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“I have used it as a dressing in numerous lacerated and contused wounds, particularly of the fingers and toes, and have found that it would relieve pain almost instantly in lacerated wounds, and, in a very short time, healthy granulations could be seen in every wound. In almost every instance there was an entire absence of pus, which shows the remarkable antiseptic properties of this product. Have also had marvelous results with old, sluggish ulcers, in which cases an abundance of healthy granulations would soon take the place of the dirty, grayish deposit, seen in these cases. During my time using Apinol I have found to my entire satisfaction that it is the best surgical dressing that I know of. In burns the pain is almost instantly gone. “-
 A. H. Harriss M. D., Wilimgton, NC

“ I have been using Apinol for three years, and it was my habit until a few month ago, to redress a wound every two to four days at least, taking much time and causing patients a great deal of pain. Now I redress the wound in 10 to 14 days and find better results than I’ve gotten before and no puss in a single instance.”- Robert L Harris M. D., Jacksonville, FLA

“We find it is an excellent remedy for all injuries as you described in your circular, and we will be only too glad to keep a plentiful supply in our hospital at all times.”- B. F. Sturtevant Company, Boston, MA

“I have used Apinol on several cases of superficial lacerations, burns, etc. and am much pleased with it. It seems to be a strong enough antiseptic to keep the wound clean and, at the same time, not so strong as to cause necrosis of the tissues.” - Dr. Robert B. Slocum, Wilmington, NC

“I have applied it at various times on wounded parts, and was very much pleased with results.” – I. R. Godwin, M. D. Fincastle, VA 

“ We have used Apinol for three to four months as a surgical dressing on some of our finger amputations. We are quite pleased with the results.” – Voyle A. Paul Physician-Surgeon 1916

“I have ¼ bottle left, and guard it with my life. Now who has taken this wonderful product off the market???? If I have to buy a case of it state your price. I’ll buy.”- Mrs. John Buck, Hanaham, SC
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“ I got stung by a wasp and dabbed Apinol on the sting and the relief was marvelous.” - Anastasia Smith, Oxford England

“I was recently bitten by a dog and the lacerations on my hand were about an inch long and deep.- it bleed profusely –there were four smaller abrasions. I used Apinol and cold water and two days later no soreness at all. It is a very remarkable remedy.” - Mary Slickter, Annadale, VA.

“Thank you for making such a great product.” -Clay Shepherd, Richmond, VA.

“It was brought to my attention three years ago, since I have used it in treatment of septic wounds of various kinds with delightful results. …. I am extremely pleased and satisfied with it. “ W. E. Minor, M. D. Kansas City, Mo 1911

“Please send me Apinol. I have used it for 50 years and cannot get along without it.” - Jewell Fergusson, Dallas, TX

“Recently I used it on my dogs stitches where he had an operation and also on my own infected gum.” Mrs. W. C. Tumlin, Greenville, SC.

“ I really need it (Apinol) because it (Apinol) is the best product in the country”- Mrs. Ruth Wall Chester, VA.

“ I used it (Apinol) for years and it (Apinol) was the best that could be bought” -Madeline E. Chase City, VA.

“I have been a user of Apinol since I was a baby and I am 68 years of age. … I never knew my Dad to be without it (Apinol) in the house”- Mrs. Richard Yankie. 

“Last night I was reminded of the tremendous advantage of using Apinol. A 3-year-old boy was brought to my house within five minutes of falling into the open fire where his mother cooks out of doors. He had extensive burns on the neck, armpit, chest and right groin areas. I had no other medicines in the house. The burns were not deep, but no skin was left on the right side of his body. I ran cool water over him to clean him with an antiseptic added to it. The pain was severe, so I applied Apinol with cotton to al areas before I sent him to the hospital. When I left my house he was no longer crying with pain…. I am a nurse in Bangladesh.” -Vanza Patterson Bangladesh ministry 

“Your product is wonderful, may God Bless you” -Kati Williams. Howley, Pa

“ I do appreciate the opportunity to purchase your product, it (Apinol) has been in my family for four generations.” -Julia Owens Charlotte, N.C

“Apinol is a GREAT product” - Hazel Harris, South Hill, VA.

