Leaves are used as a seasoning, and being bitter and pungent works well for herb beers or liqueurs. Fresh or dried leaves are infused for a pleasantly flavoured tea
Often used as a domestic remedy for coughs and colds, the plant has many other medicinal actions, including being antiseptic, appetizer and tonic.
It is a valuable pectoral, expectorant and tonic that can be safely used by children. The growing plant is said to repel flies.