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Bag Balm

Posted: Tue Dec 15, 2015 5:10 pm
by Mophead
Anybody else carry some bag balm in their first aid kit? Its uses are endless- chapped lips, monkey butt, cuts, bug bites, sun burn, blistered feet, etc.

http://www.bagbalm.com/

Re: Bag Balm

Posted: Tue Dec 15, 2015 5:21 pm
by sarge
I don't, but I remember my Dad did.

It's that Old School----

Re: Bag Balm

Posted: Tue Dec 15, 2015 5:57 pm
by bobamos
I have never used it but do recall hearing about it from older family members. Here is one for you though. If you have a bug bite that itches, take a spoon and warm it, either in water or fire from a candle or match. Apply the warmed, not real hot, backside of the spoon to the itching bite and hold it there. Repeat if needed. You must get it as hot as you can comfortably stand. The swelling will subside and itching will stop. I have been doing this for a few years now and it works every time. I kid you not!

Re: Bag Balm

Posted: Wed Dec 16, 2015 7:59 am
by HammockMama
Hmm, non-toxic, no chemicals, interesting, AND can be tried at home. Of course, for those who carry plastic spoons, this tip is null and void. I may have to carry more fuel than my usual half-Esbit per day in summer.

Re: Bag Balm

Posted: Wed Dec 16, 2015 8:11 am
by DuxDawg
Been using bag Balm for many years. As for the hot spoon treatment, interesting. Wonder if the reactive compounds are sensitive to relatively low heat or if the heat causing increased blood flow accelerates the reaction? Sometimes the simplest things work amazingly well.

Re: Bag Balm

Posted: Wed Dec 16, 2015 8:48 am
by rhjanes
Another amazing product is Aquaphor. You can get the Wally*World version also. Name brand stuff is expensive. But you can get a small tube also. My wife and I suffer from split skin on our hands in the dry winters. We used to try Vaseline on the splits a few times a day, usually just keeping up with the splits and not getting them worse. I decided to try Aquaphor. ONE overnight and my hands were like 100 times better. I've read a few hiker journals where they were dealing with wet skin issues on their feet after a week of rain. They started rubbing some Aquaphor (or Bag Balm) on their feet, pulling on their sleeping socks and by morning their feet were much improved.

I tried to find "where to find" Bag Balm from their web site. Doesn't seem to work. But they mention CVS. Anyone know if every CVS stocks it? I'd like to try it.

Last place I knew had it, was our local 100 year old feed store.....which closed a few years back.

Re: Bag Balm

Posted: Wed Dec 16, 2015 8:01 pm
by HammockMama
Quite a few years ago, I picked up some bag balm at WalMart. It doesn't show now except as an on-line order there. I found it on Amazon.com and eBay.com just now. If you don't have a large Amazon order now, eBay may be the cheapest option.

Meanwhile, I'm experimenting with homemade options with a coconut oil base. Coconut and some other "healthy" oils, such as castor oil, are naturally anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, etc. Adding tea tree works even better. I'm shooting for a home made balm that will work on anything from chapped lips to cracked feet, even hair, in a pinch. There are "recipes" on line for lotion bars that could be easy to carry. It could be a real bonus to develop something that would work for face to foot care and be a single solid product. Drop into one plastic bag for light and easy, no-mess, no-spill carrying.

Re: Bag Balm

Posted: Wed Dec 16, 2015 9:53 pm
by bobamos
Well a plastic spoon certainly would be a disaster.. But any metal heated would do. Like a knife tip or multi tool. From what I recall it is the protein that is killed off from the heat. That is what makes the itch. Now remember that I said it is as I recall. Some times I can't recall my name.. But I know the hot metal against the bite works great.... Instant relief.

Re: Bag Balm

Posted: Fri Dec 18, 2015 8:09 pm
by Mophead
rhjanes wrote:Another amazing product is Aquaphor. You can get the Wally*World version also. Name brand stuff is expensive. But you can get a small tube also. My wife and I suffer from split skin on our hands in the dry winters. We used to try Vaseline on the splits a few times a day, usually just keeping up with the splits and not getting them worse. I decided to try Aquaphor. ONE overnight and my hands were like 100 times better. I've read a few hiker journals where they were dealing with wet skin issues on their feet after a week of rain. They started rubbing some Aquaphor (or Bag Balm) on their feet, pulling on their sleeping socks and by morning their feet were much improved.

I tried to find "where to find" Bag Balm from their web site. Doesn't seem to work. But they mention CVS. Anyone know if every CVS stocks it? I'd like to try it.

Last place I knew had it, was our local 100 year old feed store.....which closed a few years back.
Once I took brand new shoes hiking and put in about 20 mi in a day and got terrible blisters. The next day it rained all morning and my feet were wet and killing me. The bag balm really saved the day that trip.

Looks like the aquaphor has lanolin in it like bag balm. That stuff is magic or something. Do you know if the aquaphor has an antiseptic or antibiotic in it like bag balm? Might try it out.

Re: Bag Balm

Posted: Fri Dec 18, 2015 9:41 pm
by rhjanes
My tub doesn't list any antiseptic/biotic.

Re: Bag Balm

Posted: Sat Dec 19, 2015 6:03 am
by HammockMama
From Wikipedia and verified on LiveStrong:

The active ingredients of Bag Balm are 8-hydroxyquinoline sulfate 0.3% (antiseptic) in a petroleum jelly USP and lanolin base.[2]

In the past, Bag Balm has been documented as containing 0.005% mercury "from ethylated sterols".[3][4] Mercury was once used in many products as an effective antiseptic,[4] although much less commonly today, now that the toxic effects of mercury and its compounds are more widely understood. Mercury is no longer listed as an ingredient in Bag Balm.

Re: Bag Balm

Posted: Mon Apr 18, 2016 8:11 pm
by Fastmatt
rhjanes wrote:Another amazing product is Aquaphor. You can get the Wally*World version also. Name brand stuff is expensive. But you can get a small tube also. My wife and I suffer from split skin on our hands in the dry winters. We used to try Vaseline on the splits a few times a day, usually just keeping up with the splits and not getting them worse. I decided to try Aquaphor. ONE overnight and my hands were like 100 times better. I've read a few hiker journals where they were dealing with wet skin issues on their feet after a week of rain. They started rubbing some Aquaphor (or Bag Balm) on their feet, pulling on their sleeping socks and by morning their feet were much improved.

I tried to find "where to find" Bag Balm from their web site. Doesn't seem to work. But they mention CVS. Anyone know if every CVS stocks it? I'd like to try it.

Last place I knew had it, was our local 100 year old feed store.....which closed a few years back.
X2 on the aquaphor I don't go to the gym , the trail , or basically anywhere without it. I have tubes all over the place. If hiking long distance I tend to get chaff in my nether region this stuff seems to straighten that out overnight. Now I pre applicate and don't have any issue. I just got bag balm at tractor supply. TSC. My buddy puts blue coat on his hounds paws during rabbit season says it works wonders. It's for paw pads and hooves but I'd bet it works on human skin also. I'll be the Guinea pig this season and try it.

Re: Bag Balm

Posted: Tue Sep 20, 2016 11:15 am
by NEMO Hiker
Bag Balm can be picked up at most farm stores, it was used after milking. As far as chaffing goes, a doctor said to use antiperspirant in the area of concern. It works for me :)