Foreign.—The Essential Oil of Bitter Almonds is used for flavouring Custards; but on account of its poisonous nature great care ought to be exercised. Sweet Almonds are emollient and demulcent; and an emulsion of them is useful in bronchial diseases, in tickling coughs, hoarseness, dysentery, and affections of the urinary organs, often decreasing the acrimony of the secretions in a remarkable manner.
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This page and the rest of the encyclopedia of medicinal herbs was reproduced from old herbals written in the 1700 and 1800s. They are of historical interest to show the traditional uses of various herbs based on folk medicine and ancient wisdom. However the traditional uses for these herbs have not been confirmed by medical science and in some cases may actually be dangerous. Do not use the these herbs for any use, medicinal or otherwise, without first consulting a qualified doctor.

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