“I have used this product on cuts, burns and scraps in the past. My husband had skin cancer on his face, and we used Apinol. It was cleared up in 1 week” Also in a separate letter “I’ve used it (Apinol) for years as a healer and my bottle is running low, send me another please.” “ It (Apinol)’s an excellent medicine for everything.”- Pat Hatley Deland, Fl.

“I have given your product to a number of people who have camped here and had minor accidents and we have helped. We have used it (Apinol) for about 30 years and think it (Apinol) is great. We are on the 3rd generation in this family with the starting of the 4th soon.” - Barbara Perdue Salt Sick, KY.

“ I have found this needs to be in the open market, it (Apinol) is fantastic”- Patti Rathenburg, Ft. Worth, TX.

“While visiting relatives I had burnt my finger and your product was given to me to use to help the burn. It (Apinol) worked wonders.” - Huel Brendle Warren, MI

“A fellow out here in his nineties had skin cancer on face and nose and Apinol cleared it up”. - James R. Wilson New Meadows, Idaho

“ It (Apinol) is such a GREAT product, I hope you can tell me where I can buy some” -Mrs. Good -- Va.

“ I have kept Apinol in my first aid kits for fifty years….. I pray you still make it (Apinol), and if you know where I can buy it (Apinol) I would love to know”. - Lerly Murphy LaFollette, TN.

“ Please send me some Apinol. I have been using this medicine for 58 years”. -H. R Harrell

“It’s (Apinol) a great product- I even have my husband (a physician) using it (Apinol)”. -Kae Kanim Knightdale, N. C. 

“My 5 year old son accidentally got a dog chain wrapped around his neck when playing too close to a big dog. We immediately put Apinol on all the abrasions on his neck. We noticed the pain left within a minute or so. Doctors checked him constantly all night. They thought he would have internal swelling of the neck and need a tracheotomy. He had no further problems.” - Vanza Patterson Mocksville, NC.

“I grew up in North Carolina and have depended on my relatives to keep me stocked in Apinol, but now if this becoming more difficult. My Mother-in-Law just told me she can’t find it (Apinol) now that Eckerd quit selling it (Apinol). My supply over the years was given away to friends once I told them about it (Apinol). Most had never heard of it (Apinol) but are believers after using it (Apinol).” - W. E. Lloyd Center, TX.

“We have used your excellent product for more than half a century and find it (Apinol) is wonderful for many injuries.”- James G. Wilson Altamonte Springs, Fla.

“Since I wrote you about Apinol, I have been in the hospital with back surgery and I had a little Apinol in a bottle so I used it (Apinol) and the pain went away.” -Elmer Crossland

“ I ordered before and I liked this Antiseptic better than any other I have used.” - Elizabeth S. Hager

“It (Apinol) is a “dandy” to relieve the itch of an old mosquito bite” - Hazel Harris, South Hill, Va.

“Your antiseptic is a very good one, a soothing antiseptic and promotes faster healing. My wife and I both feel the same about it (Apinol).”- Loman P. Jones Point Pleasant, WV

“I first became familiar with your product when my husband worked in the shops at the N & W Railroad. It (Apinol) works wonders” - Juanita Garner Roanoke, Va. 

“This medicine is great for many things. I mix it (Apinol) with Bigeloid and I have given it (Apinol) to my friends and everyone has had good results.” “ My mother used it (Apinol) until she died in 1983. She gave it (Apinol) to us as young children.” - Harry Parder Louisville, KY. 

“My family and I have relied on Apinol for decades, but we cannot find it (Apinol) for sell anymore in our area. Please point me in the right direction. I am out.” - Jaki Edwards Smithfield, N. C. 

“It (Apinol) is very effective for pain control. It (Apinol) also encourages the productions of endomorphines & enkaphlins.” -Dr. Jerome H. Siskin Chiropractor NY, NY

“I have never used a product as good as yours.”- Alma Cone Hahira, CA.

