Dr. Thomas' Eclectic Oil

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The indications or uses for this product as provided on its packaging:
For external and internal use. For coughs due to colds and common sore throat; for lameness and soreness of the muscles; to relieve the pains of simple neuralgia, earache and toothache; to allay inflammation in superficial bruises, cuts, burns and scalds, minor sprains, nonvenomous insect bites, frostbites, chapped hands, corns, bunions, and warts.
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1920
Foster-Milburn Company
place made
United States: New York, Buffalo
Physical Description
spirits of turpentine (drug active ingredients)
camphor (drug active ingredients)
oil of tar (drug active ingredients)
red thyme (drug active ingredients)
fish oil (drug active ingredients)
box: 4 7/8 in x 1 3/4 in x 1 in; 12.3825 cm x 4.445 cm x 2.54 cm
bottle: 4 5/8 in x 1 5/8 in x 1 in; 11.7475 cm x 4.1275 cm x 2.54 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. James Harvey Young
Pain & Neuralgia Drugs
Catarrh, Cough & Cold Drugs
Skin & Dermatology Drugs
First Aid Products & Antiseptics
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Beauty and Hygiene Products: Cure-alls
Health & Medicine
Balm of America
Beauty and Health
Data Source
National Museum of American History


" It really worked good for me. Wish I could get it now. I still have a small drop, and still use it on sore joints and bruises. I am 63 years old and I remember my Mother used to rub it on my feet, arms and legs when ever I sprained or bruised myself and it worked wonderful in healing my soreness."
My Dad mixed it with brown sugar for our sore throats and soaked a cotton ball for our ear aches....back in the 60's. I put all my faith in that oil!!

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