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Synonyms. - Huile de Cade. Juniper Tar Oil. A product of the dry distillation of the wood of Juniperus Oxycedrus Linne (nat. ord. Coniferae).
Mediterranean districts of North Africa, Spain, Portugal and France; in waste places and on stony hill-sides.
A brownish or dark brown, clear, thick liquid, having a tarry odor, and an empyreumatic, burning, somewhat bitter taste. Sp. gr., about 0.990.
Probably much the same as that of Tar.
Oil of cade has the same action on the skin as tar, but it is preferable, as the odor is pleasanter. The diseases treated by the application of it are psoriasis, chronic eczema, and pruritus. A usual formula is oil of cade, 1; soft soap, 4; alcohol, 4; but an ointment made by melting with it an equal part of yellow wax, is a more agreeable preparation.