Riga Black Balsam Original - Herbal Bitter / Herbal Liqueur - 45% Vol. 70cl (700ml/0.7 Litre)
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newspaper advertisement for the balsam listed its numerous purported internal and external uses at the time: healing gunshot, puncture and stab wounds by stopping bleeding, relieving pain and preventing infection, relieving and healing burns, frostbites, sprains, and erysipelas (red and white), treating swelling, tooth-, and headaches, stopping colic and labour pain, reducing menstruation bleeding, treating severe chills, painlessly healing rabid dog and poisonous reptile bites, preventing oozing from psoriasis, alleviating pain, preventing inflammation and fever from fractures, curing scurvy and ulcerative stomatitis and safeguarding against infection and contagious diseases by strengthening the heart and boosting vitality. 
Riga Black Balsam Original - Herbal Bitter / Herbal Liqueur - 45% Vol Riga Black Balsam Original - Herbal Bitter / Herbal Liqueur - 45%
Originally, Kunze's balsam consisted of a mixture of aromatic water (75%) and a tincture of sage, dill seeds, peppermint leaves, lavender flowers, rosemary and cinnamon.  a b c Nutritional and Health Aspects of Food in Eastern Europe. Academic Press. 2021. p.177. ISBN 978-0-128-11734-7. McLagan, Jennifer (2014). Bitter: A Taste of the World's Most Dangerous Flavor, with Recipes [A Cookbook]. Ten Speed Press. pp.129–130. ISBN 978-1-607-74516-7.In 1774, "to increase the health of society" Riga authorities granted the production rights of Kuzensky Balsam to carpenter Martin Roslau who "had had the opportunity to learn the composition of the said balsam from Abraham Kunze". Martin Roslau produced it until his death in 1783, after which it was continued by his only daughter Maria Jadwiga and a year later also by her new husband Cristop Strizky.  Transformation into a drink for general consumption [ edit ] a b c Kernot, Emily (14 February 2012). "Travel: Eternal life for Empress' elixir". The New Zealand Herald . Retrieved 28 December 2019. a b c Spratte Joyce, Katy (13 May 2020). "Move over world-famous Italian bitters, Latvia's funky, herby liqueur has arrived". Chilled Magazine . Retrieved 30 November 2021.
Riga Black Balsam: Traditional Latvian Herbal Liqueur Since 1752 Riga Black Balsam: Traditional Latvian Herbal Liqueur Since 1752
After the death of Abraham Kunze, his widowed wife Eva Sofia Kunze continued to produce and sell the balsam as Kunzensky balsam ( Russian: Кунценский бальзам, German: Kunzer Balsam, Latvian: Kuncena balzams), while the ownership and inheritance of rights to the balsam came under an increasing dispute. In 1766, a glazier from Riga, Peteris Adams, claimed to be the actual inventor of the balsam, having supposedly invented it ten years before Kunze, who was accused of taking his formula, however Riga City Council rejected Adams' application, arguing that he had come forth with the allegations only after Abraham Kunze's death. In 1770 and 1774, Eva Kunze complained to the Governor-General of Riga about the counterfeit production of Kunze's balsam and requested that others are prohibited from producing it, but her request was denied.  The traditional recipe was created in 1752 by Abraham Kunze [ ru], an apothecary living in Riga.  In 1762, Kunze published an advertisement for the balsam in the December 23rd issue of the Rigische Anzeigen [ de] newspaper, describing its purported healing properties and instructions for use and offering it in flasks, cruses and bottles of an unspecified volume sealed with wax with his initials (A.K.) pressed in them for a price of two state thalers for a shtof.