A patron herb of herbalists.
Use the blue petals to make homemade ink for a Book of Shadows.
Use in rituals to give honor to the Mother of all nature.
Also Called: Bachelor Button, Hurtsickle, Bluet, Blue Cap, Bluebottle
The dried flowers are antipruritic, antitussive, astringent, weakly diuretic, emmenagogue, ophthalmic, very mildly purgative, and tonic.
An infusion can be used in the treatment of dropsy, constipation, or as a mouthwash for ulcers and bleeding gums.
This infusion is also taken as a bitter tonic and stimulant, improving the digestion and possibly supporting the liver as well as improving resistance to infections.
A water distilled from the petals was formerly in repute as a remedy for weak eyes and a soothing lotion for conjunctivitis.
The seeds are used as a mild laxative for children.
A decoction of the leaves is antirheumatic.