From: email@example.com (Steve Dyer)
Subject: Re: Whats in Smelling Salts?
Date: 9 Jul 1998 03:41:48 GMT
In article <35A42247.7BF27463@hotmail.com>,
Peter Capsis <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>Is there a pharmacologically active ingredient?
Well, it contains "aromatic spirits of ammonia", which is basically
ammonia dissolved in an alcohol/water mixture. Is it "pharmacologically
active"? Probably not. The sharp smell of ammonia supposedly caused some
sort of vagal reflex when held to the nose, bringing people out of a faint,
but I suspect this was most effective in old movies.