May wine, of German origin, is Maibowle (May-bowl) made with Rhine wine or other light, dry, white wines, Sweet woodruff is thought of as a tonic, with significant diuretic and anti-inflammatory effects. Its coumarin and flavonoid constituents make sweet woodruff helpful for varicose veins. Sweet woodruff has been used as an antispasmodic, and it is given to children and adults for insomnia.
Known as an aromatic ingredient in May wine, making sweet woodruff an ingredient in this punch.
Modern herbalists recommend sweet woodruff as a laxative and as an antiarthritic. Sweet woodruff is mainly grown today as a ground cover liking shady areas. This has an extra touch from Lavender. May Wine Topic http://www.recipezaar.com/bb/viewtopic.zsp?p=4543721