Heliotropium. A plant celebrated for its fragrance. The blossom is very small, of a pale blue, inclining to white, and shedding an almond like-perfume. The name is derived from two Greek words, signifying the sun, and to turn; the leaves or flowers having been supposed to turn with the sun; hence it is called Turnsole, or Turn Sol. Here it is cultivated in Greenhouses.

Herbal Remedies and Medicinal Uses of Turnsole:

It is a good herb. Dioscorides says, that a good handful of this herb, boiled in water, purges both choler and phlegm; and boiled with cummin, removes stone in the kidneys, or bladder, provokes urine and menstruation. The leaves bruised and applied to places pained with the gout, or that have been out of joint, and newly set, and full of pain, give much ease; the seed and juice of the leaves also being rubbed with a little salt upon warts or wens, and other kernels in the face, eye-lids, or any other part of the body, will by often using, take them away.
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