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A dye created from the logwood tree, used to dye black Morocco leather (Yeats 1878, 297).

Database name: Dyewoods Logwood

Logwood comes from a flowering tree native to Mexico and Central America. It was primarily used for dyeing textiles, but its bark and leaves were also used in medical practises. (

Its primary medicinal uses in the Compendium were listed as an astringent and a corroborant, being used to treat diarrhoea, the later stages of dysentery, and infants suffering from cholera.

It is also part of a non-medical mixture included in the Compendium for producing ink when combined with galls.

British Pharmacopoeia 1867

Logwood Haematoxyli Lignum

“The slices heart-wood of Haematoxylum campechianum… Imported from Campeachy, Honduras, and Jamaica.”[1]


“The logs are externally of a dark colour, internally they are reddish-brown; the chips have a feeble agreeable odour, and a sweetish taste; a small portion chewed imparts to the saliva a dark pink colour.” Used in the preparations of:[2]

  • Decoctum Haematoxyli
  • Extractum Haematoxyli

Preparations of Logwood

Decoction of Logwood / Decoctum Haematoxyli [3]

  • Logwood, in chips (1 oz), cinnamon bark, in coarse powder (60 grains), distilled water (1 pint)
  • Dose: 1-2 fl oz

Extract of Logwood / Extractum Haematoxyli [4]

  • logwood, in fine chips (1 lb), boiling distilled water (1 gallon)
  • dose: 10-30 grains

A Compendium of Domestic Medicine, 1865

“It is employed medicinally as an astringent and corroborant.” It can be used in treatment for diarrhoea, and the latter stages of dysentery. As a decoction, it can be administered to infants as a treatment for cholera.[5]

Remedies Containing or to be used with Logwood

  • Extract of Logwood: an astringent used in the treatment for diarrhoea.[6]
  • Galls: non-medical used in the production of ink[7]
  • Logwood: see def[8]

Prescriptions Containing Logwood


  • Hooper’s Mixture for Diarrhoea: extract of logwood[9]


  1. General Medical Council of Great Britain, British Pharmacopeia, (London: Spottiswoode & Co.,1867), 148
  2. GMCGB, 148
  3. GMCGB, 98
  4. GMCGB, 120
  5. Savory, John. A Compendium of Domestic Medicine (London: John Churchill and Sons, 1865), 98.
  6. Savory, 66
  7. Savory, 68
  8. Savory, 98
  9. Savory, 308

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