Bag Balms were created to treat ‘cake bags’ or udder edema (post-milking irritation in a cow) in the late 1800s. Formulated with a petroleum base, antiseptic 8-hydroxyquinoline, and lanolin, Vermont Bag Balm has a history of use for healing. Alternatively, this product has found its way into the homes of humans, being sold in drugstores, ski resorts, needlework stores, and others to treat chapped, irritated skin, or simply as an ointment or lubricant.
For decades, its usage was restricted to animal and pet care. During world war II, soldiers were believed to use it to protect their weapons from rust, and for the military animal cadre. Things began to change when farmers’ wives began to notice a newly found softness in the hands of their husbands after using this ointment. They began to use the product for themselves.
What makes it so useful is how easy it is to find it. Be it a big, metropolitan city, or a river valley of the suburbs; the popular green-tinned Vermont Bag Balms can be seen everywhere. Many people hesitate from buying the product, given its traditional and historical application, but those who understand its makeup and application, have adapted it to more than one use.
Its uses are so varied that no list can cover them completely. Here are some of the common uses where it is vastly applied:
- Post-tattoo care
- Burns, sunburns, and heat boils
- Rashes, zits, and any other skin irritations
- Skin issues (chapped skin, irritation, dryness, etc.)
- Skin wounds, cuts, scrapes, scars, etc.
- Pruned trees and vegetation
- Polishing gel, cleaner, refresher
- Hardware care (prevent rust and damage)
- Squeaky furniture
- Radiation damage and burns
- Sports activities
- Insect bites
Before using the product, it is advised to check for emollient allergies. Also, it should not be used in case of infections, deep cuts, swelling, bleeding wounds, and allergies, or if you are pregnant or suffering from a medical condition. The Vermont Bag Balm is for external use only and should be kept away from eyes, nose, mouth, and other open body parts.