Scientific Name:Chelone glabra
About this Herb:A herbaceous plant found in wetlands and riparian forests of eastern North America with opposite, simple leaves, on stout, upright stems. The white pinkish flowers appear in late summer to early fall. It is the primary plant that the Baltimore Checkerspot Butterfly lays its eggs on.
Common Names:Bitter Herb, Fishmouth, Turtlebloom, Turtlehead, Salt-rheum Weed, Shell flower, Snakehead
Uses:An infusion of roots and cedar bark is used as a medicinal tea and an infusion of blooms may be taken for fevers, worms and a laxative. Used for sores or skin eruptions. Tea may be drank to increase appetite. Infusion of plants used to prevent pregnancy. Young shoots and leaves boiled, fried and eaten.
Applications:Infusion: 1 tsp. leaves or flowers to 1 cup water. Take 1-2 cups a day.
Tincture: 10-20 drops in water or liquor, 3-4 times a day.