A Few Words of Wisdom

Family Medicine Chest

Here is a list of useful medicines and dressings with a description of their uses. All are quite cheap and are worth stocking at home in readiness for minor illnesses. Keep them in a box or cupboard with a lock, or store them well out of reach of children.


3" Wide Crepe Bandage

To keep dressings in place. To support sprained or bruised joints

Antihistamine Cream

For bites and stings.

Antiseptic Cream

For treating septic spots, sores in the nose and grazes.

Antiseptic Solution

One teaspoon diluted in warm water for cleaning cuts and grazes.

Calamine Lotion

For dabbing (not rubbing) on insect bites, stings and sunburn.

Cotton Wool

For cleaning cuts and grazes

Cough Linctus

For dry or painful coughs, but not coughs caused by common colds.

Dressing Strips

For minor cuts.

Menthol Crystals

Add to hot water to make steam inhalations for treating catarrh and dry or painful coughs.

Paracetamol Mixture

For relief of pain or fever in young children.

Paracetamol Tablets

For adults and older children over 12. Good for headaches, colds, sore throats and painful bruises.


For fever.


For removing splinters

Vapour Rub

Again for steam inhalations. Also useful for children with stuffy noses or dry coughs. Rub on the chest and nose.

Remember we can always give you advice about medicine.