This section is from the book "A Treatise On Therapeutics, And Pharmacology Or Materia Medica Vol1", by George B. Wood. Also available from Amazon: Part 1 and Part 2.
This is prepared by rubbing opium up with honey and the officinal aromatic powder, consisting of cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg. It has the advantage, through the stimulating property of the aromatics, of counteracting the depressing effects of opium upon the digestive function, and may sometimes be received by an irritable stomach, when opium would be rejected. The possession of this property sufficiently indicates the circumstances under which it may be used. It is supposed, when given with Peruvian bark and sulphate of quinia, to increase their efficacy in obstinate intermittents. One grain of opium is contained in about thirty-six grains of the composition; so that it affords a convenient form for prescribing small doses for infants.