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Oil of myrtle has similar properties.1 It is of an astringent and indurative nature; mixed with the scoria of copper, and wax, it cures diseases of the gums, tooth-ache, dysentery, ulcerations of the uterus, affections of the bladder, inveterate or running ulcers, eruptions, and burns. It exercises a healing effect also, upon excoriations, scaly eruptions, chaps, condylomata, and sprains, and it neutralizes offensive odours of the body. This oil is an antidote2 to cantharides, the buprestis, and other dangerous poisons of a corrosive nature.

1 As prepared by the ancients, it has no analogous properties with oil of laurel. Myrtle oil is no longer used in medicine.

2 Such is not the case.

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