Botanical name: 

Abrotanum mas.

A shrubby plant, native of many parts of Europe, but kept in our gardens. The stem is woody, and tough, and is covered with a brown bark. The leaves are divided into tine slender parts, and are of a pale green, whitish colour, and strong smell. The flowers are small and yellowish; they grow in great numbers on the top of the stalk, and are naked and of a rough appearance. The seeds are longish, and of a pale brown.

The tops of the young branches are used; a decoction of them is good against worms, but it is a very disagreeable medicine. Beaten into a conserve with three times their weight of sugar, they are not very unpleasant, and they are in this form good against nervous disorders, and in all hysteric complaints.

The Family Herbal, 1812, was written by John Hill.