What Is Friar's Balsam Used For?

Friar's balsam is used primarily as a topical antiseptic and as an expectorant for stimulating coughs. Friar's balsam may be applied topically to the skin to alleviate rashes, skin sores and itching and promote healing of minor cuts and abrasions. It can also be ingested to produce mucous, and it performs the same function as cough syrups.