20 Reasons Why I Store Bag Balm And Why You Should

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20 Reasons Why I Store Bag Balm and why you should store it in your emergency preparedness supplies. The product was first introduced in 1899 in Vermont. The formula was purchased by John L. Norris. I have used it for years. I bet I have 10 containers of it. Yes, I am a little OCD when I purchase products I LOVE. My daughters always tease me…”Mom, why do you always buy ten”? Here’s the deal with me, I always worry I will run out. Now that I am semi-retired I only buy five of certain items. I do not buy five of everything…let’s make that clear. LOL! I just want to be prepared for the unexpected. If I see a fantastic deal on something I will pick up extra to save money in the long run.

The Bag Balm product was originally used in the cold Vermont winters to protect the cow’s udders from getting chapped. It seems the farmers that applied this to their cows soon realized their hands became remarkably soft after using this lanolin-based ointment.

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This is when the product soon became popular for human use. Over the years this wonder antibiotic ointment has become useful for so many things. I use it on my Shih Tzu, Boston when his little paws get sore from abrasions. I do it right before bedtime, then he less likely to lick it off. Here are the ingredients in these little cans: 8 Hydroxyquinoline Sulfate (0.3% in a Petrolatum, Lanolin Base) listed on the can. Bag Balm has been around for a long time and continues to help so many people and animals in many ways. The Bag Balm salve is a thick yellow product and stays put where you rub it on. It has a light medicinal fragrance, but not too strong. This is where I buy Bag Balm: My favorite size can I also like the small containers of Bag Balm: Dairy Association Vermont’s Original Moisturizing and Softening Ointment for Pets, 1-Ounce

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Here are 20 Reasons Why I Store Bag Balm:

1. It heals my cracked heels in the summer

2. Great for my dog’s paws when scraped or raw

3. Protects trees when accidentally sliced or cut-cover with Bag Balm

4. Used after radiation treatments to soothe skin

5. Great for rough Volleyball player’s hands and feet who play on the sand or on courts

6. Works wonders for saddle sores

7. Great for bike riders to keep their clothes from rubbing their skin raw

8. Awesome for sore cuticles

8. Diaper rash

9. Heals chapped lips

10. Psoriasis – soothes the sores

11. Use on acne to help fade acne scars

12. Super for Eczema –  dry skin

13. It inhibits bacteria growth because of its antiseptic ingredient

14. It soothes sunburned skin

15. Bag Balm helps with windburned skin as well

16. I love it for chapped skin, especially elbows

17. Cuts-cover with Bag Balm and a sterile cloth…heals faster

18. Deep cuts around your fingernails thoroughly clean the deep cuts and apply Bag Balm at night

19. Quilters and sewers keep a can close by to heal their hands

20. Helps heal cold sores

Reader Tips:

21. Sarah: It can be used for nursing mums too!

22. Carol: Hi, after working in dry cleaning plants for years we have used bag balm for steam burns as well as burns from the hot presses. Works wonderfully. Great tips here thank you, I have three chihuahuas who are always getting into things. So the pet tips will help a lot.

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I love to store products that can be used for several things in everyday life, as well as an unforeseen emergency. If you have any ideas I can add to this list please comment and I will add them to the list. Here’s to being prepared for the unexpected!

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36 thoughts on “20 Reasons Why I Store Bag Balm And Why You Should

  • April 12, 2014 at 12:56 pm
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    I had no idea it could be used for all that! I got it to use on my ankles that crack worse then other areas of skin for some reason, and learned it works awesome for dry skin!!

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    • April 12, 2014 at 5:56 pm
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      Hi Stephanie, I use it on those really deep cuts on my heels. I use this razor blade tool for pedicures and get the hard thick skin removed very carefully. I soak my feet in warm water first and the skin is a lot easier to “trim down” I guess you could say. I then add that Bag Balm, it is so soothing! Good luck with your ankles…dry skin is not fun! Hugs! Linda

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  • April 14, 2014 at 12:48 pm
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    I grew up with this in the house! Along with some that you have mentioned, we have used it on our dogs’ ear mites. Both dogs had ear mites and I knew that going to the vet would be costly. I started to investigate online for a home remedy. I came across someone’s recommendation of using Bag Balm. I thought what the heck it’s antiseptic, let’s give it a try. You will need plenty of Q-tips! Dip one end of a Q-tip into the bag balm, make sure you have the tip coated well. Carefully swab the interior of the ear. Do not go into the canal area, treat it like it was your own ear! You will need to do this once a day for about 2-3 weeks, depending on how bad the dog has it.

