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

Database name: Dyewoods Logwood

British Pharmacopoeia 1867

Logwood Haematoxyli Lignum

“The slices heart-wood of Haematoxylum campechianum… Imported from Campeachy, Honduras, and Jamaica.” (148)


“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.” (148) Used in the preparations of:

  • Decoctum Haematoxyli
  • Extractum Haematoxyli

Preparations of Logwood

Decoction of Logwood / Decoctum Haematoxyli (98)

  • 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 120

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

A Compendium of Domestic Medicine, 1865

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“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. (119/98)

Remedies Containing or to be used with Logwood

  • Extract of Logwood (87/66): an astringent used in the treatment for diarrhoea.
  • Galls (89/68): non-medical used in the production of ink
  • Logwood (119/98): see def

Prescriptions Containing Logwood


  • Hooper’s Mixture for Diarrhoea (329/308): extract of logwood

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