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Bag Balm Benefits

author image Linda Tarr Kent
Linda Tarr Kent is a reporter and editor with more than 20 years experience at Gannett Company Inc., The McClatchy Company, Sound Publishing Inc., Mach Publishing, MomFit The Movement and other companies. Her area of expertise is health and fitness. She is a Bosu fitness and stand-up paddle surfing instructor. Kent holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Washington State University.
Bag Balm Benefits
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Bag Balm is a veterinary formulation that’s crossed over to become popular among people, with everyone from elite athletes to kids with skinned knees using the ointment. It’s even useful if you have a skin condition such as eczema. The ointment contains lanolin and the antiseptic 8-hydroxyquinoline sulfate, and does not contain alcohol. Check with your doctor before treating skin with this ointment. Do not use it on deep or puncture wounds, and quit using it if you develop an adverse reaction like a rash or irritation.

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Soothe Abrasions

You can use Bag Balm to soothe abrasions, such as saddle sores you get while bicycling, according to "Bicycling" magazine. It’s also good on a child’s skinned knee because it protects the scab and keeps it moist. The balm speeds healing thanks to the antiseptic it contains, say Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon in “The People’s Pharmacy Guide to Home and Herbal Remedies.” It will also provide pain relief. Check with your clothing manufacturer before using it under gear or outfits because the ointment can break down certain materials. Also ensure you are using a clean and uncontaminated tin of the ointment.

Treat Dry Skin

Heal your dry skin and chapped lips with Bag Balm. The lanolin in the formulation provides a moisture barrier, similar to petroleum jelly. For lips, use Bag Balm overnight. If you are working on dry, chapped feet, soak them for 10 minutes before applying Bag Balm. Wear cotton socks and leave it on overnight.

Eczema and Other Skin Conditions

Bag Balm will speed eczema healing, says Joey Green in “Joey Green’s Incredible Country Store.” Bag Balm protects your skin from irritants as it heals, making it helpful for other skin conditions such as psoriasis. Bag Balm can also be used around stomas, which are surgically created openings of the urinary tract or bowel.

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