Hanford's Balsam of Myrrh

Hanford's Balsam of Myrrh

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Usage conditions apply
The indications or uses for this product as provided by the manufacturer are:
External antiseptic dressing and liniment. For minor cuts, abrasions, burns, scalds, bruises, muscular aches, insect bites, sunburn, chafing, sprains, swellings, soreness from over exertion, chilblains, frostbite.
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Object Name
otc preparation
Other Terms
?; Patent Medicines; Drugs
date made
after 1937
Reid Drugstore
G.C. Hanford Manufacturing Company
place made
United States: New York, Syracuse
Physical Description
alcohol, 76% (drug active ingredients)
paper (container material)
plastic (container material)
glass (container material)
box: 4 3/8 in x 2 in x 1 1/4 in; 11.1125 cm x 5.08 cm x 3.175 cm
bottle: 3 7/8 in x 1 5/8 in x 7/8 in; 9.8425 cm x 4.1275 cm x 2.2225 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Blanche E. Reid
Rubs, Liniments & Ointments
First Aid Products & Antiseptics
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Reid Pharmacy, Clifton, Illinois
Health & Medicine
Balm of America
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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My grandpa had laid in a huge supply of this stuff and gave us some to take on camping trips. Used it on all ailments but especially on bug bites. Had a powerful sting, powerful smell, and left a nice brown stain. Not sure it did much good, but we had a lot of fun with it.
My Grandparents used to have a farm and we used it on the cows as well as family members. Burnt like you were on fire, but healed up so fast it amazed me. When we were children, my cousins and I used to play and if we got hurt we would determine how bad before we went to the house because we knew how bad it burnt. Use it all the time now and plan to continue for many more years..
This product was legendary in my family for use as an antiseptic. To this day I have found nothing superior for abrasions and other shallow wounds. Luckily we had ordered several cases which were divided among family after it got hard to find. It may hurt a great deal when applied to a skinned knee for example, but within minutes all pain and soreness would abate. Within days, the wound would heal far faster than it would have left untreated, or using and "modern" antiseptic.

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