Missing Ingredient in Hundred-Year-Old "Healing Oil" Recipe
Answered by: Conrad Richter
Question from: Dianne Sisk
Posted on: October 30, 2004

I am trying to find the ingredients for a old family herbal recipe for "Healing Oil" (recently re-discovered after being lost for many years) -- the recipe is well over a hundred years old. The ingredient we have not been able to locate is "Urika Oil" (I would think it’s actually Ureka), with a note saying it was formerly known as "Japanese Oil". Do you know where I can find it?

I have not heard of "urika oil" or "ureka oil" but I wonder if the correct name is "eureka oil". If so, there is record of a commercial product by the name of "Acruman’s Eureka Oil" made by the Acruman & Son Medicine Company in Goodspeed County, Arkansas (see: http://www.rootsweb.com/~ardallas/records/history/goodspeed.html). I could not find any details about the product, what it was made of and what it was used for. Perhaps this will be helpful in your search.

On April 13, 2012, Donald McSwain wrote:

Back in 2004 a reader named Dianne Sisk asked you a question about an ingredient in an old healing oil recipe called "Urika" oil, formerly known as Japanese Oil.

I think I can assist with answering this question. I believe I have the same recipe, and the ingredient in question is actually "en-ar-co" oil, formerly known as Japanese Oil. I have a much fuller description of that oil, with a photo of oil bottle itself, the ingredients, the manufacturer, etc.

Thank you for your help!

Here is Donald’s full report of his investigation:

The "Japanese Oil" Ingredient in the Sisk Healing Oil Recipe"

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