unguent

That sometimes sticky or greasy salve you put on cuts or rashes is also called an unguent. Whether it's a cream or a gel, the main purpose of an unguent is to heal or protect a sore.

Unguent comes from the Latin unguentum, "ointment." Ancient unguents were luxurious and included fragrant oils used to anoint and perfume the skin. Some were even symbolically incorporated into religious ceremonies. In old-time of medicine shows, potions and unguents were sold as having magical properties but were usually concocted from common ingredients that could sometimes even be dangerous.

Definitions of unguent
  1. noun
    semisolid preparation (usually containing a medicine) applied externally as a remedy or for soothing an irritation
    synonyms: balm, ointment, salve, unction
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    arnica
    an ointment used in treating bruises
    baby oil
    an ointment for babies
    balsam
    an ointment containing a fragrant resin
    carron oil
    an ointment formerly used to treat burns
    cerate
    a hard medicated paste made of lard or oil mixed with wax or resin
    chrism, chrisom, holy oil, sacramental oil
    a consecrated ointment consisting of a mixture of oil and balsam
    lip balm
    a balm applied to the lips
    mentholated salve
    a salve containing menthol
    mercurial ointment
    an ointment containing mercury
    zinc ointment
    an ointment containing zinc that is used to treat certain skin diseases
    camphor ice
    a cerate made of camphor and wax and spermaceti and castor oil
    type of:
    curative, cure, remedy, therapeutic
    a medicine or therapy that cures disease or relieve pain
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