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The leaves1 of the plum, boiled in wine, are useful for the tonsillary glands, the gums, and the uvula, the mouth being rinsed with the decoction every now and then. As for the fruit itself, it is relaxing2 to the bowels; but it is not very wholesome to the stomach, though its bad effects are little more than momentary.

1 The leaves of this tree contain a large proportion of tannin, to which they owe their astringent properties.

2 Prunes, the produce of the plum-tree, called the plum of Saint Julien, are still used as a purgative.

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