It is a useful expectorant which can be used against cough, bronchitis and pleurisy, especially when these are accompanied by fever, common cold or flu. Its carminative essential oil content explains its use to relieve intestinal colic and flatulence. As a digestive herb it stimulates the appetite and can be used in cases of anorexia nervosa. It has been proven to help relieve inflammatory rheumatism. In cases of cystitis, it acts as an antiseptic of the urinary system.