“My husband cut his hand quite deep when we were visiting in VA. They applied “Apinol” and we were really amazed at the results.” -Ruth Marshall Hyattsville, MD

“The mites are so bad here. The dogs get relief from itching. Thank goodness.” -Charlotte Brooks North Ft. Myers, FL

“After we applied the antiseptic, Apinol, in a hour or so the swelling went down.”- Mr. William. T Thompson Tampa, FL.

“I am a diabetic and it (Apinol) has helped keep infections down.” - L. C. Crew Miami, FL.

“My daughter used Apinol for her rabbits, when she raised them in Goodchland, VA.” -Charlotte Brooks, North Ft. Myers, FL

“My champion dog has developed a skin disease and the medication her Vet recommended wasn’t helping much. So I tried Apinol- It seems to be working better than anything else I’ve tried.” - Doris Chandler Hapeville, GA.

“They (my parents) used it for a baby’s teething gums. I now have a teething baby and would like to purchase a bottle of Apinol.” -Susan Bechtold Newtown Square, PA

“it (Apinol) is the most effective medicine for the purposes prescribed that I have ever known. Everyone that we have told about the product has also used it to great satisfaction.” -Mrs. Dorothy Chancey Blythe, GA.

“I am a graduate nurse and I raised my children on Apinol. It is the most soothing and effective antiseptic I’ve ever used. In fact, it is all I ever use for most everything.” -Mrs. W. W. Newell Charlotte, NC.

“We raised five children who when cut, hurt or bruised were healed with Apinol. Miraculous claims are true. Just use it and see.” - Mrs. C. J. SLindown Raidswits, NC.

“I don’t understand why it’s so hard to find something that is so good for cuts and sores. Believe me it is the best stuff on the market.” …”In Florida, at my daughters, her fingers were cracked open and bleeding. I had about a teaspoon full with me and she used it. She said it was wonderful.” - Ann Branch Wash. DC

“it (Apinol) is a Grand Wonderful medicine.” -- Mrs. Anna Edenton, Partlow, VA.

“It (Apinol) is the very best over the counter (in fact it is far better than many prescription medication I have ever used.” --Mrs. Irene Mulwee, Va. Beach VA.

“I have ingrown toenails and I get lots of relief from it (Apinol).” --C. R. Dayton Frostburg, MD.

"I am almost 46 years old and have gential herpes.... It is extremely painful to the point of distraction. I was given prescription Valtrex by my dermatologist.... I decided to discountue its use, and decided to use Apinol. It was amazing the difference that it made. I forgot I had a breakout until I showered and washed the Apinol off. The apinol reduced the healing time in half."- Carol, Powhatan, Va.

The Greensboro, N.C., News-Record did a nifty article.

Posted by Jeff Sturgeon at October 28, 2005 12:30 PM

 Copyright (c) 2005 Greensboro News & Record


Date: January 3, 2005     Edition(s): ALL
Page: A1     Section: GENERAL NEWS
Column: JIM SCHLOSSER     

Moving a company in business for a 100 years must have been an arduous undertaking for the new owner, Cindy Simmons. 

Surely, Greensboro officials begged her to change her mind. Surely, the county or city offered tax incentives for her to stay.
Nope. It took only a modest-sized truck to move the Apinol Corp. from Greensboro to a town near Birmingham, Ala., in August 2003, during the company's centennial year. 

No one pleaded for her to keep Apinol in Greensboro, where it had been since 1967 after relocating from Wilmington, where it was founded in 1903. 

Apinol's departure is only now being recognized because Simmons called the News & Record recently to say the company's one and only product, Apinol, is still healing people across the country. 

The product was the idea of Hugh McRae and members of one of Wilmington's most prominent families. 

The McRaes boasted that 

Apinol soothed and healed paper cuts and other lacerations, insect and chigger bites, chapped lips, sunburn and other types of burns. 

It relieved pains in the joints. It would cure whatever ailed Fido the dog, or Chessie the cat, or in rural areas, the livestock in the barnyards. 

The McRaes warned people not to take Apinol internally, but some people did. One favorite method was to coat Apinol on chewing gum. Toothaches disappeared. 

Through the years under 

different owners, the company 

accumulated file folders of unsolicited testimonials. 

