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Unguentum Staphisagriae. Br. Stavesacre Ointment.

Botanical name:

Onguent de Staphisaigre, Fr.; Stephanskornersalbe, G.

"Stavesacre Seeds, 20 grammes; Yellow Beeswax, 10 grammes; Benzoated Lard, 85 grammes. Crush the Stavesacre Seeds; digest the crushed seeds with the Benzoated Lard on a water-bath for two hours; strain and press through calico; melt the Beeswax in the liquid mixture; stir until cold. In India, Prepared Suet (Sevum Benzoatum) should be employed instead of Benzoated Lard in making this Ointment." Br.

This ointment is but half the strength of that official in the British Pharmacopoeia 1885; it is said to be non-irritant, and is largely used in Great Britain for destroying body-lice, also in scabies and prurigo.


The Dispensatory of the United States of America, 1918, was edited by Joseph P. Remington, Horatio C. Wood and others.



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