Traditional Remedies

Still concocting individual, bespoke remedies and a selection of tried and trusted, traditional creams and ointments no longer available in commercial High Street chemists, Reavley Chemist is able to cater for specific ailments drawing from a treasury of modern and ancient medicinal recipes.

Whilst some of the equipment used by Robert Reavley during the 1930s to make his original, traditional remedies is still on site at Reavley Chemist, it is no longer used today. However, the recipes are still made using an 18” square, thick, glass ‘ointment slab’ which is put to regular use to make the traditional remedies on site.

Boric Acid Ointment
Also known as Boracic Ointment, this is an established, mild and gentle antiseptic ointment for minor cuts and bruises. It should not be used on large areas of broken skin and is not suitable for use on babies or young children.

Bengue’s Balsam
Formulated to the original recipe, Bengue’s Balsam contains lanolin, menthol, wintergreen and beeswax and is used to treat minor sprains and aching muscles. If a little is added to hot or boiling water, the resulting steam produced can help relieve a blocked nose.

Zam-Buk
Used since 1902 and still made to the original formula, Zam-Buk will aid in the healing of cuts and minor abrasions as well as relieving flaking, dry or sore skin. It can also be used to treat colds.

Basilicon Ointment
Sometimes known as Yellow Basilicon Ointment, this preparation is helpful in drawing out splinters, thorns and similar foreign bodies lodged just below the surface of the skin. Apply a small amount once or twice daily, under a plaster if possible, and the thick, concentrated lotion will draw moisture from the skin together with the intruding article. It is usually effective within just a few days.

Chilblain Ointment
This is made from our own original formula devised by Robert Reavley in the 1930s and is highly valued by our customers for relieving the distressing, painful symptoms of chilblains. It contains menthol to ease the burning sensation, phenol as an antiseptic, lanolin to moisturise and an essential natural oil to stimulate circulation.

Reavley’s Cream
This exclusive cream was developed in the early 1930s by Robert Reavley in response to a request from his son, Eric, for something to help relieve the very dry, painful skin on the hands of two elderly ladies in Woodstock with whom he lodged at the time. Formulated from a combination of lanolin and glycerine, its moisturising properties are greatly appreciated and valued by our customers.

Zinc Ointment
A standard preparation, useful as a mild antiseptic, zinc ointment may be used sparingly on children and adults once or twice a day for as long as required. Despite its white appearance, it has no value as a sun-block and should not be used instead of sun screen protection.

Whitfield’s Ointment
Also known as Compound Benzoic Acid Ointment, Whitfields ointment is used in the treatment of fungal infections, particularly athlete’s foot. It is named after Professor Arthur Whitfield (1868-1947) who initiated its use for skin conditions, the medicinal field in which he specialised.

Rose Water
Used as a mild astringent or instead of facial toning lotion after cleansing.

Lion Ointment
Originally developed by Edwin Burgess, Lion Ointment is still made using his time honoured formula. Traditionally used as a reliable antiseptic and healing ointment for a variety of minor skin conditions.

Please feel free to consult us about any other ointments & remedies you may require.

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