The medicinal use of Angelica (Archangelica) became popular from the
15th Century onwards. Culpeper saw it as a wonder herb and
recommended it for conditions ranging from dog bites to gout. It is
effective as a stomachic, gastric stimulant, antispasmodic and very
effective against flatulence. The root is used in this preparation.
Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) is one of the oldest culinary
spices known, being revered in the Bible. It was brought to Europe
by the Portuguese, who invaded Sri Lanka just to obtain supplies.
Cinnamon bark is distilled and used in this preparation to stimulate
The use of Melissa (Lemon Balm) leaves began in the 15th Century to treat many
disorders. Spirit of Carmelite, produced by the Carmelite monks in
Paris since the 16th Century using Melissa leaves, was thought to be
Melissa leaf has definite soothing and antispasmodic effects. It has
a warming effect on the metabolism, stimulating the production of
Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans) has been used for centuries in both
Western and Eastern cultures mainly as a carminative and stimulant
in treating flatulence, indigestion, nausea and other stomach
Lemon peel is used to obtain refreshing Lemon oil.
Cloves (Syzygium aromaticumare) the dried flower buds of the tree.
They were used as a ceremonial herb and a medicine in the far east
before they reached Europe in the 4th Century. Clove is recognised
as a digestive stimulant.
Coriander (Coriandrum sativum). This herb has been in cultivation
for over 3,000 years and has become an established ingredient in
cookery throughout the world. It was introduced to Britain by the
Romans. Effective against flatulence, it has an antispasmodic action
and stimulates the gastric juices.