Pulvis Aromaticus (U. S. P.)—Aromatic Powder.
SYNONYMS: Pulvis cinnamomi compositus,Compound powder of cinnamon.
Preparation.—"Ceylon cinnamon, in No. 60 powder, thirty-five grammes (35 Gm.) [1 oz. av., 103 grs.]; ginger, in No. 60 powder, thirty-five grammes (35 Gm.) [1 oz. av., 103 grs.]; cardamom, deprived of the capsules and crushed, fifteen grammes (15 Gm.) [231 grs.]; nutmeg, in No. 20 powder, fifteen grammes (15 Gm.) [231 grs.]; to make one hundred grammes (100 Gm.) [3 ozs. av., 231 grs.]. Triturate the cardamom and nutmeg with a portion of the Ceylon cinnamon, until they are reduced to fine powder; then add the remainder of the cinnamon and the ginger, and rub them together until they are thoroughly mixed."—(U S. P.).
CONFECTIO AROMATICA, or AROMATIC CONFECTION (Electuarium aromaticum).—The U. S. P., 1870, directed to rub with aromatic powder an equal quantity (or sufficient) of honey to obtain a uniform mass of proper consistence for confections. This is somewhat hygroscopic, and slowly becomes granular. It may be restored by the incorporation of additional honey.
Action, Medical Uses, and Dosage.—These preparations are employed for the relief of flatulent colic, nausea, and diarrhoea. Dose, 5 to 20 grains. The powder, enclosed in a bag and moistened with hot whiskey or other alcoholic liquids, may be employed as a fomentation in painful affections of the bowels. It indelibly stains the linen if allowed to come in contact with it.
King's American Dispensatory, 1898, was written by Harvey Wickes Felter, M.D., and John Uri Lloyd, Phr. M., Ph. D.