friar's balsam


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friar's balsam

n
(Pharmacology) a compound containing benzoin, mixed with hot water, and used as an inhalant to relieve colds and sore throats
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He refused, although he called witness's attention to the fact that the bandages were soaked in Friar's balsam.
Ayrshire was lucky to win the first two colts' Classics in 1888, as he was clearly inferior to Friar's Balsam.
To alleviate symptoms, ask your chemist to make up a preparation of Friar's Balsam and a weak solution of iodine.
To try this treatment, fill a bowl with boiling water and add menthol, eucalyptus, olbas oil or friar's balsam - pop a towel over your head and breathe in deeply through your nose for 10-15 minutes, three times a day.