This section is from the book "An Experimental History Of The Materia Medica", by William Lewis.
Thymiamatis cortex Officinarum Germanic: Thus judaeorum quorundam. A bark, in small brownish-grey pieces, intermixed with bits of leaves, seeming as if the bark and leaves had been bruised and pressed together; brought from Syria, Cilicia, etc. and supposed to be the produce of the liquid-storax tree.
This bark has an agreeable balsamic smell, approaching to that of liquid-storax, and a suba-crid bitterish tafte accompanied with some slight astringency. Infusions of it in water are of an orange colour, in taste and smell ungratefully balsamic: infpiHated, they leave a dark reddish brown extract, retaining some of the smell of the bark, in taste austere, slightly bitter, and of a mild aromatic acrimony. To rectified spirit it communicates a dark colour like that of a solution of balsam of Peru: the spirit, distilled off from this tincture, is highly fragrant, info-much that a dram communicates an agreeable odour to some quarts of water: the remaining extract is likewise of a pleasant smell, and amounts to at least one eighth of the weight of the bark. This bark, said to be common in the German shops, is in this country very rarely to be met with. Cartheufer and Hoffman, from whom the above account is extracted, report, that it affords an excellent fumigation for cede-mas, rheumatisms, and catarrhs; and that the spirituous tincture and extract, and the distilled spirit, are useful anodynes or antispasmodics in convulsive coughs and other disorders.