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Alkalol is an alkaline saline solution that includes a mix of menthol, camphor, eucalyptol, thymol, and oils of wintergreen, spearmint, pine, and cinnamon. First formulated by James P. Whitters in 1896 in a small laboratory above the A.J. Barker pharmacy in Taunton, Massachusetts, Alkalol is one of the oldest over-the-counter pharmaceutical products sold in the United States.

Alkalol, formulated with natural ingredients to be soothing and refreshing at a time when many similar products contained high levels of alcohol, which can dry out and damage delicate sinus and throat tissue, is a versatile product with a variety of uses. It is primarily used as a nasal wash and mucus solvent to provide relief from sinus infections, allergies, colds, nasal congestion, post-nasal drip, rhinitis, and respiratory problems caused by dust, pollen, mold, pollution, and other irritants. Alkalol is also regularly used as an oral rinse and throat gargle to break up mucus, and provide relief from sore and dry throats, laryngitis, tonsillitis, tonsilloliths[1], mouth sores, and throat irritation caused by allergies and post-nasal drip.


  1. ^ The Medical Consumer's Advocate - Tonsilloliths. Douglas Hoffman. Retrieved on 2007-09-26.

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