This section is from the book "An Experimental History Of The Materia Medica", by William Lewis.
Myrthus Brabantic A Pharm. Paris. Rhus myrtifolia belgica C, B. Gale, frutex odoratus feptentrionalium, elaeagnus Cordo, cha-maelaeagnus Dodonaeo J. B. Myrica Gals Linn. Gaule, Sweet willow, Dutch myrtle: a small shrub, much branched; with oblong, smooth, whitish green leaves, somewhat pointed or converging at each end; among which arise pedicles bearing flowery tufts, and separate pedicles bearing scaly cones which include the seeds, one little seed being lodged in each scale. It grows wild in waste watery places in several parts of England: in the isle of Ely it is said to be very plentiful. It flowers in May or June, ripens its seeds in August, and loses its leaves in winter.
The leaves, flowers, and seeds of this plant, have a strong fragrant smell, and a bitter taste. They are said to be used among the common people, for destroying moths, and cutaneous infects, being accounted an enemy to infects of every kind; internally, in infusions, as a stomachic and vermifuge; and, as a substitute to hops, for preserving malt liquors, which they render more inebriating, and of consequence less salubrious (a): it is said that this quality is destroyed by boiling (b).