B is for Bag balm

Gosh, I remember bag balm but I remember using it for its original purpose! Great memories.


I’ll bet not a lot of my readers have ever heard of this product.  It comes in a square green metal tin with a cow udder printed on the side and a cow’s head and flowers on the top.  This is because it was developed – way back in 1899 –  to soothe and heal cow’s teats when they become chapped and cracked from being pumped for milk.  Bag balm smells heavily medicinal, not surprising since it is made from hydroxyquinoline sulfate, lanolin, and petroleum jelly.  I was introduced to it by my Mom when I was pretty young, because I remember telling her that her hands had a yucky smell. Turns out the farmers who used it on their cows discovered it softened and healed their hands.

It has lots of other uses too: dry facial skin, cracked fingers, burns, zits, saddle sores, sunburn, pruned trees, bed sores and…

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