Uses: This naturalized herb has a reputation for being a treatment
for lung and bronchial symptoms such as wheezing, shortness of breath,
and coughs. It has been used to treat children with whooping cough.
Traditionally used to
help fend off tuberculosis and to lessen the effects of diabetes.
The tea, both internally
and when used as a mouth rinse, is said to reduce tooth decay as
well as to firm up the gums.
Administered as a general
tonic and blood-builder, it has been found useful for convalescents.
Externally, a strong
brew of tea can give relief from skin rashes, wounds, and itch.