Through its 600-year history, Friar’s Balsam has been known
by such names as Balsamum Traumaticum, Balsamic Tincture, Jesuits’
Drops, Jerusalem Drops, and Wound, Swedish, Turlington’s, Persian,
Wade’s, St. Victor’s, and Commander’s Balsam.
information is for educational and research purposes only.
It is not intended to medically prescribe or promote the sale of any
product, nor is it intended to replace qualified medical healthcare.
If you have, or think you have a condition which requires medical attention,
you should promptly seek qualified healthcare.
Action & Uses: Can be used as an
antiseptic and protectant to minor cuts and abrasions, chapped
skin and lips, cracked nipples, small fissures of skin and anus, bedsores,
indolent ulcers, herpes simplex, and gingivitis. Can relieve
itching of chilblains, eczema, and urticaria.
Can be taken internally and/or inhaled with steam vapor as a stimulating
expectorant in old coughs and catarrhs, laryngitis, acute and
chronic bronchitis, and asthma.
Dose: Topical: Lesion should be cleaned
and dried, and then covered with the balsam, over which should be laid
fresh cotton gauze, extending well beyond the lesion. This application
may be painful at first, and should be changed daily, taking care to
remove any dead tissue that is loose.
Internal: Two or three times per day,
take 25 to 35 drops in water. To make a soothing syrup for throat
or bronchial affections, mix drops in a spoonful of honey, maple syrup
or malt syrup.
Inhalant: Mix one or two droppersful
of the balsam into a pint of hot, steaming (not boiling) water and then
breathe the vapors in deeply.
Cautions: Consult a qualified midwife or physician
before taking during pregnancy. Rarely skin irritation may result from
topical use — avoid use on individuals with allergic skin diseases.
If irritation does appear, discontinue use, and it will soon subside.
When applied to broken skin, undiluted Friar’s Balsam may tend
to sting. To avoid this, balsam can be diluted with a 50/50 mixture
of water and glycerin. Discontinue use if irritation persists.
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