Scientific name: Chelone glabra
Common names: Balmony, Bitter Herb, Fishmouth, Shell Flower, Snake Head, Turtle Bloom, Turtle Head
Arabic names: رأس الأفعى (ra’esu l’af’aa)
Rain Forest names:
Approximate number of species known:
Common parts used: Leaf, flower, stem
Height: 1 to 3 feet
Actions: Anthelmintic, anti-bilious, anti-emetic, cholagogue, detergent, hepatic, laxative, stimulant, tonic
Known Constituents: Bitter iridoids, resin
A perennial plant of the Figwort family found in the eastern United States and Canada.
2 to 4 feet high, smooth-stemmed (slightly 4-sided), bearing opposite oblong leaves (stalkless or nearly so and toothed) and short dense terminal spikes of two-lipped white (or purplish) or cream or rose flowers appearing on a spike.
Leaves have a slight, somewhat tea-like odor and a very bitter taste.
For the liver.
As a bitter to stimulate the flow of digestive and salivary juices.
For the gall bladder and its laxative properties.
To treat worms in children.
Externally for skin conditions such as eczema.
Herb Name: Turtlehead
Other Names: Balmony
Latin Name: Citrus aurantium
Common parts Used:
Turtlehead also known as chelone glabra is herbaceous plant. The color of the flowers are mostly white. It is mostly found in Eastern North America. It belongs to the family Scrophulariaceae. It required moist or wet soil to grow.
The plant is bitter in taste. It has same flavor like tea. Turtlehead is considered as a tonic for digestive system. It is also used to strengthen the liver. The plant is also considered as antidepressant. It is used internally for the treatment of diseases of liver, gallbladder, stones in gallbladder. It is also used as a tonic against nausea and vomiting. It is also used in child to expel worms in digestive tract. In females it is also used externally for inflamed breasts.