Antiseptic Lozenges

Lozenges containing antiseptic, anti-microbial and/or anti-viral substances have been on the market for a long time. One version of Strepsils contains both amyl meta cresol and 2,4-dichlorobenzyl alcohol. TCP Sore Throat Lozenges contain hexylresorcinol. An older box of Sucrets containing hexylresorcinol and a newer one which doesn't contain hexylresorcinol is shown below. I bought the Strepsils and TCP lozenges recently from a UK pharmacy through Ebay. More recently, I found some Strepsils being sold by someone in New York on Ebay. Before buying Strepsils make sure they contain the antimicrobial compounds that you want. The formula varies.




Boots Pure Drug Co. patent on 2,4-Dichlorobenzyl Alcohol

Hexyl Resorcinol
V. Leonard
J. Urology 1924 pages 585-610
(see page 590 for phenol coefficients of various alkyl resorcinols)

Results Obtained with Aerosols in the Monkey House of the Royal Zoological Society of Ireland, Dublin (1949-1953)
By John McGrath

Aerial Disinfection with Hexyl Resorcinol in a Monkey House
IJMS 1963 pp. 99-103
By P. N. Meenan

Alkyl resorcinols, such as hexyl resorcinol show bacteriostatic action, see page 16 in the following article:
Resorcinolic Lipids, the Natural Non-isoprenoid Phenolic Amphiphiles and Their Biological Activity
Arkadiusz Kozubek
Chemical Reviews
Volume 99, Number 1 January 1999

Dr. Ewing's formula contains Resorcin (aka resorcinol), Eucalyptol (from eucalytus), Ol. Pin. Sylvest. (oil of Pinus sylvestris or Scots Pine) and menthol (case 1), or carbolic acid (phenol), oil of cassia, oil of wintergreen and menthol (case 2). He claims success in treating tuberculosis, post nasal catarrh and chronic laryngitis using these formulas with the Underwood Inspirator.
Medical Review 1897 p 162

A good example of antibiosis
Bacterio-Therapy, Cantani
The Weekly Medical Review page 161 1885
Could readily available probiotics, such as L. acidophilus or L. reuteri work in place of Bacterium termo?

Clinical Improvement of Active Tuberculosis Patients with Complex Treatment and Nutritional Supplementation
L.V. Turchenko, E.O. Voloshchuk, V. Ivanov, T. Kalinovsky, A. Niedzwiecki and M. Rath
The Open Natural Products Journal, 2008, 1, 20-26


link to complete article (discusses H1N1 in addition to other flu strains)


ST37 contains 0.1% hexylresorcinol. Its used as an antiseptic and oral pain reliever.

more pictures
Old ST37 ad
Recent ST37 Box bought from a New York pharmacy through

circa 1925: Patients in the inhalation room at a tuberculosis clinic at Friedrichstadt.

circa 1930: Patients at a hospital in Germany inhaling powdered medicines such as menthol and eucalyptus to heal respiratory diseases.

US patent 7048953 (view or download pdf)

Sinus infections

For almost two decades sinus infections (often infecting the lungs later) have been going around in my area and I've been trying to find OTC (non-prescription) treatments for it. Back in 1996, my father got a sinus infection and went to the doctor who told him that it was a bacterial infection (probably streptococcus, micrococcus or similar bacteria) and gave my father a prescription for antibiotics (Ampicillin or Amoxicillin, I can't remember which one) and asked the doctor if he could have a couple extra for me since I had the sinus infection at the time, too. That's when I discovered it was a bacterial infection.I found that salt water sprayed into my nose using a wash bottle helps. Breathing the vapors from peppermint leaves isn't too effective. Breathing the vapors from clove oil helps to some extent. Menthol, camphor and eucalyptus (such as Vicks inhalors/Vaporub) help a little bit and antibiotics are very effective, but I need a prescription to get them and my stash is getting low. I found an old bottle of Dristan (containing antimicrobial quaternary ammonium salts) that was effective, but I don't think they sell those anymore. More recently, I tried breathing the vapors from an old bottle of Lysol and found that it can cure the sinus infection in a couple days. It contains orthohydroxydiphenyl (aka ortho-phenylphenol) and xylenols which appear to be the disinfectants. I don't think they sell Lysol with these chemicals in it anymore. Its the most effective thing I've found next to taking oral antibiotics, which I don't like to do since I have to go to the doctor, get a prescription and risk getting an upset stomach and diarrhea as well as having a weakened digestive system for a while after taking antibiotics. On the back of the Lysol bottle there's directions for using it as an external antiseptic.
Click links to see bottle Lysol-front.jpg Lysol-back.jpg

A lot of people thought it was a strange idea to inhale the vapors from a Lysol bottle and also, I decided to see if I could find something related that was developed for use in treating throat, sinus and lung infections. I heard of hexylresorcinol and searched the internet for that. The throat lozenges discussed above are some of the results I found. I recently got the sinus infection again (January 2014) giving me the oppurtunity to try out the TCP and Strepsils lozenges and found that they both are very effective in reducing the symptoms and shortening the duration of the infection. Compared to other lozenges I tried before, not containing the germacides discussed above, such as Halls Mentho-lyptus, Ricola, etc., I found that the TCP and Strepsils to be far superior.
Note: ortho-phenylphenol, xylenols, resorcinol, hexylresorcinol and amylmetacresol are all phenolic type compounds with anti-microbial properties.

Lugol's Solution

After reading the directions on my Lugol's Solution bottle about use as an iodine supplemnt, I decided to try adding 3-4 drops to an ounce of salt water and using it as a nasal lavage when I had a sinus infection. Its highly effective. Iodine has been used as an antiseptic for decades. Lugol's Solution should be diluted enough when used in this way. Don't use full stregth.

Google "Lugol's sinus" and you can see a lot of people have thought of this already.