Labdanum is used for bronchitis, diarrhea, water retention (edema), hernia, tumors, leprosy, and hardening of the spleen. It is also used for loosening chest congestion, emptying the bowels, and as a stimulant.
Some people apply labdanum to the skin as a drying agent and to stop bleeding from minor cuts.
In foods and beverages, various preparations of labdanum (labdanum absolute, labdanum oleoresin, and labdanum oil) are used as flavoring agents.
In cosmetics, labdanum absolute and oil are used as fragrance.
In addition, people use labdanum to kill pests and insects.
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