Hi my name is Wendy I would like to thank zumbak I got burnt but within a week the wound was closed
Carrier Oil in Zambuk
I am wondering what is the carrier oil in Zam-Buk, can not use some carrier oils. Thank you in advance.
I was also wondering about this, so googled it. Apparently it depends upon where it was manufactured. Some list only camphor and eucalpytus in active ingredients, some list in addition to those, thyme and sassafras. In still another ingredient list, sassafras was replaced with colophony. I only found a few ingredient lists that named the carrier, and some had paraffin, and others named paraffin and petrolatum. Not sure why it isn't listed on the package as I do try to avoid paraffin and petrolatum products.
I'm also using zam buk for all the years. Is the best also for cracking heels. I rub my feet with zam bok en wear socks the best over night.
A PHARMACIST at Clicks Vredenburg recommended Zam-Buk when I could not find an ointment (thrombo fobo jel) I was using for my itching burning, swelling hands every winter season.
I immediately bought it and I never looked back, it helped me a lot, and I am also using it for my dry feet.
Lived in SA. My dad used to have Zam-Buk at hand throughout his lifetime. It seemed to be his A-Z ailment ointment. Brings back very positive memories.
How Extraordinary !! I have recollections of this being a common salve in the medicine chest aeons ago, during the course of my youth - I had forgotten all about it. Can't remember exactly what I found it useful for but recall it was an excellent remedy in the medicine chest, will now check it out again. Many thanks, Pamela
As a child in Canada, my mom always had Zam-Buk ointment in the cupboard for cuts, scrapes and bites. I loved the smell of it and it healed and relieved the pain and itch fast. I used it on my children as well. Awesome product!
As a South African living abroad now for over 20 years, I can attest to the need to have Zam Buk. It was always a part of the care kit at home when I was growing up and then became a must buy once we had moved and made trips back to SA. It is great for stings, sunburn, chapped lips, rough skin, cuts and “grass burns”. As a child, my son suffered with dry skin on his hands and my wife would cover his hands in Zam Buk and put him to sleep wearing cotton gloves and in the morning he would be sorted out. I have also tried the other versions and can safely say nothing beats the “real makoya “! For those of you wondering about the meaning and origin of the word Makoya, this may help: “The name Makoya hails from the townships in South Africa and is an informal term for the ‘Top Guru'. We want to be known as the trendsetter and we strive to be acknowledged as pioneers” – Kenny Malgas
I live in Canada. Purchased the product many years ago. Fantastic. Use it mostley for chapped lips. Do a lot of walking with my dogs and find it really good for dry skin too. A perfect product for me.
My family use Zam-buk for everything! We've been using it for more than 60 years!
Is Zam-Buk good for fibromyalgia? I'm always in pain.
Yes we used zambuk as teenagers while in Tanzania. It was used as pain balm. Now I am 79 and long forgotten the balm.
The Real McCoy
Zam-Buk "the real Makoya" township slang for "the real McCoy" denoting the originality of the ointment or anything deemed an original compared to fake or knockoffs. Happy use... From South Africa!
Where to Buy
Will you all be getting any more of the ZAM BUK balm's in again?
Anyone traveling to/from South Africa to bring them OR can they be shipped to the U.S.?
EC: Hi Shirley,
So sorry, no more Zam-Buk. We tried for a few months in 2019 to get the company (Bayer SA) to ship to us, but no luck. Try Ebay... just make sure it's not a knock-off.