Sources: Papers On Health

This plant is the Chama Cyparissos, or ground cypress. It

is of the greatest value as a remedy for worms in the bowels (not

tapeworm), and also acts as a stomach tonic of no small value. It is

cut at the end of the season, made up in small bunches of six stalks or

so, and hung up to dry. When required for worms, boil one of these

bunches in three teacupfuls of water until it is reduced to two

teacupfuls. Half-a-teacupful of this is given to a child with worms,

each morning before any food, for four days. In the evening of the

fourth day an ordinary dose of liquorice powder is given to move the

bowels. For a grown-up person the quantity is a full teacupful each

morning. If a child picks at his nostrils, or grinds his teeth while

sleeping, the santolina will cure him, even if no other symptom of

worms is noticed. It may with advantage be used in all cases where

there is indication of the failure of the mucous membrane of the

stomach and bowels.

Where required as a stomach tonic, santolina should be infused with

boiling water, as tea is. About half-an-ounce of the dried herb is

infused, and a small teacupful taken as hot as can easily be drunk

about an hour after each meal. Half the quantity will do for young

people under fourteen. Do this six days in succession. Then take none

for six days. Then again take it for three days. This treatment may be

repeated after a week.