Kloss Liniment

Kloss liniment was invented by the herbalist Jethro Kloss.  It’s good for a host of things.  I am currently brewing up a batch for a friend using Rosemary Gladstone’s revised recipe.

Kloss liniment contains the following ingredients:


goldenseal (I used chaparral instead as it is not endangered and works just as well)



rubbing alcohol


So, how do you use it?  Americans don’t really use “liniment” much anymore.  Kloss liniment is especially good for sore muscles and other aches and pains and a great disinfectant. For use as a disinfectant, just pour the liniment over the affected area or use cotton balls or cloth to swab the area.

For sore muscles and other aches, dip a cotton cloth in the liniment and wring out so it’s not drippy. Wrap the cloth around the affected area.  Then, cover the cloth with plastic wrap to keep it from dripping on clothes and also to hold the moisture against the area without allowing it to evaporate too quickly.  If you want, you can wrap an ace bandage around that to really hold everything in place, especially if you wish to sleep with the liniment in place.  Once the cloth has dried out or in the morning if you use it overnight, remove everything and wipe off the area with clean water and pat dry.

Athletes can especially benefit from this including weekend warriors.  But, anyone with sore muscles or arthritic joints can also benefit.

If you decide to mix up a batch, remember to label your bottle “Not For Internal Use”.  This is especially important if, like me, you have a lot of tinctures and such lying around which are normally taken internally.  It’s really not a good idea to ingest rubbing alcohol.


Hope you’re having a great week!

p.s.  This was tax week for me so I’m a little behind on my posting for the week.  But, the taxes are done and filed woohoo!



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