Ground-ivy has a peculiar strong odour ; it is of a bitter and slightly aromatic taste. Its leaves contain an essential oil, destitute of smell. This plant was formerly held in great estimation, and supposed to possess eminent medicinal virtues; but which are not confirmed by later experience. In obstinate coughs, it is still a favourite remedy with the poor, who probably experience its good effects. by persevering in its use, and abstaining from animal food.
It is observable, that plants grow-ing near the ground-ivy, do not. prosper; and that this vegetable proves hurtful to horses, if they eat it in any quantity; nor should it be given to diseased sheep, though it is a grateful and salutary food to them, when in health. But horses are not very partial to it; and it is totally refused by cows, hogs, and goats.