hist-brewing: Ivy

Patrick Bureau pbureau at home.com
Sat Jun 12 15:12:01 PDT 1999

Alehoof,Glechoma hederacea L. (Nepeta heberacea BSP)
also known as Gill-over-the-ground, Ground Ivy, Tunhoof or Field-Balm.

"it is good ti tun up with new drink, for it it will clarify it in a night
that it will be the fitter to be drank the next morning; or if any drink be
thick with removing or any other accident, it will do the like in a few
(Culpeper, Nicholas, Culpeper's Complete Herbal,1653,  p16)
"It is also used as a tonic, stimulant, astringent and diuretic, and to make
Gill tea, a cough remedy"
(Grieve Mrs M., The Medecinal Culnary, Cosmetic and Economic Properties,
Cultivation and Folk-Lore of Herbs, Grasses, Fungi, Shrubs and Tress with 
all their modern Uses. Vol 2, p442, 1931)
 Aelfoot can be fatal to horse if eaten but it is not poisionouos to humans.
(Kingsburry, John M. Poisonous Plants of the Unites States and Canada, 1964,p298)
Patric de Long-Coeur
Mazer, Axe thrower, and Fencer
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