Hite's Household Remedy

The indications or uses for this product as provided on its packaging:
Used internally to allay irritations caused by coughs, due to the common colds, and for mild form of flatulent colic. Used externally for surface burns and cuts, simple bruises and non-poisonous insect bites and stings. Also for slight sprains and muscular aches and soreness due to fatigue and over-exertion.
Currently not on view
Object Name
otc preparation
Date made
after 1938
ca 1920
ca 1930
S. P. Hite Company
Physical Description
cardboard (overall packaging material)
glass (overall packaging material)
alcohol 65% (drug active ingredients)
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pennyroyal (drug active ingredients)
sassafras (drug active ingredients)
box: 4 7/8 in x 2 in x 1 in; 12.3825 cm x 5.08 cm x 2.54 cm
bottle: 4 1/2 in x 1 3/4 in x 7/8 in; 11.43 cm x 4.445 cm x 2.2225 cm
Place Made
United States: Virginia, Roanoke
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Rubs, Liniments & Ointments
Indigestion & Nausea Drugs
Catarrh, Cough & Cold Drugs
Skin & Dermatology Drugs
Health & Medicine
Balm of America
G.E. Damon Collection
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Balm of America
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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Visitor Comments

5/2/2013 11:27:42 PM
Georgette Couch
I have a box 1 1/2 ounce of Hite's Household Remedy says Roanoke Virginia box is in good shape and bottle is half full and has a good white cap on it. It has 69 written on the top of the box.so I guess that was what it cost and I looked for a date but all I see on the bottom of the bottle is ES PA and under that is 94Y47. It has been up in a kitchen cabinet for about 50 yrs. On the front across the picture of the man at the bottom of his jacket it says, Trade Mark Dec. 5 1889 and I wonder what anyone knows about it since I know nothing about it. thanks in advance. Georgette Couch
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