Buckley’s Medicine

Buckley's medicineBuckley’s is a cough medicine made in Canada famous for its strong, overpowering taste: imagine alcoholic sap from a pine tree mixed with menthol and a hint of lemon (although it contains no alcohol). Their slogan suggests that its effect is psychosomatic: it has to work because it tastes so bad. Its non-medical ingredients:

Canada Balsam, Carrageenan, Glycerin, Pine Needle Oil, Sodium Butylparaben, Sodium Cyclamate, Sodium Propylparaben, Tincture of Capsicum and Water.


I like its taste for the same reason I like hot, dijon mustard in some masochistic way. Plus it makes my daughter laugh seeing me try to swallow it. Buckley’s picture gallery of customers is amusing.

I’ve had a cold for almost two weeks now, taking this and other concoctions to stifle my running nose and cough. Yesterday, a new ailment hit me: a tender spot on my left side, near the bottom of my ribcage made its self known. Touching it hurts, but there’s no bruise or obvious damage there. What the hell do I have now? What organs are located in that area?

3 Replies to “Buckley’s Medicine”

  1. I’ve never had buckley’s but I’ve started to like the taste of benylin. I’ve been getting a cough every couple of months, just like when I was a kid (I thought I outgrew it), so I drink this liquid shit all the time now. It grows on ya!

  2. Oh… I remember the ads from childhood, and being forced to drink Buckleys as a child. I still buy it, and I agree with you about the taste, but it’s a toss up as far as I concerned as to whether it works or not. I think the liver is in that spot? I may wrong… I know little about the internal organs, but I do believe it’s somewhere near the lungs under the rib cage. Hope you feel better soon… Blessings and Good Things, Big Mami.

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