A nurse in Charlotte wrote, "I raised my children on 

Apinol. It is the most soothing and effective antiseptic I've ever used. In fact, it is all I ever use." 

As a former owner of Apinol, Warren Bass of Greensboro no longer needs to extol its seemingly magic qualities. But he does. 

"It will cure everything except heartache," says Bass, who bought the company from a neighbor, Ted Whitson, who in turn bought it from Hugh McRae II, grandson of the founder. 

Hugh Morton, the photographer, owner of Grandfather Mountain and grandson of Hugh McRae, was raised 

on Apinol and says, "If 

you've ever used it, you're 

a believer." 

His daughter, Judy Morton of Greensboro, says she can still hear her grandmother shouting, "Put some Apinol on it," each time she had a nick or an itch. 

The McRaes still speak those words when medical emergencies arise. Hugh McRae II of Wilmington says he stepped the wrong way into a golf course bunker on a recent Sunday and pulled a muscle in his left calf. 

"I rubbed Apinol on it two or three times Sunday night and the pain was gone Monday morning," he says. 

McRae says the family started making Apinol to increase the revenues of the family enterprises, which in 1903 included coastal farms and nurseries, land development at Wrightsville Beach and in western North Carolina, Grandfather Mountain. 

The family chose a simple practical name for the concoction. Apinol is an abbreviation of sorts for "a pine oil" product. 

Hugh McRae II says in southeastern North Carolina, where the woods are full of loblolly and longleaf pines, the benefits of rubbing pine oil on whatever hurt had been well known since early days. 

The McRaes marketed Apinol in North and South Carolina and Virginia. For awhile, the company produced Apinol Soap, aimed at mechanics who found regular suds not tough enough to remove oil and grease stains. 

As people moved from the Carolinas and Virginia, they took Apinol with them and introduced it to neighbors, who ordered bottles from the McRaes. 

Hugh McRae II says the Boston Red Sox used it to ease sore muscles during spring training. 

"It was a nice money maker," he says of the product. 

And overhead was low. A Wilmington woman who worked for the McRaes watched over the making and marketing of Apinol. Subsequent owners also ran it as a one or two-person operation. 

At one point, the McRaes considered mass producing Apinol in concert with the Richardson family of Greensboro, who owned Vick Chemical Co., makers of Vicks VapoRub and Vicks Cough Drops. But the Depression killed that idea. 

In a weak moment in the 1960s, Hugh McRae II says he sold Apinol to Ted Whitson of Greensboro. Using Hercules Pine Oil, Whitson made Apinol in a building on Patterson Street near the Greensboro coliseum. 

Whitson sold the company to Warren Bass, who was assisted by John Bates of Greensboro. Bates eventually bought the company. 

Simmons says she contacted Bates two years ago to a buy a case of Apinol because she couldn't find any in Alabama. When Bates expressed an interest in selling the company, a deal was struck. 

She grew up on Apinol in Roanoke, Va., where her father, a mechanic with Norfolk & Western Railroad, had long used Apinol for cuts and aches suffered on the job. 

Her father later left the railroad and moved to Alabama, where he founded a business that rebuilds turbo chargers and fuel pumps. Simmons now runs that business, as well as Apinol. 

"If I put the time into it, it would be better," she says of Apinol's sales. 

She doesn't release figures, but says Apinol makes money. She hopes to make more. 

She plans to advertise the product and be more aggressive with marketing. Now, she relies on repeat mail-order business. Some independent drug stores, including those that belong to the N.C. Mutual Drug Consortium, carry 


The Eckerd chain used to stock Apinol. But previous owners Bass and Bates say chains don't like products such as Apinol because a bottle lasts an eternity. Bates gets his from Burton's, an independent pharmacy on Lindsay Street downtown. 

The McRae family still does its part to spread the word about Apinol. On a trip to 

England, Hugh McRae II 

presented a bottle to a woman in Britain's aristocracy. 

"She now swears by it," he says. 

"She sent me a letter recently and asked if I would please send her another bottle." 

Contact Jim Schlosser at 373-7081 or jschlosser@news-record.com 

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