Canadian Healing Oil, good for man or beast


Yesterday I was running with a couple friends early in the morning, before the sun rose. We were running down a main road rutted with potholes and other obstacles. And I fell victim to it. The road lick me, as a Jamaican might say. I stumbled in a sizeable hole right up against the sidewalk but did not fall. Nothing hurt at the time, but a bit later in the day, my left ankle began to protest. It swelled up and I could barely walk.

Mrs. Denton, our office manager, suggested a “country” remedy: Canadian Healing Oil, custard apple leaves and marl. A nurse friend of mine also suggested this oil, so I thought I might supplement my usual regime of ice and elevation with this mysterious product.

I tried to get the latter two ingredients, but only managed to locate the CHO. I had seen it in the pharmacy several times and wondered ‘what about it makes it Canadian?’ and ‘what is it for?’ Well, now I know. It is a liniment that heals apparently most common ailments. The two main ingredients are turpentine oil and birch oil, curiously. And it is made in Guyana, so I still don’t know what the Canadian link is. All I could find on it was this article. I opened the small bottle at home and was immediately struck by the smell (like a campfire) and the colour (dark brown).

And I can report that it works! Or maybe the effect was psychosomatic, or the ice did the trick. In any case, I am now back to normal and ready to run (and probably fall) again. Enjoy your day!

10 thoughts on “Canadian Healing Oil, good for man or beast

  1. As a West Indian child growing up our parents use to give us this if I’m not mistaken . They’d take a spoon with sugar on it and put some of it on the spoon when we’d be sick with a cold if I remember correctly. Don’t try this if your not sure. All eight of us children grew up very healthy wise and strong. Thanks be to God above. And maybe someone from Canada was the one who made, Canadian Healing Oil.

  2. Growing up In the Caribbean CHO was literal staple in every home, but not only for external use but our parents used to give it to us to get rid of cold in the body.
    We would be given about two drops in a teaspoon of sugar and we had to hold it on our mouth until the sugar melted before swallowing. Soon after, all the difficult cold on the chest would be expelled.
    I recently bought a bottle and when I read the ingredients I was awed that we ever consumed something like that, maybe back then it contained the seal oil which was responsible for dislodging the cold.
    I would not try it now.

  3. As a child growing up in Jamaica, this IS one if the remedies thay my grandmother always kept handy. I personally never realized the great benefits of this tool until I took a fall playing sword fight on and slick floor with a five year old. The floor won and I was left with a swollen ankle for over a month. Relief came after using the Canadian healing oil. Am still amazed at how quickly the swelling and just disappeared!

  4. THANKS FOR THE INFORMATION ON CANADIAN HEALING OIL. IT WAS RECOMMENDED TO ME, MY KNEE HURTS A LOT, ESPECIALLY AT NIGHTS AND WHEN I SIT FOR AWHILE AND TRY TO STAND UP. I AM TRYING TO FIND THE OIL IN CANADA AND TO DATE NO LUCK. WOULD YOU KNOW WHERE IN CANADA?

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