1152. Caution About Glycerine

1152.    Caution About Glycerine. The property which has caused most annoyance in the use of glycerine is its strong affinity for water. Although glycerine has a pleasant, sweetish taste, yet the first sensation that is felt when it is applied to the tongue is one of paiu and burning. This is caused by the fact that the glycerine absorbs all the moisture from the surface that it touches, and thus dries it up and parches the nerves. Ignorant of this fact, nurses and mothers have applied pure glycerine to the chafed skin of infants, and produced great pain. The glycerine ought to have been first mixed with an equal bulk of water, or at least with so much as would remove its burning action on the sense of taste. This being done, it may be applied to the most tender surfaces without producing injury, and as it does not dry up, virtually maintains the parts in a constantly moist condition, excluding the air and promoting the healing process.

1153. Fine Glycerine Lotion

1153.    Fine Glycerine Lotion. Glycerine, 3 fluid ounces; quince-seed mucilage, (see next reoeipt), 10 fluid drachms; pulverized cochineal, 5 grains; hot water, 11/2 fluid ounces; inodorous alcohol, 2i fluid ounces; oil of rose, 8 drops; pulverized gum-arabic ; 1/2 drachm; water, 8 fluid ounces. Rub the powdered cochineal first with the hot water gradually added, and then add the alcohol. Then triturate the oil of rose well with the powdered gum-arabic, and gradually add the water as in making emulsion. (See No. 43 (To Prepare Emulsions).) With this mix well the solution first formed, and filter, and to the filtered liquid add the glycerine and mucilage of quince seeds, and shake well. The mucilage of quince seeds should always be freshly made. If the alcohol is sweet and free from foreign odor, and the glycerine perfectly inodorous, a less quantity of oil of rose may suffice. If care is taken in its manufacture, this will form a beautiful and elegant preparation, with a rich rosy fragrance. When applied to the skin it imparts an agreeably soft, smooth, and velvety feel. It is an excellent application for the face after shaving, or for allaying the irritation caused by exposure to the wind.

1154. Quince Mucilage

1154.    Quince Mucilage. The mucilage of quince seeds may be made by boiling for 10 minutes 1 drachm quince seeds in 1/2 pint water, and straining. This is sometimes used as a bandoline, but it soon decomposes, and, therefore for that purpose, only very small quantities should be prepared.

1155. Gowland's Lotion

1155.    Gowland's Lotion. The formula sanctioned by the medical profession is to take of Jordan almonds (blanched), 1 ounce; bitter almonds, 2 to 3 drachms; distilled water, 1/2 pint; form them into an emulsion. To the strained emulsion, with agitation, gradually add of bichloride of mercury (in coarse powder), 15 grains previously dissolved in distilled water, 1/2 pint. After which further add enough water to make the whole measure exactly 1 pint. Then put it in bottles. This is used as a cosmetic by wetting the skin with it, and gently wiping off with a dry cloth. It is also employed as a wash for obstinate eruptions and minor glandular swellings and indurations.