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Subject: zambuk
Category: Health > Alternative
Asked by: woolster-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 03 Sep 2004 09:20 PDT
Expires: 03 Oct 2004 09:20 PDT
Question ID: 396415
looking for information on zambuk.
Subject: Re: zambuk
Answered By: tlspiegel-ga on 03 Sep 2004 11:23 PDT
Hi woolster,

Thank you for your question. 

Zambuck ointment

"An old recipe which includes beeswax and oils of eucalyptus, camphor,
red thyme and pine. A useful embrocation for cuts, bruises, abrasions,
insect bites and many more ailments."


Zambuck ointment in the past, the present and the future

"The history of Zambuck is interesting and varied yet one thing is
certain - whenever this product is discussed it is done so with a sort
of mystical belief that this very old remedy (according to who you
listen to) can cure a great variety of complaints."


Ashley James Handmade Soap Company



The word Zambuck is also an Australian work for A first aider present
at a sporting event.


Best regards,

Request for Answer Clarification by woolster-ga on 04 Sep 2004 01:09 PDT
thank you for the information, in order to carry out my research, i
wonder if you vould point me in the right direction for zambuk

Clarification of Answer by tlspiegel-ga on 04 Sep 2004 02:12 PDT
Hi woolster,

Thank you for the clarification request.  

You'll find some extremely interesting history (and personal
recommendations) on ZamBuk at the following forum - "Zam-Buk"

Please read through the various posts.  


The Al-Ahram Weekly mentions Zambuk

"A third wonder drug whose publicity pursued Al-Ahram readers over
endless editions was Zambuk, which promised a rapid remedy to itching
and other dermatological ailments. It was billed as "naturally
soothing and, more importantly, it is a disinfectant that hunts out
and kills germs and bacteria even if they reside deep within the
cutaneous tissues. Zambuk stops painful itching, burning and
inflammation once and for all, cleanses away contaminated skin
particles and cures the skin in an amazing way."


Zambuk is also mentioned at the following site:

"Taken in the MSINGA area (southern Zululand). I was accompanied by a
Zulu historian and linguist who was able to obtain permission to
photograph from the families of the deceased. In most cases, the
graves were within the parameters of the family kraal (in the case of
men). What interested me was the transition from traditional Zulu
graves (rock and thorn tree enclosures) to a more western and modern
looking grave. The interpretation of the headstone is a particular
point of interest, being an almost literal translation of the language
of Christendom.

Gemors - mess    Bakkies - pick up trucks    Egoli - gold    Worsrol -
sausage roll Ijuba - pigeon    DRC - Democratic Republic of Congo   
Zambuk - petroleum jelly based balm Kraal - cattle corral    'Maar
daar's a vlieg in die salf' - 'Now, there's a fly in the ointment'   
Wit oke - White guy


In sickness and in health  (Filed: 29/09/2002)

"Still, Number Nine apart, the demand for traditional remedies no
longer obtainable from the local pharmacy seems to be enormous.
Caroline Rose has received thousands of inquiries since I mentioned
her apothecary shop in Howarth, West Yorkshire, as one of the few
places where the embrocation Zambuk was still available.

"It is amazing how many remember it with affection," she writes.
"There seems to be no end to its uses, and it has been described more
than once as a life-saver."


A book that references Zambuk is The A-Z of Traditional Cures and
Remedies by Dulcie Lewis

From abscesses, agues and aphrodisiacs to wormwood, wounds and zambuk
(a one-time popular skin ointment), this handy guide steers the
general reader through old wives' tales, superstitions, as well as
more substantiated traditional cures, from the pre-NHS era. The
description of each `medical memory' is concise, to-the-point and
often revolting. Some sections might help you tackle your own
ailments. 252p, b/w illus (Countryside Books 2002)

