x 2.7 cm; 5 1/8 in x 1 7/16 in x 1 1/16 in
box: 5 1/8 in x 1 3/8 in x 1 1/8 in; 13.0175 cm x 3.4925 cm x 2.8575 cm
tube: 5 in x 1 5/8 in x 1 in; 12.7 cm x 4.1275 cm x 2.54 cm
place made
United States: Illinois, Chicago
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Health & Medicine
Rubs, Liniments & Ointments
First Aid Products & Antiseptics
Balm of America
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
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

10/23/2016 9:15:30 PM
Ida McMillian
Our family used this salve through out the 1950's and 1960's. Our name for it was "Black Stuff". It fixed all the cuts , bruises, rashes, and anything else effecting our skin. It was the "fix everything" ointment! Does any company make a similar product?
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