Forrest's Juniper Tar Compound

Forrest's Juniper Tar Compound

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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.
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Object Name
otc preparation
Other Terms
Patent Medicines; Drugs; Liquid
Date made
ca 1920
Associated Name
Tupper's Pharmacy
J. Harrison Whitehurst Company
place made
United States: Maryland, Baltimore
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
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Mary E. and Joseph F. Melfi, Jr., Tupper's Drug Store, Summerville, South Carolina
Catarrh, Cough & Cold Drugs
First Aid Products & Antiseptics
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Health & Medicine
Balm of America
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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As a child of the 50's, my dad would give my brother and I juniper tar whenever we felt ill or had a cough. He would put 2-3 drops on a teaspoon of sugar. I actually loved this stuff and it definitely seemed to work.
Our dad had a small bottle of juniper tar on a shelf in the kitchen. He gave us a small amount in a teaspoon for very deep coughs. It had a strong flavor, like molasses only more bitter. I think I liked it because it worked!
I was given that as a child also in the 50's and it was awful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I usually vomited the first dose. There was not enough sugar to sweeten it. UGH!!!
As a child growing up in the 1950’s, this was a staple medication for colds. I loved it!!! It was tasty and when put on was a treat. Loved the smell and the cute little bottle with the cork! I supposed it was effective, since I got a dose whenever I had cold symptoms.
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!
As a young child my mom used to give this to me. On a teaspoon a drop or two in sugar. The taste was awful but I didn’t have any problems after taking it.

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