Rawleigh's Medicated Ointment

Rawleigh's Medicated Ointment

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The indications or uses for this product as provided by the manufacturer are: For minor injuries of the skin. For superficial burns and scalds, bruises, blisters, chafing, minor nasal irritations and congestion due to head colds, chapped hands and lips, headache, minor rectal irritation, sun burn, muscular soreness, insect stings (non-venomous). Useful for men, women and children when a soothing, medicated ointment is desired for personal use. Excellent to use after shaving.
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Object Name
otc preparation
date made
ca 1940
W. T. Rawleigh Company
place made
United States: Illinois, Freeport
Physical Description
camphor (drug active ingredients)
menthol (drug active ingredients)
oil of eucalyptus and phenyl (drug active ingredients)
mercuric chloride (drug active ingredients)
refined petrolatum (drug active ingredients)
paraffine (drug active ingredients)
cocoa butter (drug active ingredients)
ceresin (drug active ingredients)
overall: 1 1/4 in x 3 5/8 in; 3.175 cm x 9.2075 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Gary P. and Sandra Baden
Catarrh, Cough & Cold Drugs
Rubs, Liniments & Ointments
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
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I use Rawleigh’s ointment every night before bed. It’s great for chapped lips or a chapped bum. The minty finish will have you feeling fresh as a daisy. In the words of W.T. Rawleigh: “ It’s like sliding down the alps on your bare bottom.”
"Hi, I am 70 years old and Rawleigh's has always been used by our family since my child hood.I am currently residing in Queensland and have a distributor at our Caloundra markets of a Sunday. I have always believed that your product came from New Zealand. On my jars I have that they are made in Wellington New Zealand. My new batch now says USA! Is it that your product is no longer produced in Wellington and that all products now are imported from USA? "
"I had to laugh when I saw this because my grandparents use it religiously, and as a result I have several tins of it at home. And to be honest... it does kind of clear the head when I have a cold! A visit to their website is interesting, they still sell the ointment and rubs, but along with chicken stock, vanilla, and toilet bowl cleanser. Who knew? All with the original packaging!"

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