Dr. Hardy’s Magical Pain Destroyer! Though Hardy’s Remedies made a “drawing salve” (that could draw out things such as splinters and would relieve burning sensation) that was a fairly legitimate compound, most things the company made were patent medicine through-and-through. Most patent medicines intended for pain relief contained morphine, and sometimes 50-70% alcohol, along with agents to mask the alcohol smell, such as turpentine.
For comparison, a STRONG hard liquor intended for internal consumption is typically 90-110 proof (45-55%). The majority are 60-80 proof.
Merchant’s Gargling Oil