This section is from the book "A Text-Book Of Pharmacology, Therapeutics And Materia Medica", by T. Lauder Brunton. Also available from Amazon: A text-book of pharmacology, therapeutics and materia medica.
The fixed oil expressed from the ripe fruit of Olea europcea. South of Europe.
Characters. - Pale-yellow, with scarcely any odour, and a bland, oleaginous taste; congeals partially at about 36° F. Specific gravity about 0.916 at 63° F.
Composition. - Olein, the liquid principle of the oil, and the quantity of which determines its excellence. It also contains palmitin and other fatty compounds.
Adulteration. - Other, and usually heavier, oils fraudulently added. Tests. - Specific gravity. Olive oil when treated with sulphuric acid evolves a small amount of heat compared with other similar oils.
Dose. - Of olive oil, 1 fl. dr. to 1 fl. oz. or more, as a demulcent or laxative.
Linimentum Ammoniae (p. 516).
„ Calcis (p. 516).
„ Carnphorae (p. 516).
„ Hydrargyri Compositum.
„ Saponis Fuscum.
„ Hydrargyri Nitratis.
Enema Magnesii Sulphatis.
„ Ammoniaci cum Hydrargyro.