Pickles Snowfire Ointment stick – a tube of this sits in waiting at the back of my bathroom cabinet. Sure as eggs are eggs before the winter months are out the Other Half comes in from working on his allotment and asks if we have got any Snowfire ointment. The cold wet weather plays havoc with his hands, hard skin forms, it builds up in layers and eventually it starts to crack. As it cracks it gets sore and very uncomfortable and that is when it is time to dig out the Snowfire ointment.
I have no idea how long Pickles have been manufacturing their Snowfire ointment but we seem to have been buying it for years and I can clearly remember my Grandfather using it when he was gardening too. The Snowfire ointment comes in a thick yellow push up tube, an 18.5g tube will cost you around £2.50 ( just over $4 ) and most good chemists still stock it, if you can’t find it in the chemist then look in the health food store or order it from the Internet.
For anyone who has never seen the Snowfire ointment it resembles a stick deodorant, the stick is an unattractive shade of green and it has a rather weird and indescribable old fashioned smell. Pickles recommend it for healing chapped skin and say that it also helps sooth painful chilblains ( Neither of us suffer from chilblains so I can’t comment on that front ). Snowfire is for external use only, it contains thyme oil, clove oil, cade oil, lemon thyme oil, citronella, benzoin, hard paraffin, soft yellow paraffin, snowfire perfume and chlorophyll.
There are two ways of applying the ointment, you can apply it using the stick to skin method or you can put the ointment onto a piece of soft lint and then put the lint over the chap and then place a bandage over the top. If you wash the area thoroughly and put the Snowfire ointment on overnight it is amazing how well it works in just those few hours. But if the Other Half wants to get back to tending his soil then we need to revert to Plan B, put the ointment on the lint, cover it with a bandage and then he wears a gardening glove over the top to keep it clean.
Anyone who has ever suffered from sore chapped hands will welcome Pickles Snowfire ointment with open arms, although some may well class it as an old fashioned way of dealing with the problem it is a way that works. It is better to store the Snowfire stick in a reasonably warm place because it makes the ointment easier to apply, it doesn’t make it smell any better though ! You can reapply the ointment as needed, I know that if the skin chap is deep sometimes the ointment will nip as you apply it but that feeling soon wears off.
The natural oils in the ointment have great healing powers and there is no doubt that the chaps will start to heal within a couple of days.
Any persistent skin problem should be looked at by a Doctor and as with all medicines make sure the Snowfire stick is stored well out of the reach of children.
To sum up Pickles Snowfire ointment is one of those good old fashioned remedies that has been on the market for years.