This section of the book is from the "Household Companion: The Family Doctor" book
Probably the gentlest of all laxatives; in teaspoonful to tablespoonful doses. For a delicate infant, needing to have the bowels acted upon, a teaspoonful is very good. The imitation of true olive oil, sold under its name, or as " sweet oil," is less bland, but will answer if the genuine European article cannot be obtained.
Sweet oil, saturated with camphor (camphorated oil), makes an excellent application for more or less inflammatory swelling;
as for example, a mother's breast threatening to become inflamed while she is nursing; or, more often, when her infant ceases to draw milk, as from illness or the death of the child.
Sweet oil, with an equal quantity of aqua ammoniŠ (water of ammonia) or aromatic spirit of ammonia, makes volatile liniment; an excellent outward application for sore throat.