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My mother used to take an combination of coke cola and spirits of ammonia. It was maybe 4 drops of the spirits of ammonia in a coke glass and drink. I now use it when feeling upset beyond control. I told a doctor about it the other day and she had never heard of it.
They used to sell it at the drug store called READS. They also sold it at Murphy's and Woolworth's. it was on the menu as coke and spirits of ammonia. You can also use it in orange juice.
My question is, has anyone else heard of this?
Yes used it myself often as a child as did all my family Coach used to give it to use while at summer practice and ball games in the south Central Va. Gets very very hot and humid , I recall being 10 to 12 and going to the local drugstore and ordering it as you described
I use it for my nerves. My OBGYN told me about it 24 years ago when I was pregnant with my first child and my nerves were shot.
I have Sandy. I remember my mom getting it at Reads Drug Store in Bel Air, Maryland. That was over 60 yes ago.
My mother n I used to order it at Purcell's drug store counter. It cools your body down so we drank it when we worked in the textile industry also
Awesome stuff, used it for severe headaches, works like a charm !!!
Where can I get this I live in nc
I remember i use to set the counter at Reads n oder coke n spirits of ammonia in Bel Air is where i am from
Yessss!!! My grandmother use to take me to reads drugstore and we would sit at the counter and both drink it.
Are spirits of ammonia and ammonia spirits the same thing?
They are the same as I understand it. (Here are two sites that give almost identical descriptions):
I think what is confusing is that ammonia is a cleaning product...and without seeing ingredients in the "spirits" (and trying to remember high school chemistry which was A LONG time ago...) I think "spirits" are chemically ammonium-hydroxide (which just means ammonia mixed with water). This site explains:
No matter what, keep any ammonia product AWAY from bleach as that produces a fatal gas! YIKES! Safety first!
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My mother used to make an combination of Coke and spirits of ammonia. It was maybe 4 drops of the spirits
of ammonia in a Coke glass and drink. I now use it when feeling upset beyond control. I told a doctor
about it the other day and she had never heard of it.
They used to sell it at the drug store called Reads. They also sold it at Murphy's and Woolworth's.
it was on the menu as Coke and spirits of ammonia. You can also use it in orange juice.
My question is, has anyone else heard of this?
Never heard of it. Find out the side effects of spirits of ammonia!
Just 'cause it was popular way back when, doesn't mean it is safe! (07/29/2005)
An "ammonia Coke" is still the best remedy for menstrual cramps. If you feel this is not for you, by all
means, consult with your doctor and do as he or she says. This is the remedy we all used back in the 40's
when I was a teenager, but I continued to use it throughout my life as did my girl and lady friends.
"Aromatic spirits of ammonia" is not to be confused with household ammonia which is probably poison.
Spirits of ammonia can be purchased in 1- 2 oz bottles in your local drug store. I believe it is the same
ammonia as is used in smelling salts. I raised 3 daughters and it was the remedy of choice for them. My 3
granddaughters all use it today, and it's still the number one remedy for "lady cramps". We all add the
ammonia to the real Coca-Cola, no substitutes.
By Julia in Orlando, FL
8/17/05 spirits of ammonia (smelling salts) are very calming! The alkalinizing effects of the spirits of
ammonia neutralizes the acidic residues in the stomach, so this is a good home remedy for upset stomach,
nervousness, and helps menstrual cramps as well. For upset stomach: the usual dose is 1/8 teaspoon
bicarbonate of soda, plus 1/8 teaspoon of spirits of ammonia, mixed into water, then you drink it down.
In the 60's I worked in a drug store with a lunch counter. A gentleman would come in and get a Coke with
a few drops of spirits of ammonia to relieve his migraine headaches. (08/22/2005)
When I was young, my grandmother would send me to the bar downstairs every afternoon to get her a Coke
with a shot of ammonia. All these years I thought it was crazy until I just looked it up here, and saw it
wasn't. I now realize she was getting it for her chronic headaches that went away after she drank it.
Spirits of Ammonia is "A solution of ammonium carbonate in alcohol or ammonia water, used in smelling
salts". Ammonia, like you use for cleaning, is a caustic acid and can kill you. Please be sure you have
the correct one before drinking it! (05/17/2007)
A mixture of water, ice and ammonia spirits works wonders for overheating. I use a six pack cooler, I
fill the cooler with ice then I add 2 cap fulls of ammonia spirits, then I fill the cooler up just far
enough so I can put two hand towels in. I use this playing tennis, softball, kids baseball and even
cutting the grass. When you get really hot, you take one of the towels and wrap it around your face
covering your nose then you take 3 deep breaths through your nose. You will not believe how much better
you feel and any breeze will feel like an airconditioning. This is what all the Major League Baseball
players use during hot games. (12/29/2007)
In the 1950's every Rexall Drug Store with a soda fountain would serve ammonia cokes. It was used as an
energy drink. But much less expensive than today's energy drinks. A fountain Coke with 3 or 4 drops of
spirits of ammonia. (01/12/2008)
When I got sick in church (due to not eating anything from the night before) and would practically pass
out, my mother gave me a little spirits of ammonia in a glass of water which made me feel better. It was
also given to a young lady in the movie "Magnificent Ambersons" when she became overwrought upon hearing
that her boyfriend was leaving town. I would be wary of mixing Coke with spirits of ammonia nowadays
because of all the additives in Coke, but that is just my opinion. (05/30/2008)
I have heard of it and used to be able to buy it in a pharmacy in GA when visiting my in-laws. I never
used it in Coke, but I used it on bug bites to stop the itch. It works great. (08/21/2008)
I have been using this combo for around 40 years for nausea. My grandmother told me about it. I have a
hard time finding the little bottles of spirits of ammonia, and I think it's funny that it says "Not for
Internal Use" on the bottle, but this always does the trick. When I was pregnant back in 1976, we still
had a Coke machine at work that dispensed Coke syrup and seltzer water out of the little doorway and the
cost was only a dime! (10/25/2008)
Coke with ammonia is also mentioned in the novel
"The Postman Always Rings Twice", written in 1934 I think. That's what brought me to the internet,
trying to find out why. Thanks for all the information! (11/07/2008)
By P Hinshaw
You can still buy spirits of ammonia right here on the internet. I just got some from one of the drug
store sites. (12/20/2008)
In the famous movie from 1933, Dinner at Eight, Dr. Wayne Talbot asks for spirits of ammonia to treat Oliver
Jordan (played by Lionel Barrymore). Came here researching it! (01/10/2009)
By Bruce G.
I had a ammonia Coke yesterday 5-30-2009. in Crisfield, Maryland. I thought it was great, however my wife
was not as impressed. (05/24/2009)
By Terry Wigton