Rawleigh's Liniment Internal
When I was getting my grandparent's home ready to sell several years ago, I found so many interesting items. I want to start sharing some of my finds with you through my blog posts. I will be calling this series "Grandma's Attic Finds".
I remember Grandpa and Grandma Burnette always talking about using liniment for everything. Many was the time that I heard them say that it was shame that you couldn't buy it anymore. I think that after you read the ingredients label, you may see why it was no longer available!
Wow, let's look at the list of active ingredients: 48% ALCOHOL! Wooo-WEE! Take a dose of this and no wonder your aches would go away! And just look at the dosage: 1/2 to 1 TEASPOON. What a tiny amount! I wonder if that dosage was always followed?
Look at the other ingredients: Capsicum, Camphor, Sassafras Oil, Hemlock Oil, & Spearmint Oil.
Capsicum: oh yeah, this is what gives hot peppers their fire! It is a circulatory stimulant and analgesic.
Camphor: It has a very strong odor. This is where Vicks Vap-o-Rub gets it smell. Also believed to suppress coughs, and repel snakes.
Sassafras Oil--sassafras has been used to make a tea. The extract was used as a flavoring in root beer. The FDA now frowns on sassafras since it has been linked to various cancers.
Hemlock Oil--good for coughs and tightness in the chest.
Spearmint Oil--used as a flavoring in food, chewing gum, and toothpaste and it has some anti-fungal abilities. Also used to treat stomachaches and gas.
|I just love that it is good "For Man or Beast"!|
I can see where this would probably feel really great if massaged into achy muscles and sore joints. I have used modern day medicines that contain some of these same ingredients.
I would NOT be as enthusiastic about taking this internally!
Do you need a dose today?
Thanks to information from Dave & Doris, I have found that the Rawleigh Company is still in business! Visit their website. They have everything from liniment to salve to cooking extracts and spices! They even sell pie filling and gravy mix!
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