Salves for pain

Question: I have yet to try these, but thought I’d share them with you. They are in a book I recently purchased on home remedies:

Dissolve 24 aspirin tablets in 1 quart rubbing alcohol and rub liberally on sore spot.

Two (2) Tablespoons cayenne pepper in 1 pint of cider vinegar and boil for 10 minutes. Allow to cool. Apply while still warm. (This was given for back pain.)

Answer 1: Can’t buy rubbing alcohol (isopropanol, isopropyl alcohol, propan-2-ol) in chemists any more though…. which is annoying… or can you? Not in Boots, certainly….

¬†Answer 2: Really? That’s a drag. I last bought some in Boots a good number of years ago, I guess, so didn’t know it had vanished. For what reason? Is it a H&S issue, or just that they don’t have it on their lists any more? Last time they ordered it for me – it wasn’t in stock. There seem to be 3 or 4 major wholesale suppliers to chemists. Maybe it’s about finding which wholesaler can supply it, and then knowing which local chemists use which suppliers. None of the chemists in the town where I live now deals with Unichem. I now have to go to the next town for any products specific to them. My Futuro wrist splints came via Unichem. The shop where I bought them can no longer get them because the wholesaler they now deal with doesn’t list Futuro.

Answer 3: Fascinating. This stuff, aka IPA, gets used all the time for general equipment cleaning in our department, and I imagine in just about any electronics or precision engineering operation anywhere in the world. We generally buy it from Merck (who took over BDH – British Drug Houses) in 25 litre drums, or in 5 litre jars if we’re after the slightly more fancy high purity grade. If I ever need to make up a potion like this I may just reach for the blue wash-bottle on the left hand side of the lab bench. I also observed that my Boots “pre-electric” shaving lotion has this as the main ingredient – and my nose doesn’t detect much else in it.

Answer 4: Do you think the veterinarian would have alcohol you could buy?

Answer 5: There was a discussion about chilli cream for pain relief on RSI-UK a couple of years ago. It burns for the first couple of days then your nerves stop sending pain signals as they get used to the ‘burning’ input. Search for ‘Chilli pepper cream for pain’ in the archive!

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