Zam-Buk Antiseptic Ointment


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Zam-Buk Antiseptic Ointment is a handy home remedy for cuts, sores, bruises, sprains, burns, chilblains and insect bites. Famously endorsed by the great Harry Houdini, who used it to soothe his wrists after escapology feats.


First appearing on chemist’s shelves in 1903, before antibiotics, Zam-Buk Antiseptic Ointment was an important first aid medicine for preventing infection from cuts and abrasions, which otherwise might result in death. By the middle of the 20th century, with the invention of penicillin and other antibiotics, Zam-Buk Antiseptic Ointment had disappeared from our medicine cupboards.

Formulated with Eucalyptus, Pine and Thyme Oil, the addition of Beeswax brings anti-inflammatory properties to this household and handbag essential.

Zambuk Ointment Key Benefits:

  • Relief of pain and itching associated with minor wounds, burns, & sunburn
  • Relief of muscular cramps and rheumatic pain
  • Improves blood circulation in microvessels

How to use: Take a small amount of Zam-Buk Antiseptic Ointment on your finger and apply it on the affected area on the skin.


For external use only. Avoid direct contact with the eyes. If discomfort occurs, rinse with warm water. Not suitable for use during pregnancy or whilst breastfeeding. Not suitable for epileptics or in chronic lung conditions.  Contains camphor. Harmful if swallowed. Avoid direct contact with mucous membranes, genitals, nose and mouth. Do not use on children under 2 years of age.


Petrolatum, Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Oil, Cera Alba(Beeswax/Cire D’Abeille), Pinus Sylvestris(Pine) oil, Camphor, Thymus Vulgaris(Thyme) Oil, Limonene, Linalool, CI 75810 (Chlorophyll).


What is Zam-Buk Ointment used for?
Zam-Buk Ointment contains active ingredients such as eucalyptus oil and camphor, that provides effective relief of pain and itch associated with minor wounds, burns, scalds, chapped hands, mosquitoes and insect bites.

How does eucalyptus oil and camphor relieve pain, or itchy skin?
Eucalyptus oil and camphor, the active ingredients in Zam-Buk Ointment, contain anti-inflammatory properties which can help to relieve pain, and the itchiness associated with minor wounds, burns, scalds, chapped hands, and mosquito and insect bites

Can I use Zam-Buk Ointment on all parts of my body, including my face?
Zam-Buk Ointment is suitable for use on affected areas on various parts of the body. However, your should avoid contact with eyes and nostrils of children. Individual responses may vary. If you have any doubts, please consult your doctor or pharmacist before using.

How often can I use Zam-Buk Antiseptic Ointment?
Zam-Buk Ointment is generally safe for use and can be applied to affected areas of your skin as often as required. If symptoms persist or worsen after application, please seek consultation with a doctor immediately.

Can Zam-Buk Ointment be used as a mosquito repellent?
Zam-Buk Ointment is use to relieve the itchiness caused by insect bites and is not intended for use as a mosquito repellent.

How to store Zam-Buk Ointment after opening?
Zam-Buk Ointment should be stored away from heat in its original packaging after opening. Keep out of reach of children.


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