Chelone glabra. N.O. Scrophulariaceae.
Synonym ► Bitter Herb. Snake Head, Turtle Bloom, Turtle Head
Habitat ► Common in North America.
Features ► Short-stalked leaves, opposite, oblong, lanceolate. Fruits ovate, half-inch long, bunched on short spike, two-celled, with roundish, winged, dark-centred seeds. Very bitter taste.
Part used ► Leaves.
Action ► Anthelmintic, detergent, tonic.
Used in constipation, dyspepsia, debility, and children’s worms. Sometimes added to alteratives. Infusion of 1 ounce to 1 pint water in
wineglassful doses. Powdered herb, 5-10 grains.