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Household Medicines – Product Uses

HOUSEHOLD MEDICINES – PRODUCT USES
AcetoneexternalSolvent & cleaning fluidnail polish remover also used in paint & lacquers, varnish stripping & furniture finishes
Almond Oilexternalexcellent emollient, softening and soothing skin, moisturizer, helps relieve irritation, inflammation & itching, excellent to use for body & facial massage
Aloes Powderbothheals external wounds and soothes irritated skin, dermatitis and eczema, can be used as a laxative, helps to control irritable bowl syndrome, soothes stomach ulcers
Alumbothan astringent, purification of drinking water, swimming pool flocculent, toothpowder, depilatory waxes, underarm deodorant
Bay RumexternalBay Leaf essential oilsoap making, lotions, massage oils, potpourri, air fresheners, body fragrances, perfume oils, aromatherapy products, bath oils, facial steams, hair treatment, stimulates hair growth, controls dandruff, makes hair shine
Boracic Acid Powder B.P.externalantiseptic for minor cuts & burns, used in dressing or salves, diluted can be used as a vaginal douche, used for prevention of athletes foot, treat external ear infections in humans & animals. Insecticidal for many insects. Added to salt in the curing of cattle hides and sheepskins which helps control bacteria development and helps control insects
Borax Powder B.P.externalinsecticide for cockroaches, fish moths and ants. urine smells & stains, general washing & floors. water softener
Calamine Lotion B.P.externaltopical treatment, soothes and protects the skin, anti-itch treatment with mild antiseptic for insect bites, acne, chicken pox, shingles, sunburn
Camphor SpiritexternalDistilling the bark & wood of the camphor treea solution of alcohol and camphor – used externally, for temporary relief of minor aches and pains of mucles, joints, arthritis, strains and sprains
Camphorated Oil (Camphor 10% m/v)externalDistilling the bark & wood of the camphor treeused externally as a chest rub for colds & bronchitis, skin care products, treat fungal infections of the toenail, warts, cold sores and is used in religious ceremonies
Castor Oil B.P.bothDerived from the castor bean plantsupports the healing of the small intestines & lymphatic tissue, laxative and lubricant , relief for tummy aches, oil is used in soap for lathering, inks used for printing and plastic goods
Citronella OilexternalOil derived from dried cultivated grassesinsect repellent against mosquitos, biting flies, ticks & fleas, used in candles, lotions, gels, sprays & towelled wipes, no harm to humans, pets or environment
Coconut OilexternalFrom the flesh of the matured coconutused mainly for dry scalp, babies cradle cap, body rub and personal lubricant. Used to prevent sand fleas from invading the body and has various applications in food, medicine & industry
Cod Liver Oil B.P.internalrich in omega-3 & very high in vitamin Dhelps with arthritis, reduces certain blood fats, can lower blood pressure, kidney disease, children’s multivitamin-mineral supplement
Copper Sulphate (Blue Stone)externalused in agriculture, industry, health & medicineused as a fungicide, destruction of slugs & snails, correction of copper deficiency in soil, growth stimulant for plants and improved colour intensity (hydrangeas) algaeside for swimming pools
Eau de CologneexternalUnisex fragrance Originally created in 1709citrus aromatic fragrance for men & women. precious ingredients are carefully harmonised to provide a uniquely revitalising, calming and relaxing effect, strengthening the nerves and creating a positive mood
Epsom Salts (Magnesium Sulphate) B.P.bothMagnesium sulphatesoaking reduces swelling in ankles & joints, draw out infections or splinters, used as a diuretic and laxative, farmers & gardeners friend increases growth rate, produces more flowers, helps seeds germinate, to treat ground magnesium imbalances. used as bathroom tile cleaner, added to car’s battery cells is used to extend battery life, prevents infestation of garden slugs
Eucalyptus OilexternalFrom leaves of the eucalyptus treeimproves respiratory conditions, ease a cough when rubbed on chest. anti-viral, anti-bacterial when used in a humidifier to kill germs in a sick room, used as a wound compress for boils. mosquito repellent, relieves muscular aches
Flowers of SulphurbothBrimstone / Homeopathic sulphuran old fashioned blood cleaner and laxative, anti fungal and antiseptic, good for skin irritations, scabies, lice and fleas, mange and allergies on animals, good for mite infestation. dust on flower bulbs to prevent rot, also eradicates ants. effective for premenstrual symptoms and mental stress
Friars’ Balsam (Tinct. Benz. Co.)external600 year historyused as an antiseptic for cuts and abrasions, bedsores, herpes simplex & gingivitis. used when HIV testing. used to make soothing syrup for throat or bronchial infections. Inhalant & steaming
Gentian Violet Solution 2% B.P.externalNamed because of its bright purple colourdermatological conditions, fungal infections, topical treatment of thrush and yeast infections, ulcers & athletes foot. prevents infection of new-born babies umbilical stump
