Samaritan Water

Christ and the Samaritan Woman

The proprietor of this remedy, Thomas Greenough, was better known for his other preparation, the Lozenges of Tolu, which were for coughs and colds. The Samaritan Water, patented in 1779, was not widely advertised, but the lozenges continued to be sold by Greenough's successor at Ludgate Hill, R. Hayward, during the first half of the 19th century.

Greenough's other remedies included the Tincture for the Tooth-Ach, Tincture for the Teeth and Scurvy, and the Volatile Salt of Vinegar, which supposedly prevented the plague and smallpox. (Image: Christ and the Samaritan Woman, Anon, 18th century)  

                           By the KING'S PATENT.            THE UNIVERSAL BALSAMICK, CALLED                             SAMARITAN WATER. THIS admirable Water merits, in  the  greatest  degree, the  attention  of the  public,  being   the   best   remedy yet discovered for almost every  outward  or  local  com- plaint, and more particularly for  the  following: viz.     1. For Strains,  Bruises,  and  Injuries  from  Blows  or Falls.     2. For fresh wounds of every kind.     3.   For  old  Sores  and Ulcers, even of the very worst Nature.     4.   For   inflammatory  Tumours,  Boils,  Whitlows, &c.     5.   For  the  Erysipelas,  or  St.  Anthony's   Fire,   the Shingles, Tetters, and all sharp scorbutic Eruptions,  es pecially for that commonly obstinate complaint, a Scald- head.     6.  For  hard  Swellings  in  the  Breasts,  whether  pro ceeding  from  Blows,  coagulated  Milk,   or   any   other cause.     7. For preventing Cancers; or,  if  already  formed,  for stopping their further progress, and easing the pain.     8. For White Swellings on the  Joints,  swelled  Glands, and all disorders of a scrophulous nature.     9. For Weakness or Soreness of the Eyes, Specks up- on the Cornea,  Heat  and  Inflammation  of  the  Eye-lids, &c. In all the above cases, and in many others, it is the safest and most certain application that  can  be  made  use  of, never failing to give relief, performing  Cures  in  half  the time  commonly  required,  and  even  where every other means have been tried in vain. And will  be  found,  upon trial, to be in reality, and Universal  Balsamick  and  Infal- lible Remedy for almost all external complaints. Sold by appointment of the  Patentee,  T.  GREENOUGH, Chemist,  at   NO.   10,   Ludgate-Hill,   London;   and   by HUSBAND,  ELDER  and  CO.  facing  the  Tron-Church, Edinburgh. Price 2s. 6d. each Bottle. N.B. A more particular account  of   the   nature   and   ef- fects of the Samaritan Water may be had GRATIS at the above places.


Source: The Edinburgh Advertiser, Tuesday 1 April 1783

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