Holland's Balsam of Spruce

Holland's Balsam of Spruce is in the tradition of other tree resin remedies, such as Solomon's Balm of Gilead and the Balsam of Mecca. Given that nearly 170 years later, a cure for the common cold remains as elusive as ever, this medicine would have been worth a punt - if nothing else, it was probably alcohol-based. The image of the coughing gentleman was part of the advertisement.  

Holland's Balsam of SpruceHOLLAND'S BAL- SAM of SPRUCE, the newly discovered remedy for COUGHS, COLDS, INFLUEN- ZA, INCIPIENT ASTHMA, and CONSUMPTION. Medical Science is daily pro- ducing new wonders, and among the discoveries which take place none are more de- serving of public approbation, than a remedy for those com- plaints which in this variable climate, are so productive of fatal consequences to the comfort and lives of the public as Coughs and Colds. This Extraordinary Remedy relieves the most distressing symptoms in a few hours, and a little perseverance in its use will, in every case, effect a permanent Cure. Coughs and Colds, accompanied by a difficulty of breathing, soreness and rawness of the chest, impeded expectoration, sore throat, and feverish symptoms, will be quickly subdued, while its use will assuredly prevent consumption from this prolific cause. HOLLAND'S BALSAM of SPRUCE gives immediate ease in all Asthmatic cases, and particularly in Hoarseness, Wheez ings and Obstructions of the Chest ; while those who have laboured for years under the misery of a confirmed Asthma, have been enabled by its use to enjoy the blessings of life, and to pursue their avocations with a degree of ease and comfort they had been strangers to for years. Prepared by Charles Holland, and sold by his agent, T. Prout, 229, Strand, London ; and by most Medicine Venders in the Kingdom.

Source: The Odd Fellow (London) Saturday 30th January 1841