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1 See B. xv. c. 24.
2 "Hilariorem." At the present day it is not a decoction of the root, but the fixed oil of the kernels, that is used as a cosmetic; for which purpose it is used with oil of sweet almonds and wax.
3 Their narcotic effect is owing to the prussic, or hydro-cyanic, acid which they contain.
4 Almonds were a favourite food with the monks in the middle ages; not improbably because they tended to dispel the fumes of wine. Almond milk, similar to our custard, was a standing dish at their "charities" and anuiversaries.
5 See B. xviii. c. 17.
6 They would be of no use whatever in these cases.
7 Otherwise turpentine.
8 See B. xxii. c. 71.
9 See Note24 above. Plutarch tells us that Drusus, the brother of Tiberius, one of the greatest drinkers of his time, used almonds for this purpose. Fée will not believe that they have any such preventive effect.
10 Almonds will kill small animals, birds, for instance.
11 They are much more used in modern medicine than bitter almonds.
12 There is some ground, Fée says, for this assertion.
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