F is for Friars Balsam

November 16, 2012

Friars balsam is an old ‘grandmas’ remedy that is really good to apply before using tape as it sticks better.

Friars Balsam

Friars Balsam, also known as Compound Benzoin Tincture, is a medicinal substance derived from the benzoin tree (Styrax benzoin). It has been used for centuries as an herbal remedy for various respiratory and skin conditions.

Composition: Friars Balsam is composed of benzoin resin, which is obtained from the bark of the benzoin tree. The resin is typically mixed with alcohol (usually ethanol) to create a tincture.

Traditional Uses: Friars Balsam has a long history of use in traditional medicine. It has been employed as an expectorant to help relieve coughs and respiratory congestion. Additionally, it has been used topically as a mild antiseptic and protective agent for minor cuts, abrasions, and skin irritations.

Inhalation Therapy: Friars Balsam is often used in inhalation therapy to help alleviate symptoms of respiratory conditions such as bronchitis and congestion. It is added to hot water or a vaporizer, and the steam is inhaled to help soothe the airways and loosen mucus.

Wound Healing: When applied topically, Friars Balsam forms a protective barrier on the skin and can aid in wound healing. It may have mild antiseptic properties and can provide a soothing effect on minor skin irritations.

Aromatherapy: The pleasant aromatic scent of Friars Balsam has made it popular in aromatherapy practices. It is sometimes used in diffusers or added to bathwater to create a relaxing and soothing atmosphere.

Veterinary Use: Friars Balsam has also found applications in veterinary medicine. It may be used in animal wound care to aid in healing and provide a protective barrier.

Caution and Allergy: While Friars Balsam is generally considered safe for topical use, it can cause skin irritation or allergic reactions in some individuals. It is always recommended to perform a patch test before applying it to a larger area of the skin.


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