C. G. Griswolds Salve
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principle ingredients: Olive oil, rosin and oleate of lead.  my family used it on severe infections that seemed not to be affected by antibiotics. my question is; what is an oleate?  I would have understood if it was PbO3 or some chemical form like that.  anyone??

i like the fourth link down.
Clark Griswold? can you buy it at wallyworld
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> I was born in Conn in the 40's and my mother used a stick, called
> Griswold Salve, to open and draw out.  She used it on a sliver,
> melting some on a bandaid and placing on the entry site.  The salve
> opened and drew out the sliver.  It came in a paper wrapper, the size
> of a regular tootsie roll, same color too, I think.  Does this still
> exist and how can i get some??  I had a piece of it untill 1998 or so.
>  Thanx,
> Lynne     

Hello Lynne,

Griswold's Salve was made & distributed by the Sisson Drug Co. of Hartford, CT until 1955. It was taken off the market because it contained oleate of lead, which has a potential for toxicity.

There is an article here:
Griswold Salve

This article seems to say that the formula for the salve was at one time on the Internet. However, it has apparently been removed.


I saw a request for Griswold Salve recipe on your web site. I thought you might
like the story behind it. My Grandfather was Oberly Griswold who made Griswold
Salve (we called it Smith salve). The salve inventor was a German veternarian,
and he treated a daughter of a wealthy family who had a sore which would not heal.
The beauty of the salve was it drew poisons from the inside out. The daughter's
father was so impressed, he traded 6 matching carriage horses for the recipe.
My aunt said my Gandfather was a foster son of the Smith family before going into
the army (WWI), and they gave him a copy of the recipe. After WW I he made batches
of the recipe for people (including the Smith's children) in the Newton, KN area.
Another story is one day my grandpa met a farmer who was going to have his arm
amputated the next day due to an infection. My grandpa gave him a quart of the
salve, the farmer used it, and the arm was saved. The man's doctor came to my
grandfather for quarts of the salve after that. Grandpa finally had to stop
making it, because he couldn't obtain the ingrediants. The recipe called for
poke root, indian turnip, etc. People used the salve to draw infections out of
wounds. The recipe my grandfather used was brown as tootsie roll, but the consistancy
of petroleum jelly. My parents have my grandfather's mortor and pestles and scales he used to make the
salve. I think I was a little girl when Grandpa made the last batch.
I was showing my aunt how to use google when she suggested googling griswold salve,
which is how we found your web site.

Steve Hall:
Sometimes this forum even surprises me.
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