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    • April 14, 2014 at 8:23 pm
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      Hi Marsha, I am so glad to hear this because I have a dog as well. This is amazing! Great tip! Thank you so much! Hugs! Linda

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  • October 3, 2015 at 1:34 pm
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    I love this stuff, too! I started using it 34 years ago, after discovering it is wonderful for diaper rash.

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  • October 6, 2015 at 9:21 pm
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    My mom and grandma used bag balm for lots of things but, I use coconut oil for all of these things listed. I find it works better and stores just as well.

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    • October 6, 2015 at 9:23 pm
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      Hi James, coconut oil works great for so many things and it stores really well!

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  • October 17, 2015 at 9:20 pm
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    We used this stuff at the hospital for Peds with runny stools. As you can imagine, by the time we saw them, the poor babies had been sick at least a few days. Protected and healed those raw, sore little bottoms. My second son was sensitive to diapers, even the unscented – I used this on him all the time. It worked wonders. I didn’t know some of the other things, but it would make sense.

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    • October 18, 2015 at 11:51 am
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      Hi Kelly, Bag Balm is great for so many things! I love it! Linda

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  • November 7, 2015 at 6:13 am
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    It can be used for nursing mums too! 🙂

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    • November 7, 2015 at 6:37 am
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      Hi Sarah, yes it can! This stuff works great for so many things! I am going to go add this to my post, thank you! Hugs! Linda

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  • December 31, 2015 at 1:30 pm
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    My husband lit some firecrackers one year on the fourth of July and they blew up in his hand…it wasn’t bad, but a few burns….we got home, I cleaned it and covered it with bag balm and wrapped it…the next day it was all healed, wasn’t even barely red…so it works for minor burns also! Great stuff!!

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    • January 1, 2016 at 1:50 pm
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      Hi Brenda, thanks for sharing this story about your husband’s burns and the fact the Bag Bal helped heal it. I love hearing tips like this! Thank you! Linda

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  • January 9, 2016 at 2:27 pm
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    Hi, after working in dry cleaning plants for years we have used bag balm for steam burns as well as burns from the hot presses. Works wonderfully. Great tips here thank you, I have three chihuahuas who are always getting into things. So the pet tips will help a lot.

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    • January 10, 2016 at 5:30 am
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      Hi Carol, I am going to add these tips about Bag Balm to my post, thank you! Linda

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  • February 20, 2016 at 9:43 am
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    Just ran across this article and as a fellow bag balm lover I thought I’d share my number 1 use for it: to treat active and inflamed pimples and ingrown hairs. I’ve never had major acne problems but every once in a while I will get one of those really painful, invisible, red ones that won’t come to a head or on the bikini line I can get a really painful swollen ingrown hair. Slap a pea size dollop of bag balm on at night, cover with a bandaid and by morning it’s either gone or has come to a head so it can be removed. This is definitely a my mother’s mother mother used this trick and passed it down for generations!

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    • February 21, 2016 at 1:18 pm
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      Hi Courtney, this is a great tip! I have a friend that has ingrown hairs on his knees because he’s a tile layer. I’m passing this one onto him, Thanks so much! Linda

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  • February 23, 2016 at 10:00 am
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    I have used this for years on fresh tattoos. Dab it on the fresh ink. Helps keep the itching away and keeps it moist. I have also used this on my residual stump after I lost part of my leg for moisturizer and healing some abrasions. And of course a lot of the previous mentioned ideas. There are some new ones, like the acne. Never thought of that. Thanks for the good read and ideas.

