Friar's Balsam is an antiseptic and expectorant, also known as Tincture of benzoin. It is thought to have been in use for 600 years. Blended from the liquid extracts of plants, some of its ingredients include Aloe leaf, Myrrh tears and Angelica root, along with the resin of both benzoin and storax. Useful for cuts and minor abrasions, it should be applied to clean skin and then covered with gauze; it may sting a little at first. To ease a cough, up to 30 drops should be mixed with water, and perhaps a little honey, and taken two or three times a day.