40. Zea, N. F.—Zea. Corn-silk. 41. Oleum maydis. Maize oil.
The dried styles and stigmas of Ze'a ma'ys Linné (our common Indian corn) Yellowish or greenish, soft, silky, hair-like threads, about 150 Mm. (6 in.) long; free from odor, with a sweetish taste. CONSTITUENTS.—Maizenic acid, fixed oil, resin, sugar, gum, albuminoids, phlobaphene, extractive, salt, cellulose, and water.
ACTION AND USES.—Mild stimulant, diuretic. The infusion may be taken ad libitum.
Fluidextractum Zea (Unofficial). Dose: 1/2 to 2 fl. dr. (2 to 8 mils).
41. OLEUM MAYDIS.—MAIZE OIL. A fixed oil expressed from the embryo of the seed of Zea mays Linné. A yellow, viscid, transparent liquid, having a peculiar odor like cornmeal, and a bland taste. This oil has become quite valuable commercially, used as salad oil and by hydrogenation yields a valuable vegetable fat. In making of liniments and oleaginous preparations, it is quite equal to olive oil. Demulcent.
A Manual of Organic Materia Medica and Pharmacognosy, 1917, was written by Lucius E. Sayre, B.S. Ph. M.