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---Synonyms---Nepeta Glechoma (Benth.). Alehoof.
Gill-go-over-the-Ground. Haymaids. Tun-hoof. Hedgemaids. Lizzy-run-up-the-Hedge.
Gill-go-by-the-Hedge. Catsfoot. Robin-run-in-the-Hedge.
This well-known herb spreads and creeps along the ground. Roots shoot forth at the corners of tender-jointed stalks, set with two round leaves at every joint. The hollow, long flowers are of a blueish-purple colour with small white spots on the lips that hang down.
---Part Used Medicinally---The whole herb, gathered early in May, when most of the flowers are still quite fresh.
---Medicinal Action and Uses---Diuretic, astringent, tonic and gently stimulant. Useful in kidney diseases and for indigestion. It is used in the treatment of dyspepsia, kidney disease, abscesses, gatherings and tumours, eye problems and freckles. For abscesses, it is combined in equal parts with Chamomile flowers and used as a poultice.
A herb for all inward wounds, exulecrated lungs, or
other parts, either by itself, or boiled with other similar herbs. It easeth
griping pains, windy and choleric humours in the stomach, spleen or belly;
it helps the yellow jaundice by opening the stoppings of the gall and liver,
and melancholy by opening the stoppings of the spleen. It expels venom or
poison and also the plague.