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    • February 23, 2016 at 11:53 am
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      Hi Jason, thank you for commenting we all learn from each other. I’m glad it helps keep your residual stump moist and helps it heal. May God bless you! Linda

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  • November 26, 2016 at 1:32 pm
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    my skin iss thin i need something to put on it so i won’t get sores .i know bag bam works

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    • November 27, 2016 at 12:10 pm
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      Hi Mary, I love Bag Balm too! It can be used for so many things. Linda

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  • February 7, 2017 at 6:30 pm
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    Hello. has anyone tried in as a facial “cream”? If it heals chapped hands and heels, what about wrinkles?

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    • February 8, 2017 at 5:22 am
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      Hi Mamasol71, if it worked on wrinkles, Bag Balm would be a miracle balm! Linda

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  • August 13, 2017 at 2:09 pm
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    I’ve grown up using this my entire life. Mom always called it “cow salve.” Got a cut? Cow salve and a band aid. Splinter in your hand? Cow salve and a band aid. Chop a finger off? Cow salve and a band aid. LOL (Just kidding on that last one) It truly is a miracle salve though. Waaaaay back a long time ago, we used a brand that was made with peanut oil. Can’t find that any more. But, this stuff is almost as good. I won’t be caught without it! Thanks for sharing your list of uses!!

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    • August 14, 2017 at 11:45 am
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      Hi, Chrissey, I love hearing comments like this! Thanks for sharing! Linda

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  • August 18, 2017 at 5:49 pm
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    I use it after I have been doing masonry work. I pulls the lime and cement right out of my skin. It’s also the only thing I use in the winter when my hands start to crack for the cold.
    I don’t have 10 cans but my wife keeps asking where do these keep coming from. lol Thanks Linda

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    • August 18, 2017 at 6:48 pm
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      Hi John, I love hearing this comment, thank you! I need to tell my grandson because he does construction with cement, great tip! Linda

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  • March 3, 2018 at 7:21 pm
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    I love this stuff. Helps burns or scabs once they are dry. Use bag balm twice a day to prevent scars. Also works on rope burns on horses. Promotes healing.no scarring. I need to buy 10 cans! I’m 65 and been using it for 35 years!

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    • March 3, 2018 at 7:34 pm
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      Hi, Kathy, I love hearing this comment. I just gave a jar to a friend for her dog who had been groomed a little to close. It’s good stuff. Great comment, Linda

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  • May 17, 2018 at 7:44 am
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    Hi Linda, oh my goodness, I had totally forgotten about bag balm. Used it many years ago, but am now going to get it again after reading this. My daughter has extremely dry skin (she has Down Sydrome and this is a common thing) and is sensitive to some ingredients but I bet this will work fine. Thank you for this reminder. Not sure I’ll buy 10 cans though;) Take care.

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    • May 17, 2018 at 11:03 am
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      Hi Rita, I hope it helps your daughter!!! I tend to be the one that hands out little cans of Bag Balm to people to see if it helps them. It’s good stuff! Linda

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  • May 17, 2018 at 9:33 am
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    I am diabetic and have very dry skin. I am going to get some bag balm and try. Thanks for the tips.

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    • May 17, 2018 at 11:04 am
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      Hi, Mildred, I have really dry skin and I use Bag Balm and Intensive Care Vaseline lotion to keep my skin moist. I hope it helps you!!! Linda

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  • May 17, 2018 at 11:02 am
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    Linda – Thanks for this post. I have been using Bag Balm for years – since my early days. Dad used it on the cows and on his hands as well. I have a large tin to use at home and a tiny tin to carry in my purse.

    For those who don’t like the smell of Bag Balm, I would suggest a pure lanolin – I found it in the infant department at a local store. No smell, but it doesn’t have quite the healing properties.

    Always love your posts. They are so informative AND timely.

    Leanne

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  • May 18, 2018 at 6:33 pm
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    It is great stuff, I’ve used it all my life off and on but haven’t thought to use it in some of the situations listed here. Thanks for the ideas. Don’t forget…… it also works well on udders in the winter! LOL

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    • May 20, 2018 at 8:29 am
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      Hi, Robert, I have used Bag Balm for years. Thank goodness it can be used on udders (it was designed for that in the beginning) I think. Linda

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