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|CAUTION! DO NOT CONFUSE WITH POISONOUS CHERRY LAUREL WHICH IS OFTEN PLANTED AS AN ORNAMENTAL.|
CAUTION! Dried leaves should not be eaten as even small pieces can cause internal cuts and tears. Especially dangerous for HEMOPHILIACS and those on coumadin or blood-thinning therapies. Use leaves fresh or dried in whole state and remove before serving.
CAUTION! The essential oil, when used as an external ointment can cause dermatitis in sensitive individuals.
|Culpeper: The oil takes away the marks of the skin and flesh by bruises, falls, etc, and dissolveth the congealed blood in them. Gerard: It is reported that common drunkards were accustomed to eat in the morning, fasting, two leaves thereof against drunkeness.|