ISBN 1853067660. Paperback. Price US $19.95

Roche Products (Pty)Ltd.,
Brewery Street,
Isando, South Africa

Zam-Buk Embrocation


20g Tin. 3.99
After a long absence from our medicine chests, Zam-Buk is back. Made
by Rose & Co. Apothecary exclusively, it is available in an old
fashioned silver ointment tin. The ointment has been used for decades
as a useful embrocation to help soothe cuts, sores, bruises, sprains.
chilblains, insect bites etc.
Below are just a few quotes from our many satisfied customers:-

"You have no idea how long it had taken to find this magical
ointment!!! I am delighted to contact your firm and get a supply... (I
have a third of a tin left which is like gold dust and I have to hide
it!) Thank you again."
Barbara Allen, Sherborne, Dorset.

"Thank you for sending the Zam-Buk. 'You must be a very unique company
to make such an old remedy (which I swear by). I'm lucky to have found
June Macdonald, Clevedon, Somerset.

"...the medicated ointment has been known to me for over 50 years - I
would rather call it a miracle ointment..."
G.S. Dhillon, Greenwich, London.

"...I don't know how we've managed without it - a good old cure all."
Rosemary Farrow, Ipswich, Suffolk.

"...Since I received your appreciated letter I request your
disposition to evaluate cost of remitting four tubs of ZamBuk to my
address in Argentina..."
Fred Henning, Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

Contact Page:

Rose & Co. Apothecary  
84 Main Street 
West Yorkshire 
BD22 8DP 
United Kingdom 

Tel: +44 (0) 1535 646830 
Fax: +44 (0) 1535 648952 


Rose & Co. Apothecary  
13, Thornton's Arcade
United Kingdom 

Tel/Fax: +44 (0) 113 245 4701
Wholesale Enquiries:



"After a long absence from our medicine chests, Zam Buk is back. Made
by Rose & Co. Apothecary exclusively in the UK, it is still packaged
in an old-fashioned silver ointment tin. The ointment has been used
for decades as a useful embrocation to help soothe cuts, sores,
bruises, sprains. chilblains, insect bites etc."



"Zam-buk the original and authentic green herbal balm - for the
treatment of minor wounds, burns,scalds, itch, chapped hands, insect
bites and muscular pains."


Ashley James Handmade Soap Company proudly presents The Cheshire
Collection, an extensive range of natural handmade products, including
the world famous Zambuck ointment.

Zambuck ointment
in the past, the present and the future

"The history of Zambuck is interesting and varied yet one thing is
certain - whenever this product is discussed it is done so with a sort
of mystical belief that this very old remedy (according to who you
listen to) can cure a great variety of complaints.

"Seems old Knobby Clark had Hemmerhoids always carried an old can of
Zambuck with him" Tales from the diary of an old Blacksmith

"Worse than the midges are horse flies, Zambuck works quite well in that case"

"One of South Africas oldest and most trusted products, locals use it
for everything from treating minor cuts to healing"

"He treats his skin with a battered tin of Zambuck" South African bush
craft magazine

"I was sceptical at first because nothing I had tried for years eased
the itching I had from my skin complaint. I will now only use Zambuck
and would highly recommend it to anyone" Mr S, Raanana (Israel)

"My son is a fireman and the only ointment he will ever use on his
burns is Zambuck. His problem is where to get it" Mrs T, Montreal

"I thought this product was no longer available. It is the only thing
I will use for the childrens' everyday cuts, bumps and bites" Mrs B,
Warrington (England)



Long ride, long story To Malaysia and South Thailand, 1,043 km. I've
waited a long time (all my life) for such a long ride.

"I continue to conduct medical experiements on my butt. I now have
four sores. Some sores get the usual antiseptic cream treatment; for
the others, I use Zambuk for the first time. Lets see which sores
recover faster (the answer: Zambuk works better). They hurt so much,
it hurts to wear shorts (but there is no bloodshed). I start wearing a
towel as a sarong."



Best regards,
Subject: Re: zambuk
From: arsenic-ga on 03 Sep 2004 10:40 PDT
The ointment similar to "Tiger Balm"?

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