Germander was used as edging in many colonial revival gardens, as well as for knot gardens during the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods. Native Americans once used dried and ground germander leaves to create a herbal tea. The purpose of the tea was as a diuretic, to increase urination and even sweating. It was also often used to create a poultice that could be applied to wounds. It was believed to have antiseptic properties, as it was also used to treat mouth ailments by gargling.