Chamomile flowers, 1/2 oz.; boiling water, 10 fl. oz.; infuse for quarter of an hour and strain.

B.P. Oleum Anthemidis. Oil of Chamomile. - The oil distilled in Britain from chamomile flowers.

Characters. - Pale-blue or greenish-blue, but gradually becoming yellow; with the peculiar odour and aromatic taste of the flowers.

Preparation.

B.P.

Dose.

Extractum Anthemidis ...................................................................

2-10 gr.

Uses. - Like other ethereal oils, it has an action on bacteria (p. 103) and on the vaso-motor centre (p. 319). It is an aromatic tonic, stomachic, and carminative. It is used in atonic dyspepsia, accompanied by flatulence; also in summer diarrhoea in children and in sick headache.