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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.

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