This section is from the book "A Practitioner's Handbook Of Materia Medica And Therapeutics", by Thos. S. Blair. Also available from Amazon: A Practitioner's handbook of Materia Medica and Therapeutics.
Laurocerasus, Cherry Laurel. This agent is of varying strength, depending upon the amount of its contained hydrocyanic acid. Therapeutical1y, either bitter almond or peach bark is more dependable, although not so pleasant. Cherry laurel water is a pleasant adjuvant if care is taken not to exceed doses of 20 I.
For therapeutic purposes the mother tincture in I or 2 I. doses is preferable. Spasmodic, tickling cough is quickly relieved by this agent, and an irritable stomach is ofttimes soothed by small doses taken upon cracked ice.