Vinegar weed

Botanical Name ; Trichostema lanceolatum
Family: Lamiaceae
Subfamily: Teucrioideae
Genus: Trichostema
Species: T. lanceolatum
Kingdom: Plantae
Order: Lamiales

Common Names :Blue curls,Vinegar weed,Terpentine weed and Camphor weed.

Habitat : Vinegar weed is found on the west coast of North America from Washington to Baja California.

Description:
Vinegar weed, or Turpentine weed is an annual  plant.It is a wildflower bearing striking purple-blue flowers on short green stems.Blooming period is August to October.

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The numerous leaves are juicy and green and are covered in fluffy hairs. The plant is well adapted to its native range in California, where it thrives in dry, nutrient-poor, sun-baked clay soil. In hot weather the vinegar smell of the plant becomes intense as the oils in the tissues permeate the air.The oils also have phytotoxic properties, which help vinegar weed compete by killing or injuring other plant species.

Medicinal Uses:
An infusion of its leaves was an external wash for treating headaches, and when combined with those of Turkey Mullein, a lotion applied to victims of typhoid  To the Chumash it was important to mothers in labor used to help expel the placenta.

Disclaimer:
The information presented herein is intended for educational purposes only. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

Resources:
http://www.calflora.net/bloomingplants/vinegarweed.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trichostema_lanceolatum
http://www.herbnet.com/Herb%20Uses_AB.htm

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