Dr. Porter's Antiseptic Healing Oil - for Man and Beast

The indications or uses for this product as provided on its packaging:
An antiseptic surgical dressing. Applicable for cuts, burns, bruises, itch, corns, bunions, bites and stings of insects, sunburn, frost bite, chapped hands and lips, wounds, and sores of the mucous membrane and skin.
Currently not on view
Object Name
otc preparation
veterinary product
date made
ca 1900
Paris Medicine Company
box: 7 7/8 in x 3 1/8 in x 2 1/4 in; 20.0025 cm x 7.9375 cm x 5.715 cm
bottle: 6 5/8 in x 2 3/8 in x 1 5/8 in; 16.8275 cm x 6.0325 cm x 4.1275 cm
place made
United States: Missouri, Saint Louis
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Health & Medicine
Skin & Dermatology Drugs
First Aid Products & Antiseptics
Balm of America
Beauty and Health
Beauty and Hygiene Products: Cure-alls
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Beauty and Hygiene Products: Cure-alls
Balm of America
Beauty and Health
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. James Harvey Young
Additional Media

Visitor Comments

11/14/2012 10:29:28 AM
I have been looking for an antique bottle of Dr. Porter's Healing Oil for years!! It is very special to my mother's heart because her grandmother and her parents used it on a daily basis. Thank you for your information on this product.
8/23/2014 9:45:01 PM
Brent Eanes
I have a bottle with a small amount in it. We used it on my wife a.d myself and the kids. Nothing is better as far as i Know.I have had it since 1952 the label is still in good shape and has the ingredients listed.
7/19/2013 10:28:43 AM
Originally from Louisiana where i got a bad case of poison ivy every year. Today I was wishing for some Dr. Porter's Antiseptic Oil because I remember my mother using it on my poison ivy when I was a little girl and it got rid of the rash and itching.
7/19/2013 10:34:04 AM
I sure wish this product was still on the market. My father was a total believer in Dr. Porter's Healing Oil as it saved him from loosing a toe and perhaps a foot. All other meds has failed. As a kid I grew up with patches of the oil on every skin spot, bug bite and scrape I ever had. Growing up in the south and going barefoot all the time,in warm weather, us kids had plenty of nails in our feet or other boo boos.
7/19/2013 10:47:08 AM
Michael O. Kreps
This was great stuff. My grandmother used to put it on all my cuts as a child.
7/19/2013 10:47:33 AM
Joyce Robison
I have two bottles that had Dr. Porter's Antiseptic Healing Oil in them. The older bottle still has small amount of oil in it and the other bottle is a newer one.
1/3/2014 10:04:50 PM
Jane F. Koster
My grandmother used Dr. Porters healing oil for everything....she bought so much of this product she could have owned the company that made it. My brother and I went to school smelling like it...and I remember all my undershirts were soiled yellow from the oil. She used it on our pets too. I found a bottle at a Drug store that was going out of business in 1980, I bought it for 10 cents....I was going to keep it as a souvenir and ended up using it. I wish I had it now, it brings back fond memories of my childhood and my grandmother.
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