Forrest's Juniper Tar Compound

The indications or uses for this product as provided on its packaging: For coughs, nasal congestion and throat irritations due to colds. Used externally for superficial wounds, small cuts and burns.
Currently not on view
Object Name
otc preparation
Date made
ca 1920
J. Harrison Whitehurst Company
Physical Description
glass bottle (overall packaging material)
alcohol 22% (drug active ingredients)
juniper tar (drug active ingredients)
oil of pine tar (drug active ingredients)
pine tar (drug active ingredients)
petroleum distillate (drug active ingredients)
caramel coloring (drug active ingredients)
overall: 3 5/8 in x 1 1/2 in x 3/4 in; 9.2075 cm x 3.81 cm x 1.905 cm
place made
United States: Maryland, Baltimore
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Catarrh, Cough & Cold Drugs
First Aid Products & Antiseptics
Health & Medicine
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 Mary E. and Joseph F. Melfi, Jr., Tupper's Drug Store, Summerville, South Carolina
Additional Media

Visitor Comments

7/19/2013 10:12:29 AM
During visits to my Grandma in Oklahoma "1940's" she used 3 drops of Juniper Tar on a teaspoon of sugar to cure just about everything!
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