Turtle Head

What other names is Turtle Head known by?

Balmony, Bitter Herb, Cabeza de Tortuga, Chelone, Chelone glabra, Galane, Galane à Épi, Galane Glabre, Hummingbird Tree, Salt-rheum Weed, Shellflower, Snakehead, Tête de Tortue, Turtlebloom.

What is Turtle Head?

Turtle head is a plant. The parts of the plant that grow above the ground are used to make medicine. Be careful not to confuse turtle head (Chelone glabra) with red turtle head (Chelone obliqua).

People take turtle head to treat constipation and empty the bowels.

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