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Basic Biittner: Home remedies

Monday, June 7, 2010

The latest "home remedy" which some people have claimed they use to effectively ward off nasty mosquitoes and other varmints of that type is Absorbine Jr. Reports of its effectiveness have spread (pardon the pun) so much that there are numerous reports of stores selling out of the time-honored rub-on liniment.

People have been searching for an effective bug repellant for many years and many different solutions have been tried, with varying degrees of success.

For the record, though, here is some information about the product I mentioned earlier:

Absorbine Jr.® liniment has been used for over a century to temporarily relieve muscle and joint pain. It was invented by a married couple in their home, and as the product line expands, W.F. Young, Inc., remains committed to enhanced well-being through pain relief.

In 1892, Wilbur F. Young and Mary Young went to work on a liniment. Made of essential oils and herbs, Absorbine® Veterinary Liniment proved highly effective at bringing relief to weary or lame horses. The liniment was soon widely used in farms nationwide for natural and quick animal pain relief. But farmers soon discovered that it relieved their own muscle and joint pain.

Wilbur Young tweaked the original formula, adapting it for human bodies. He called the new product Absorbine Jr.®, and it became hugely popular. On the company's website, Absorbine Jr.® is said to be available in more medicine cabinets than any liquid treatment for pain relief.

According to the Walgreens Drugstore website, Absorbine Jr.® is recommended for temporary relief of minor joint and muscle pain. It can be effective for arthritis, bruises, sprains, strains and backache. It's used sometimes to relieve the discomfort of athlete's foot.

People who deal with frequent joint and muscle pain know that pain relief products are often messy. Absorbine Jr.® has a helpful applicator attached to the bottle cap; so, it's possible to apply the liquid without getting it all over your hands. It's quickly absorbed, dries quickly and is not greasy. It has an antiseptic to help prevent infection. (note: this roll-on method probably also encourages the attempt to use it as a bug repellant)

The active ingredient in Absorbine Jr.® liniment is 1.27% natural menthol. Other ingredients include calendula extract, echinacea extract, absinthium oil, acetone, chloroxylenol, iodine, wormwood extract, potassium iodide, thymol, water and coloring agents FD&C blue number 1 and yellow number 6.

Feel free to look up any of these ingredients yourself, and see if any of them are believed to possess any inert bug-zapping powers. I don't know myself, but if you have the time to investigate, have at it.

What with the bug season now upon us, it probably behooves many who are spending a lot of time outside to try anything they think will work. I say, if it doesn't HURT to use some recommended "home remedy" on your affected areas, go ahead and try it. You probably have nothing to lose.

Dan Whitney
Basic Biittner