Glucose Powderinternalsimple sugar derived from cornreferred to as dextrose. used as basic fuel in the body. sweetening agent, athletic supplement, helps ensure muscles have nutrients to recover. prevention and treatment of dehydration
Glycerin B.P.bothused as a sweetener to pacify babies and rubbed on gums when teething, used as a laxative, in cough mixtures, soothing sore throats, hair care products, soap making and personal lubricants. effective treatment for psoriasis, burns, bites, cuts, rashes, bedsores & calluses
Hydrogen Peroxide Solution 10vol B.P. 3% m/mexternalkills bacteria, used as a mouthwash & gargle, for washing fruit & veggies, removing mould, plant fertilizer & plant spray, cleaning contact lenses, cleaning cuts & skin infections, used by hairdressers for lightening & colouring hair
Hydrogen Peroxide Solution 20vol B.P. 6% m/vexternal
Hydrogen Peroxide Solution 30vol B.P. 9% m/vexternal
Hydrogen Peroxide Solution 40vol 12% m/vexternal
Iodine Tincture B.P.externalfound in emergency first aid kits, used to disinfect wounds and to sanitize surface water for drinking
Kiddy-Vit-Drops (Daily multivitamin supplement)internalvitamin drops for babies up to 1 yearvitamins are the building blocks of the body, used to prevent and treat vitamin deficiency due to poor nutrition
Linseed Oilbothflaxseed oil, rich in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) omega-3 fatty acidlower cholesterol, protect against heart diseases, controls high blood pressure. reduces inflammation associated with gout, lupus and fibrocystic breasts. control constipation, haemorrhoids, diverticular disorders and gallstones. treat acne, eczema, psoriasis, sunburn. nerve-nourishing and helps in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease and other nerve disorders
Liquid Paraffin B.P.bothsoftening & lubricatingsoftening & lubricating laxative for constipation, also added to bath oils and skin rubs
Mercurochrome Solution 2%externaltopical antiseptic for wounds, dries wound so healing is increased
Olive Oil B.P.bothone of natures best moisturizers, can be applied to the skin or added to a warm bath. lubricant for close shave, softens cuticles, lip balm, eczema & psoriasis. many benefits for hair & scalp, reduce fizz, treat dandruff, head lice. taken internally helps digestion, sore throat and many other ailments
Plaster of Parisexternalused in art, architecture, school projects for making moulds, models and sculptures
Potassium PermanganateexternalCondy’s Crystalused as an antiseptic and fungicide treatment of various skin infections, eczema, dermatitis, acne, athlete’s foot and other fungal infections on hands & legs. Also used as a bath for treatment of wounds with pus, oozing and blisters – bedsores
Povidone – iodineexternalAntiseptic ointmentbroad spectrum antiseptic ointment which kills bacteria within minor wounds, burns, and skin infections (Betadien equivalent)
Sal Volatile (Aromatic Spirit)externalSmelling Saltsused on people who faint or on athletes who have been dazed or knocked unconscious to restore consciousness and mental alertness. also used by some athletes as a form of stimulant ”wake up” to perform better
Saltpetre (Potassium Nitrate)externalused as a food preservative especially pickling meats, corned beef & salami, used in production of cigarettes, additive for fertilizers as nutrients needed by plants, used in metal working as a flux; in tanning to preserve hides and in production of glass
Senna Leaves B.P.bothused most effectively as a laxative and helps to cleanse the colon . taken in tea form. made into a paste it is used as a compress to help heal ringworm and similar skin conditions
Slaked Lime (Calcium Hydroxide)externalmaking of pickles and food preserves, skin lotions, used as alternative ingredient to baking soda. also used as a flocculants in water & sewage treatment, raises pH of the water so that pipes will not corrode where water is acidic
Sodium Bicarbonate B.P.bothantacid for heartburn, indigestion, stomach & kidney disorders, food, baking & soft drinks additives. pharmaceuticals, farming, leather & textile, deodorizer, water waste treatment
Spot Removerexternaldry cleaning fluid
Surgical Spirit B.P.externalcleaning, antiseptic & disinfecting wounds, used to clean skin before injections, prevents infection after ear-piercing
Sweet Oil B.P.botholive oilused for earache, helps prevent skin scars, helps reduce cholesterol, fight diabetes, used as a lubricant
Wintergreen Ointment (Methyl Salicylate 10% m/m)externalfor chapped hands & feet, sports rub for aching mussels & feet, chest rub if blocked up, sore throat, general cold symptoms
Witch Hazel & Rose Waterexternaltopical astringent and toner for skin care and enhances overall skin health. also helps to relieve itching, sooth minor burns, insect bites, vaginitis, haemorrhoids, sunburn, nappy rash, eczema, bedsores, bruises. rose water contains trace amounts of vitamin C & E and has antiseptic properties
Zinc & Castor Oil Ointmentexternalnappy rash treatment, soothes & moisturizes the skin, for eczema and dermatitis
Zinc Ointmentexternalsoothes skin irritation, nappy rash, natural sunblock, cold sores & fever blisters
Zinc Starch & Boracic PowderexternalAntifungal powderfor teatment of babies nappy rash, athletes foot, foot powder, body powder

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